The Symphonic Organ at Stoneleigh

An Aeolian-Skinner Celebration

October 13 — 152019


About the Symposium

Firm­ly estab­lished at our nation­al head­quar­ters on the Stoneleigh Estate in Vil­lano­va, Penn­syl­va­nia, the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is pleased to present its inau­gur­al Sym­po­sium cel­e­brat­ing E.M. Skin­ner and his con­tri­bu­tion to the organ world. As a cen­ter­piece, the Sym­po­sium will fea­ture Aeo­lian-Skin­ner Opus 878, designed in 1931 as a res­i­dence organ now ful­ly installed into the house at Stoneleigh. A pres­ti­gious pan­el of experts on Skin­ner organs has been assem­bled to delight and inspire attendees.

An exam­i­na­tion of the res­i­den­tial organ, the glo­ries of E.M. Skin­ner instru­ments, and a rev­el­ing in the sound of Opus 878 are just a few of the Symposium’s goals. Atten­dees will be treat­ed to recitals on the instru­ment, a mas­ter class for Cur­tis Insti­tute stu­dents and a pre­sen­ta­tion of paper play­er rolls. The con­clud­ing recital pre­sent­ed by Nathan Laube takes place at Girard Col­lege, Opus 871, the largest Skin­ner in the Philadel­phia region and the fifth largest organ in the city.

Performers & Speakers

  • Jack Bethards
  • Jef­frey Dexter
  • Joseph Dze­da
  • Nathan Laube
  • Anne Laver
  • Thomas Mur­ray
  • Andy Nehrbas
  • Bynum Pet­ty
  • John Schwandt
  • Rollin Smith
  • Nicholas Thomp­son-Allen

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at a con­fer­ence rate of $159 per night for single/​double rooms until Sep­tem­ber 16, 2019 at the Rad­nor Hotel (591 E. Lan­cast­er Ave, Wayne, PA 19087), 1.8 miles from Stoneleigh. Shut­tle bus trans­fers will be pro­vid­ed and the cost is includ­ed with reg­is­tra­tion. The $159 rate is avail­able online only at http://​rad​norho​tel​.com/​r​e​s​e​r​v​a​t​i​ons by using Code 57916.  If phon­ing direct to 800.537.3000, they should refer to Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety block.


OHS grate­ful­ly acknowl­edges major fund­ing from the Joseph G. Bradley Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion as well as from Mozin­go Endow­ment of the Indi­anapo­lis Chap­ter of the AGO, and Spe­cial Projects of the San Fran­cis­co Chap­ter of the AGO.

If you pre­fer, you may down­load a print­able and mail­able reg­is­tra­tion form here.