letters | on the venerable church organ

Quality of instrument, player can make all the difference

I was sad to learn about Jennifer Graham’s unfortunate experience with organ music (“Save the church! (kill the organs),” Op-ed, Oct. 25). Perhaps the source of her problem is rooted in her comment about “wincing through” the music at “any poorly financed suburban parish.”

A well-maintained organ, appropriately matched to its surroundings and played by a talented organist, can produce a profound emotional and spiritual experience. I am fortunate to attend church in a community that has the desire and resources to provide high-quality organ accompaniment to worship in at least three of our local churches, including the Roman Catholic one.


Blaming the decline of the Catholic Church on what Mozart was said to have called the king of all musical instruments obscures more significant issues.

Mary Shaw


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