PipeChat Digest #1364 - Wednesday, April 26, 2000
 
Re: organs in schools
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: Design Improvements (?!) on the small theater organ
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: Design Improvements (?!) on the small theater organ
  by <KurtvonS@aol.com>
Re: cross-church audience building (was Detroit recital)
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: cross-church audience building (was Detroit recital)
  by <CareyOrgan@aol.com>
Re: Do I Smell A Rat???
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
George Husson
  by <Posthorn8@aol.com>
Who was at the Coral Ridge organ last Sunday?
  by "Dr. Darryl Miller" <organdok@safari.net>
Re: Who was at the Coral Ridge organ last Sunday?
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
 


(back) Subject: Re: organs in schools From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 07:42:57 -0500     >>No problem... place pipes in the ceiling and have occasional lunchtime >>concerts while the kiddies are eating, musical interludes during = halftime at >>the games, etc. This is in my mind even better than an auditorium = (which I >>fear would not be so condicive to "non-serious" and incidental music.) > >There's a big history of organs in schools. Those in the New York City >School system are famous indeed, if not still extant or working. Los >Angeles Polytechnic High held a "Poly Wants and Organ" fundraising drive = in >the late '20s to put a WurliTzer in their auditorium. Hollywood High >School has an E.M. Skinner, although trashed by the '94 Northridge quake. >Hammonds started popping up at schools in the '30s, propelled by = hard-sell >tactics of local Hammond Organ Studios franchisees, and continued = somewhat >after the War (the big one). Organs never showed up again much after the >1950s.   Just need to throw in another 2c.   We're not there yet, but maybe some of the volunteer societies like ATOS chapters with time and instruments on their hand (I know some that do!) could embark on a project like ours. Having become the recipients of a mostly Wurlitzer with Kimball console organ, we convinced a local high school to let us install it in their auditorium. The deal is that we restore it and install it and the school will integrate it into their = music program. Our community is very supportive and we have had several news paper articles to promote local interests. It will be a long process, but ultimately quite satisfying. We feel it's a way of bringing the "mountain to Mohammed". Hopefully some "professionals" may be willing to lend a hand to see this = to its ultimate completion. We strongly believe that this is a most positive way to position a pipe organ where it could do the most public good at an elementary level, and may serve as a model for raising "pipe organ awareness".   John V      
(back) Subject: Re: Design Improvements (?!) on the small theater organ From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 08:05:41 -0500   the off-the-wall >Kinura noisemaker,   Actually, in the Bardavon Theatre the Kinura IS hanging on the wall. Was the only space left..   John V.      
(back) Subject: Re: Design Improvements (?!) on the small theater organ From: <KurtvonS@aol.com> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 09:20:04 EDT   In a message dated 4/25/00 8:17:40 AM Central Daylight Time, jovanderlee@vassar.edu writes:   << Actually, in the Bardavon Theatre the Kinura IS hanging on the wall. = Was the only space left.. >> Voxes often land there, too!  
(back) Subject: Re: cross-church audience building (was Detroit recital) From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 08:44:19 -0500     >I've always wanted to try a wine and cheese buffet, but haven't found a >church that will let us eat in the nave.   Reminds me of many years back when my wife and I attended a week long workshop at Princeton U. on pipe organs. Our class consisted of a variety of church musicians most of whom gave me a patient painful look when I had the nerve to mention anything relating to Robert Hope Jones. Part of the week was spent on the road visiting famous installations: Riverside, St. Bart., Woolsey Hall, Yale, etc.   Our last evening visit was at at a mansion on Long Island Sound, on the CT side. The owner had an Aeolian_Skinner(I think) installed in a music room with roll player attachment. He said he got tired of his rolls so he = wanted to hear "real" organists-(Certainly not me!)   Anyhow,   It was a gorgeous music room with a fine sounding organ and turns were taken playing politely proper organ literature. Then our host brought out platters of cheese, crackers, and horse d'oeuvres and began pouring a fine wine. Well...   Shortly there after all the TREMS came on, suddenly there was Jazz and Swing music, and some actually were having a good time!     I don't know what all this means, but I thought you might find it = interesting. ;-)   John V      
(back) Subject: Re: cross-church audience building (was Detroit recital) From: <CareyOrgan@aol.com> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 11:29:33 EDT   Hi John: What a great story; loved it! I think that we sometimes take = ourselves just a bit too seriously and should really loosen up. We have had a Halloween recital up in these parts for years (AGO sponsored) called = Phantoms and Phuges. It has gone over in a big way since the players do some un-churchly music at these affairs. All in good humor! Thanks again for sharing your story! Paul C.  
(back) Subject: Re: Do I Smell A Rat??? From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 12:27:50 EDT   In a message dated 4/25/00 1:58:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time, desertbob@rglobal.net writes:   << >Anyone else thinking that there's somebody out there "yanking our >collective chains"???<snip> Yup! Probably someone we know, too. BREWSE! CUT THAT OUT! LOL >>   NOT ME!!!! My Schpinette Theatre Organ MXLD 6000 V-6 would have to = have four HALF-manuals and no more than 13 broom schticklets.   Bruce .. . . .in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles Molly, Duncan, and Miles Cremona502@cs.com http://ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502  
(back) Subject: George Husson From: <Posthorn8@aol.com> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 19:55:55 EDT   Hi List, Is George Husson of San Francisco (formally of Rochester, NY) still on the =   list? If so, please George contact me. If not, does anyone know how I can = get a hold of him? Please E mail me privately.   Thanks,   Tim Schramm  
(back) Subject: Who was at the Coral Ridge organ last Sunday? From: "Dr. Darryl Miller" <organdok@safari.net> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 08:13:54 -0400   Hi, Y'all!   I've received a few e-mails and a couple of phone calls about the organist on the Coral Ridge Hour -- the television broadcast of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.   He is Tom Trenney. He is a wonnnnnderfully gifted and talented young man who substituted last Easter. He played the morning services and then = played "Morning Has Broken." Diane was supposed to play the performance of her stuff, but had to back out at the last minute. Fortunately for us, Tom was in between church jobs and school situations, etc., and he was able to fly down and bail us out of music trouble.   He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute with Todd Wilson and is now at Eastman with David Higgs. Like me, he's a Buckeye! He also has a full-time organist-director job at a Presbyterian church in Rochester. He loves choral music and musical theatre and also enjoys accompanying silent movies on classical organs. I've heard him do "Phantom of the Opera" and for the most recent Church Music Explosion he did "Zoro." He was in the semi's of the Dallas competition, but it wasn't his year. He'll be playing on Sunday afternoon at the National in Seattle, so if you're there, you won't want to miss hearing him play.   Just thought you'd like to know . . .   Yours, wondering if there are 2 r's or only 1 in Zor(r)o, I am,   Darryl by the Sea Fort Lauderdale, FL    
(back) Subject: Re: Who was at the Coral Ridge organ last Sunday? From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 01:29:18 EDT   In a message dated 4/25/00 8:14:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time, organdok@safari.net writes:   << Yours, wondering if there are 2 r's or only 1 in Zor(r)o, I am, Darryl by the Sea Fort Lauderdale, FL >>   Easy: Two "r"s in ZoRRo, just like in DaRRyl! ;-)   Bruce .. . . .in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles Molly, Duncan, and Miles Cremona502@cs.com http://ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502