The Tracker

The Tracker is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 3/4, Summer

Boston's Great(est) Organ
WE ONLY COPY WHAT WE DON'T UNDERSTAND. WHEN WE UNDERSTAND, WE MAKE IT OUR OWN.-David J. WayThe long-awaited arrival of the new Walcker organ destined for the Boston Music Hall had a significant impact on the design of American pipe organs, but not in...
Erben Renewal
IN PAST YEARS, YOUR NATIONAL COUNCIL has formulated several ambitious long-range plans for the Society. Many of the important goals articulated in those plans have been achieved but much remains to be done, especially to increase membership and income....
From Tschantz to Schantz
THE FAMILYThe Schantz family of organbuilders is able to trace its roots back for several hundred years to Bern, Switzerland. The earliest reference to a Schantz (actually, Tschantz) appears in the State Church records in 1550. As far as the Ohio organbuilding...
Historical Organs in the Museum Context
When the subject of historical organs comes up, one naturally thinks first of churches, where the vast majority of them have resided since they were made. Secondarily, one might think of organs in other auditoria, such as concert halls and theaters,...
Mader Fund Grants
THE RUTHAND CLARENCE MADER Memorial Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that Randall D. Engle, Carolyn Shuster Fournier, and Tina Frühauf have been selected to receive research grants in 2006. Mader Fund grants range from $200 to $1000, and preference...
Minutes of the National Council Meeting
Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, 2006The American Organ Archives, Princeton, New JerseyThese minutes follow the order of the agenda and do not necessarily follow the order in which they were discussed.Call to Order: The meeting of the National...
Obituaries: DR. LUCIUS R. WEATHERSBY
DR. LUCIUS R. WEATHERSBY, 37, a visiting artist at Amherst College and assistant professor of music and African world studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, died suddenly March 17,2006.Born April 8, 1968, in Houston, he was the son of Curtis and...
Obituaries: GEORGE THOMAS HAZLETON
GEORGE THOMAS HAZLETON passed away suddenly on March 13, 2006 in his sleep. A noted theatre organist, Tom had literally played just about every theatre organ of note in the country and indeed in Europe and Australia/New Zealand as well.Tom was born in...
Ohs Press: UPDATE
THIS TRIPLE ISSUE OF The Tracker commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Society, and offers articles on everything from the first organs to be built in the Americas to monumental twentieth-century instruments. Along the way we encounter neglected...
Organ Update
As the OHS continues its fiftieth anniversary celebration, Organ Update continues its description of instruments that were also born in 1956. Much of the news of fifty-yearold organs centers on electro-pneumatic and electro-mechanical instruments, as...
Schwab, Koehnken, Grimm: Organbuilding in Cincinnati's German Enclave in the Nineteenth Century
Immigrants from Germany had been coming to the American continent from the early years of the eighteenth century. Pennsylvania in particular attracted Lutherans, Schwenkfelders, Mennonites, and Moravians seeking religious freedom, as well as merchants...
The American Synagogue Organ: A Brief Account: Part One: The Jacksonian Period to the Progressive Era
Issues of how we worship can be just as volatile as the current fixation upon who is even entitled to worship. Modern organized religion is self-destructing with fierce battles about the gender of the clergy and the gender preference of the worshipper,...
The OHS Is 50! So What?
Remarks given on Friday, June 30, 2006, at the Fiftieth Anniversary Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York.I offer my congratulations to the Organ Historical Society on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. As one who himself has only recently...
Who Built the First Organ in America? A Historiography
INTRODUCTIONDiscussion about what was the first pipe organ in America, and its corollary about who was the first organbuilder, has been a frequent subject for many writers since the nineteenth century. A nearly countless array of articles and books-be...
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