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EROI 2007: New Dimensions in Organ Documentation and Conservation

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EROI 2007: New Dimensions in Organ Documentation and Conservation
October 11-14, 2007

The sixth EROI Festival featured a collaborative symposium between the American Organ Archives of the Organ Historical Society and the Eastman School of Music. Directed by Laurence Libin and Hans Davidsson, the event also observed the 300th anniversary of the death of Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707).

Over the course of the festival, experts from six countries discussed 21st-century methods and strategies for safeguarding our organ heritage in the face of changing liturgical trends, church closures, physical deterioration, and other threats. Special attention was devoted to issues affecting organs in the Americas, particularly those in Mexico and by Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner.

Featured distinguished presenters included Jonathan Ambrosino, Daniel Guzmán, David Knight, Margarete Madelung, Annika Niklasson, Catherine Oertel, Mireya Olvera, Edward Pepe, Bruce Shull, and keynote speaker John Watson of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Download the 2007 EROI Festival Brochure

2007 Sponsors
American Organ Archives, Organ Historical Society • University of Rochester, Humanities Project • Loft and Gothic Recordings • Sacred Heart Cathedral (RC) • Rochester Chapter, American Guild of Organists • The Joseph Rippey Trust Fund • Christ Church (Episcopal) • Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, Christ Church Schola Cantorum • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church • Parsons Pipe Organ Builders • Pasi Organ Builders Inc. • Paul Fritts and Co. Organ Builders • Richards Fowkes & Co. Pipe Organ Builders • C. B. Fisk, Inc. • Taylor and Boody Organ Builders • Flentrop Organ Builders, The Netherlands • Gerald Woehl Organ Builders, Germany • GOArt, Göteborg University, Sweden • Eastman School of Music • EROI Working Committee


Thursday, October 11

Pre-Symposium Program
Christ Church Episcopal, Guild Hall

9 AM —
2:30 PM
11 AM Open House
Noon Hans Davidsson:
The Casparini Project
12:15 PM Joel Speerstra and Mats Arvidsson:
New Organ for Christ Church: A Case Study in Conservation Modeling
1:15 PM Round Table on the Casparini Project: Joel Speerstra (Design); Munetaka Yokota (Documentation of the Casparini Pipes); Dana Kirkegaard and Steve Dieck (Microclimate for Preservation); Jonathan Orpin and James Turner (3D Carving Project)

Symposium Program
University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery

3 PM Registration continues
Welcome: Laurence Libin

Bausch & Lomb Parlor

3:15 PM Keynote Address by John Watson
Restorative Conservation, A Conceptual Roadmap
4:30 PM David S. Knight:
The Council for the Care of Churches and Restoration/Conservation in England, 1999-2006
5:45 PM Organ Demonstration: William Porter

Herdle Fountain Court

6:30 PM Buffet Dinner

Bausch & Lomb Parlor

8:30 PM Historic Organ Citation for Italian Baroque Organ

Organ and Harpsichord Recital: David Higgs and William Porter

Herdle Fountain Court


Friday, October 12

Christ Church Episcopal, Guild Hall

9AM —
Ed Pepe:
Documentation at Topotzotlán

Mireya Olvera/José Luis Tenorio:
Documentation of Tlacochahuaya’s Organ Case

Round Table on Mexican Organ Issues, Susan Tattershall, moderator

Daniel Guzmàn Vargas:
Mexican Organs – and now, a Mexican Point of View

Laura Olivia Ibarra Carmona:
Status and Outlook for Mexican Organ Preservation and Restoration

Liliana Olvera Flores:
Organ as Document: Santo Domingo, Zacatecas

Noon Lunch recital
Eastman students present Hook and Hastings Opus 1697 (1896) and Fritts Opus 7 (1989); visit to Organ Loft
2 — 6 PM Carl-Johan Bergsten:
Dynamic Behavior of Wind System and Key Action

Matthias Scholtz:
Documenting Organ Sound: What Do We Expect? What is Possible?

Paul Peeters:
The Groningen Aa-kerk Organ: Restore or Conserve?

Margareta Madelung, Franz Körndle, Helmut Balk: Documentation at Maria Thalkirchen

Ibo Ortgies:
Historically Informed Performance Practice: Benefit or Threat?

8:30PM Recital by Todd Wilson and David Higgs
Skinner Opus 655 (1927)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church


Saturday, October 13

Strong Auditorium, University of Rochester River Campus

9 AM —
Jonathan Ambrosino:
Groton School Skinner Restoration
Historic Organ Citation for Aeolian-Skinner Opus 953 (1937)

Jonathan Ortloff:
Preliminary Documentation of the Aeolian-Skinner
Opus 953 and video tour

Bruce Shull:
Documenting the 1800 Tannenberg Organ in Winston-Salem

Scot Huntington:
OHS Guidelines for Documentation and Conservation

Noon —
1:30 PM
Lunch/Carillon concert and River Campus tour

Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music

2:15 PM Thomas Murray:
Demonstration of Skinner Opus 325 (1922)
3 PM Kerala J. Snyder:
Dieterich Buxtehude, From Paris to Kilbourn Hall
3:45 —
6:45 PM
Catherine Oertel:
Corrosion and Conservation of Tin-Rich Pipe Metals

Annika Niklasson:
Corrosion and Conservation of Lead-Rich Pipe Metals

Round Table on Kilbourn Project and Skinner Issues:
Jonathan Ambrosino, Jack Bethards, Joe Dzeda, Thomas Murray, Nicholas Thompson-Allen et al.

7 PM Conference Buffet

Christ Church, Guild Hall
8:30 PM Recital by Hans Davidsson and William Porter
Brombaugh Opus 9 (1972)

Sacred Heart Cathedral


Sunday, October 14

Post-Symposium Program

1 PM Organ, pedal clavichord, and pedal piano concert
by Eastman Students

Schmitt Organ Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
2 —
4 PM
Open House at Christ Church

Visit the Organ Loft; demonstration of Hook and Hastings
Opus 1697 (1896)

Christ Church Episcopal

3 PM Barbara Owen:
The Organ Builders Hook and Hastings

Christ Church Episcopal
5:30 PM Concert of vocal and instrumental music by Dieterich Buxtehude and Italian Masters;
Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy, director

Memorial Art Gallery

7 PM Concluding EROI Buffet

Guild Hall, Christ Church Episcopal

9 PM Concluding Compline at Christ Church
Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy, director

Christ Church Episcopal