Now Available:The Making of a Virtuoso

A select few individuals, through some mixture of talent, effort, teaching pedigree, smart career formation, and just plain luck advance to careers largely centered on concert performance. How are these virtuoso personalities “made”? A handful of young but established artists disclose their own routes to virtuosity, the joys and frustrations of the performing life, and the everyday work of making music on stage. Read the third volume of the AGO Monograph Series,  written by Haig Mardirosian. … [Read more...]

Music on Demand: Residential Pipe Organs in America

Scott Hummel discusses the player pipe organs that became popular in American homes at the turn of the twentieth century. … [Read more...]

February 2019 TAO Feature Article

Muller Pipe Organ Company Centennial John W. Muller Mark A. Muller Scott G. Hayes Website First Generation Joseph (1855–1911). Joseph Muller emigrated from Germany as a young man and settled in the Boston area. Details of his life are limited, but we know he was employed as a cabinetmaker by the Emerson Piano Company and then by Ernest Skinner. Second Generation Henry (1890–1960). Henry William Muller was a precocious lad, completing eight years of schooling in just six years. His initiation into a gang of unruly lads (whose goal was to steal the night stick of the local beat cop) proved to be intolerable for his father, so Joseph secured the 15-year-old an apprenticeship with E.M. Skinner. Henry’s first job was sweeping floors, … [Read more...]

New on Vox Humana: Historic Organ Restorations in Cortona, Tuscany

Gian Carlo Ristori, Chairman of Organi Storici Cortona, discusses cataloguing, preserving, and organizing restorations of historic organs in Tuscany, Italy. Read now … [Read more...]

Three Organs in Need: A New Fairy Tale

Celebrated author, librettist, and poet Marec Béla Steffens presents a new fairy tale about three pipe organs who desperately need repairs, and are willing to use any means necessary to get them. Artwork: “Organ-ised Crime” (2018) by Krystyna Steffens. Three Organs in Need: A New Fairy Tale … [Read more...]

January 2019 TAO Cover Feature

The New Dobson Organ at St. Thomas Church In New York City By John Panning and Jonathan Ambrosino View the new case View the 1913 case View the Stop List Lovers of church music have long made St. Thomas Church, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s swank Midtown, a place of pilgrimage. Within its landmark Gothic Revival walls, the parish has forged a unique musical perspective, combining a high Anglican choral tradition with organs of French inspiration, a musical practice that strongly informed the tonal design of our recently completed Opus 93. The two basic requirements demanded by this tradition—color and discretion for choral accompaniment, grandeur and panache for solo performance—are found in few historic styles. On the face of it, … [Read more...]

A Gift from the AGO

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, and through the generous support of Pro Organo, we are delighted to offer these excerpts from John Walker's CD, Christmas Rediscovered, recorded at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, for free download: Gigout: Rhapsodie sur des Noëls Reger: Ave Maria Karg-Elert: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Bach: Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch We will be honoring AGO Past President John Walker with the 2019 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception. Save the date: Friday, April 26! You are invited to join us at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh to enjoy John's free recital at 7:30 p.m. The AGO Endowment Fund Gala Benefit Reception … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: The Gothic Organ at Rysum

This article by Christopher Holman in Vox Humana’s Historic Organs of the World series features the extraordinary c. 1450 Harmannus organ in Rysum, Germany. voxhumanajournal.com/rysum … [Read more...]

2019 AGO Gala Honors John Walker

The 2019 AGO Gala will honor John Walker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Walker will perform a recital at 7:30 pm and a Gala Benefit Reception follows. Advance tickets are required for the Reception. Click for more information or to purchase tickets, ads, or sponsorships … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: Johann Gottfried Müthel–Bach’s Final Pupil by Lukas Frank

Lukas Frank discusses the life and organ works of J.S. Bach's final pupil, Johann Gottfried Müthel. … [Read more...]