Category Archives: Pipe Organ


Last evening, I played an early Christmas program for the local Bruderhof community.  The group is part of a small religious denomination, with roots in the Hutterite expression of the Anabaptist movement.  They have a number of communities in New … Continue reading

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Switched-On Brandenburgs

My college friend Doug was eager to share his newest album:  Switched-On Brandenburgs by Wendy Carlos, already famous for years for Switched-On Bach. I loved the cover for a start:  thick silver and black, done as a woodcut, classical instruments … Continue reading

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Upcoming Recital

I’m giving a recital at the Blooming Grove (NY) United Church of Christ on Sunday, November 18, at 4 PM.  Here is an article about the event. I’ll be joined by Bill Powers, saxophonist, for a few pieces. Works will … Continue reading

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Organist Anniversary

Today, September 22, is a big anniversary day for me. If you read my May post on my Bulova watch, you know it was a “big” high school graduation anniversary. Today, as a freshman in college, exactly 21 days into … Continue reading

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Il Transilvano

I ordered what I thought was a modern edition of Diruta’s classic text, Il Transilvano (The Transylvanian).  This is a book on keyboard performance–organ and harpsichord.  Its “spooky” title describes its picaresque hero, a young Transylvanian rube who comes to … Continue reading

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Certification Breakfast

Yesterday, I found time to edit the “vignettes”  I made of the Kansas City convention.  The result was another short video of a certification event.  Have a look! In Houston, two years ago, we had a cocktail party to honor … Continue reading

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Kansas City

I’ve just gotten back from Kansas City, Missouri. The occasion:  the 2018 biennial national convention of the American Guild of Organists. It was a wonderful convention. Highlights are numerous, but include Todd Wilson’s recital at the Community of Christ (Reformed … Continue reading

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My Wonderful Committee

Just back from two days in the city working with the Committee on Professional Certification, which I’ve chaired for three years now.  The current makeup of the committee is wonderful–a mix of talents and perspectives that blends together into a … Continue reading

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Concert on Sunday

This Sunday, the Tower Trio will perform at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, New York. Program is at 3 PM and is free, though offerings are gladly received. A simple reception follows. The Tower Trio consists of the founders … Continue reading

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Volunteer Work

I have always enjoyed volunteer work.  Currently I help out pro bono at a local Catholic church for a weekend Mass.  Money is not abundant there, but the church is a little jewel and the pastor and I get along … Continue reading

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