September 2016 TAO Cover 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 Cover 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 Cover 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...]

June 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Marble Collegiate Church New York, NY Glück Pipe Organs • New York, NY By Sebastian M. Glück Marble Collegiate Church enjoys a history of dynamic preaching and noteworthy music, and is a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The soaring stone building on New York City’s Fifth Avenue shelters a structurally flexible interior that poses acoustical challenges compounded by the fact that this vibrant congregation often fills its pews to capacity. When Kenneth V. Dake, director of music since 1996, asked that the church approach me about a new pipe organ, the mission was to design, build, voice, and tonally finish an instrument that could perform the established solo repertoire with historical and stylistic … [Read more...]

May 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

St. Joseph Catholic Church Lincoln, NE Bedient Pipe Organ Company • Lincoln, NE By Ryan Luckey and Mark Miller We are often asked, “What is the most rewarding part of building a pipe organ?” People usually expect us to reply by describing the thrill of hearing the new organ as it plays music that was written specifically for the type of instrument we have just built. But they are surprised to hear our actual answer: “It’s the collaboration and the people we get to work with.” Working closely with the client to identify their needs and developing a plan to supply those needs results in the most successful and rewarding outcomes for everyone involved. St. Joseph Catholic Parish of Lincoln, Nebraska, was established in 1979, and … [Read more...]

April 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church Carmel Valley, CA Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City, IA By John A. Panning These days, it would be easy to believe that pipe organs have become trophy items, affordable only by large or significantly wealthy churches. There is a grain of truth to this. Hollowed out by elec­tronic imitations and shifting tastes in worship music, 
the market for pipe organs has changed. While our magazine covers continue to feature large, even enormous, instruments, the number of two-manual “normal church organs” that allowed The Diapason to print an annual issue devoted to their design is now much reduced. In particular, the promise once attached to mechanical-action instruments of modest size seems not to have … [Read more...]

March 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

St. Monica Catholic Church, Dallas, TX Nichols & Simpson Inc., Little Rock, AR By Jeremy Wirths St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, founded in 1954, is a large parish of around 14,000 parishioners, with an average of 4,000 individuals attending seven weekend Masses, and a proud heritage of education: St. Monica School maintains an enrollment of more than 850 students in grades K–8. The parish has ten choirs and ensembles that provide leadership for the various Masses in both English and Spanish. The church building and organ are used for several school choral liturgies each week, along with many special performances, including organ recitals, and numerous musical presentations by outside ensembles. In 2012, the … [Read more...]

February 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Immanuel Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA Taylor & Boody Organbuilders Staunton, VA By George K. Taylor & John H. Boody Two powerful events at the Virginia Theological Seminary conspired to bring to life a new chapel and a new pipe organ: the tragic destruction of the 1881 seminary chapel by an accidental fire in October 2010, and the destruction wrought in the Mid-Atlantic region by a freak summer derecho windstorm on June 29, 2012. The fire spurred the creation and building of a new elegant and powerful worship space that bears witness to the dedication of the Virginia Theological Seminary to liturgy and worship arts. The windstorm felled more than 20 of the old-growth white oak trees that graced … [Read more...]

January 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO Schoenstein & Co., Benicia, CA By Jack Bethards "A dignified and churchly ensemble” described Ladue Chapel’s new Kilgen organ in the December 1951 dedication program. This was a special year for the St. Louis organ firm—its centennial. Author, organ consultant, and organist William H. Barnes was the re­citalist. Solo repertoire, although featured on the opening program, was clearly of minor importance in the full scheme of the church music program. This was a church organ. Hear the organ Not too many years later, church organists were being advised by the academic community that they were being short-changed with instruments that were caricatures—not much better than theater … [Read more...]

December 2015 TAO Feature Article

Chapel of St. Joseph, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, MO A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company, Lithonia, GA By Arthur E. Schlueter III Every organ commission that has been awarded to our firm has left us humbled and thankful for the opportunity to build instruments for worship and praise. This was amplified by the opportunity to build an instrument in support of the daily life, prayer, 
and worship for the clergy, staff, and students at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. When I arrived for our first visit to the seminary, I was informed of plans to renovate the chapel that would include a new pipe organ. I had numerous discussions about how the organ would be used in worship and sought to design an eclectic specification that would … [Read more...]