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Identity crisis

Organists these days are undergoing an identity crisis. If the slashing of church music budgets wasn’t enough to cause consternation among the ranks, the worldwide shortage of organists, the fact that fewer and fewer people study the organ, and the … Continue reading

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Desperately. Seeking. Organists!

Even though the use of the organ in some churches is passé, there still seems to be a need for organists in others. And it seems that organists are on their way of going the way of the dodo bird, … Continue reading

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Emergency?

Operator: 911, what is your emergency? Caller: I need an organist! So it was Tuesday of this past week, that I actually received a text AND an email message with the title, “SUBBING EMERGENCY,” from John Renke at St. Andrew’s … Continue reading

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Have shoes, will travel!

Have you ever heard the term “circuit rider?” It referred to clergy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the United States who traveled from church to church to organize congregations. It was especially prevalent in places where there was … Continue reading

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Wanted: Organists

Okay, I admit it. I love looking at print ads, the design and content. When I was a senior in high school, I wrote a paper on the psychology of advertising and showed it to my then-boyfriend to look at … Continue reading

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The vanishing organist

I’ve written posts about the vanishing organist before — the fact that there are fewer and fewer organists around the world. Some of this may be due to changing worship styles where the organ is no longer in a place … Continue reading

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The Virtual Organ and the Virtual Organist

This morning our Iolani School Chaplain, the Rev. Daniel Leatherman (whose mom, by the way, studies organ with me) and I worked on configuring the school’s Virtual Organ which we use in the gymnasium for four All-School Chapels a year. … Continue reading

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Endangered species

Over the weekend, there was an article published by the Kansas City Star which has been widely shared among organists: “Pipe organs soar, but number of players dips.” According to the article, the number of college organ students is shrinking, despite … Continue reading

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Is it over?

One of the projects I’m currently working on is a presentation for the next regional convention of the American Guild of Organists, June 24-26 in Bakersfield, CA. If you want to check out their website, click here. One sentence on their … Continue reading

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A herd of dinosaurs?

What do you call a group of organists? Tonight we are hosting a potluck dinner for the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) — and you might say that we are a herd of dinosaurs! (I didn’t … Continue reading

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