OHS Chapters

Hilbus Chap­ter
The Hilbus Chap­ter of OHS serves the mid-Atlantic area rough­ly from Bal­ti­more, MD to Alexan­dria, VA and was found­ed in 1970. Our month­ly activ­i­ties take us to vis­it organs of inter­est not only in the Greater Wash­ing­ton and Bal­ti­more met­ro­pol­i­tan areas, but also from the East­ern Shore of MD to as far west as Win­ches­ter, VA. Come join us!

Michi­gan Chap­ter
The Michi­gan Chap­ter of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety (O.H.S.) was found­ed in 1994 for the pur­pose of pre­sent­ing the 1995 O.H.S. Low­er Michi­gan Nation­al Con­ven­tion. Found­ing offi­cers were Dana Hull, Pres­i­dent, MaryAnn Crugher Bal­duf, Sec­re­tary and Bri­an Buehler, Trea­sur­er. Under their lead­er­ship, the Chap­ter remained active in south­east Michi­gan for the bet­ter part of a decade fol­low­ing the con­ven­tion. Dur­ing that time, its meet­ings show­cased many his­toric organ venues and encour­aged the restora­tion and main­te­nance of ven­er­a­ble instru­ments through­out the area. That peri­od also saw Chap­ter mem­bers work­ing dili­gent­ly to con­tin­ue restora­tion efforts cen­tered on an 1892 John­son & Sons instru­ment at the Cass Avenue Methodist Church in a Detroit urban neigh­bor­hood. Ter­ry Jankows­ki sub­se­quent­ly assumed the treasurer’s duties and was for­mal­ly elect­ed to the posi­tion in 2005, along with Carl Bal­duf, Pres­i­dent and Steven Ball, Vice Pres­i­dent. A web­site, estab­lished in 2005, has replaced The Impost, the Chapter’s print­ed pub­li­ca­tion. The site con­tains min­utes (with pho­tos and sounds) of meet­ings since Octo­ber 8, 2005, links to meet­ing notices, plus a page of recital announce­ments.

New Orleans Chap­ter
The New Orleans Chap­ter of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety has the awe­some task of look­ing after the many his­toric organs in the Cres­cent City. Rich in reli­gious her­itage, New Orleans and the sur­round­ing area is home to many fine his­toric instru­ments. Over the last twen­ty years, the chap­ter has been a dri­ving force in keep­ing these price­less trea­sures play­ing, and mak­ing sure that their own­ers are aware of the sig­nif­i­cance they hold in the his­to­ry of our church­es and insti­tu­tions of wor­ship. Our city has been the site of both a major nation­al con­ven­tion and a win­ter Odyssey.

Chica­go-Mid­west Chap­ter
The Chica­go-Mid­west Chap­ter of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety was formed in 1980. Since that time, the Chap­ter has enjoyed a rich and var­ied range of activ­i­ties, and has grown to include mem­ber­ship from as many as four­teen states. At the time of its for­ma­tion, the name Chica­go-Mid­west was cho­sen since, while the Chap­ter’s pri­ma­ry focus was the organ in the Chica­go area, it was then the only OHS Chap­ter in the Mid­west region. The Chica­go-Mid­west Chap­ter issues a quar­ter­ly jour­nal, The Stopt Dia­pa­son, long rec­og­nized for its excel­lence in qual­i­ty research on organs not only in Chica­go, but in many oth­er areas, as well.

OHS Chapters

Chapter NameContact PersonAddressPhone No.


Derek Nickels

℅ Church of the Holy Comforter
222 Kenilworth Avenue
Kenilworth, IL 60043


Eastern Iowa

Rodney Levsen

221 Maple Street
PO Box 542
Buffalo, IA 52728


Harmony Society
Western PA
Ohio Valley

Walt Adkins

476 First Street
Heidelberg, PA 15106-4046



Carolyn Booth




Dennis Wujcik

2277 Union Avenue #104
Memphis, TN 38104-4364


Miohs, Michigan

Carl Balduf

1046 Coleman Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198-6308


New York

Stuart L. Ballinger

11 Lown Court
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3321


New Orleans

Rachelen Lien

1010 Nashville Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115



David Dahl




Phyllis Frankenstein

1253 Riverton Drive
Mukwonago, WI 53149


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)