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One of two Flentrop practice organs in Woolsey Hall basement.

One of two Flentrop practice organs in Woolsey Hall basement.

Here is the weather report in New Haven.

Here is the weather report in New Haven.

With the threat of a snowstorm, my flight back to Honolulu was cancelled this morning, and the earliest I could leave would be Wednesday morning. So it was with some gladness that I received a text message from Joey Fala: Some snowstorm . . . if you want to practice, meet me at Woolsey at 10:10ish.

Isn't it great that someone brought in a plant to the practice room?

Isn’t it great that someone brought in a plant to brighten up the practice room?

Instead of just sitting in the hotel all day watching the snow come down, I was happy that Joey had suggested that I pack my music and organ shoes — which I threw into my suitcase the day before leaving Honolulu.  I thought I was just coming to hear Joey’s graduate recital and didn’t even think about bringing music and shoes! But now I’m so glad I had them.

The experience of being in that practice room, hearing another student practicing Duruflé next door, brought me back to my graduate school days at Westminster Choir College, where the organ practice rooms were located in the basement of the residence halls. With me practicing Bach’s Clavierübung, the cacophony of it all was marvelous! Although my fingers are still pretty rusty from not playing for two months, I believe I made some progress today.

The blower panel.

The blower panel.

My first challenge, as it is for any organist at an unfamiliar instrument, was how to turn on the organ. I guess I didn’t understand Joey’s instructions to me, but after a few attempts I figured out what he was saying. A wall panel turns on the blower and gives you up to 60 minutes of “air time.”

After two hours and running out of blower time, I decided to get some lunch and go back to the hotel. By now the wind had kicked up and the snow was coming down harder.

I spent the afternoon working on the newsletter for St. Andrew’s Cathedral, since it is all done online. No rest for the wicked!

The view from my hotel room.

The view from my hotel room.

 

Overlooking the New Haven Green (now white!)

Overlooking the New Haven Green (now white!)

About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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