The Organ Clearing House crew has prepared the organ chamber for installation of the new Schoenstein organ at The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Previously, we removed the Noack organ and delivered it back to its maker where it has been reworked and fit into the historic organ case of St. Paul's Chapel, New York City. Installation of the Noack starts Monday in New York.
New Municipal Organist for Portland, Maine
John Bishop was privileged to serve as Chairman of the Organ Committee and Clerk of the Works for the Centennial Renovation of the Mighty Kotzschmar Organ in Merrill Auditorium of CIty Hall in Portland, Maine. The renovation was completed in 2014 and the organ is in cracker-jack condition. Foley-Baker, Inc. of Tolland, Connecticut was chosen for that important project.
In the spring of 2017, Municipal Organist Ray Cornils announced his retirement, effective December, 2017, ending a 27-year tenure in the position.
John Bishop was again privileged to serve on the Search Committee to select Ray's successor. On September 18, 2017, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ announced, and the City Council of Portland approved the appointment of James Kennerley of New York City to be Portland's 11th Municipal Organist.
Here you see Portland attorney and FOKO founding president Peter Plumb presenting James before the City Council. Watch the website of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ for exciting new programming as James takes the helm in January of 2018.
Hook & Hastings Factory
The Organ Clearing House is listing several distinguished organs built by E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings, and Hook & Hastings. We thought you'd be interested to see some historic photos of the factory in Weston, Massachusetts, which was demolished after the company closed in 1929.
This essay ends with an introduction to the July 2017 issue. Refer to the Blog Page, "Pipe Organs for Madagascar" to read that one.
Pipe organs for Madagascar
In June of 2008, John Bishop traveled to Madagascar for a study trip. He returned with Amory Atkins the following October, a few weeks after dispatching a shipping container from Boston that contained an organ and six pianos.