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The Biography of a Pipe Organ

November 19th, 2015

A NEW BOOK! Read the biography of an organ, and with it, the biography of a city. The Estey pipe organ in Marion’s Memorial Coliseum was one for Estey’s storied “luminous” consoles.  That in itself should make this book worth reading.  But more than that, the organ was a symbol of all that was good, […]

Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, to hear international organ virtuoso Raúl Prieto Ramírez in the inaugural concert for the E. M. Skinner/Reynolds Associates pipe organ at High Street United Methodist Church in downtown Muncie, IN. Our project which took place in two phases over 6 years, included renovation of the 4 […]

When we last checked in on the pipe craftsmen in the Czech Republic, they had poured sheets of hot liquid metal onto a long table to cast the material for the new organ pipes for the Shelbyville organ. Then, we had to wait. Even in our busy, hi-tech world, some things take patience. If we […]

  Martin Ellis will play the rededication concert on the pipe organ at First Friends Church in Noblesville, IN.  We have just completed (I mean, a few hours ago) a renovation of this organ that includes a completely renewed and refurbished Moller console, replacing the dilapidated Wicks console on this Wicks organ.  The console had […]

Occasionally, the demands or opportunities of life part us from dear friends and colleagues. So it is that we must say goodbye to Martin Ellis.  Martin has accepted a professional opportunity that will take him to Portland, Oregon.  I understand that in Portland they have beautiful weather and good food.  Now they also have one […]

A Thought for Today…

July 17th, 2014

      “The only escapes    from the misery of life   are music     and cats…”         -Albert Schwetizer (physician, humanitarian, organist)            

“The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.” -Andrew Carnegie

Patrons of the Organ

June 28th, 2014

Speaking of England, here’s an idea that was recently shared on Twitter.  I think it’s a great idea, and one I would like to see implemented in many of our churches. At the Liverpool Cathedral, they have a core group of people called the “Patrons of the Organ.”  Such a group would be committed to […]

  According to Mark Twain, “a man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” Back in 2006, host Mike Rowe included pipe organ builder in his popular tv program, “Dirty Jobs.” Standing tall for over a century in the gallery of St. Joseph Catholic Church in […]

A Thought for Today

June 20th, 2014

Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity. – Charles Marie Widor

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