Organ Historical Society
Steven Ball performs at the Austin Organ console in the chancel of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. (LISTEN)
Ken Holden, Jim Wilkes and Dana Hull take a peek inside an Austin pipe chamber.
Casavant pipes and relay racks dwarf the already diminutive Dana Hull.
Ray Ahrens takes his turn at the Austin console---
-- as does MaryAnn Balduf.
Ken Holden distributes the original specifications for the Casavant and Austin organs.
Michigan Chapter members meet to plot venues, projects and next steps.
Chapter President Carl Balduf called the March 7, 2009 meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the Organ Historical Society to order at 10:20 a. m in Assembly Room A. at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, Michigan.
Present were Chapter members Ray Ahrens, Carl Balduf, MaryAnn Balduf, Steven Ball, Marshall Dicks, Ken Holden, Dorothy Holden, Terry Jankowski, Dana Hull, Brian Sweetman, and Jim Wilkes, plus co-host Nancy Deacon, Director of Music for the Cathedral.
The meeting began with Balduf's request for approval of the minutes of the October 18, 2008 meeting as posted on the Web site and provided in printed form at the meeting. Approval was moved and seconded. The motion carried.
Balduf then asked Treasurer Terry Jankowski for the Treasurer's Report, which is available below.
Balduf reminded the group that Chapter dues are now payable for 2008-2009. The dues are $15 (still $5 for students). The annual dues period runs from September 1 through the following August. Dues should be mailed to:
Diane Hiltner, Membership Chairman
3457 Gettysburg Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-1504
Balduf also reminded the meeting that National Brochures were available for those wishing to join the National O.H.S. organization.
Dana Hull brought up the pending matter of archival storage for the Chapter's historic materials. After discussion, Vice President Steven Ball said that he will contact The University of Michigan Bentley Library to arrange for repository there.
Balduf then reminded all present to be sure to attend the April 4 meeting in Marshall and Albion. He outlined the fine program that Brook Grantier has lined up for the day. Balduf then passed out posters to the group, asking that they distribute them wherever possible.
Steven Ball reported that the Fisher Theater Wurlitzer pipe organ will have to be removed from the Senate Theater in the very near future. He suggested that the Chapter make it a project to help with the removal and possible installation in another area facility. A motion was made and seconded that this be made a formal Chapter project, subject to the approval of the Detroit Theatre Organ Society, owner of the instrument. The motion carried.
Ball then entertained ideas for the May 2009 meeting. Several suggestions were forthcoming and Ball will followup.
There being no further new business, the meeting was adjourned at 11 a.m and the group moved into the Cathedral to learn about the Casavant and Austin organs installed there. Steven Ball, Cathedral Organist, demonstrated the ability to couple the Austin, in the Chancel, with the Casavant in the Choir loft, and vice versa. Played together, in the nave's five second reverberation time, the sound was found to be truly magnificent. (LISTEN)
Ken Holden passed out copies of the original Austin and Casavant specifications, dating from 2003 and 1925 respectively and an open console period was provided for those who wished to play.
Following the meeting, members of the group adjourned to the Majestic Cafe for varied luncheon fare.
Nancy Deacon, Cathedral Music Director, points out salient features of the Austin pipe organ in the chancel.
The group gathers around as Steven Ball prepares to make lush Casavant sounds.
Lunch at the Majestic Theatre restaurant. Left to right are Terry Jankowski, Steven Ball, Marshall Dicks, Ray Ahrens, Dana Hull, MaryAnn Balduf and Carl Balduf.