Magazine article The Tracker

From the Executive Director

Magazine article The Tracker

From the Executive Director

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ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT PARTS OF MY JOB IS MY INVOLVEMENT WITH our annual national OHS conventions. It is also my favorite part. From the time the host city is selected to the time the first note is played, each annual gathering takes more than four years to come to fruition. That means there are four of them in the planning process at the same time. It takes a lot of juggling, as well as planning, budgeting, advising, fund raising, writing, a bit of cajoling, and lots of meetings to make each one happen. Everything from selecting the hotel to what we'll have for dinner on Tuesday and from getting that oldest organ ready to play to driving around with the bus drivers is the responsibility of a very few committed individuals. Each local convention committee has its own style and personality - just like the cities we visit. I know you will join me in thanking all who take on this challenging assignment.

I hope that you will plan to join me and hundreds of your colleagues this summer for the 2010 OHS National Convention in Pittsburgh, June 21-26. Our first OHS visit to this fascinating "renaissance city" promises to be a memorable one. We'll hear more than two dozen historic organs, from an 1838 Joseph Harvey to a rare 1970 Moller tracker, and everything in between, in fascinating architectural venues including the spectacular Carnegie Music Hall, site of over 4,000 organ recitals in the late-ioth and 20th centuries, and of our closing night dinner. …

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