Magazine article The Tracker

Impressions of the Organ

Magazine article The Tracker

Impressions of the Organ

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Symposium in New Brunswick, New Jersey

A Scholarly Symposium

held in New Brunswick, New Jersey

May 23-30, 2005

The American Organ Archives of the Organ Historical Society, Princeton, New Jersey

James L. Wallmann and Antonms Bittmann, symposium co-chairs

Peter Williams, keynote speaker

Craig R. Whitney, closing speaker

Performances by Robert Clark, Hans Davidsson, Antonius Bittmann and Mark Trautman

An eight-day gathering of concerts, lectures, papers, panel discussions, and generous time for participants to explore the holdings of the American Organ Archives of the Organ Historical Society, regarded as the worlds largest repository of organ research materials. This event is sponsored by the Organ Historical Society and the Music Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

For additional information or a brochure, send your name and address to Stephen L. Pinel, Archivist, 629 Edison Drive, East Windsor, NJ. 08520-5205; send an e-mail to; or check the Organ Historical Society's website at

Impressions of the Organ, the third scholarly symposium sponsored by the American Organ Archives of the Organ Historical Society, will be held 25 to 28 May 2005 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Music Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University is co-sponsoring the event. The keynote speaker will be the eminent music scholar and organ historian, Prof. Peter Williams of Newent, England. Dr. Williams's Life of Bach and The Organ Music ofJ.S. Bach (second revised edition) have recently appeared from Cambridge University Press. Dr. Williams will address the symposium the morning of Thursday 26 May on the topic "How do we come to have the organ, and what difference has it made?"

The symposium will start at Christ Church with a recital by Robert Clark (Arizona State University) on Wednesday evening 25 May on the Richards-Fowkes & Co. organ built in 2001. Hans Davidsson of the Eastman School of Music will play a recital on this same instrument on Friday 27 May. The George Jardine & Son organ from 1896 at United Methodist Church will be featured on Thursday 26 May in a concert by Antonius Bittmann of Rutgers University and MarkTrautman of Rutgers University and Christ Church. The program will include Rheinberger's second organ concerto, performed with orchestra. Organ recitals by Rutgers students will also be part of the symposium.

A call for papers was issued and participants have been selected to participate on three panels: Renaissance and Baroque, nineteenth-century topics, and J.S. Bach and the organ. Jonathan Ambrosino will lead a panel of organbuilders looking at recent remarkable organs, while Gregory Crowell, the newly appointed Director of Publications for the OHS, will moderate a discussion featuring editors of organ and music journals. To survey current scholarly activities in the organ world, brief talks will be given on the American Organ Archives, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative, The British Organ Library, and the OHS on-line database of American organs. Michael Friesen will speak on early American painters, profilists, engravers and sculptors associated with the organ.

The symposium will conclude on Saturday 28 May with a trip to Voorhees Chapel of Rutgers University (Douglas Campus), which houses a magnificent four-manual Aeolian & Co. organ from 1930. The groundwork is being laid for the restoration of Opus 1580, which originally cost $113,433-a staggering amount for the time. …

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