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Please consider the good works of the Society in educating, preserving, and chronicling a rich organ heritage and culture, and the importance of supporting these efforts in your decision to become a member. You will receive a subscription to our quarterly magazine, The Tracker, and all benefits of membership, including members’ prices on some items in the OHS Catalog. Any time of year is a good time to join OHS!
Our 2018 Pipe Organ Calendar is
The OHS 2018 Calendar celebrates the 63rd Annual Convention of the OHS – Rochester, New York, July 29 to August 3, 2018 – showcasing one of the most diverse collections of American and European organs from the 18th to 21st centuries. This calendar is filled with gorgeous photographs by Len Levasseur, ranging from the Baroque splendor of both the “Craighead-Saunders Organ” – a process-reconstruction of a 1776 A.G. Casparini organ – and an original 18th-century Italian Baroque organ to the subdued polychroming of two late 19th-century Hooks and an early 20th-century New York builder C.E. Morey. Flip ahead to find the massive carved case of the 2008 Fritts at Sacred Heart Cathedral, referencing Dutch Renaissance models; the extravagant conservatory of the George Eastman Museum and its signature 4-manual Aeolian console; and modernist designs of the Organ Reform Movement represented by Holtkamp and Schlicker. Compare those with the elegant, neo-historical cases from C.B. Fisk and Taylor & Boody, as well as the Apollonian restraint and grace of Hope-Jones Organ Co., Op. 2 at First Universalist Church. Nathan Laube’s welcoming article provides a snapshot of the rich offerings – organological and otherwise – that you can expect to discover in Rochester and its surroundings. The Calendar highlights U.S. Holidays and the major dates of the Christian and Jewish year.
E. Power Biggs Fellowships Announced
The E. Power Biggs Selection Committee is pleased to announce this year’s class of Biggs Fellows:
The Fellowship award includes all expenses associated with attending the 2018 Convention in Rochester, New York, plus a two-year membership in the OHS. We are most grateful for the work of the Selection Committee: Gregory Crowell, Scott Dettra, Paul Fritts, Clara Gerdes, Christa Rakich, and chair Samuel Baker. Beginning next year, a new chairperson and committee will be named to assume the duties of selecting future Biggs Fellows.E. Power Biggs Fellowships Announced
Call for Conventions
Are you proud of the historic pipe organs in your area? Would you like to share them with the rest of the OHS membership?
The Organ Historical Society is seeking proposals to host conventions in 2020 and 2021, and we would love to come visit! If you’ve ever wanted to show off the organs in your area to the rest of the OHS membership, this is a great opportunity. As a first step, please contact the CEO, Jim Weaver, at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation about the possibility of hosting. After this, an initial proposal will need to have a preliminary list of organs to visit and a preliminary itinerary, as well as a list of people who would be willing to serve on a convention committee. For complete information on hosting a convention, please download the convention guidelines here.
The OHS Pipe Organ Database has moved!
OHS publishes its journal four times a year. The Tracker includes news and articles about the organ and its history, organbuilders, exemplary organs, regional surveys of instruments, and the music played on the organ. The emphasis is on American organ topics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, and there are occasional articles on European topics. Most issues run 32 pages with many illustrations and photographs.
Dear Friend of the Organ –
A New Opportunity
Think about the pleasure you will receive in offering an OHS membership to a friend or relative. You can share your love of the pipe organ and introduce someone else to the good works of the Society in educating, preserving and chronicling our rich organ heritage and culture. Membership levels [$70 – Regular, Institution /Business, $60 – Senior, and only $25 for Students – electronic delivery only] are wonderfully affordable and make splendid gifts. The recipient will receive a subscription to our quarterly magazine, The Tracker, a special gift and all the benefits of membership, including members’ prices on many items in the OHS Catalog.
The OHS Mission Statement
The Organ Historical Society celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in America in all its historic styles, through research, education, advocacy, and music.
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