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Allen e-notes Newsletter
March / April 2016 www.allenorgan.com

Philadelphia, PA

Waterbury, VT

Installation Update
10 Year Anniversary

Video On The Web
Church Organ

UP TO $1000

Starting in April, and the following twelve months, we will judge videos received during the month, proclaim a winner, send the winner a plaque stating that they are the winner of the "Inspiring Congregations" contest for that month, and receive a check for $100.00 made out to the church's music ministry! We will also post the winning video on our Facebook page, in future e-notes, and on our website for all to see!
And there's more!

Look for this ad on Facebook, future e-notes and in your Allen monthly e-mail!

(Contest open to continental US, Alaska and Hawaii)

INSTALLATION - The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, Philadelphia, PA, USA
The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia, PA, had patiently dealt with lingering issues of their aging 56 rank pipe organ. Faced with the prospect of an immense rebuild cost, the Shrine's Central Association decided to investigate other solutions. Mr. Carl Gedeik, the Shrine's principal organist, informed the Rector, Father Carl Pieber, of the tremendous improvement a new Allen organ had made at a neighboring parish to which he is also the Music Director/Organist.

The decision was made and a large comprehensive 89 Stop, Four-Manual Quantum™/Custom Allen digital organ was built and installed in the world-renowned Shrine. This instrument features a floating String Division as well as a rear-speaking solo Trumpet and Great Antiphonal.

Allen's sustainable digital technology provides a large array of software tools for proper installation and voicing of the organ to better accommodate the needs and unique acoustics of the Shrine's spacious architecture.

"The volume and the participation within the congregational singing was very noticeable the first day I used the organ within the services. A solemn pontifical Mass with a jam-packed church within the first week of use brought accolades from the visiting clergy, guests, and congregation!"

submitted by
Carl Gedeik, Organist,
The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal
Philadelphia, PA

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View this organ as Organ of the Week

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Look for the Allen Organs ad showcasing this installation in the next edition of Pastoral Music magazine!

Interior photography by Dennis Grafton

The new Four-Manual Quantum/Custom Allen Organ
for the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.

INSTALLATION - Waterbury Congregational Church, Waterbury, Vermont, USA
The dedication concert for Waterbury Congregational Church's new 50 Stop, Three-Manual Quantum™/Custom Allen digital organ was held on October 4, 2015. The new Allen replaced a 100 year old pipe organ that was showing some age and in disrepair. The new Allen also has a Festival Trumpet.

During an interview with local news TV station 'My Champlain Valley,' Waterbury Congregational's Pastor Peter Plagge said, "We really think it is an instrument for worship, but we also think it is an instrument that a lot of people will enjoy. So hopefully we'll have more concerts like this, and invite the public to them."

View local Vermont media report of this event

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Photography by Brad Day

INSTALLATION - Messiah Lutheran Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Messiah Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC, USA, recently installed a new 58 Stop, Three-Manual Bravura L-342DK with Allen's 75th Anniversary Package. This organ has a total of 7 suites, including Arp Schnitger and Aeolian-Skinner, and the dark walnut exterior with light curly maple interior, gives this organ a very stunning appeal.

"We are absolutely loving our new Allen organ!! And while we are appreciating the wonderful depth of sound dispersed through more channels, we are still discovering the many facets of sound through the multiple suites, the acoustic options, and the MIDI additions. This instrument challenges us to be better musicians.Tremendous thanks to our Allen representative - Gus Farmer - who has guided us through the entire process. Glory to God!!"

Donna Peterson
Director of Music Ministries
Messiah Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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Photography by Gus Farmer

JUST GETTING STARTED! - Allen Organ provides 10 years of Concerts in Spain Cathedral
In May 2006, Allen Organ Company installed a large, Four-Manual, 79 Stop Quantum™ digital instrument in the historic Cathedral in Valladolid, Spain. Now, the Cathedral is celebrating 10 years of concerts and beautiful music with the release of their publication "Música en la Catedral."

The comprehensive on-line interactive book showcases pictures of the Cathedral, the build and installation of the Allen organ, the "voicing" of the organ by Rudy Lucente, plus highlights from the 38 concerts that spanned the past decade!

Spain's premier concert organist and Valladolid's Cathedral organist, Pilar Cabrera, has performed most of the 38 concerts. German organist Gereon Krahforst and French organist Jean-Philippe Le Trévou have participated several times to large crowds with overwhelming response.

Valladolid's Cathedral is the only one in Europe that has a selection of 27 CD's, recorded with Pilar Cabrera (Allen Organ) and together with other soloists.

Click here to learn more about this prestigious Allen Organ installation

submitted by Michael Reckling

The instrument was placed in the front of the church, and the moveable console can be connected in multiple locations, allowing for either worship or concert use.

Click on this photo to view the on-line interactive version of the 10th Anniversary publication created by Michael Reckling. Turn your speakers on!

LETTER TO ALLEN - Trinity Lutheran Church, Nevada, Missouri, USA

Allen Organ Company is renowned for building organs that deliver superior pipe sound and unmatched longevity.

Allen's tonal expertise stems from a long list of technical and artistic accomplishments beginning with its first patent granted in 1939. After decades of analog-based developments, Allen revolutionized music by introducing the world's first digital musical instrument in 1971, nearly two decades before competitors offered digital technology.

Allen's product longevity results from both unparalleled initial build quality and incomparable support. Long-standing Allen customers often share accounts that might seem amazing for other products, but are par-for-the-course at Allen. Below is a sample received recently from Trinity Lutheran Church, Nevada, Missouri. Trinity Lutheran's Allen model S-12 was installed in 1960 and is still going strong today!

"God has blessed us with both a quality organ (our Allen organ) and a most capable member to service it. The original rectifier tube lasted 45 years! We never replaced all the tubes, but those for the keys we replaced several times with new 'old stock' tubes from quality major brands, all of which were made in America. Since we have the Service Bulletin for our instrument we are able to identify problems and maintain this pleasant instrument in good working order. Praise God."

Allen Video on the Web

Many churches today are turning to pianists to play the organ for worship. To help those making the transition from piano to organ, Allen Organ has produced this short video which covers some basic organ component terminology and explores the various Divisions that make up the organs' overall sound structure. Please share this video.

 Watch Video:  Church Organ Basics - Divisions

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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 Aria in F major; G.F. Handel (arr. Guilmant)
Performer: Carlo Curley
From: Carlo Curley Concert Favorites

Religious Selection Flute Tune; T. Arne
Performer: Thomas Hazleton
From: Echoes of the Basilica

Theatre Selection Change Partners; Lyn Larsen
Performer: Lyn Larsen
From: Lyn Larsen Plays

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Organ of the Month
Organ of the Month

Thank you all for your votes last month and for your enthusiasm! The previous Organ of the Month winners (it was a tie!) were the Quantum™/Custom Theatre Organ Walnut Finish Three-Manual and the Chancel™ with optional Drawknob Package Black Satin Exterior/Curly Maple Interior Two-Manual. Click the links 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 March / April 2016 the contestants are:
• Allen Theatre Organ Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Chancel™ Oak Finish Three-Manual
• Bravura™ Pipe/Digital Combination with optional Drawknob Package Walnut Finish Two-Manual
• Bravura™ with optional Drawknob Package Walnut Finish/Curly Maple Interior Three-Manual
• Quantum™/Custom Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Quantum™/Custom Pipe/Digital Combination Walnut Finish Three-Manual

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