Meet the Pipe Organ an Educational Program in Nashville, Tennessee

By Taylor, William R. | The American Organist, February 2008 | Go to article overview

Meet the Pipe Organ an Educational Program in Nashville, Tennessee


Taylor, William R., The American Organist


NASHVILLE'S Schermerhorn Symphony Center was a hub of activity on Saturday, September 15, 2007. More than 125 young piano students and 150 adults assembled in Laura Turner Concert Hall for an introduction to the new Martin Foundation Concert Organ. Built by Schoenstein, the organ captured many young [and old] eyes as they entered the hall.

Meeting Nashville's newest King of Instruments required determination, discussions, planning, meetings, and preparation. Julia Callaway, AAGO, chair of the Nashville Chapter's Education Committee, had her committee and Shelby Strickland and Michelle Lin, the Symphony's educational staff, working for months. Their hard work clearly paid off, as Darryl Miller, emcee and committee member, and Andrew Risinger, symphony organist and curator, introduced the organ by demonstrating sounds, giving a history lesson, and providing visuals. Jack Bernards, Schoenstein president and tonal director, provided several pipes used for prizes as the students answered questions. High-definition video screens were used to enhance this fun-filled multimedia event.

Even though an organ crawl was not possible, this did not stop Dr. Miller from conducting a hands-on experience. Eight volunteers assisted by blowing pipes for a D-major scale as a prologue to Mr. …

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