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Dismissive take on venerable instrument ironic in an area so rich with culture

Regarding Jennifer Graham’s Oct. 25 op-ed “Save the church! (kill the organs)”: One can understand a journalist’s point of view, reflecting impoverished musical experiences at liturgies combined with a heartfelt concern for the revitalization of the Catholic Church. One can also understand that journalists are compelled to write pieces that they feel particularly passionate about, at least that day or week. But what is most disturbing for me and for many colleagues and friends is the dismissive manner in which Graham treats such a venerable instrument and its rich tradition of music making.

Even a modicum of research would reveal an entire world with which Graham is clearly unfamiliar. She could find numerous parishes with vital music ministries that make use of the organ and a skilled organist, who also doubles as choir director, pianist, cantor, and general musical factotum.

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