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Wallace & Co. completes small demonstration organ

The instrument was commissioned by Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, Inc. to use with the "Kotzschmar for Kids" educational program. The program is a multidisciplinary program aimed at 6th graders and involves math, science, music and art. The little organ has a 3 octave keyboard, a 27 note pedal and 5 ranks of pipes. With the exception of a new 4' Principal, all the pipes are from organs by E. & G.G. Hook, Stevens, Hall and Laukhuff. The organ is portable and can be taken apart into two easily transported sections.

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Kotzschmar Junior, as it has been dubbed by the Wallace & Co. crew, was delivered to it’s first educational appointment on January 28th at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham, Maine. The debut presentation will be the first of what we, as the builders, hope will be many over the years. We view the “Kotzschmar of Kids” program as an opportunity to connect with young people to give them an expansion of their studies in a number of subject areas as well as a chance for those of us in our profession to perhaps light a spark that will one day lead a student to a profession in organ building or organ playing.

Another Pro in the Shop

Our most exciting "people news" of 2004 is the addition to the Wallace staff of another organ-building expert -- one from the United Kingdom, no less. Roy Stephenson, formerly of Bishop & Son, Organ Builders, of Ipswich and London, brings to the Wallace firm nearly two decades of experience in all facets of organ-building -- not to mention his additional years as the administrator of a municipal theater the equal of Portland's Merrill Auditorium. How did we manage to recruit Roy to Portland? Easily: it was his new Maine bride who brought him to our shores.

A Biggs Grant for Andy

Anton Warde's proposal to mark the 50th anniversary of E. Power Biggs's earliest recordings of historic European organs with a retrospective essay about these "HiFi Adventures" has earned him a Margaret Power Biggs Grant from the AGO Organ Library in Boston. Andy's project, which he hopes to offer for publication later in the year, will draw not only on the resources of the Organ Library but on the reminiscences of Georg Steinmeyer (of the noted German organ-building family), as well. It was Steinmeyer who planned Biggs's itinerary, served as his guide, and even hung the microphones for several of these landmark recordings.
































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