Category Archives: Education/Information

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

Churches Struggling to Find Organists

Churches Struggling to Find Organists Some of us are looking for a good church organist position and some churches are looking for a good church organist. Here is an article and video from The Baltimore Sun that addresses the current … Continue reading

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Nathan Laube First Organ Concert in North Carolina

Nathan Laube First Organ Concert in North Carolina April 2, 2017 , 7:00 PM, Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. III/64 Parkey, Op 14 (Aeolian-Skinner, Op 1472, 1971, formerly in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC). … Continue reading

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Adeste Fideles: O Come, All Ye Willing

Variations on Adeste Fideles I hope I will get a taker for this request. I am working on restoring two of Eugene Thayer’s pieces that have not been as widely known as his others. Neither of these is on one … Continue reading

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Popular, Classic Music – Not Church

Popular, Classic Music – Not Church I received a terrific note from a German organist who feels as I do that we should play and promote all organ music, not just that with a religious relation. So, after reading his … Continue reading

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World Water Day 2017

World Water Day 2017 In honor or World Water Day, March 22, 2017, I would like to offer some of the pieces I’ve restored that relate to water. Matthews.Fountain.html Fletcher.FountainReverie.html Savage.CascadesInTheSunlight.html Dethier.Caprice.html Strauss-Lemare.BlueDanube.html

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David Rumsey Died Last February

David Rumsey Died Last February David Rumsey died from cancer on the 12th of February this year. His website, www.davidrumsey.ch, will be maintained as a resource. David was supportive of John and my efforts in restoring worthy organ music. There … Continue reading

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Albert Ketèlbey and Reginald Foort

Albert Ketèlbey and Reginald Foort If you were to ask for two iconic British composers who were organists, the top answer might well be these two giants. I am pleased to offer a recording by Foort from 1929 of Ketèlbey’s … Continue reading

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One of the Worst

One of the Worst When looking for the best possible originals from which to make a restoration, I come across some with uneven quality. For this transcription, which runs 22 pages, I rejected it. There was just too much wrong … Continue reading

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For the Beginner at Improvising

For the Beginner at Improvising Take a look at organist education in 1931 in context of the instruments from that time. While organists should always listen to the responsiveness of the organs they are playing, it is of interest to … Continue reading

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Helping Upcoming Young People with Organ

“Just wanted to tell you I appreciate your service. A young organist, who is a friend of mine, was looking for a rare manuscript by Thomas (Fats) Waller of his arrangement of The Saint Louis Blues. You not only had … Continue reading

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