Edoardo Bellotti plays the Italian organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, during the 2018 Rochester convention.
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:
Columbus Convention Postponed
OHS 2020 Convention
Postponed until 2022
After lengthy and careful negotiations, the OHS and the Hilton Columbus Hotel have agreed to postpone the 2020 convention, pushing back to 2022. We are most grateful to their management team for coming to these terms without penalty to the OHS. Each person who registered for the convention has been contacted by telephone and/or email regarding this issue.
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)