PipeChat Digest #3642 - Thursday, May 1, 2003
 
Re: Hello All!
  by "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com>
Re: Hello All!
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Hello All!  -- Organs in New Wilmington, PA
  by "Sand Lawn" <glawn@jam.rr.com>
Thanks for all the Info
  by <jjarvis@attbi.com>
Church wirings and blower maintenance (was: Clouds of smoke)
  by "=3D?Windows-1252?B?QW5kculzIEf8bnRoZXI=3D?=3D" <agun@telcel.n
Westminster Organs
  by "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com>
RE: Hello All!
  by "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu>
Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack NY
  by "MARAUDER" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Trip dates
  by "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com>
Re: Hello All!
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Hello All! From: "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 07:10:25 -0400 (EDT)         >Where is Westminster College in Pennsylvania? At first, I thought you = meant Westminster Choir College, but that is, of course, across the = border. Nope, not Westminster Choir College. We're a little Presbyterian = school in a town called New Wilmington. You haven't heard of it - it's = very rural and there's a couple hundred citizens and a whole lot of Amish = people. We're about an hour north of Pittsburgh. The Ohio border is right = over there. Youngstown isn't too far. I am not from this area; I am from = New York (state, not city). Western NY, south of Buffalo   >And then, who is the enterprising Professor of Organ who is organizing = this fabulous trip to Germany?   I study with Dr. Elizabeth Harrison. She's fabulous. She has started a = program called the Westminster Historic Organ Program = (http://www.westminster.edu/staff/harrisea/WHOP/). Basically I'm just = going with her. She's playing a concert, so I get to turn her pages and = pull stops and all that for her.   >Is there an Organ on campus you want to tell about? Hmmm, no? Haha. There's 3 - the organ in the auditorium, the organ in the = chapel, and the practice organs. They're all Mollers. None of them are = fabulous, but they work for me and my purposes. We're supposed to be = getting a new practice organ and a Bach organ. It probably won't be while = I'm still here though :(   Shelley     _______________________________________________ Join Excite! - http://www.excite.com The most personalized portal on the Web!  
(back) Subject: Re: Hello All! From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 12:17:37 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   Welcome to pipechat.   I think you will enjoy the Schnitgers even if they are a bit old-fashioned!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK   --- "sec_oboe2002@excite.com" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> wrote: > > Hello everyone! I'm a newbie, and thought I would > introduce myself.   > This June, I'm > heading to Germany with my organ professor to play > on some Schnitger organs. I'm really looking forward > to that.     __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: Hello All! -- Organs in New Wilmington, PA From: "Sand Lawn" <glawn@jam.rr.com> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 10:19:59 -0500     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 6:10 AM Subject: Re: Hello All!     > > >Is there an Organ on campus you want to tell about? > > Hmmm, no? Haha. There's 3 - the organ in the auditorium, the organ in = the chapel, and the practice organs. They're all Mollers. None of them are fabulous, but they work for me and my purposes. We're supposed to be = getting a new practice organ and a Bach organ. It probably won't be while I'm = still here though :( > > Shelley > The Mollers at Westminstger College, New Wilmington, PA   Auditorium .... M.P.Moller, #9465 .... 9161....4/82 Chapel .............M.P.Moller, #11283 .. 1982....3/43 Studio .............M.P.Moller,#10386 ....1967 ...2/ 2   Welcome, Shelley,   Sand Lawn    
(back) Subject: Thanks for all the Info From: <jjarvis@attbi.com> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 15:26:36 +0000   A very big Thank You to all of you who provided insight into my issue with =   numbness in my fingers. From all of the information that you provided and =   from talking with an Orthopedic Surgeon in my church, I have learned that = my symptoms are not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. My problem is from a pinched = nerve in the elbow and possible further up into my neck. The nerve was = irritated from resting my elbow and forearm in the wrong way on my desk while = working and on the window ledge of my car.   I spend many hours at my computer and need to rethink the height of my = desk and chair. The use of mouse and several hours of organ / piano practice = don't help the situation either. In addition to changing these habits, the doc recommended ice packs on the elbow for a few minutes several times a day. =   Within a few weeks the numbness should subside. The doc suggested = avoiding those pieces of music that have rapid wide reaches for a while.   I'll let you know how it all turns out.  
(back) Subject: Church wirings and blower maintenance (was: Clouds of smoke) From: "=3D?Windows-1252?B?QW5kculzIEf8bnRoZXI=3D?=3D" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:34:08 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve   Nelson Denton wrote:   > Trust me, many churches have wild wiring systems   Amen to that!!- I always spend half an hour or more at the breakerbox when = I have a new client. The "sacristy" switch activates the Altar lights; the "altar lights" switch activates the chandeliers, the "chandelier" switch, Haleluyah! activates the organ- the "organ" switch powered the sacristy!- = in my parish, the swich that powers the choir lights and power outlets has = the odd denomination "Commerce"... In other church where I had to work, all power outlets of the choir were wired to the 220V circuit of the organ blower. My Guardian Angel told me that day to plug in the check lamp first and *not* the vacuum cleaner- = this way I had only a blown bulb to replace, and not a blown VC.   > In any case an oil can or a grease gun and a trip to the basement = dungeon > every six months by a person with a bit of minimal skill is a small > investment to make in the overall scheme of things.   Problem: The good church folks tend to forget this important task- no reproach, since dayly life is so complicated. Hint: we put a sticker on = the motor box which says, for example: "next lubrication April 2003". When the lubrication is done, the sticker is replaced by another one for "October 2003" and so on.-   BTW in Venezuela it isn't a request to install blowers in separate = fireproof rooms... but to find the keys to choir and organ can become a Scotland = Yard affair here too!   Cheers Andres =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.        
(back) Subject: Westminster Organs From: "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:19:06 -0400 (EDT)     >It's a cute campus: Yes, it's a great place - and you should see the new student center, = absolutely fabulous.   The organs here spend a lot of time being out of tune. The chapel organ = has many stops that cannot be used a lot of the time. It's the wacky = weather here, and lack of humidity control. We go from being really, = really humid one day to having practically none the next. It's not good on = any instrument. There are other problems too, with certain stops not = working properly, or certain notes that don't sound. Overall, though, = they're not bad.   I can't really say much about new organs, because I really don't know. = Several options are being looked into, and we're fundraising a lot. I = promise to let you know as soon as I know more. I just know they're = promised.   The Germany trip: We're flying to Amsterdam. From there we're going to Gronigen to see two = instruments. From there we go to Cappel, where we're staying. There's a = Schnitger instrument in Cappel that we get to play on everyday. We're also = going to see the Schnitger organs in Dedesdorf, Grasberg, Stade, and = Ludingwort. We will visit the antique organs in Norden (built by Schnitger = in 1690), in Uttum (built by an unknown builder in the 16th century), in Rysum (builty in 1457! This is the oldest = organ in Germany, second oldest in the world.), and in Weener (built by = Schnitger in 1709-10). We might also go to Hamburg to see the organ in St. = Jacob's. That's it - then home again!   Hey, Ray Ahrens, which dorm hall did you stay in?   Shelley         _______________________________________________ Join Excite! - http://www.excite.com The most personalized portal on the Web!  
(back) Subject: RE: Hello All! From: "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:40:19 -0400   Shelley Culver writes:   >we're going to Gronigen to see two instruments. From there we go to = Cappel, where we're staying. There's a Schnitger instrument in Cappel that we get = to play on everyday. We're also going to see the Schnitger organs in = Dedesdorf, Grasberg, Stade, and Ludingwort. We will visit the antique organs in = Norden (built by Schnitger in 1690), in Uttum (built by an unknown builder in the 16th century), in Rysum (builty in 1457! This is the oldest organ in Germany, second oldest in the world.), and in Weener (built by Schnitger in 1709-10). We might also go to Hamburg to see the organ in St. Jacob's   Shelley, are you prepared (or preparing) for the fact that Schnitger = organs (and probably many others built around that time) are tuned at least 1/2 step sharp from what we're used to?   I've never had the privilege of playing one, but I imagine that this characteristic would make it a very confusing experience for awhile. I'll never forget the one time I tried the transposer on an Allen for a hymn in the middle of a service. Big mistake-- I mean, like instant train wreck! My fingers suddenly didn't know where to go anymore. I don't feel like = ever touching that knob again. It's easier transposing the old-fashioned way, deliberately with the brain. And I don't have perfect pitch, although I did, or very nearly did, when I was your age.   I've gotten used to the same disconnect with the carillon. Many carillons are not in "concert pitch" at all. But that's such a different instrument from the organ altogether that the experience of playing one note and hearing another doesn't transfer very well.   I'd be curious to know how you (and others who are familiar with such experiences) manage to handle the confusion.    
(back) Subject: Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack NY From: "MARAUDER" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 15:59:15 -0400   I was organist for a family funeral at this church yesterday. Can = anyone inform me of the organ that once stood behind the existing case there? = One now finds Rogers speakers inside the case and a two-manual console with light-up stops et al. The case is so small as to possibly suggest a single-manual with pedals instrument. I'd be interested in what anyone can tell me. Thanks.   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA  
(back) Subject: Trip dates From: "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 18:50:28 -0400 (EDT)     >What are the dates of your trip?   June 2nd through 17th.     _______________________________________________ Join Excite! - http://www.excite.com The most personalized portal on the Web!  
(back) Subject: Re: Hello All! From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 20:09:25 -0500   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org>; <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 10:31 PM Subject: Re: Hello All!   > Where is Westminster College in Pennsylvania? At first, I thought > you meant Westminster Choir College,   As a former inhabitant of Pennsylvania, I can tell you that Westminster College is in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. I believe the only connection with Westminster Choir College is that both institutions were founded by = the Presbyterian Church, as was Westminster College, here in Fulton, Missouri, which (as you might know) has a Mander organ in their chapel. There are, = in fact, quite a few Westminster Colleges around. This is due to the fact = that the foundation document of the Presbyterian Church was the Westminster Confession. There are quite a few Westminster Presbyterian Churches = around too. What I don't, understand, however, is why there are quite a few Eastminster, Southminster and Northminster Presbyterian Churches too. Perhaps a Presbyterian on the list might be able to explain this to us ignorant Episcopalians :-)   John Speller