Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
Mildred Andrews Boggess Memorial Organ, 1999 Fisk Opus 111
1931 Möller organ, Opus 5819
…we visit the campus of the University of Oklahoma to investigate a path-breaking new curriculum of organ study begun by Professor John Schwandt.
Organ Studies at the University of Oklahoma got off the ground in 1938 when Mildred Andrews, who had recently returned from studies in Paris with Marcel Dupré was recruited to the Music Department. It was the beginning of an era that would produce a record number of Fulbright Scholarship recipients.
Listen as Mildred Andrews plays Vincent Lübeck's Praeludium in C on the Aeolian-Skinner organ at First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore, TX. recorded on the 1949
Listen as Elaine George Ehlers plays Dieu parmi nous [God among us], from La Nativité by Olivier Messiaen from a recent Organ Studio Reunion on the C.B. Fisk organ in Gothic Hall. recorded June 11, 2011.
Filler – GILKIE: OU Chant, from the AOI CD
CHARLES STROUSE: Put on a happy face, from Bye-bye Birdie. DMITRI KABALEVSKY: Comedian’s Galop. STEPHEN SONDHEIM: Send in the clowns, from A Little Night Music. FRANZ von SUPPÉ: Light Cavalry Overture –Jelani Eddington
Filler – ARTHUR FIELDS (see above)
The Organ Studies Program at Oklahoma University embraces the gamut of the pipe organ experience. In classical selections plus arrangements of popular tunes, and through performances and conversations with students, alumni, guest artists and Professor Schwandt himself, we explore the possibilities of this unusual academic environment which honors the past, embraces the present, and fosters the future!
We salute University President David L. Boren for his foresight in support of the initiative of the American Organ Institute.
The featured instruments at the Catlett Music Center are a 1999 Fisk mechanical-action organ, the Mildred Andrews Boggess Memorial Organ housed in Gothic Hall, the Center's cathedral-like foyer, and a 1931 Möller organ, Opus 5819, formerly of the Philadelphia Convention Hall which is at this time partially installed in the Catlett Center's main auditorium.