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  March 2012

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Allen Organ Employee Celebrates 50 Years of Service

At the Allen Organ Company building the finest organs in the world is more than a job, it is a lifelong commitment. This commitment begins with its founding family that has managed the firm since its inception over sixty years ago. It is a commitment that many Allen employees also take very seriously.
Lawrence Shoepple, who was hired in 1962 and Allen Organ Company President, Steve Markowitz. The Allen Organ Factory.
Macungie, PA, Circa 1960
In February, 2012, Lawrence Shoepple celebrated his 50th anniversary as an Allen Organ employee. Larry joined the company in 1962 shortly after graduating high school in nearby Allentown, PA. Since then he has held various assembly and technical positions at the company, currently working in the Electro-Mechanical Assembly department. And like many other Allen employees Larry met his wife, Eileen while working at Allen; she was his co-worker. While Larry Shoepple's milestone is unique in an era where short-term company-employee relationships have become the norm, it is not unique at Allen Organ Company. In fact, Larry joins five other Allen employees that reached the 50-year milestone in 2010.

Allen began manufacturing electronic organs in the late 1930's when it was founded by the late Jerome Markowitz. Steve Markowitz, Jerome's son, is Allen's current president. In 1971 Allen was the first company in the world to introduce a musical instrument utilizing digital sampling; the basic technology found in nearly all sound generating products today.

Allen has had the good fortune of having a skilled, stable and loyal workforce, which the Company attributes to its paternalistic management style that offers a comfortable, friendly and rewarding work environment. This stability has been a key contributor to the Company's long-term success that has benefited the Company, its employee and customers; a truly win-win combination.

Tabasco Organ is Hot!

Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic church was founded in 1943 in the village of Benito Juarez in the State of Tabasco, Mexico. It is a private chapel with a capacity of about 150 people. The owner of the chapel purchased it on behalf of his Mexican-based company, Pro-Argo.

Although humble in stature, their new Allen 2 manual, 28 stop Chapel organ is just as hot as the weather in this western most area of the Yucatan Peninsula! The Allen CF-8 features our Classic Allen stop list with unique, independent voicing and audio settings. Allen's unique manufacturing capabilities, economy of scale and advanced technology provide incomparable value at surprisingly affordable prices. And with Acoustic Portrait™, the small chapel "sounds like" a gothic cathedral when the organ is played.

Allen Featured Installation

Allen Organ, Walt Strony Make Front Page Newspaper Article - Paducah, KY

A new Allen L341 organ with Allen's 40th anniversary celebration package was installed at Grace Episcopal Church and expertly voiced by world-renowned Theatre Organist, Walt Strony.

In June, lightning struck the church destroying a 40-year-old analog Allen Organ. Subsequently, the church purchased and installed a new Allen digital organ. Mr. Strony spent 8 days, painstakingly voicing the organ to the acoustic surroundings of the old wooden sanctuary.

The congregation seemed astounded when they heard the new organ. "The sound is acoustically amazing", said Walt. "They're really getting a sound that they've never heard before".

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World-Renowned Theatre Organist Walt Strony and Church Organist Walt Strony has honored the Allen Organ Company by designing his very own Theatre Organ.

The Walt Strony Signature Organ by Allen This Quantum™ STR-4 digital Theatre Organ was designed in conjunction with world-renowned theatre organist Walt Strony. This beautifully appointed instrument features:

• Four Manuals
• 32 Theatre Ranks
• 49 Classical Ranks
• 8 Tuned Percussions

Plus Traps and Sound Effects including Crash Cymbal, Roll Cymbal, Tympani/Snare Roll, Auto Horn, Wind Chimes, Splash Cymbal, Siren and Train.

Additional Features include note-by-note voicing, tuning and regulation, digitally-sampled tremulants and the spatial dimension of Acoustic Portrait., actual sampled acoustics.

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Allen Video on the Web
Pulitzer prize nominee, Luke Mayernik, has been named composer in residence of the Westmoreland Choral Society's 2011-2012 concert season. He is quickly becoming one of the formost performers and innovative composers in his field. In this video excerpt (link below), Luke performs an improvisation on "At the Lamb's High Feast." This performance was recorded on a four-manual Allen organ in Octave Hall located at the Allen Organ International Sales Facility in Macungie Pennsylvania. Luke's complete performance on DVD is entitled Inspired by the Masters and is available from Allen Organ Company.

Watch Video: youtu.be/dP9ZV-yjTdI

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Nothing tells the Allen story better than the sound of our instruments. Recordings of an Allen organ are the next best thing to hearing one in person. In each e-notes we feature a few selections that demonstrate the pipe-like quality of our digital organs in a wide variety of musical styles. Enjoy!

To Download: right click on the song title, then click "Save As".

Classical Selection Chant de Joie; Naji Hakim
Performer: Naji Hakim
From: French Essence, Naji Hakim

Religious Selection The Children of God; Oliver Messiaen
Performer: Dr. Roger Nyquist
From: A Quantum Musical Experience

Theatre Selection Nola; Felix Arndt
Performer: Walt Strony
From: Bravo! Performances by Allen Artists

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Organ of the Month
Organ of the Month

Thank you all for your votes last month and for your enthusiasm! January's Organ of the Month winner was the Heritage™ Two-tone Oak and Curley Maple Four-Manual . Click the link below to visit the AllenOrgan.com site for photos and more! http://www.allenorgan.com/www/allenews/organoftheweek/2012/20120123/OrganOfTheWeek.html

Choose your favorite from the list below. In the next issue of e-notes, we will let you know which one of these beauties was the readers' choice for Organ of the Month!

For February 2012 the contestants are:
Protégé™ Drawknob Walnut with Ebony Satin Finish Three-Manual
Combination Pipe and Digital Quantum™ Oak Three-Manual
Protégé™ Walnut with White Finish Three-Manual

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