The Maine Historic Organ Institute – A Note of Thanks

On behalf of the Board of Directors of St. John’s Organ Society, my deep thanks to all who contributed to the success of the Maine Historic Organ Institute — concerts, master classes, lectures, and a tour of notable organs by E. & G.G. Hook, Hook & Hastings and George Stevens — which took place October 24-28.

We are deeply grateful to the congregations and other interested persons for their stewardship of these historic organs. Special thanks to Fr. Frank J. Murray, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, for his support and encouragement. Thanks also to our visiting faculty and contributors for sharing their teaching, performances and presentations. Thanks to the Organ Historical Society and to the Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for their cooperation and support, and to Len Levasseur and Monique Bouchard for their beautiful photography and design work. Particular thanks to Barbara Owen, Stephen Pinel and David Wallace for sharing their recent researches on organs of E. & G. G. Hook, Hook & Hastings and George Stevens in the State of Maine. We are especially grateful to organ builders George Bozeman, Robert Newton and Andover Organ Co., David Wallace and Nicholas Wallace, and to all who have worked with them, for their many years of dedication to these beautiful pipe organs and their expertise in caring for them.

Special thanks to the fine student performers who shared a wonderful concert during the Institute!

May this week of study and exploration continue to inform, inspire and energize our efforts to better understand, preserve and promote these cultural treasures.

Kevin Birch
Executive Director
St. John’s Organ Society

More Information about the Maine Historic Organ Institute

Hook Opus 288St. John’s Organ Society is a non-profit organization dedicated
to the preservation and appreciation of E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288 (1860)
built for St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine.

Providing Summer Organ Concerts, Educational Tours, and
Community Outreach since 1992.


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