PipeChat Digest #2264 - Thursday, July 26, 2001
 
Re: High School Organs
  by "Marika E. Buchberger, LRPS" <marika57@earthlink.net>
Re: High School Organs
  by <OrganMD@aol.com>
High School Organs
  by "Ed Steltzer" <steltzer@gwi.net>
Re: High School Organs - Van Nuys High School
  by "David Carter" <david_n_carter@hotmail.com>
Re: High School Organs
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@mediaone.net>
Re: High School Organs
  by "Dick Metzger" <dick@netreach.net>
Simply unbelievable...
  by <Pepehomer@aol.com>
Saxaphones
  by "STRAIGHT" <STRAIGHT@infoblvd.net>
high school organs
  by "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com>
Re: high school organs
  by "Stan Yoder" <vze2myh5@verizon.net>
Re: high school organs
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@prodigy.net>
Re: High School Organs
  by "Claire" <fleahopper@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: Re: High School Organs From: "Marika E. Buchberger, LRPS" <marika57@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 18:22:13 -0400   I might be wrong on this but there used to be prayer in schools, even = public schools, just up to a few years ago. Perhaps the organs were a part of = some prayer services? just a guess.   Bob Conway wrote:   > This thread is interesting to me. > > I went to the Regent Street London Polytechnic Secondary school in the > 1930's. Our Morning Assembly was held next door in what was then the > Polytechnic News Theatre. There was, and as far as I am aware, still = is, a > Compton Theatre organ, which some of us would be instructed to play, = under > the direction of Dr. Hough, who was our teacher for both Music and = Mathematics. > > We, the chosen ones, were expected to play the beast for the hymn and = the > National Anthem. I am afraid that I didn't last too long at the bench = as > my ideas of loudness differed from the Head's, and I was relegated to = the > choir! But it was my real introduction to the organ. > > The old "Poly" is now part of the University of Westminster, and the = last > time I was in there, last year, they would not allow me in the building, = as > I wasn't a student! > > As I type this I am listening to an LP of Albert Schweitzer playing = Bach, - > it was through my church Choirmaster that I got to hear Dr. Schweitzer = in > the flesh, for he took me to a recital that Dr. Schweitzer gave on the > organ in or near the Tower of London, St. Peter ad Vincula, which was > damaged during the bombings of London. > > Brings back quite a few memories! > > Bob Conway > > At 10:20 PM 7/25/01 +0100, Steve Barker wrote: > >I work at a school in the UK that has an organ in the hall... it's only = a > >small two manual with 4 sw, 5 gt and 3 ped stops. I use it in assembly > >every morning, but mostly just to play the hymn. > > > >I think this is quite rare in a UK school... anyone know any different? > > > >Steve Barker > >Canterbury, UK > > > > > > "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   -- ***************************************************** Healthcare references for everyone. "Recipient of the year 2000 Featured Site Award at healthAtoZ.com" http://home.earthlink.net/~marika57/m_erika.html   Internet Safety Lessons. Must reading for everyone. http://home.earthlink.net/~marika57/safetylessons.html *****************************************************      
(back) Subject: Re: High School Organs From: <OrganMD@aol.com> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 18:36:31 EDT     --part1_6e.d776887.2890a3ef_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Hi All......   Austin Organs, Inc. is at this time under contract to restore the 39 rank E.M. Skinner at Hollywood High School and the 20 rank California organ = Co., instrument at Van Nuys High School.   Bill Hesterman   --part1_6e.d776887.2890a3ef_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3>Hi All...... <BR> <BR>Austin Organs, Inc. is at this time under contract to restore the 39 = rank <BR>E.M. Skinner at Hollywood High School and the 20 rank California organ = Co., <BR>instrument at Van Nuys High School. <BR> <BR>Bill Hesterman</FONT></HTML>   --part1_6e.d776887.2890a3ef_boundary--  
(back) Subject: High School Organs From: "Ed Steltzer" <steltzer@gwi.net> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 19:45:52 -0400   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_00D1_01C11542.6945EE20 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   .....and another, from Philadelphia:   Northeast Public High School (so named in 1948 when I graduated in a =3D class of about 600); N.E. Manual Trade School when my father was there) = =3D - was on Lehigh Ave. in what was then called North Philadelphia. A new = =3D building was built 20 or more years ago in what is now called North =3D Philadelphia!   N.E. Pub. High School had about 5000 students, all boys, some excellent = =3D teachers, some very fine shops such as wood-working, electrical, etc., a = =3D huge auditorium, and a decent size pipe organ. ...sorry, I can't fill =3D in any details.   My Band Director at that time was a John Weaver (age maybe 40), who also = =3D was the organist. When he was invited to perform in Wanamaker's store =3D in center Phila., he invited me to sit with him, right beside the 6 =3D manuals and the many hundreds of stops. ......a very high spot in my =3D young life; probably raised my lifetime sights quite a bit.   ...... was that John Weaver related to the John Weaver now performing, I = =3D wonder?   Ed, in Maine   ------=3D_NextPart_000_00D1_01C11542.6945EE20 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type content=3D3D"text/html; =3D charset=3D3Diso-8859-1"> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 5.50.4522.1800" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>....and another, from =3D Philadelphia:</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Northeast Public High School (so = named =3D in 1948 when=3D20 I graduated in a class of about 600);&nbsp; N.E. Manual Trade School =3D when my=3D20 father was there) - was on Lehigh Ave. in what was then called North=3D20 Philadelphia.&nbsp;&nbsp; A new building was built 20 or more years ago = =3D in what=3D20 is now called North Philadelphia!</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>N.E. Pub. High School had about 5000 = =3D students, all=3D20 boys,&nbsp; some excellent teachers, some very fine shops such as =3D wood-working,=3D20 electrical, etc., a huge auditorium, and a decent size pipe organ.&nbsp; = =3D   ....sorry, I can't fill in any details.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>My Band Director at that time was a = =3D John Weaver=3D20 (age maybe 40), who also was the organist.&nbsp; When he was invited to = =3D perform=3D20 in Wanamaker's store in center Phila., he invited me to sit with him, =3D right=3D20 beside the 6 manuals and the many hundreds of stops.&nbsp;&nbsp; ......a = =3D very=3D20 high spot in my young life; probably raised my lifetime sights quite = a=3D20 bit.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>..... was that John Weaver related to = =3D the John=3D20 Weaver now performing, I wonder?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Ed, in = Maine</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_00D1_01C11542.6945EE20--    
(back) Subject: Re: High School Organs - Van Nuys High School From: "David Carter" <david_n_carter@hotmail.com> Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 01:08:16   Hello List - It's wonderful to hear that these two organs are being restored. My mother =   and her two sisters attended Van Nuys High School in the 1930's, and I believed that the sisters (my aunts) played the organ. (I will contact the =   one aunt still living to see if she or Dora played it.)   David Carter-By-The-American-River in hot Sacramento.     >From: OrganMD@aol.com >Subject: Re: High School Organs >Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 18:36:31 EDT > >Hi All...... > >Austin Organs, Inc. is at this time under contract to restore the 39 rank >E.M. Skinner at Hollywood High School and the 20 rank California organ = Co., >instrument at Van Nuys High School. > >Bill Hesterman     _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp    
(back) Subject: Re: High School Organs From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@mediaone.net> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 21:12:06 -0400       "Marika E. Buchberger, LRPS" wrote: > > I might be wrong on this but there used to be prayer in schools, even = public > schools, just up to a few years ago. Perhaps the organs were a part of = some prayer > services? just a guess. >   In the 1960's at Newtown there would be an inspirational and non-sectarian reading by the Principal, following the organ. Nothing Biblical, very = positive Norman Vincent Peale kind of stuff.   (I had a study hall in the auditorium and we learned much about the outer limits of human profanity from an organ servicing company that was in the chambers in back of the stage..)   Stan  
(back) Subject: Re: High School Organs From: "Dick Metzger" <dick@netreach.net> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 21:54:53 -0400   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_001C_01C11554.6F4E1970 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   Ed, =3D20   Northeast High School (the "new" one) is in NorthEAST Philadelphia on =3D Cottman St. Rode past it today.   I graduated from Frankford High School, also in Philadelphia, in the =3D late 50's and it had a 3 manual pipe organ. I was on the stage crew and = =3D can tell you every day the organ was used as the students came into the = =3D auditorium. The beginning of every auditorium session was a bible =3D reading followed by a non-denominational hymn. We flashed the words on = =3D the screen while the organ played. Try doing that, today!   A few years after I graduated, there was a push on to restore the organ. = =3D Apparently that was successful since I did hear about a number of =3D concerts played on the organ. Can't give any more details about the =3D organ since my interest has never been on the classical side.   Story goes, the students in the 20's and 30's donated their nickles and = =3D dimes to purchase the organ. Never did find out it that was true.   Dick Metzger   TOSDV   =3D20   ....and another, from Philadelphia: =3D20 Northeast Public High School (so named in 1948 when I graduated in a =3D class of about 600); N.E. Manual Trade School when my father was there) = =3D - was on Lehigh Ave. in what was then called North Philadelphia. A new = =3D building was built 20 or more years ago in what is now called North =3D Philadelphia! =3D20 N.E. Pub. High School had about 5000 students, all boys, some =3D excellent teachers, some very fine shops such as wood-working, =3D electrical, etc., a huge auditorium, and a decent size pipe organ. =3D ....sorry, I can't fill in any details. =3D20 My Band Director at that time was a John Weaver (age maybe 40), who =3D also was the organist. When he was invited to perform in Wanamaker's =3D store in center Phila., he invited me to sit with him, right beside the = =3D 6 manuals and the many hundreds of stops. ......a very high spot in my = =3D young life; probably raised my lifetime sights quite a bit. =3D20 ..... was that John Weaver related to the John Weaver now performing, = =3D I wonder? =3D20 Ed, in Maine   ------=3D_NextPart_000_001C_01C11554.6F4E1970 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content=3D3D"text/html; charset=3D3Diso-8859-1" =3D http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 5.00.3103.1000" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Ed,&nbsp; </FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Northeast High School (the "new" one) = =3D is in=3D20 NorthEAST Philadelphia on Cottman St.&nbsp; Rode past it =3D today.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>I graduated from Frankford High = School, =3D also in=3D20 Philadelphia, in the late 50's and it had a 3 manual pipe organ.&nbsp; I = =3D was on=3D20 the stage crew and can tell you every day the organ was used as the =3D students=3D20 came into the auditorium.&nbsp; The beginning of&nbsp;every = auditorium=3D20 session&nbsp;was a bible reading followed by a non-denominational =3D hymn.&nbsp; We=3D20 flashed the words on the screen while the organ played.&nbsp; =3D </FONT><FONT=3D20 face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Try doing that, today!</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>A few years after I graduated, there = =3D was a push on=3D20 to restore the organ.&nbsp; Apparently that was successful since I did =3D hear=3D20 about a&nbsp;number of concerts played on the organ.&nbsp; Can't give =3D any more=3D20 details about the organ since my interest has never been on the =3D classical=3D20 side.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Story goes, the students in the 20's = =3D and 30's=3D20 donated their nickles and dimes to purchase the organ.&nbsp; Never did =3D find out=3D20 it that was true.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Dick Metzger</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>TOSDV</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <BLOCKQUOTE=3D20 style=3D3D"BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: = =3D 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>....and another, from =3D Philadelphia:</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Northeast Public High School (so = =3D named in 1948=3D20 when I graduated in a class of about 600);&nbsp; N.E. Manual Trade =3D School when=3D20 my father was there) - was on Lehigh Ave. in what was then called =3D North=3D20 Philadelphia.&nbsp;&nbsp; A new building was built 20 or more years =3D ago in=3D20 what is now called North Philadelphia!</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>N.E. Pub. High School had about = 5000 =3D students,=3D20 all boys,&nbsp; some excellent teachers, some very fine shops such = as=3D20 wood-working, electrical, etc., a huge auditorium, and a decent size =3D pipe=3D20 organ.&nbsp; ...sorry, I can't fill in any details.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>My Band Director at that time was a = =3D John Weaver=3D20 (age maybe 40), who also was the organist.&nbsp; When he was invited =3D to=3D20 perform in Wanamaker's store in center Phila., he invited me to sit =3D with him,=3D20 right beside the 6 manuals and the many hundreds of stops.&nbsp;&nbsp; = =3D .......a=3D20 very high spot in my young life; probably raised my lifetime sights =3D quite a=3D20 bit.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>..... was that John Weaver related = to =3D the John=3D20 Weaver now performing, I wonder?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Ed, in=3D20 Maine</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_001C_01C11554.6F4E1970--    
(back) Subject: Simply unbelievable... From: <Pepehomer@aol.com> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 22:08:11 EDT   Not to restart a topic that was already beaten into the ground, but I = recently came upon this on the Faith Lutheran Church (Kennesaw, GA) web = page and thought I would share.   "Throughout the years there have been a great variety of worship styles. = Our style of worship reflects what David was expressing in this Psalms. = Instead of an organ, we use contemporary instruments and worship songs = that speak to God rather than about Him."   All of a sudden the organ is not appropriate in a worship setting? Am I = understanding this paragraph correctly?   Justin Karch Organist, Holy Trinity LCMS Rome, GA  
(back) Subject: Saxaphones From: "STRAIGHT" <STRAIGHT@infoblvd.net> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 21:24:29 -0400   > I subbed for a Lutheran congregation 4 yrs. ago where the minister > insisted on accompanying the organ on his Saxaphone of all things, = during > hymns. It shocked me!   We're not Lutheran, but we have one of those too! He subs around in = the summer, preaches a little, plays a little, preaches a little, plays some more (loud, too). He's good, but somehow.....................................................   We were looking for a choir director, he sent in an application. I = was on the committee, saw all 4 people look at the paper with his name on it = and groan "Oh, noooo", all at once.   Grins, Diane S. -----shall I retire so you can tell the joke now? I'll read it later when nobody's looking.      
(back) Subject: high school organs From: "Gary Black" <gblack@ocslink.com> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 22:01:40 -0500   Hi all, There is a 2 manual and pedal Aeolian Pipe Organ in the auditorium of the high school in LaSalle, Illinois. It was installed when the building was built in the late 20's and seems to play very well. It has a player mechanism too and the organ has had some work done on it too. It plays from a detached console with the pipe work is buried in chambers way above and to the back of the stage. Gary    
(back) Subject: Re: high school organs From: "Stan Yoder" <vze2myh5@verizon.net> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 23:17:52 -0400   Back in the mid-50s I played a modest 3M Austin in Proviso HS, Maywood, a western suburb of Chicago. I believe there was one chamber, speaking onto the stage from the wing, or maybe on both sides.I was a seminary student at the time, accompanying a local vets' chorus.   Whether it's still there I dunno.   Schenley HS here in Pittsburgh had an EM Skinner.Don't know if it's still there either.     Stan Yoder  
(back) Subject: Re: high school organs From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@prodigy.net> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 23:14:37 -0500   When I was in high school, we had this old organ which had this black box = on the side, and inside the black box were TUBES which had to warm up before any sound would come out. I can't remember the make (it HAS been 17 = years). Didn't have a whole lot of difference in sound, despite the many stops. Most of them were various forms of String, Flutes, and Diapason. Either way, you got an 8', 4', and 2', and that was about it. OH, and of course, the 16' in the pedal.   Jeff      
(back) Subject: Re: High School Organs From: "Claire" <fleahopper@earthlink.net> Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 02:05:42 -0400   At 07:45 PM 7/25/2001 -0400, you wrote: >....and another, from Philadelphia:     Leeds Jr High had a Hammond A-100 - thats how I got started, and = Germantown High also had an electronic organ - but I don't remember what type - = anyone else from Philly want to chime in? Claire