April 2017 TAO Cover Feature

The Reuter Organ Company Centennial The Reuter Organ Company officially began operations on April 17, 1917. At that time, Adolph C. Reuter had worked in the organ industry for over 15 years and held supervisory positions at Wicks, Casavant, and Pilcher. He had been meeting with area businessmen since the beginning of the year to organize his own company. Before the end of the year, the new firm had installed its first organ at Trinity Episcopal Church in Matoon, Illinois. This organ still plays weekly services and will be featured in a recital this November—100 years and one day after it was first used on a Sunday morning. Our last anniversary article in The American Organist (March 1992) gave a detailed history of the first 75 … [Read more...]

March 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Buffalo, New York Parsons Pipe Organ Builders • Integrated Organ Technologies Inc. New organ projects have the luxury of starting from scratch. After evaluating the acoustics, placement, and people, the builder can create a design that (hopefully) suits everyone, perhaps even himself. In the best situations, the builder is given carte blanche, much like a novelist with a blank page. It is often under such circumstances that masterpieces result. By contrast, rebuilds are another breed altogether. They enjoy neither the luxury of restoration (with its discipline of no change) nor that blank page of new-organ creativity. In place of the novelist starting from scratch, the rebuilder is akin to the … [Read more...]

February 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

The Second Time Around S.L. Huntington & Co. • Stonington, Conn. By Scot L. Huntington In 1816, a two-manual organ built in 1680 by Arp Schnitger—the most celebrated organbuilder of the Baroque era—was moved to the remote North Sea village of Cappel on the North Sea. This organ is now a mecca for builders and organists alike. In America, Hook & Hastings maintained an ever-changing catalog of second-hand instruments. William Johnson moved one of his early organs when he replaced it in 1874—it in turn being moved a third time in 1914. This month’s cover story features legacy instruments given a new lease on life in new and appreciative homes, acquired for a fraction of the cost of a new, purpose-built organ. When New … [Read more...]

January 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Southern Pines, N.C. C.B. Fisk, Inc. • Gloucester, Mass. by David C. Pike At Fisk, our mission is not only to build superb musical instruments, but also to be collaborative partners in all aspects of a project, to ensure the best and most practical musical solutions for our clients. In December 2013, our firm was formally commissioned by Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Southern Pines to build a new mechanical-action pipe organ for the church sanctuary. The signing of a contract represented a true milestone after several years of brainstorming and in-depth discussion between Emmanuel’s organist and choirmaster Homer Ferguson III, church governance, and members of the Fisk team. For a time, church leaders had … [Read more...]

December 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Basilica of St. Josaphat Milwaukee, WI Buzard Pipe Organ Builders • Champaign IL Why this organ? We decided to feature this little organ on the cover of The American Organist magazine because it is a fabulous instrument in an exquisite space, even if it is an old organ in a new location. A vital portion of this industry’s lifeblood is the restoration and renovation of existing pipe organs, and we believe that our excellent renovation work deserves to be seen by our colleagues in this journal. We ask ourselves just as many questions before undertaking a renovation project as we do in the evolution of our new organs’ tonal style. This is essential if the renovation project is to respect the original builder’s intent, the historical … [Read more...]

November 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Ebenezer Lutheran Church Greensboro, NC Parkey Organbuilders • Duluth, GA By Phillip K. Parkey My initial contact with Greensboro’s Ebenezer Lutheran Church occurred approximately five years ago, when William Carroll was the chair of the music department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and the organist/choirmaster at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. We had met Dr. Carroll through our working relationships with other organists in Central North Carolina. The church had a “compiled” organ that had been installed in the 1980s and had never been successful. They began to explore options for replacing the organ completely. Dr. Carroll had previously been in the selection process with two other organs in the Greensboro area. … [Read more...]

October 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Three Small Pipe Organs Kegg Pipe Organ Builders • Hartville, OH By Charles Kegg The desire of every organist is to play a pipe organ, Mozart’s King of Instruments. With the extensive publicity that large pipe organs can receive, many congregations believe they cannot consider a pipe organ due to limited space or budget. Typical parish churches need an instrument that can support congregational singing, accompany the choir, and play service music and a moderate range of organ literature; organ recitals are rare events. A properly designed and executed pipe organ of modest size can serve these needs well. With this in mind, our firm has spent considerable time developing instruments that are interesting to play, attractive to … [Read more...]

September 2016 TAO Feature Article

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Westerville, OH Muller Pipe Organ Company • Croton, OH By Scott G. Hayes and John W. Muller The highlight of Muller Pipe 
Organ Company’s 95th anniversary year was the completion of the new pipe organ for St. Paul the Apostle Parish of Westerville, Ohio, the largest congregation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The music ministry at St. Paul is extensive and includes multiple parish choirs as well as music classes for children in the parochial school. Our relationship with the parish began as the new building was being designed by David B. Meleca Architects. This early involvement afforded the sought-after opportunity for church, architect, and organbuilder to work collaboratively to … [Read more...]

August 2016 TAO Feature Article

Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, IL Quimby Pipe Organs • Warrensburg, MO By T. Daniel Hancock "The new Quimby organ at Fourth Presbyterian Church unquestionably feels at home at the head of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. It is the sonic equivalent of the grand buildings and vibrant urban activity known in this part of Chicago.” So remarked American concert artist and organist Aaron David Miller after his first encounter with the new organ. Fourth Presbyterian Church is an energetic, flourishing congregation prominently located on Michigan Avenue in the Near North Side of Chicago. The church, according to John Sherer, organist and director of music, is “blessed with a wonderful music tradition and a congregation and staff very … [Read more...]

July 2016 TAO Feature Article

Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School Chapel Hong Kong C.B. Fisk Inc. • Gloucester, MA By Elizabeth Hung Wong The pipe organ is not a familiar musical instrument to most people in Hong Kong. The few pipe or­gans that were installed there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries did not survive. The blame was mostly put on high humidity. An English gentle­man did open an organbuild­ing shop in Hong Kong in the early 20th century. A few of his instruments are still stand­ing in churches, but they are not currently playable. One of them made its way to the Philippines and was recently completely restored. Several small-to-medium-sized pipe organs built by European builders were installed in area churches in the mid-20th century, but they … [Read more...]