PipeChat Digest #692 - Sunday, February 7, 1999
 
Re: Organ Blowers
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Re: Organ Blowers
  by <BOBBBIRD@aol.com>
Re: Organ Blowers
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Record Search
  by "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com>
Re: Record Search
  by <KurtvonS@aol.com>
Re: Record Search
  by "Antoni Scott" <ascott@epix.net>
Re: Organ Blowers
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@truelink.net>
Re:playing to distraction
  by "Robert Horton" <gemshorn@ukans.edu>
Re:playing to distraction
  by "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com>
Re: Organ Blowers
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Theatreorgans-l
  by <KriderSM@aol.com>
Fw: Re:playing to distraction
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
album search
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: Organ Blowers
  by "Cliff Benham" <cbenham@bellatlantic.net>
Re: Austin in Winfield
  by <Tnbirke@aol.com>
Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction
  by "bmjohns" <bmjohns@swbell.net>
Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction
  by <RSiegel920@aol.com>
Fr. Jim Miller Passed Away
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction
  by "V. David Barton" <vdbarton@erols.com>
Re. Playing to distraction
  by <wdavis@electrotex.com>
Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction
  by "Dominic Joseph Radanovich" <rpob@aero.net>
Fw: Fw: Re:playing to distraction
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
whoops
  by <FireAlarmz@aol.com>
Blowers
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: Austin in Winfield
  by "Frank Johnson" <usd465@horizon.hit.net>
Re: playing to distraction
  by "jeffrey korns" <jakorns@worldnet.att.net>
Re: playing to distraction
  by "JeffWinSTL" <Reedstop@worldnet.att.net>
Questions about practice...
  by "mreeves@vzinet.com" <mreeves@vzinet.com>
Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction
  by "straight" <straight@infoblvd.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Organ Blowers From: ORGANUT@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 08:30:13 EST   Re: running 3 phase motors on single phase. A converter can be purchased from Rutland Tool and supply in Chatsworth,Ca. (1-800-284-4787 for $96). That is far less expensive than changing to a different type motor It is model #2590 0100, and called a regular duty S.P. phase converter Hope this helps   Later, Phil L..  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Blowers From: BOBBBIRD@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 08:35:53 EST   Replacing the motor with its long shaft is not a good option in many cases. The Capacitor will work but it must be removed from the circuit when the motor has reached its max. attainable speed. At this point the motor will slowly increase speed until it's at full speed. Leaving the capacitor on line limits the top speed. The removal of the capacitor can be done manually, with a timer or with a switch that senses a certain amount of air pressure.   There are commercial units available to start a 3 phase motor on single phase. I'm going to use the Boston Gear unit that generates 3 phase from single phase. It allows you to change the frequency of the 3 phase thus allowing you to fine tune the blower output. The cost for my 3hp is about $500.   bobb  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Blowers From: ORGANUT@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 08:46:02 EST   Bobb   I am presently using the 5HP adjustable frequency 3Ph converter from Fincor (Boston Gear) on my Spencer blower. I have had it about 6 months and am really happy with it. I particularly like the soft start feature and the fact that you can vary the speed of the blower to raise or lower the output. I was able to increase the static pressure from 12 to 15 inches with very little increase in blower RPM.   Later, Phil L.  
(back) Subject: Record Search From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 09:40:50 -0500   The large pipe organ in the ceiling of the John Hays Hammond Jr. Castle in West Gloucester Massachusetts is not an Austin. It was put together in 1941 of pipes from various sources, with a 5 manual console. There may be Austin work in it, but not totally. Sorry, Rick Veague, I don't have the recording you mentioned.  
(back) Subject: Re: Record Search From: KurtvonS@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 09:49:58 EST   The console at the Hammond Castle is only four manuals, if I recall correctly. There is a lot of E.M.Skinner work that was built for Hammond, as well as Kimball, etc...  
(back) Subject: Re: Record Search From: Antoni Scott <ascott@epix.net> Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 12:46:12 -0500   Hi Rick:   Yes, I have what you want. E-mail me ASAP.   Antoni Scott   VEAGUE wrote: > > Hi, List... I'm looking for a copy of Richard Ellesasser playing Widor's > 5th Organ Symphony. The recording was made on the +ACo-Nonesuch+ACo- label, if I'm > not mistaken, and the instrument used was the John Hammond-- Castle Austin. > You know what happens when one loans something out........... > Purty-please, out there, does sumbody got one? We can talk. > > Rick V. dutchorgan+AEA-svs.net > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Blowers From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@truelink.net> Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 10:10:52 -0800   At 08:30 AM 2/6/1999 EST, ORGANUT@aol.com wrote: >Re: running 3 phase motors on single phase. A converter can be purchased >from Rutland Tool and supply in Chatsworth,Ca.<snip>   That is by far the cheapest converter I've ever heard of. Its price beats a new split phase motor, most certainly. I just wonder how efficient it is.   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re:playing to distraction From: Robert Horton <gemshorn@ukans.edu> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 12:57:32 -0600   > The other common occurance is having to try to prevent curious >little tykes from wandering up and making the postlude solo into a four >handed duet! Parents watch your kids please! Jeff, I'd disagree, the organist can definitely be a "team position". Gloria Yoon and I did regular four-hand playing while she was organist at the Winnetka Bible Church up on the North Shore. It's a lot of fun, but you have to dig for repertoire. As far as the kids are concerned, let them come! Just pick all your postludes in the key of G, so they can stand on the top pedal to their hearts content and it'll fit in the music.   Rob      
(back) Subject: Re:playing to distraction From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 15:13:06 -0500   My cantors sometimes bring their kids up to the choir loft when they don't have a sitter. I let them push down the last pedal of the hymn or organ piece, they love it!! Ages 6 to 10.  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Blowers From: ORGANUT@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 16:16:06 EST   Bob, The capacitor phase shift converters are good for about 75 to 8o percentage full load capability. However, they have been around for a long time and are sized from 1/2HP to 50 HP. They are used mostly in rural areas to run 3 phase well pumps, etc. The units are physically small. Measure about 8x5x2 inches. I used one on my blower for about 2 years, and then bought the 3 phase adjustable converter, which will run a motor at full rated HP. We use adjustable frequency drives in many power plant applications.   Later,  
(back) Subject: Theatreorgans-l From: KriderSM@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 16:16:56 EST   This from Harry Heth:   >Jerrell Kautz is out of town this weekend so I am not sure what is wrong with >Theatreorgans-l or when it will be back in operation.   Stan Krider  
(back) Subject: Fw: Re:playing to distraction From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 17:03:45 -0500   I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the following. Little kids DO NOT belong anywhere near the console unless the roll-top is down and they are under watch.   R. Veague   -----Original Message----- From: Robert Horton <gemshorn@ukans.edu> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: Saturday, February 06, 1999 1:58 PM Subject: Re:playing to distraction     >> The other common occurance is having to try to prevent curious >>little tykes from wandering up and making the postlude solo into a four >>handed duet! Parents watch your kids please! >Jeff, > I'd disagree, the organist can definitely be a "team position". >Gloria Yoon and I did regular four-hand playing while she was organist at >the Winnetka Bible Church up on the North Shore. It's a lot of fun, but >you have to dig for repertoire. > As far as the kids are concerned, let them come! Just pick all >your postludes in the key of G, so they can stand on the top pedal to their >hearts content and it'll fit in the music. > >Rob > > > >"Pipe Up and Be Heard!" >PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics >HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org >List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org >Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org >Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org >      
(back) Subject: album search From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 17:12:30 -0500   TO+ADs- Antoni Scott and Bob Conway... RE+ADs- Ellesasser album   Please write me at dutchorgan+AEA-svs.net   Your e-mail address was not included in last post...   Kindest regards, Rick Veague      
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Blowers From: Cliff Benham <cbenham@bellatlantic.net> Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 17:21:06 -0500   There is also a unit made by "ADD-A-PHASE" that consists of an inductor and a capacitor to convert single phase to 3 phase AC for up to 5 hp motors.   ORGANUT@aol.com wrote:   > Re: running 3 phase motors on single phase. A converter can be purchased > from Rutland Tool and supply in Chatsworth,Ca. (1-800-284-4787 for $96). That > is far less expensive than changing to a different type motor It is model > #2590 0100, and called a regular duty S.P. phase converter Hope this helps > > Later, > Phil L.. > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org        
(back) Subject: Re: Austin in Winfield From: Tnbirke@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 18:32:47 EST   Selenium (correct spelling) rectifiers are frequently used used to change Alternating Current to Direct Current. Solid state converters are now available.   Tom Birkett Engineer Clarinet-Bartlesville Symphony Orch  
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction From: bmjohns <bmjohns@swbell.net> Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 18:18:39 -0600   If this had been the case at my church when I was a kid, I wouldn't be playing the organ today! Brent Johnson The Organ Web Ring http://home.swbell.net/bmjohns/organ.htm organwebring@hotmail.com   VEAGUE wrote:   > I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the following. Little kids DO NOT > belong anywhere near the console unless the roll-top is down and they are > under watch. > > R. Veague    
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction From: RSiegel920@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 21:03:17 EST   In a message dated 2/6/99 5:36:20 PM Central Standard Time, dutchorgan@svs.net writes:   << I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the following. Little kids DO NOT belong anywhere near the console unless the roll-top is down and they are under watch. >>   If we do not "suffer the little children to come to us" at the console, the sacred roll-tops will likely remain permanently down on many organs within 20 years! For what it's worth   R. J. Siegel, J.D., Ph.D.  
(back) Subject: Fr. Jim Miller Passed Away From: ScottFop@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 21:44:31 EST   With a heavy heart I regret to tell all of you that Fr. Jim Miller passed away around 1 PM this afternoon from complications from congestive heart failure a few weeks ago. He had been home following a hospital stay for the past few days and then back in again.   Viewing will be Monday at Brown Funeral in Grand Blanc, MI at 1480 East Hill Road from 2 to 4 PM with a Memorial Service following at 7 PM.   All memorials are to be made out to Fr. Andrew Rogers and sent to 401 Davis, Fenton, MI 48430.   I don't know much more than that but this is a real loss to not only the organ world and to the vocation of Clergy but to humanity as well.   Fr. Jim- keep the music playing and rest in peace.  
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction From: "V. David Barton" <vdbarton@erols.com> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 21:58:23 -0500   I have to agree with Dr. Siegel. About a year ago, I was just finishing playing my postlude, and I looked down to see a little boy of perhaps 4 o= r 5 standing there, quietly as can be, next to the console, watching me intently. So, I reached down and hoisted him up on the bench, and spent = a few minutes showing him the various stops and letting him touch the keys = and see for himself how easy it was to make the different sounds. The wonder and amazement in this kid was absolutely fascinating. When his mother finally caught up with him, it was plain to see that she was also impress= ed that I had taken the time and trouble (which was really no trouble at all= ) to satisfy her son's curiosity. In any case, I wouldn't be at all surpri= sed if this kid turns out to be an organ fanatic in the future, and I am prou= d to have played whatever small r=F4le I could in bringing him along in tha= t direction. Nurturing the next generation of organists absolutely require= s that we of this generation do this sort of thing.     -----Original Message----- From: RSiegel920@aol.com <RSiegel920@aol.com> To: pipechat@pipechat.org <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: Saturday, February 06, 1999 9:04 PM Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction     >In a message dated 2/6/99 5:36:20 PM Central Standard Time, dutchorgan@svs.net >writes: > ><< I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the following. Little kids DO = NOT > belong anywhere near the console unless the roll-top is down and they a= re > under watch. >> > >If we do not "suffer the little children to come to us" at the console, = the >sacred roll-tops will likely remain permanently down on many organs with= in 20 >years! >For what it's worth > >R. J. Siegel, J.D., Ph.D. > >"Pipe Up and Be Heard!" >PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics >HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org >List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org >Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org >Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org > >    
(back) Subject: Re. Playing to distraction From: wdavis@electrotex.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 21:35:42 -0600 (CST)   The matter of letting children get near or touch the organ reminds me of my earliest experiences. The lady with whom I studied piano was also our organist -- the largest Methodist church in Dallas. I enjoyed watching her play the postludes and went up to the choir loft quite often. One Sunday, she turned to me and said, "Let's play our duet!" a little thing we had learned on the piano. I was only 7 years old,and I remember climbing onto the bench beside her. She said, "Now you play your part right HERE" and showed me where to do it. That was my *first-ever* time to play a pipe organ!   On the other side of the coin, as a high school student I began serious organ study at SMU with Dora Poteet, a pupil of Dupre. I enjoyed visiting churches everywhere to see the organs and at least twice was invited to sit down and try them out. But at one large downtown Dallas church which shall forever remain un-named, the woman organist ("Only *I* am allowed to play this organ!") came in while I was sitting at the console viewing in amazement the rows of knobs and tablets. "What're you doing there, boy?" she commanded, "You'd better watch out!" Gad, what a grump.   The funny thing is that ten years later after I had graduated from Union Seminary in New York in Sacred Music I visited this same stuffy church. The Director of Religious Ed was a family friend, and I asked if I could possibly play the Mighty Pilcher. "Of course!" she said. The switch was in a locked box, so she got a screwdriver and hammer and removed the little door, and I played for more than an hour to my heart's content. And you know, that organ was great to play because it had been "forbidden fruit" to a youngster, but it really wasn't the greatest!   I never say NO to any child who is interested in our church organ. They are always invited to sit down and run their fingers over the keys.  
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction From: "Dominic Joseph Radanovich" <rpob@aero.net> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 21:32:35 -0600     -----Original Message----- From: RSiegel920@aol.com <RSiegel920@aol.com> To: pipechat@pipechat.org <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: Saturday, 06 February, 1999 8:01 PM Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction     >In a message dated 2/6/99 5:36:20 PM Central Standard Time, dutchorgan@svs.net >writes: > ><< I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the following. Little kids DO NOT > belong anywhere near the console unless the roll-top is down and they are > under watch. >> > >If we do not "suffer the little children to come to us" at the console, the >sacred roll-tops will likely remain permanently down on many organs within 20 >years! >For what it's worth > >R. J. Siegel, J.D., Ph.D. > >"Pipe Up and Be Heard!" >PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics >HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org >List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org >Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org >Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org >   This past summer Dennis Jon Wolfgang, organist of the Basilica of Saint Josaphat in Milwaukee, played the dedication concert of the new organ at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Sioux, at Saint Joseph's Indian School, Chamberlain, South Dakota.   After the introductory piece of music was played he asked that any of the children present who wanted to come to the balcony to watch him play should do so. He was surroujnded by the Lakota kids for the rest of the program. They were completely taken by watching him put the console and the music through their paces.   I watched their faces and the different reactions to different stops and sounds coming on and off. The kids were radiant and Wolfgang was happy, relaxed, and completely into what he was doing.   What a success!   Radanovich, Milwaukee    
(back) Subject: Fw: Fw: Re:playing to distraction From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 22:42:51 -0500   In reply to this response, I am refering to the incesant mis-use some children have caused by banging on the keys and yanking stops---all the while their parents stand by smiling . Maybe they (the parents) would like to pay for a service call.   Rick     -----Original Message----- From: RSiegel920@aol.com <RSiegel920@aol.com> To: pipechat@pipechat.org <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: Saturday, February 06, 1999 9:05 PM Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction     >In a message dated 2/6/99 5:36:20 PM Central Standard Time, dutchorgan@svs.net >writes: > ><< I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the following. Little kids DO NOT > belong anywhere near the console unless the roll-top is down and they are > under watch. >> > >If we do not "suffer the little children to come to us" at the console, the >sacred roll-tops will likely remain permanently down on many organs within 20 >years! >For what it's worth > >R. J. Siegel, J.D., Ph.D. > >"Pipe Up and Be Heard!" >PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics >HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org >List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org >Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org >Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org >      
(back) Subject: whoops From: FireAlarmz@aol.com Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 22:50:35 EST   Sorry, folks... sent last post with all the 'junk' attached at the end. :( My mistake!   Bill Miller  
(back) Subject: Blowers From: John Vanderlee <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 23:02:50 -0500   Dear list ,   Now that I have read all the postings about phase conversions it seems that the following item is more attractive than I thought:   FOR SALE   3 phase 2 HP Spencer blower   Very good condition   Case is 36 " in Diam   Riduculous low price: $185.00   FOB Poughkeepsie NY   Sale proceeds to benefit New york Theatre Organ society   John V      
(back) Subject: Re: Austin in Winfield From: usd465@horizon.hit.net (Frank Johnson) Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 22:27:29 -0600   >Selenium (correct spelling) rectifiers are frequently used used to change >Alternating Current to Direct Current. Solid state converters are now >available. > >Tom Birkett >Engineer >Clarinet-Bartlesville Symphony Orch   Thank you very much. We're not too far apart. Several times my wife and I have come to the Osage Hills State park just West of Bartlesville for a few days. Nice place.   Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156   Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156      
(back) Subject: Re: playing to distraction From: jeffrey korns <jakorns@worldnet.att.net> Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 23:33:03 -0600   Okay, I didn't mean to stir up a hornets nest when I commented about children turning a solo into a duet. I am not an ogre I work with children's musical groups and am all in favor of children gaining exposure to the organ. However the original topic was about distractions while playing. I have regularly encouraged young pianists to perform for the offering and to try the organ out. The problem is when the littlest tykes don't understand when it is and when it isn't appropriate to hit the keys and make a noise. During a postlude it really isn't practical to stop turn and have a conversation with them about when it is not okay to join in. The organ is a fascinating machine and all those knobs and buttons are thrilling for a child to behold. Mom and dad need to keep an eye on their children and wait until the organist is done, then bring them up to the organist and let the organist supervise the "exploration" of the console.   Jeff Korns  
(back) Subject: Re: playing to distraction From: "JeffWinSTL" <Reedstop@worldnet.att.net> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 23:49:07 -0600   This thread has been very interesting to me. In the years I've been with this congregation, people won't venture past the organ chamber when bringing kids up, which has happened, oh, maybe once or twice since I joined in 1991.   How can I spark the interest of people to bring kids up? Evidently, most of you must be where it is easy for a child to approach, ie, in front of the church. I'm in the loft in the back, so, maybe this is the reason for the "lack" of interest?   At any rate, I'm all for showing the child, etc, etc, but agree that children should be taught to NOT touch until invited to do so. I for one would become a little irked if someone started playing around during my playing. My own children know that if they want to climb up next to me, be sure to NOT touch while church is going on or daddy's playing.   I've read in "The American Organist" that we should consider having "Organist's Helpers" on each Sunday. I haven't tried to implement this yet, but I think it is still a good idea. Let's face it, folks, schools are not going to take the responsibility of spawning interest in the organ anymore, it has to start with us.   Finally, to anyone who would say "Only *I* play this organ...." I give the Raspberries. Get over yourselves. You think that organ belongs to you? No. It belongs to the church. It belongs to the people in the church. YOU have the *privilege* of getting to play it yourself. Ahhhh...it feels good to let that out. :-)   Jeff White Holy Cross Lutheran Church St. Louis, MO    
(back) Subject: Questions about practice... From: mreeves@vzinet.com (mreeves@vzinet.com) Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 23:50:01 -0600   Although I'm relatively new to this list, I've found it quite pleasant, informative and entertaining.   My question is about practice. I find that as Director of Music and Organist, I usually leave my organ practice to the last minute. And, often times, because I'm a good sight-reader, I may have played through a new piece only once or twice before Sunday's Services. Needless to say, this doesn't lead to a very good performance, especially when there are distractions.   If you play for Services on a weekly, or regular basis, what do you do to prepare when you have many other activities (jobs, responsibilities, etc.) during the week? Do you have rigid practice times? If so, how long and how often? How far ahead do you plan your literature for a Sunday Service? Do you spend much time on technical studies?   On the other hand, what do you do to combat rehearsal monotony after you've been "playing" for other rehearsals for hours at a time? For example, I'm currently averaging 12 hours of rehearsal ("playing" mostly piano) time, per week, not related to Organ Service playing. Not to mention, having a major funeral thrown in the middle of it all, as happened this week. Is this a common problem for most church musicians? Does anyone just get tired of "playing"? How do you cope?   If this topic has been covered, I apologize in advance. Respectfully, +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Mark Reeves, Director of Music, Organist First United Methodist Church Canton, Texas +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ http://www.angelfire.com/tx/FUMCMusicOrgan/organ1.html http://netministries.org/see/churches/ch02328 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++    
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Re:playing to distraction From: straight <straight@infoblvd.net> Date: Sun, 07 Feb 1999 01:17:59 -0500   When I was little, we had Sunday School upstairs, and there was an old pump organ up there. I was fascinated, as were some of the other kids. The teacher was wise enough to let us try it after the lessons. I learned about organs from that one. It didn't do a thing until you pulled a knob! How surprising! And you had to make your feet go at the same time as your hands - another challenge. So much more interesting than the piano at home. It was not a forbidden mystery, it was something to be interested in, and the teacher also taught us that it was to be respected. Now, all grown up, I am the organist at another, much larger, church. When children show up after a service to bang on the piano or investigate the organ, I invite them right up with me and give them their very own key to play - the last one on the end. If they're old enough, I encourage them to try playing. Most of them are scared stiff, even the teenagers who can play piano quite well. I have no one coming along. I wish we did. I only hope that some child in some other town someplace is becoming interested in an organ, who will move here some day. I started teaching piano lessons in hopes of gaining a protege, but no luck so far, they all live in other towns and go to other churches. The store owner only wants to sell pianos and digital pianos. Children are our future. They can be difficult, and sometimes rules have to be established and enforced, but we need them. Diane Straight Organist/Accompanist Almond Union of Churches -- (straight@infoblvd.net)