Edoar­do Bel­lot­ti plays the Ital­ian organ at the Memo­r­i­al Art Gallery, dur­ing the 2018 Rochester con­ven­tion.

Our Conventions

The Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety cel­e­brates the pipe organ each year through a con­ven­tion fea­tur­ing instru­ments of his­tor­i­cal inter­est in one loca­tion in North Amer­i­ca. The pipe organ com­mu­ni­ty gath­ers at these con­ven­tions for fel­low­ship, recitals, lec­tures, and to sam­ple the local cul­ture and archi­tec­ture. In many instances, the work of a local organ­builder (recent or his­tor­i­cal) is high­light­ed. Non-mem­bers are very wel­come to attend, although mem­bers receive a sig­nif­i­cant dis­count on reg­is­tra­tion, so we encour­age atten­dees to join. The E. Pow­er Big­gs Fel­low­ship can pro­vide fund­ing for first-time atten­dees of OHS con­ven­tions.

Host a Convention

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 2022 and 2023, 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, Ed McCall 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:



Download the 2020 Convention Article

Down­load the 2020 Con­ven­tion Arti­cle

OHS 2020 — Columbus, Ohio

Joseph McCabe

Joseph McCabe

Con­ven­tion Chair

Michael Barone

Michael Barone

Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies

Days to OHS 2020










Wel­come to the Buck­eye State!

The 2020 Con­ven­tion Committee is pleased to host the 65th annu­al con­ven­tion of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety. Colum­bus is a dynam­ic cos­mopoli­tan cen­ter span­ning three coun­ties and tran­scend­ing the bound­aries of the set­tle­ments estab­lished at the nexus of the Scioto and Olen­tangy Rivers. Pipe organs of the cap­i­tal city range from new-to-old and rep­re­sent a broad cross-sec­tion. Our con­ven­tion will trace antique influ­ences along with recent mod­ern con­tri­bu­tions of the 21st cen­tu­ry.

Cul­tur­al sur­pris­es await as we trace musi­cal his­to­ry through­out the Cap­i­tal City and greater Cen­tral Ohio. From rur­al towns to major urban cen­ters, we’ll explore many key pipe organs and venues rep­re­sen­ta­tive of sig­nif­i­cant moments in organ build­ing his­to­ry. We’ll enjoy many cul­tur­al­ly icon­ic organs that can be described as old­est extant,” last built,” and mag­num opus.” Vis­its to aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions and hous­es of wor­ship will even include those con­nect­ing to OHS found­ing mem­ber and first archivist Homer Blan­chard. Nine­teenth and ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry Ohio builders Schwab, Koehnken, Bark­choff, Stevens, Vot­tel­er-Holtkamp-Spar­ling, and A.J. Schantz & Sons, will be fea­tured and jux­ta­posed with instru­ments by nation­al firms Fel­ge­mak­er, Pilch­er, Roo­sevelt, Schuelke, Skin­ner, Kim­ball and Robert Mor­ton. Mod­ern musi­cal mar­vels won’t go unno­ticed, with organs by late twen­ti­eth and twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry builders Brom­baugh, Beck­erath, Klais, Fisk, and Fritts. Local Ohio shops are rep­re­sent­ed with restora­tive work and care by Muller Pipe Organ Com­pa­ny, Pee­bles-Her­zog, Inc. and JC Wil­son & Asso­ciates Pipe Organs. No two organs alike –small-to-large, strate­gi­cal­ly cho­sen for per­for­mance diver­si­ty and rep­re­sent­ing the rich musi­cal his­to­ry of the region.

Plan to vis­it ear­ly or stay late, as our hotel is next to the His­toric North Mar­ket, adja­cent to the Short North” enter­tain­ment dis­trict with over six­ty bars and restau­rants of all types and price points. Please vis­it our web­page often as more infor­ma­tion is added or updat­ed about the sched­ule, reg­is­tra­tion and. We look for­ward to greet­ing you in Colum­bus!

Joseph McCabe
Chair, OHS 2020 Nation­al Con­ven­tion

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.

The Organ Historical Society

330 North Spring Mill Road
Vil­lano­va, PA 19085 – 1737
(484) 488-PIPE (7473)