Category Archives: Education/Information

Books, articles, techniques, methods describing how to play, compose, and arrange for the organ

Are We All Hiding Under A Bushel?

Where Have All the Organists Gone? Most of us have heard that it is becoming harder to find organists. If a church or temple offers very little in salary and benefits, that is surely a guarantee that this will continue. … Continue reading

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Recording of Ellsasser’s “Toward Evening” Added

Recording of Ellsasser’s “Toward Evening” Added Those who read the blog and my announcements know that I have completed restoration of all three of “Compositions for Organ” by Richard Ellsasser. I am pleased to share a recording of Number Two, … Continue reading

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New Poll on Difficult Organ Music

New Poll on Difficult Organ Music I have installed a new poll on the most difficult organ music you’ve ever played. I put in pieces that I consider among the most difficult, but you can add your suggestions below in … Continue reading

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Twenty Vital Points in Organ Study

Twenty Vital Points in Organ Study Ralph Kinder, The Etude, May 1928 Many of these points are as valid today as they were in 1928. What do you think? I especially like “II. Slow Practice.” You can learn a lot … Continue reading

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Brilliant Youthful Composer in Love

Brilliant Youthful Composer in Love Only with Pipe Organ This article from the Detroit Free Press is about one of our favorite American organists, Robert Elmore. It’s from 1938, and I’ll give you a sample to entice you to read … Continue reading

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Johnny Purty Dead at Age 57

Church Organ Falls Silent Read about the surprising death of a beloved organist in Calcutta, India. Read this article for details about Johnny’s recent fatal heart attack. For those who don’t know this organ: “The pipe organ at St John’s … Continue reading

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Hollins and His Spring Song: A True Story

Hollins and His Spring Song: A True Story The first journal called The American Organist began in 1918, and one of the contributors was named Latham True. He wrote a review (a real review and not just a quick paragraph) … Continue reading

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Noack Comes to St Paul’s, Lower Broadway

An Organ — and Soon Another — Lands on Broadway One of my blog readers suggested this article in The New York Times. It is rich with writing, photos, and a fine short video about the Noack organ. The hatred … Continue reading

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Pietro Yon Biography Added

Pietro Yon Biography Added I have added our capsule biography of Pietro Yon to the Biographies page. It’s a short and informational one-page article on Yon’s life and work. Biographies Page After reading it, if you are interested in more … Continue reading

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To Robert Elmore from CDJ

To Robert Elmore from CDJ Today, I just have to tell you about a piece I’m working on. If you remember James Burke’s great series called “Connections,” my memories of it and meeting the author is what brought this one … Continue reading

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