PipeChat Digest #640 - Monday, December 28, 1998
The finest gift of all
  by "Robert Horton" <gemshorn@ukans.edu>
New Sanctuary, Organ and Acoustics!  WOW! :):)
  by "Dr. Peter G. Pocock" <pgpocock@umcv.org>
Re: The finest gift of all
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>

(back) Subject: The finest gift of all From: Robert Horton <gemshorn@ukans.edu> Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 20:56:21 -0500   Dear list, Just returned from the diaconal vespers service for the Holy Family down at the Aldrich Mansion in Rhode Island. It was great!...I'm still wondering if someone's going to pinch me and wake me up. Here's the poop.   * Good chapel acoustics * A congregation of deacons and their families, in which EVERY LAST ONE was singing "lustily and with good courage." * Scriptural, sincere, and enlightening homily from bishop-elect McMannis * An adorable three manual Casavant (1920's-ish) with a lush warm sound * A free hand to pick all the music * A cantor who reads music * Not a single microphone in the room   Yep, all that and a bag of chips. To top it all off, there was a cute little 2nd grader named Ryan who joined me on the bench. Evidently he's been taking piano for a while and LOVES the organ. Well, I put him to work as a page turner and he was happy as a clam. For the postlude, I played the first movement of Bach's G Major Concerto (Ernst). Just for kicks, I let him stand on the high pedal G for the cadences (...ready...ready...STEP! HOOOONK...off!) Such a rare treat to see kids getting interested in "The King". Unfortunately, they shooed us out of the chapel before he got a chance to drive the organ for himself. Oh well, I bet he'll be back.   Happy holidays, Rob Horton Robert Horton, Organist http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~gemshorn/    
(back) Subject: New Sanctuary, Organ and Acoustics! WOW! :):) From: "Dr. Peter G. Pocock" <pgpocock@umcv.org> Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 19:36:26 -0800   Hi Everyone,   Well, the dust has finally settled after the Christmas season, and I have time to write some email. Firstly, on behalf of David and myself (your PipeChat Co-Owners) may I wish you all the best for the Holiday Season, even if a little late.   On Sunday, December 20, we had the priviledge of holding the first services in our new Sanctuary -- The United Methodist Church of Valencia, in Valencia, CA, an outer suburb of Los Angeles. The acoustics are delightful, about 2.25 seconds of reveberation (not too much and not too little--just right). The choir area is superb, everyone can hear themselves and everyone else evenly, and it projects the sound beautifully into the church. The congregation has never sung better, and the new organ, a Rodgers 950 (fully MIDI equipped), sounds absolutely wonderful in this lovely acoustical environment. I expect to announce the first in an upcoming recital series shortly.   If any of you are in this area, please stop by and visit, and hear what can happen acoustically when the music people are involved in the project from day one. Careful planning and lots of constultation have resulted in a lovely worship environment, good for both music and the spoken word, and visually very pleasing too.   Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year,   Best wishes,   Pete!           Peter G. Pocock, D.M.A. E-mail: mailto:pgpocock@umcv.org    
(back) Subject: Re: The finest gift of all From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 01:57:35 -0500 (EST)   Hehehe Horton..... you're a nice guy, and the kind of organist who got me interested in the organ. Keep up the good work and the goodness!   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net