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The Diapason The DIAPASON is an international journal devoted to the organ, harpsichord, carillon and church music.
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The DIAPASON is an international journal devoted to the organ, harpsichord, carillon and church music. It has been in circulation for more than 100 years, providing consistent coverage on instrument specifications, recent news, international event calendars, and both scholarly and technical articles, as well as those of more general interest. The publication maintains a strong following among its readers, many of whom have been subscribers for more than 30 years. Joyce Robinson, Editorial Director Stephen Schnurr, Editor-at-Large Jerome Butera, Sales Director

03/22/2020
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641, J. S. Bach 1685–1750

Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach! To commemorate this consummate musician we offer his setting of Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, (When in the hour of utmost need), BWV 641, performed by Chad Fothergill on the 1966 Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. May this simple setting bring you comfort and hope during these difficult days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MgWEq4hQ_U

An organ meditation featuring Mount Olive's Interim Cantor, Chad Fothergill. March 21, 2020

03/05/2020

We are excited to announce the winner of the inaugural Gruenstein award!

03/05/2020
WE HAVE A WINNER!

We are excited to announce the winner of the inaugural Gruenstein award! Watch this short video for the details.

Gerhard Grenzing writes about his instrument in the concert hall of Radio France, Paris, in the March issue of The Diapa...
02/28/2020

Gerhard Grenzing writes about his instrument in the concert hall of Radio France, Paris, in the March issue of The Diapason. (photo credit: Radio France/Christophe Abramowitz)
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02/21/2020

What are you doing today to celebrate the birthday of Charles-Marie Widor?

02/03/2020

Be sure to celebrate today's birthdays of Felix Mendelssohn (b. 1809) and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (b. 1525)!

Check out this young performer who can be heard soon on NPR's From the Top!
02/01/2020
Daniel Colaner wins Young Artist Award | The Diapason

Check out this young performer who can be heard soon on NPR's From the Top!

February 1, 2020 Daniel Colaner Daniel Colaner, age 14, is the winner of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a national scholarship of up to $10,000 for extraordinary young musicians. Colaner appears on a broadcast of NPR’s From the Top in early February. The broadcast was taped b...

Lorraine Brugh reports on the Organ Festival Holland and International Schnitger Organ Competition 2019 in the February ...
01/30/2020

Lorraine Brugh reports on the Organ Festival Holland and International Schnitger Organ Competition 2019 in the February 2020 issue of The Diapason. Not a subscriber? Visit us and see all the benefits of a subscription:
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Check out Tiffany Ng peforming the North American premiere of Ari Ari (2018) by Hyo-won Woo at the Rockefeller Chapel ca...
01/24/2020
Tiffany Ng plays Ari Ari Hyo-won | The Diapason

Check out Tiffany Ng peforming the North American premiere of Ari Ari (2018) by Hyo-won Woo at the Rockefeller Chapel carillon, University of Chicago.

Tiffany Ng plays Ari Ari Hyo-won Tiffany Ng plays the North American premiere of Ari Ari (2018) by Hyo-won Woo at the Rockefeller Chapel carillon. Preeminent Korean composer Hyowon Woo based Ari Ari on traditional folksongs and rhythms from different regions of South Korea. This exciting work is ins...

01/18/2020
The Diapason

Are you a young organist, harpsichordist, or church musician currently working on a major paper, thesis or dissertation? Or have you been exploring a topic just for fun? If so, remember that the deadline for the first Gruenstein Award is fast approaching! This is an excellent opportunity for young scholars to show off their work. More info can be found at www.thediapason.com. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Are you under 35? Have you written a dissertation, thesis, term paper, or article you think might interest our readers? If so, be sure to watch this short video of our Editor-at-Large, Andrew Schaeffer, announcing the launch of the 2020 Gruenstein Award! Get busy--applications are due January 31. Even if you're not eligable for the award, please do share this widely! We look forward to reading your submissions.

01/09/2020

The February issue went to the printer today!

Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, Washington, D.C., Noack organ (photo credit: Don Boroughs)John Bishop writes about the de...
12/28/2019

Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, Washington, D.C., Noack organ (photo credit: Don Boroughs)
John Bishop writes about the dedication of this organ in his column, "In the Wind," in the January 2020 issue. Not a subscriber? subscribe now!

12/24/2019
A Christmas Symphony (after traditional carols) : III. In Dulci Jubilo

Merry Christmas (Eve!) from your editorial staff at The Diapason! We realize many of our dear readers will be busy over the next 24 hours, so we figured we should make our greetings known early! Enjoy a little Christmas cheer provided by the redoubtable Gerre Hancock!

https://youtu.be/2QETZleSZWw

Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America A Christmas Symphony (after traditional carols) : III. In Dulci Jubilo · Gerre Hancock Christmas Improvisations ℗ 201...

12/16/2019
AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DIAPASON!

Are you under 35? Have you written a dissertation, thesis, term paper, or article you think might interest our readers? If so, be sure to watch this short video of our Editor-at-Large, Andrew Schaeffer, announcing the launch of the 2020 Gruenstein Award! Get busy--applications are due January 31. Even if you're not eligable for the award, please do share this widely! We look forward to reading your submissions.

The Diapason is accepting applications for its first ever Gruenstein Award, honoring The Diapason's founding editor, S. ...
12/03/2019
Announcing The Gruenstein Award | The Diapason

The Diapason is accepting applications for its first ever Gruenstein Award, honoring The Diapason's founding editor, S. E. Gruenstein, and the written work of a young scholar. Read more about the award here:

11/28/2019
Now Thank We All Our God

Happy Thanksgiving from the editorial staff of The Diapason! We’re thankful for you, our loyal readers. Enjoy this holiday treat arranged and performed by Virgil Fox.

https://youtu.be/NiaH83r-uk0

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Now Thank We All Our God · Virgil Fox · Johann Sebastian Bach Encores ℗ Originally released 1958 BMG Music Pr...

Looking for the perfect gift for your friend who is an organist, church musician, harpsichordist, and/or carillonist? Ho...
11/27/2019
The Diapason CD Subscription Promotion | The Diapason

Looking for the perfect gift for your friend who is an organist, church musician, harpsichordist, and/or carillonist? How about a gift subscription to The Diapason, the gift that will be remembered each month! And, with a gift subscription you (or your friend) can enjoy free Raven CD(s).

The Diapason celebrates 110 years of the best in journalism regarding the organ, church music, harpsichord, and carillon...
11/26/2019

The Diapason celebrates 110 years of the best in journalism regarding the organ, church music, harpsichord, and carillon with its December issue. One of the featured articles, "Ernest M. Skinner in The Diapason," is by former editor Joyce Johnson Robinson.
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Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Dunwoody, Georgia. Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., Opus 76.Photo credit: Sandra Jausch, Vita...
11/26/2019

Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Dunwoody, Georgia. Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., Opus 76.
Photo credit: Sandra Jausch, Vitamamans-Pictures
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Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019) | The Diapason
11/25/2019
Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019) | The Diapason

Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019) | The Diapason

November 25, 2019 Stephen Cleobury (photo credit: King’s College Cambridge/Ben Ealovega) Stephen Cleobury died November 22 in York, UK, his hometown since he retired in September, after a long illness. He was born in Bromley, in Kent County in southeast England, on December 31, 1948. His musical c...

News from Létourneau Pipe Organs
11/12/2019
Létourneau Pipe Organs new leadership | The Diapason

News from Létourneau Pipe Organs

November 12, 2019 Létourneau Pipe Organs Létourneau Pipe Organs is pleased to announce a new chapter in the company’s management after forty years of continuous operation. The company’s founder, Mr. Fernand Létourneau, has named Dr. Dudley Oakes to assume the role of President and Owner, effe...

Roger Sayer writes about the Temple Church organs, London, UK, in the November issue of The Diapason. (photo credit: Chr...
11/01/2019

Roger Sayer writes about the Temple Church organs, London, UK, in the November issue of The Diapason. (photo credit: Chris Christodoulou)
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If you did not have the opportunity to read this article we posted in July, please take a moment to do so! Chris will ho...
10/28/2019
Cerebral Palsy Doesn't Stop This Radio DJ From Sharing Love of Pipe Organ

If you did not have the opportunity to read this article we posted in July, please take a moment to do so! Chris will host a special Halloween broadcast this Thursday. Tune in every Thursday morning at 11 am EST, live streamed from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Search for WWPV 92.5 on the web to click on the livestream.

As Chris Osborne kicks off his 199th radio show on 92.5 WWPV-FM, the temperature outside is 80 degrees. So it's fitting that the first piece...

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A WORLD CLASS ORGANISTEnjoy this insightful NPR interview with Stacey Tenebaum, who recently produce...
10/11/2019
Stacey Tenenbaum: Pipe Dreams is a new doc that shows what it takes to become a world class pip

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A WORLD CLASS ORGANIST
Enjoy this insightful NPR interview with Stacey Tenebaum, who recently produced a documentary chronicling the Canadian International Organ Competition. In the interview, she talks in vivid detail about what it's like backstage at a prestigious competition, and also about her newfound appreciation for the instrument.

https://www.wbez.org/shows/q/stacey-tenenbaum-pipe-dreams-is-a-new-doc-that-shows-what-it-takes-to-become-a-world-class-pip/c61da56e-c440-448b-b49b-7dcde12c06c5

A new documentary called Pipe Dreams follows five organists who are all competing in the Canadian International Organ Competition, which some call the Olympics of the organ world. The film's director, Stacey Tenenbaum, tells us more.

Lorraine Brugh reports on the Olivier Messiaen Competition in Lyon, France, June 17-23, in the October issue of The Diap...
09/30/2019

Lorraine Brugh reports on the Olivier Messiaen Competition in Lyon, France, June 17-23, in the October issue of The Diapason. (photo credit: Bertrand Gaudillere-Item)
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The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Schoenstein & Co., Benicia, California.This organ is the cover...
09/30/2019

The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Schoenstein & Co., Benicia, California.
This organ is the cover feature for The Diapason's October 2019 issue. Photo credit: Louis Patterson
https://www.thediapason.com/content/cover-feature-78

HAVE YOU PLAYED AN ORGAN DONATED BY ANDREW CARNEGIE?While Andrew Carnegie is perhaps best known for donating schools and...
09/23/2019
Searching For Historic Carnegie Pipe Organs

HAVE YOU PLAYED AN ORGAN DONATED BY ANDREW CARNEGIE?
While Andrew Carnegie is perhaps best known for donating schools and libraries, he had a particular interest in the pipe organ, and it is believed that he donated, or at least contributed to, hundreds of pipe organs throughout the United States, most for rural churches that would otherwise have been unable to afford one. Enjoy this interview (found at the bottom of the linked webpage) with Paula Romanaux, who has set off to document every remaining Carnegie-donated pipe organ in Illinois.

https://www.nprillinois.org/post/searching-historic-carnegie-pipe-organs#stream/0

Andrew Carnegie is remembered for his philanthropy. The industrialist wound up giving away an estimated 90 percent of his fortune to causes like libraries

2,679 CONSECUTIVE GAMES!Congratulations to Gary Pressy, the longtime organist of the Chicago Cubs, who will be retiring ...
09/17/2019
Wrigley Field organist Gary Pressy is retiring after 33 years: ‘The cup is full’

2,679 CONSECUTIVE GAMES!
Congratulations to Gary Pressy, the longtime organist of the Chicago Cubs, who will be retiring this season after playing for 2,679 consecutive games. The good news is that the Cubs are committed to live organ music at Wrigley Field, so they will be searching for Gary's replacement during the offseason.

Though most MLB teams use electronic instruments, such as those produced by Lowrey and Hammond, the tradition of using organ music for various sports teams dates back to the 1920s. Do you have memories of hearing the organ at hockey, basketball, or baseball games? Share them here!

Wrigley Field organist Gary Pressy finally is giving his fingers a well-deserved rest, retiring after 33 yearss.

A memorial service for Marilyn Mason will be held December 6 at First Congregational church, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for th...
09/12/2019
Marilyn Mason memorial service | The Diapason

A memorial service for Marilyn Mason will be held December 6 at First Congregational church, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for those who wish to plan to attend.

September 12, 2019 Marilyn Mason A memorial service for Marilyn Mason, professor emerita of the University of Michigan, will be held Friday, December 6, 7:00 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Music will be provided by former students of Mason. The public is invited to at...

The Diapason is pleased to announce its new Gruenstein Award for an article-length essay by a young author. S. E. Gruens...
09/07/2019
Announcing The Gruenstein Award | The Diapason

The Diapason is pleased to announce its new Gruenstein Award for an article-length essay by a young author. S. E. Gruenstein was the founder and first editor of The Diapason, 110 years ago!

September 7, 2019 THE DIAPASON is pleased to announce the creation of The Gruenstein Award to honor S. E. Gruenstein, founder and first editor of THE DIAPASON, which commenced publication in December 1909. For the journal’s 110th anniversary, THE DIAPASON is establishing the Gruenstein Award to re...

The University of Michigan Organ Department, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan.Read about this uniqu...
08/28/2019

The University of Michigan Organ Department, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Read about this uniquely diverse program for organists, harpsichordists, church musicians, and carillonists:
https://www.thediapason.com/content/cover-feature-77

The University of Michigan Organ Department, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan.Read about this uniqu...
08/28/2019

The University of Michigan Organ Department, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Read about this uniquely diverse program for organists, harpsichordists, church musicians, and carillonists:
https://www.thediapason.com/content/cover-feature-77

The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival of Hartford announces finalists for its 2019 competition in September.
08/27/2019
2019 Finalists — Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford

The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival of Hartford announces finalists for its 2019 competition in September.

A recent prizewinner in the AGO/Quimby RCYO, Elena Baquerizo currently studies organ with Dr. Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, where she is pursuing a BM degree. Originally from South Florida, she has given organ performances and played for services in both Americas. Concert appearances have inc...

Check out this unique event next month in Philadelphia!
08/18/2019
Wanamaker centennial concert September 29 | The Diapason

Check out this unique event next month in Philadelphia!

August 18, 2019 Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Wanamaker Organ, March 27, 1919 On September 28, the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ celebrate the centennial of the “Stokowski Symphony of Fifteen Thousand,” likely the largest and arguably the most significant and far-rea...

Have you ever attended a silent movie screening and wondered how the organist brings the film to life? Those who play fi...
08/02/2019
Watch The Art of Silent Film Music on WPT

Have you ever attended a silent movie screening and wondered how the organist brings the film to life? Those who play films will admit that it is far more complex than simply “making things up on the spot.” You’ll have a renewed appreciation of this art after watching this excellent, hour-long interview with one of the greatest theatre organists of our time, Jelani Eddington.

Organist Jelani Eddington accompanies the 1926 silent film “The Flying Ace.”

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