Dean’s Message February 2017

Walking our dog is our only outside activity during the winter time. On our daily walks we are beginning to see little evidences of spring on the trees and ground. Spring is coming slowly, but surely. Spring is a time of beginnings, and it has me thinking about how we get our start in music. Have you heard about Orgelkids? It is an educational pipe organ curriculum and kit dreamed up by Dutch organist Lydia Vroegindeweij. Lydia enlisted the help of the organ builder Wim Janssen to build the first and only two Orgelkids kits in existence. A small two rank, 2-octave pipe organ, the Orgelkids kit empowers young children to assemble a working instrument in under an hour. An example of the organ can be found on YouTube, where an impressive young organist, Peter, age 7 plays. He is an active member of the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and is an enthusiastic ambassador for this organ! His sensitive touch to the organ to create the most beautiful sound is amazing! He obviously knows the mechanism of the organ, and of course is very musical. When you have a minute, check it out. Projects of this type, and young musicians such as Peter benefiting from them, are all about new beginnings — an exciting next chapter in the story of the King of Instruments.

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