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Blair School of Music’s Dobson Organ, Opus 92

A Gift for the Future

On February 7 and 8, the Blair School of Music hosted the inaugural concerts on its new Dobson Organ, Opus 92.

Modeled after German organs of the 18th century, the instrument, built by the Dobson Organ Company and installed last August, is in the style that Bach would have known, thus allowing the Blair School to present important music from the 18th and 19th centuries as it would originally have been performed—a rare and thrilling prospect.

Cal Turner Jr., BA ’62, and his sister, Laura Dugas, made the gift of this organ in honor of Cyrus Daniel, Vanderbilt University organist from 1946 to 1968, on behalf of all of Mr. Daniel’s former students. It is a privilege to honor in a tangible way a man who touched the lives of countless students over the years and, through this instrument, will continue to do so for many more.

Dean Mark Wait

 

Dobson Pipe Organ

Dobson Pipe Organ, Opus 92. Photo by John Russell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the organ’s elaborate white oak case to its Carpathian elm burl music desk and stop jambs, to its walnut bench and ebony sharp keys, the organ is itself something of a symphony in woods. Those varied grains are gently analogous to the musical lines that will set them resonating when the organ is played.

Even when standing quietly in place, these pipes seem full of latent energy, as if waiting for the breath that will make them sing.

—Carl Smith, senior lecturer in music, composition and theory

Dobson organ flute stops in Iowa shop

The 8' flute stops being made at Dobson Pipe Organ Builders in Lake City, Iowa. Photo courtesy of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pipes in the Iowa shop

Pipes in the Iowa shop. Photo courtesy of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organ pipe installation at Blair

Pipes being installed in the organ loft in Turner Hall at Blair. Photo by Susan Urmy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organ pipe installation at Blair

Pipes being installed in the organ loft in Turner Hall at Blair. Photo by Susan Urmy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organ towers installation at Blair

The towers are set into place and mouldings fitted. Photo courtesy of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation of pipe organ towers

The towers are set into place and mouldings fitted. Photo courtesy of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dobson organ chassis

The console chassis awaiting final placement in Turner Hall. Photo courtesy of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Smith playing Dobson organ

Carl Smith, senior lecturer in music composition and theory, is dwarfed by the pipes on Blair's new Dobson Organ, Opus 92, as he plays during the organ's inaugural concert on February 7 in Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall. The organ was a gift of Cal Turner Jr., BA'62, and his sister, Laura Dugas. Photo by Terry Wyatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cal Turner Jr. at inaugural organ concert

Cal Turner Jr. addresses the audience at the February 7 inaugural organ concert. Photo by Terry Wyatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dobson Organ reception in Ingram Hall

The reception following the inaugural concert of the Dobson Organ, Opus 92. Photo by Terry Wyatt


Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Crescendo, News , , , , , , ,



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