PipeChat Digest #5155 - Sunday, February 13, 2005
 
Ash Wednesday Service Music
  by "Dominic Scullion" <dominicscullion@email.com>
RE: Substitute organists
  by "Michael David" <michaelandmaggy@comcast.net>
Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
  by "Shirley" <pnst.shirley@verizon.net>
Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: Lead Sheets and adaptability
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca>
Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Punta Gorda hurricane
  by "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com>
Looking for Music
  by "David Evangelides" <davide@theatreorgans.com>
Re: Lead Sheets and adaptability
  by <DERREINETOR@aol.com>
Re: Lead Sheets and adaptability
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Les Maitres Vol 3
  by "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net>
Re: "massive" Reuter organ in Kansas
  by "William` Chapman" <wmgrantchapman@msn.com>
Re: "massive" Reuter organ in Kansas
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net>
Lent I for the Lutherans
  by "Beau Surratt" <Beau.Surratt@theatreorgans.com>
Death of the pipe organ: thanks in part to gross mis-conceptions bandied-
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net>
 

(back) Subject: Ash Wednesday Service Music From: "Dominic Scullion" <dominicscullion@email.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:59:54 -0000   Organ Prelude: Excerpts from St Matthew Passion =96 Bach   Variations on God of Mercy and Compassion   Processional Hymn: God of Mercy and Compassion   Ashes: Pie Jesu from Requiem =96 Faur=E9, played on solo violin = accompanied by organ Offertory Hymn: O Sacred Head Sore Wounded =96 Passion Chorale   Communion Voluntary: Miserere =96 Allegri   Post Communion Hynn: Soul of My Saviour   Recessional: When I Survey =96 Rockingham   Organ Voluntary: Surely He Hath Bourne our Griefs, from Messiah - Handel     --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.857 / Virus Database: 584 - Release Date: 10/02/2005 =20  
(back) Subject: RE: Substitute organists From: "Michael David" <michaelandmaggy@comcast.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 17:10:32 -0600   Two things I do for substitutes:   1. Put copies of all music in order in a three ring binder 2. Provide a semi-responsible person (choir member or other) nearby to = give cues.   Michael     -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of Thomas Gregory Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 7:22 PM To: Pipechat Subject: Substitute organists   Greetings:   In the past few years I have had the opportunity to sub in many churches = in our area....(Presbyterian/Methodist/Lutheran/Baptist/UCC/etc). Although nearly all experiences are positive, I would like to make a few suggestions to help the substitute feel at home.   The console should be clean. One or two pencils should be sufficient. = (The last church I subbed at had over 50 dull or broken pencils, bent paper clips, used scotch tape, fingernail files, etc. spread throughout the console)!   It is nice to have family pictures in your home, but I question the need = of having baby & family pictures/get well cards/Valentine day cards/shopping lists/gum wrappers/candy bar wrappers etc. spread throughout the console. Please leave the clutter at home.   It only takes a few minutes once a month to gently clean the keys. I find myself doing this at nearly every console I play.   One of two hymnals should be sufficient....moving several books and = hymnals to find room to sit on a bench seems to be excessive.   A short note explaining problems with the instrument is always helpful. Information regarding lights, blower switch location, etc. saves the sub much time.   Phone numbers of the custodian, organ technician, pastor, choir director, church office, etc. should be available.   I always appreciate the hymn titles, tunes and #'s in advance. Church secretaries are nearly always glad to phone or email this information.   Pistons should be available for the sub to use and change. Although I try reset them at the conclusion of the service, organists should keep a list = of their settings and be able to resent them if the need arises.   Pastors are usually very willing to discuss the service if they know a sub is playing. Please tell pastors and choir directors when a sub will be playing.   Please inform the treasurer in advance so a check will be waiting at the = end of the service. Many times I will wait for several weeks to be paid.   A marked bulletin from a previous week will help the sub know what is expected for responses, hymn introductions, etc. Some pastors announce hymns, others don't. It is always nice to know what to expect.   In one church where I sub frequently, the organist always has a very neat console equipped with a tin of mints. This is a nice touch, especially = when there is a long rehearsal prior to a lengthy service. (The pastors always discuss the service in advance).   Qualified substitutes are becoming a rarity. Treat them well and they = will be glad to return.   Best wishes....(Tomorrow I am a United Methodist!)      
(back) Subject: Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba From: "Shirley" <pnst.shirley@verizon.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 18:19:35 -0500   It was me that initiated the original conversation. I - with the help of = this list - decided it made better recessional music, and so I scheduled it for there.   If "March of the Queen of Sheba" is too chuckle-worthy, then perhaps = "Sinfonia in WhateverKey" might suffice. I've seen that title as well.   --Shirley   On 13 Feb 2005 at 13:57, RonSeverin@aol.com expounded:   > I too remember a discussion about the appropriateness of this > piece as a wedding march. The group over all washed it out > as superficial and banal for that particular spot in the service.    
(back) Subject: Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 18:44:49 -0500   By a strange coincidence, just today a bride-to-be asked me to play something called "Sinfonia." I asked the name of the composer and she didn't know but said she would check the CD and get back to me. I was wondering if it's the marvelous Sinfonia to Cantata no. 29 by Bach? That's a dandy piece for a recessional (certainly not for a processional). But I take it that it's an alternate title for those too sheepish to say Sheba?   Randy Runyon   On Feb 13, 2005, at 6:19 PM, Shirley wrote:   > It was me that initiated the original conversation. I - with the help > of this list - > decided it made better recessional music, and so I scheduled it for > there. > > If "March of the Queen of Sheba" is too chuckle-worthy, then perhaps > "Sinfonia in > WhateverKey" might suffice. I've seen that title as well. > > --Shirley    
(back) Subject: Re: Lead Sheets and adaptability From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 18:51:38 +0000   On 2/12/05 1:17 PM, "RMB10@aol.com" <RMB10@aol.com> wrote:   > I guess I'm weird, but it amazes me that people have a hard time playing = off > of lead sheets. I was taught at an early age to play from chord charts/l= ead > sheets. As a keyboard player, my piano and first organ instructor made s= ure I > knew that I would probably be handed sheets with just words and chords an= d > that I would have to deal with that stuff working in a church, so they > prepared me for it.   Your points are super, of course, Monty. Sure you=B9re weird=8Bbut probably no more than all of us SHOULD be. When I was studying organ (with a name you=B9ll ALL know, and available on request) the concept of =B3lead sheets=B2 an= d =B3chord charts=B2 NEVER came up. Nor would I have expected it to, having neve= r heard of them. =20   BUT, of course, in a =B3southern=B2 milieu, perhaps the expectation would have been different? And would have been what you GOT: an acquaintance with a notation system that is NOT =B3standard=B2? I was at least 65 years old before I first saw =B3shaped-note=B2 notation. It shouldn=B9t have been that way; whether I ever had occasion or not to USE it, I should have had SOME exposure to these =B3other=B2 systems.   Alan Freed        
(back) Subject: Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba From: "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 18:56:21 -0500   The "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" comes from Handel's "Solomon" - it was =   the opening music for my radio programme "Voicings". The real reason I played it every week was that the recording was of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit, and counted toward my 10% Canadian Content as required by the CRTC, - the most stupid requirement you ever would see!   But it wasn't written by Bach!   Bob Conway   At 06:44 PM 2/13/2005, you wrote: >By a strange coincidence, just today a bride-to-be asked me to play >something called "Sinfonia." I asked the name of the composer and she >didn't know but said she would check the CD and get back to me. I was >wondering if it's the marvelous Sinfonia to Cantata no. 29 by Bach? >That's a dandy piece for a recessional (certainly not for a >processional). But I take it that it's an alternate title for those too >sheepish to say Sheba? > >Randy Runyon > >On Feb 13, 2005, at 6:19 PM, Shirley wrote: > >>It was me that initiated the original conversation. I - with the help = of >>this list - >>decided it made better recessional music, and so I scheduled it for = there. >> >>If "March of the Queen of Sheba" is too chuckle-worthy, then perhaps >>"Sinfonia in >>WhateverKey" might suffice. I've seen that title as well. >> >>--Shirley > > >****************************************************************** >"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 >List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> >List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> >List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org>      
(back) Subject: Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 19:06:46 -0500   Hey, Bob, I know it was written by Handel! I play it (sort of--it's=20 hard). What I meant was that I had first thought that the "sinfonia"=20 the bride-to-be was alluding to was the one by Bach, the sinfonia to=20 cantata 29. Marcel Dupr=E9 did an arrangement of it, though the one I=20=   use is by Ted Alan Worth (or Robert Hebble--I forget). Then there is=20 the dandy arrangement for piano by Rachmaninoff, where he sneaks in=20 some twentieth-century chords.   No Canadian content in this post.   Randy Runyon     On Feb 13, 2005, at 6:56 PM, Bob Conway wrote:   > The "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" comes from Handel's "Solomon" - it=20=   > was the opening music for my radio programme "Voicings". The real=20 > reason I played it every week was that the recording was of the=20 > Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit, and counted=20=   > toward my 10% Canadian Content as required by the CRTC, - the most=20 > stupid requirement you ever would see! > > But it wasn't written by Bach! > > Bob Conway > > At 06:44 PM 2/13/2005, you wrote: >> By a strange coincidence, just today a bride-to-be asked me to play=20=   >> something called "Sinfonia." I asked the name of the composer and=20 >> she didn't know but said she would check the CD and get back to me. =20=   >> I was wondering if it's the marvelous Sinfonia to Cantata no. 29 by=20=   >> Bach? >> That's a dandy piece for a recessional (certainly not for a=20 >> processional). But I take it that it's an alternate title for those=20=   >> too sheepish to say Sheba? >> >> Randy Runyon >> >> On Feb 13, 2005, at 6:19 PM, Shirley wrote: >> >>> It was me that initiated the original conversation. I - with the=20 >>> help of this list - >>> decided it made better recessional music, and so I scheduled it for=20=   >>> there. >>> >>> If "March of the Queen of Sheba" is too chuckle-worthy, then perhaps=20=   >>> "Sinfonia in >>> WhateverKey" might suffice. I've seen that title as well. >>> >>> --Shirley >> >> >> ****************************************************************** >> "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 >> List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> >> List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> >> List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org> > > > > ****************************************************************** > "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 > List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> > List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> > List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org> >    
(back) Subject: Punta Gorda hurricane From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 19:05:12 -0500   Hi Glenda & all, in answer to your question, yes, my house is gone in = Punta Gorda, Florida. It was declared totaled by the insurance adjuster and has been demolished, =   due to water damage from Hurricane Charley last August. So my furniture and possessions, none of which was damaged because the ceilings never did fall, are now at my son Barry's house in Tampa. I did received total insurance coverage, including $6,000. for the undamaged contents, and no deductible. My shed and carport disappeared. I am not rebuilding there, have a buyer, and am looking for someplace with no maintenance. An advantage to being in Tampa is that I have been able to attend St. John's Church for the last 4 Sundays. Since I have tickets I got last year for several concerts south of here, I am renting a trailer in Estero starting this Friday for a month. I have already driven to Fort Myers = once for The Prague Symphony, well worth the 2 hour trip south. Will do the same on Tuesday to hear David Higgs at Bower Chapel at The Moorings in North Naples. There are upcoming church events I will list & plan to attend as follows: Friday Feb. 18, at 7:30pm, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ft. Myers, "Singing Girls of Texas" Sat. Feb. 19 at 7:30pm, St. Hilary's Episcopal. Ft. Myers - Frederick Moyer, Pianist Fri. Feb. 25 at 7:30pm, United Methodist Church, Ft. Myers - Concordia College, MN Choir Sun. Feb. 27 at 4pm, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ft. Myers - Gordon = Turk, Organ (recent Allen 4 Manual) Sun. March 6 at 3pm, United Congregational Church, North Naples - Brian Jones, dedication organ recital of new Schantz pipe organ or at 3pm United Methodist Church, Ft. Myers, Hector Oliviera, Organ (not sure of organ make) Sun. March 13 at 5pm, First Presbyterian Church, Naples, Thomas Murray, dedication organ recital of new 5 Manual Ruffatti pipe organ PS: some of these concerts may have a free-will offering, David Higgs is ticketed with advance tickets from The Moorings. Judy Ollikkala  
(back) Subject: Looking for Music From: "David Evangelides" <davide@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 18:04:32 -0700   Good Evening Everyone,   May I impose upon the group for a favor?   For about a month I=E2=80=99ve been looking for the words to 3 anthems that= we=20 used to sing at Calvary Baptist Church in NYC back in the 60=E2=80=99s. The= =20 choir sang them as anthems, and they were also in some older hymn books.=20 I know the music, but can=E2=80=99t for the life of me find them in any of = my=20 music books or web search sites. It=E2=80=99s like they never existed.=C2= =A0 Does=20 that ever happen to anyone else?   Titles and words as best as I can remember are:   1.=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0"One Day at Calvary"   I stood one day at Calvary My eyes once blind can see .. . . . . And them I stood there in my sin His love reached out to me And Oh the joy that filled my soul That day at Calvary   2.=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0"Only One Life to Offer" =E2=80=93 perhaps = by Merril Dunlap   Only one life to offer Take it dear Lord I pray Only one tongue to praise Him Ask and I will obey Thou Who hast freely given Thine all in all to me Consecrate Oh Lord to Thy matchless service Yielded fully to Thee   3.=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0"Jesus Revealed in Me"   Christ the Transforming Life .. . . . . Oh to be saved from sin .. . . . . . That I may show, so others would know Jesus revealed in me.   Don=E2=80=99t go out of your way, but perhaps between all of us we can put= =20 together most of the words in the right order.   Thanks very much in advance,       David E   David Evangelides Fulfillment Manager International Bible Society 719-867-2729 (Sent by wireless T-Mobile Sidekick)  
(back) Subject: Re: Lead Sheets and adaptability From: <DERREINETOR@aol.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 20:12:42 EST   Monty and Alan:   "Lead Sheets"? "Basso Continuo"? Learning to play common (or Disco, or = Jazz, or whatever) practice over a bassline has been the standard since at least = the time of Monteverdi. If one lookes to a "rock" analogy (better, Heavy = Metal), one can analogize between the blues and the Passimezo Antiqua. (For = Dowland, the "Passy-Measures").I think learning to play "continuo" over a rock beat = or whatever is great, as long as you know WHAT you're doing. After all, those = of us who learned to harmonize Bach chorales with just a melody (sometimes in = the Tenor) and a bass-line were often a bit constipated. Until we got the gist = of it. Counterpoint is scary, of course. Until we found ourselves in the = midst of a Rock Band, otherwise known as a "Broken Consort".   Let's also not forget that much of Buxtehude, some of Pachelbel and Bach, = was written in a kind of tabliture that would make most modern academics wince--we're still not EXACTLY sure how to transcribe it into "modus = constipatus".   Pax, Bill H. Boston  
(back) Subject: Re: Lead Sheets and adaptability From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 20:19:28 -0500     On Feb 13, 2005, at 1:51 PM, Alan Freed wrote:   > > Your points are super, of course, Monty. =A0Sure you=92re weird=97but=20=   > probably no more than all of us SHOULD be. =A0When I was studying = organ=20 > (with a name you=92ll ALL know, and available on request)   I so request!       > =A0the concept of =93lead sheets=94 and =93chord charts=94 NEVER came = up. =A0Nor=20 > would I have expected it to, having never heard of them. =A0 > > BUT, of course, in a =93southern=94 milieu, perhaps the expectation = would=20 > have been different? =A0=A0And would have been what you GOT: =A0an=20 > acquaintance with a notation system that is NOT =93standard=94? =A0I = was at=20 > least 65 years old before I first saw =93shaped-note=94 notation. =A0It=20=   > shouldn=92t have been that way; whether I ever had occasion or not to=20=   > USE it, I should have had SOME exposure to these =93other=94 systems. > > Alan Freed >   I certainly wouldn't have known it from organ study. But from the=20 piano bar scene, sure. It's wonderful how efficiently a pop tune can=20 be inscribed in so little space as half a page in a fake book.   Randy Runyon=  
(back) Subject: Les Maitres Vol 3 From: "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 17:39:27 -0800   Dear friends,   Many of you have asked when I am going to offer more from Les Maitres Contemporains volume 3 - I am happy to tell you you can now download all 225 pages of it!   Due to time constraints, all 111 of the remaining pages are in one 9mb PDF file, so download at your own risk!   http://www.evensongmusic.net/free.html for all links   Direct link: http://www.blackiris.com/orwig/scores/LesMaitres/vol3/LM3_p116-224.pdf   Enjoy!   -- Jonathan Orwig Evensong Music, Media and Graphics New Choral and Organ Music http://www.evensongmusic.net    
(back) Subject: Re: "massive" Reuter organ in Kansas From: "William` Chapman" <wmgrantchapman@msn.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 21:06:30 -0500   Seb asked what an e-m unit by Reuter might look like. I would suggest you find a copy of "The Contemporary American Organ" by Barnes, published in 1948, and look at the top of page 325. If this is not available to the = truly curious maybe I will try to scan the thing. Let me know.     >From: TubaMagna@aol.com >Reply-To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> >To: pipechat@pipechat.org >Subject: Re: "massive" Reuter organ in Kansas >Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 16:12:12 EST > > >In a message dated 02/12/05 10:06:42 PM, wmgrantchapman@msn.com writes: > ><< Chests are most likely ventil ("like" Casavant) or electro-mechanical >unit >(a Reuter design). Very likely started life as a unit organ. Wm. G. = Chapman > >> > >Can you explain this in greater detail? I am particularly intrigued by = the >second of the three assertions. > > >******************************************************************   _________________________________________________________________ FREE pop-up blocking with the new MSN Toolbar =96 get it now! http://toolbar.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200415ave/direct/01/    
(back) Subject: Re: "massive" Reuter organ in Kansas From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:48:47 EST   Alas, I do not own the Fourth Edition; the Third sems not to mention them, =   and the Fifth shows only their pitman action. I had no idea that they had designed or built electro-mechanical actions.   SMG  
(back) Subject: Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 21:54:30 -0600   I think "Sinfonia" is much more likely to be the Sinfonia from Bach's Cantata No. 29, a favorite wedding piece. I have no idea why anyone would feel squeamish about calling "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" by its proper name. It is a beautifully crafted piece that transcibes well to = the organ. There is a feeling about it of "something significant about to happen" that makes it a good wedding piece.   John Speller   P.S. I had Bach's "St. Anne" Prelude and Fugue at my wedding, and nearly thirty years later my vote would still be for that.   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 5:44 PM Subject: Re: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba     > By a strange coincidence, just today a bride-to-be asked me to play > something called "Sinfonia." I asked the name of the composer and she > didn't know but said she would check the CD and get back to me. I was > wondering if it's the marvelous Sinfonia to Cantata no. 29 by Bach? > That's a dandy piece for a recessional (certainly not for a > processional). But I take it that it's an alternate title for those > too sheepish to say Sheba? > > Randy Runyon > > On Feb 13, 2005, at 6:19 PM, Shirley wrote: > > > It was me that initiated the original conversation. I - with the help > > of this list - > > decided it made better recessional music, and so I scheduled it for > > there. > > > > If "March of the Queen of Sheba" is too chuckle-worthy, then perhaps > > "Sinfonia in > > WhateverKey" might suffice. I've seen that title as well.      
(back) Subject: Lent I for the Lutherans From: "Beau Surratt" <Beau.Surratt@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 21:59:48 -0600   Hi! Here's the stuff we did today:   Prelude- Meditation- Maurice Durufle   Great Litany and Procession   Hymn of the Day "Bless Now, O God, the Journey" LLANGOFAN (sp?) from the ELCA's Renewing Worship Songbook   Offertory Canticle- With One Voice Setting 5   Distribution- "Jesus Still Lead On" SEELENBRAUTIGAM "Day By Day" BLOT EN DAG "The Glory of These Forty Days" ERHALT UNS HERR   Sending- "Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days" CAITHNESS   Postlude- O Gott, du frommer Gott- Brahms     Blessings, Beau Surratt Director of Music and Organist First United Lutheran Church, ELCA 6705 Hohman Ave. Hammond, IN 46324      
(back) Subject: Death of the pipe organ: thanks in part to gross mis-conceptions bandied-about by the popular media! (X-Posted) From: "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:01:24 -0600 (Central Standard Time)   Greetings to the list.   While I was perusing one of the local newspapers after Church today, I happened upon an interesting article entitled:   " Teen takes to the organ for annual Pipe Dreams Event raises funds for the Red Cross " http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/021305/new_20050213057.shtml   Sounded promising enough, so I started reading. But I soon began to choke on my lunch when I got to the following quotation:   "People really enjoy hearing a young person play who is that good," said = the event's sponsor, Ken Stinar, head of the local Red Cross. "There are = people interested in pipe organs because it's a thing of the past." "The old pipe organs are just not installed these days," I could not let a broad-brushed comment like that in a newspaper with a = wide circulation pass without challenge, so I wrote a "letter to the editor" informing him that there are no less than 2 dozen companies in Illinois ALONE which manufacture and install pipe organs, and several hundred throughout the country. Obviously: this person was grossly mis-informed to make a comment like = that. But the question becomes: how much of the general populace's attitude is engendered by remarks like that?? In big, bold letters, those comments appeared to draw attention to the fact that, in this writer's opinion, = pipe organ building is non-existent. Those of you who feel inclined to write additional letters to the Editor = or the story-writer (who already wrote me back and told me "I had no idea!") about the well-being of our almost secret society of the pipe organ (how = sad is this, really??) in terms of exposure to the main-stream should = certainly do what you can in whatever capacity to help dispel this kind of attitude. THIS is what is going to kill the pipe organ: apathy on our parts and = gross mis-information on the part of the public.