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2 December 2011

This weekend, Philadelphians had an opportunity to hear a uniquely local work for organ and orchestra. Samuel Barber composed his Toccata festiva in 1960 for the inauguration of the new organ in the Academy of Music; fittingly, it was performed at the dedication of our Op. 76 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. This weekend, the Philadelphia Orchestra revisits it, under the direction of Marin Alsop, with Ken Cowan as organist.

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22 June 2011

Two Dobson organs were on the program for the Region VI convention of the American Guild of Organists, held this year in Des Moines, Iowa. On Tuesday 22 June, Dr. Aaron David Miller presented a 9:15 a.m. workshop entitled ‘Improvisation Techniques’ at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive, followed by an organ recital by Dr. Catherine Rodland at 10:45. On Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., our John Ourensma presented a program at Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella.

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4 June 2011

Today the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presented the First Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day, an afternoon of free programs celebrating the fifth anniversary our Op. 76. Performers includedgo Matthew Glandorf, Dennis Elwell, Caroline Robinson, Patrick Kreeger, Susan Petura and Katherine Reier, Dan Razionale, Mitchell Garcia, David Beatty, Andrew Senn, Rudy Lucente, Luigi Mazzocchi, and Paul Fleckenstein, with Michael Barone as emcee.

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June 2011

Our Op. 89 for the University of Tampa is lavishly illustrated in the June 2011 issue of Architectural Products magazine. The article, which begins on page 28, can be found by searching the magazine’s website.

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22 May 2011

Op. 88 for St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, was dedicated in morning services today, and celebrated in recital this afternoon by Park Ridge native Stephen Tharp.

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25 April 2011

Our Op. 1, built by Lynn Dobson before the opening of his business and shown above in its original Sioux City home, is being moved to a new home across the Missouri River at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. Abe Batten, Donny Hobbs, Jim Streufert and Jon Thieszen installed the organ the week of 25 April 2011.

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3 April 2011

The Merton College Choir presented a Choral Evensong at St. David’s Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania (home of our Op. 84, shown above with the Choir in rehearsal) on Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 5pm. The Choir was under the direction of Mr Nicholas. A short choral recital followed the service, which came at the close of the 2011 Reunion Weekend of the Merton College Charitable Corporation, held this year in Philadelphia.


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