Author Archives: Katherine Crosier

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.

Catastrophic Kathy

Imagine setting your alarm for 3:40 am, only to have an ear worm stuck in your head and stay up all night anyway. You hear the church bells in the distance faintly ring 11 times, and after awhile, 12, then … Continue reading

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Springtime in Amsterdam

Okay. The real reason I came to Amsterdam? That was to see the tulips! Oh, I’ve been to Amsterdam three times before, but every single time, it was been in the winter— raining, cold and miserable. In fact, what I … Continue reading

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St. Nicolas Basilica, Amsterdam

Well, I saved the best for last—my visit to St. Nicholas Basilica all came about because of Joe Pettit, former Honolulu resident, organist and choirmaster. When he found out that I was going to Amsterdam, he fixed me up with Michael … Continue reading

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A night at the Concertgebouw

,,, and probably just another concert for members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, but for me, a magical night of music! What made it so extraordinary was hearing a world-class orchestra in these extraordinary acoustics—it made all the difference. I … Continue reading

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Boring … NOT!

When I was growing up, one of my father’s favorite activity was gardening—he cultivated cymbidium orchids and had a hothouse in the back yard full of them and of all varieties. He also loved going to nurseries and botanic gardens. … Continue reading

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Reminiscing and reconnecting

This afternoon I reconnected with Diane Amidon, who lives in nearby Raleigh, NC. She and I first became acquainted when we were both freshmen at USC School of Music—she was a soprano voice major, and I knew her then as … Continue reading

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Reconnecting in North Carolina

When I was in Rome, Italy in November of 2015, our GoAhead tour director, Barbara Valloni, went around the room at the orientation meeting and asked us where we were from. One woman after another answered “North Carolina,” “North Carolina,” … Continue reading

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Forty part motet

I spent Friday at the North Carolina Museum of Art and by far, the most captivating experience was “Forty Part Motet” at a special exhibition called “You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences.” It was a room full of 40 … Continue reading

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Duke organ crawl

After Friday’s carillon recital, Joey Fala booked time on the four major pipe organs so that I could have a chance to play. We went on an “organ crawl,” which is what organists call it when they visit organs in … Continue reading

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The view from the top

In the tower of Duke University Chapel is a 50-bell carillon, played on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and before and after Sunday worship services and special events. There are about 200 winding steps to the top but yesterday I was … Continue reading

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