OHS 2024 - Baltimore

OHS 2024

Since 2017, we have been plan­ning for anoth­er great Bal­ti­more OHS con­ven­tion, thir­ty years since the pre­vi­ous gath­er­ing. Bal­ti­more was a 19th cen­tu­ry hub of Amer­i­can organ­build­ing with Roo­sevelt, Stein, Erben, Pom­plitz work­shops here and one of per­haps the least known Amer­i­can organ­builders, Hen­ry Nie­mann. Of these builders, Roo­sevelt, Stein and Nie­mann organs still exist and are on the pro­gram. Sad­ly, we mourn the loss of Pom­plitz, Erben, John­son and Nie­mann organs. Yet, we will rejoice in the restora­tion of a Nie­mann and John­son organ, both tru­ly delight­ful instruments.

Listen to Selections from the 1991 Convention

Playlist 1991
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24-page book­let with sto­plists, pho­tographs, and his­to­ries of the organs and congregations.

Organ­ists: Susan Arm­strong, Patri­cia Ballinger, Robert Bar­ney, Lloyd Bow­ers, Lawrence K. Bowie, George Boze­man, Michael Britt, Philip T. D. Coop­er, Peter Crisa­ful­li, James S. Dar­ling, J. Michael Grant, Adri De Groot, James Ham­mann, Grant Hellmers, Peg­gy Haas How­ell, Michael Kamin­s­ki, Lorenz May­cher, Mar­i­an Ruhl Met­son, Mar­vin Mills, Ros­alind Mohnsen, Lois Regestein, Bradley Rule, Michael Simp­son, Ann-Elise Smoot, Thomas Spacht, Bruce Stevens.

30 Organs: 1953 — 63 Aeo­lian-Skin­ner, St. Michael & All Angels, Bal­to.; 1923 Austin, St. Matthew’s Luther­an Church, Hanover, Penn.; 1914 Carl Bar­ck­hoff, Woods­boro (Md.) Ev. Luth. Church; 1919 Casa­vant, Charlestown Ret. Com­mu­ni­ty, Catonsville; 1804 Eng­land /​ c.1876 Nie­mann, St. Joseph’s, Taney­town; c.1853 attr. Hen­ry Erben, Holy Evan­ge­lists (Epis.), Bal­ti­more; ca. 1852 attr. Hen­ry Erben, Stone Chapel, West­min­ster; 1897 A. B. Fel­ge­mak­er, Trin­i­ty Luther­an, Taney­town; 1886 Gan­ter & Schu­mach­er, Holy Cross (R. C.), Bal­ti­more; 1887 Hook & Hast­ings, Straw­bridge Unit­ed Meth., Bal­ti­more; 1989 Richard How­ell & Co., Epiphany Epis., Tim­o­ni­um; 1884 Geo. Jar­dine, Mt. de Sales Acad­e­my, Catonsville; 1882 John­son, West­min­ster Pres­by­ter­ian Trust, Bal­ti­more; 1891 John­son, Carter Mem. Ch. of God in Christ, Bal­ti­more; 1881 Hen­ry Nie­mann, St. Leo the Great R. C. , Baltimore;

WORKS: ANONYMOUS: Gen­er­al Washington’s March ANONYMOUS: Fisher’s Horn­pipe RONALD ARNATT: Fan­fare for Organ J. S. BACH: Pre­lude & Fugue in F, BWV 556 SETH BINGHAM: Pre­lude on Rock of Ages ARTHUR BIRD: Impro­visato LÉON BOËLLMANN: Ronde Française; 4 Heures Mys­tiques GEORG BÖHM: Vater unser im Him­mel­re­ich KLAAS BOLT: Improv. on a Theme by Dow­land FRANK BRIDGE: Alle­gro Marziale, Ben Mar­ca­to JOSEPH-GUY-MARIE ROPARTZ: Prière ANTON BRUCKNER: Ada­gio from Sym­pho­ny No. 7 ARTHUR CLIFTON: La Fayette’s Wel­come FRANCOIS COUPERIN: Ron­do from Soeur Monique HUGO DISTLER: Pre­lude; Vari­a­tions on a Folk­song KATHARINE E. LUCKE: Alle­gret­to GEORGE E. WHITING: Con­cert Étude W. EUGENE THAYER: Alle­gro Maestoso C. F. HURLEBUSCH: First Move­ment, Sonata No. 3 ANDRÉ FLEURY: Vari­a­tions sur un Nöel bour­guignon ARTHUR FOOTE: Can­tile­na in G, Op. 71, No. 1 NIELS GADE: Tone Piece No. 1, Op. 22 ALBERTO GINASTERA: Toc­ca­ta, Vil­lan­cio y Fuga ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: Grand Cho­rus in D alla Han­del EDWIN H. LEMARE: Auld Lang Syne PAUL HINDEMITH: Sonata I, 2nd part SIR JOHN STAINER: Ada­gio in E‑flat J. K. PAYNE: Con­cert Vari­a­tions on the Aus­tri­an Hymn SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: La source mys­tique J. KNAEBEL: Somerville Quick-Step ZOLTÁN KODÁLY: Epi­grams 1, 2, 3, 5 ALFRED LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Réc­it de Haut­bois JACQUES LEMMENS: Fan­fare EDWARD MACDOWELL: Shad­ow Dance FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Sonata III; Sonata IV mvt. 2 GUSTAV MERKEL: Fan­tasie in d; Canon in F‑sharp ANTHONI VAN NOORDT: Psalm 38, Verse 3 BERNARDO PASQUINI: Toc­ca­ta con lo scher­zo del cuc­co ‘’RACHIBALD:’’ Phan­tasm GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN: Fan­ta­sia I, 8 arr. R. Waller GABRIEL PIERNÉ: Pre­lude JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK: Malle Sij­men JAMES POLLARD: Chan­son Roman­tique PIET POST: Finale, Phan­ta­sy on ‘’Holy, Holy, Holy’’

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 Schol­ar­ship 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 the future, 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:



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)