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Allen e-notes Newsletter
Jan. / Feb. 2016 www.allenorgan.com

Twentieth Year
Holiday Show

2nd Allen Organ
Folkston UMC

Thank You!

Video On The Web
John Hong

MILESTONE - Allen Organ Holiday Show - Twenty Years!
For the past twenty years, the Allen Organ Sales Staff, along with some real close friends, have presented a Holiday Show Concert to the local community early in December. This past year, Theatre Organist Jelani Eddington (2001 Theatre Organist of The Year) joined the ensemble for three spectacular performances and even led the audience during the sing-a-long portion of the program.

The proceeds from these shows are donated to local music schools and foundations for the arts charities. This year's event included performances from the Quakertown High School Varsity Singers; Kutztown High School Show Choir; and the Allen High School Chorale. Each sold-out performance lasted well over 2 hours. We've condensed one of the performances to under six minutes. Enjoy!

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Theatre Organist Jelani Eddington performing
"Festival of Christmas" by Leroy Anderson during the 2015 Holiday Show.

Quakertown High School, Varsity Singers

Kutztown Area High School, Show Choir

Allen High School Chorale

E-MAIL THANK YOU - Residence Installation - Dennis Carr, Evansville, IN
Dennis Carr heard his first organ at age 6. From that point on he was in love with the sounds an organ could produce and dreamt of someday owning his own. Well, that dream came true a few months ago when Dennis had his very own Allen Q316i Theatre Organ delivered and setup in his home!

In a follow-up e-mail to Allen, Dennis writes:

"It's gorgeous and sounds absolutely wonderful. Thanks to all the folks at Allen that have helped this dream come true."

submitted by Dennis Carr

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The final installation on my life's dream in our living room (well actually music room). - Dennis Carr

INSTALLATION: Folkston United Methodist Church, Folkston, GA
Allen Organ Company became the world's largest church organ manufacturer due to superior sound quality. It has maintained this position over the decades by supplying instruments of the finest build quality and customer support that is second to none.

Allen's superiority is proven weekly with tens of thousands of installations, some nearly eight decades old, supporting church music ministries. No other producer of digital products can match this record. While Allen instruments are competitively priced, when longevity is entered into the equation, the value is amazing.

Customer satisfaction is demonstrated through their loyalty to a supplier. While Allen's earliest digital organs continue to be serviceable today, a new Allen Organ with significant advances in sustainable technology and flexibility offers many benefits.

photographs by Ted Klemm
An example of Allen's customer loyalty is Folkston United Methodist Church in Folkston, Georgia, who in 1974 purchased a first-generation Allen digital organ. That instrument has just been replaced with a new two-manual Allen Organ with full MIDI capabilities, pictured here, sold by Dunne Music. Allen Organ Company looks forward to serving Folkston UMC music ministry for generations to come!

INSTALLATION: Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Flower Mound, Texas
"Several years ago, Lamb of God Lutheran began talking about replacing our organ. The church had an Allen organ that had served faithfully for many years, but we wanted a pipe organ. Additionally, we wanted to increase our tonal palette, giving us the ability to use a wider variety of organ and choral literature for our music needs.

After extensive research, it became obvious that a digital & pipe combination was the best way to go. It was not only cost effective, but offered us exactly what we were looking for in tonal range and scope of our liturgical needs. Once that decision was made, Allen was the only choice.

Lamb of God's Allen digital & pipe combination organ along with pipes and stained glass make for a stunning photo taken by Dawn Wendorf.
Since the installation of our new organ, we have hosted concerts, choral festivals, performed works with orchestras, and of course, celebrate every Sunday with vibrant congregational worship. The parishioners and music department could not be happier with the church's decision, and our new Allen organ!"

submitted by
Chris Winston, Organist
Lamb of God Lutheran Church
Flower Mound, Texas

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DOWN UNDER - The Armidale School, New South Wales, Australia
The Armidale School, in New South Wales, Australia, is absolutely thrilled with the installation of the new Allen organ in the gallery of their Memorial Hall!

"This wonderful instrument is perfect for both solo recitals and accompanying the school's many choral programs and formal presentations. It is an instrument of great power but is also very expressive, and the fact that we were able to voice the stops individually has resulted in something beautiful and completely unique.

The organ's seven different suites offer organists a huge tonal palette for a wide variety of performances, together with the fine custom built Allen French terrace style console and spectacular 16' polished zinc pipe facade cases make this an exceptional instrument and a most excellent addition to the school's busy musical schedules.

It was a big thrill for me to work alongside Mark Fisher, the Sydney Opera House Curator and Tonal Designer, in voicing the Armidale School's new Allen organ!"

submitted by,
Warwick Dunham, Organist
The Armidale School, NSW Australia.

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The Armidale School (TAS) is an independent, Anglican day and boarding school for boys and girls located in Armidale on the New England tablelands of northern New South Wales, Australia.

View this organ in action during TAS's 2015 Organ & Music Recital

The Armidale School's Organist, Warwick Dunham (seated) voicing the new Allen organ with Sidney Opera House Organ Curator and Tonal Designer, Mark Fisher.

Many of you have asked for a "How-To" video series on the use of the Allen Vista Navigator™ MIDI controller. The first of many to come, "Splitting Manuals" easily shows you how a Two-Manual organ equipped with Navigator can provide the versatility of a Three or Four-manual organ! Enhance your music playability with this handy method as demonstrated by Allen's VP of Sales, and organist, Barry Holben.

Click here to watch the Splitting Manuals video

Allen Video on the Web

"Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" arranged and performed by Organist John Hong on Allen Organs Quantum™/Custom Q350 Organ for the Dedication Concert at Bora-dong Catholic Church, South Korea on Jun, 20 2015. The Q350 is a Three-Manual, 50 Stop digital organ and features 7 distinctive stop lists.

  Watch Video:  Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken; arr. John Hong

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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 these selections!

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Classical Selection Flute Solo; Thomas Arne
Performer: Diane Bish
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Religious Selection In A Monastery Garden; A. Ketelbey
Performer: Thomas Hazleton
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Performer: Lyn Larsen
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Thank you all for your votes last month and for your enthusiasm! The previous Organ of the Month winner was the Lyn Larsen Signature Series Theatre High-gloss Black Finish on Walnut Three-Manual. Click the link below to visit the AllenOrgan.com site for photos and more!

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 Jan. / Feb. 2016 the contestants are:
• Quantum™/Custom Theatre Organ Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Historique™ Oak Finish Two-Manual
• Bravura™ with optional Drawknob Package Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Bravura™ with optional Drawknob Package Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Bravura™ Pipe/Digital Combination with optional Drawknob Package Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Chancel™ with optional Drawknob Package Oak Finish Three-Manual
• Chancel™ with optional Drawknob Package Black Satin Exterior/Curly Maple Interior Two-Manual
• Chancel™ with optional Drawknob Package Oak Finish Exterior/Curly Maple Interior Two-Manual

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