It's the story of one of the oldest instruments and, until relatively recently, the mankind's most complex machine. A great printable lesson is available. No previous music is needed for this unit study. A complete lesson plan is provided. Videos provide additional audio and visual support for the lesson and required to complete some of … Continue reading Mini Course: The Story of the Pipe Organ
"Why are there so many pipes?" "But how come you sit over here and the sound comes out over there?" "Why are those pipes so big?" "Why are those pipes so tiny?" "Why are some of the pipes made from metal and others are made from wood?" "How long do pipes last?" Right after the … Continue reading Mini-Course: How Do Organ Pipes Work?
The first settlers in Avon, Illinois, arrived in 1835. In just twenty years, the area grew enough to have a post office, changed its name twice, saw the building of a branch of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) and formed several churches. Among those fellowships were a Universalist Church and a Congregational Church. … Continue reading 1912 M.P. Moller, Avon Federated Church, Avon, Illinois
The world watched in frozen horror as news broadcasts showed a fire blazing through the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. The fate of the historic building and its contents hung in the balance. The damage was extensive, yet somehow, miraculously even, some things survived. Among the remaining treasures in the cathedral is the … Continue reading The Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris Pipe Organ
Combining my interest in history with performing on a magnificent organ seemed like a great idea, so when Mike Hobbs, from the Civil War Round Table, asked me to provide a program for them I quickly agreed. I had absolutely no idea, however, how this event would grow...and grow...and grow over the next days and … Continue reading Join the Ranks!
Between 1838 to 1841, German composer Robert Schumann wrote the fourteen piano pieces which later became collectively known as Opus 99, Bunte Blätter (Colorful Leaves). It is an unusual collection, consisting of Stücklein III (Three Small Pieces), five untitled Albumblätter (Album Leaves), and six individual piano pieces. Schumann was first a composer for solo piano. … Continue reading Bunte Blätter, Opus 99, by Schumann
It was during the turmoil of World War I that English composer Gustav Holst completed The Planets, arguably one of the most popular orchestral suites ever written. The suite has seven movements, each named for a planet. While experiencing the complete suite is certainly ideal, movements are sometimes performed individually. In the case of … Continue reading O God, Beyond All Praising (THAXTED)
Sometimes, all roads lead to Rome. For me, all roads led to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Many years ago, I was the editor of a journal for the International Association of Organ Teachers. IAOT was having their annual convention in Valley Forge in tandem with a Home Organists Adventure, produced by Bill Worrall. A month or … Continue reading Ring of Fire
Thank you to artist Maria Brinkley for nominating me for this award. Please visit her site and enjoy her artwork, photography and tales. The guidelines for accepting the award are as follows: Post the award on your blog Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog Share 11 … Continue reading Liebster Award