Magazine article The Tracker


Magazine article The Tracker


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In the Fall 2015 issue of THE TRACKER, Bynum Petty states in the Archives Corner: "Philipp Wirsching spent his last years in Milwaukee as a voicer at the Wangerin factory," which is true as far as it goes.

After his own shop in Salem, Ohio, closed in 1919, Wirsching was hired to do some voicing for Wangerin while he continued to work on his own projects-St. Ephrem's Church, Brooklyn, N.Y. (1921) and St. Peter's, Geneva, N.Y. (1922). However, in 1922, it appears that he formally became tonal director of Wangerin and was responsible for a number of important instruments including Op. 387, Madison, Wise., Masonic Center, OHS Citation 119, and the interesting threemanual organ at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, 111., which had compound expression. His organs of this period often included upperwork when few other builders were doing so.

For more information on the work of Philipp Wirsching see:J.M. Stark, "The Philipp Wirsching at First Unitarian Church, Pittsburgh," The Tracker 47, no. 1 (January 2003); and "The Art Organ Company of New York," J.M. Stark, The Tracker 49, no. 2 (Spring 2005).


Pittsburgh, Pa.


I was in the USAF band program stationed in Honolulu from fall 1970 to fall of 1972. I was the tenor section leader for both the Choir of Men and Boys and the Adult Choir under John McCreary. I loved my time at St. Andrews' Cathedral; John was a superb organist and choirmaster. I remember fondly turning pages for one of his recitals. …

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