I was shocked to read Jennifer Graham’s Oct. 25 op-ed “Save the church! (kill the organs).” I am an organist who has loved the instrument since the first time I heard it as a child. It was a life-changing moment, and it decided the path of my life.
Besides the organ and its music, this path has brought hundreds of magnificent people into my life. I get to reach them every week, and receive their affection and esteem in return. Few people get to do what they love and be loved in return doing that.
I will continue to play the organ and be thrilled by the music of genius composers (the ditties Graham mentions don’t qualify) who have written and continue to write for it. Many intelligent people will continue to listen to organ music for reasons too numerous to mention.
If Graham had any idea of the complex engineering that goes into building a fine pipe organ, or the slightest clue about the complexities of the physical, mental, and emotional skills needed to play it, she might not have written such an opinion piece.
The writer is music director at the Wellesley Congregational Church, Temple Shalom of Newton, and the Newton Choral Society, and is on the organ faculty at Wellesley College.