Maine Historic Organ Institute

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


A benefit for St. John’s Organ Society in Celebration of our 25th Anniversary

October 24-28, 2017

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

Concerts, lectures, master classes, and a guided tour of extraordinary 19th-century pipe organs by E. & G. G. Hook and George Stevens in beautiful Maine

Institute Schedule

Experience the essence of New England, fall foliage, Maine history and culture, and charming accommodations in Historic Downtown Bangor

Kevin Birch – University of Maine
Margaret Harper – University of Southern Maine School of Music
Christian Lane – Boston Organ Studio
Jonathan Moyer – Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
Dana Robinson – University of Illinois

George Bozeman – Deerfield, New Hampshire
A. David Moore – North Pomfret, Vermont
Bob Newton – Methuen, Massachusetts
Barbara Owen – Newburyport, Massachusetts
Stephen Pinel – East Windsor, New Jersey
Carlton & Lorna Russell – Stockton Springs, Maine
David Wallace – Gorham, Maine
Nick Wallace – Gorham, Maine
James Woodman – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Biographies of Faculty and Contributors

Registration Form:

Faculty Concert Schedule

Questions? Email:

Phone: Kevin Birch 207-217-6740


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We are grateful to our partner hotel, the Charles Inn.