My name is Anthony Fabro and I, along with my wife, are members in St.
Brendan Catholic Church in Hilliard, OH. Just like with my
fascination with trains, I've often been
how I gained in interest in pipe organs. The answer is simply
don't know." No one in my family ever played the organ, the church I
went to as a kid had a very cheesy sounding electronic organ (and still
does), so I'm
not sure what it is that sparked the interest.
I can remember as a kid noting things about organs such as when I heard
one at a ball game or the sound of a real organ if we went to a
different church. I remember watching the organist rise out of the
orchestra pit at the Ohio Theatre. We would wave "hello" when the
organist came out of the pit, and "goodbye" when the organist descended.
In fact I still do that today. I also
remember listening to Chicago Blackhawk games on the radio and hearing
the big Barton organ play in the background. It's a shame that organ no
longer graces us today (though the console does still exist).
I guess the sound just kind of caught my ear. I learned to
the trumpet when I grew up, but now I wish I had learned to play the
piano, the precursor to playing the organ. Some day I will learn to do
both, hopefully sooner rather than later. I have a great appreciation
of the musicians who play the organ.
Other than harpists and drummers, I don't believe anyone else plays an
instrument with their hands and feet at the same time. Add to it that
you might be singing as well and the coordination needed is incredible!
the Web Page Project
The goal of the pipe organ pages is two-fold. First, the pages are
intended to fill a bit of an informational gap. Organ
buffs like myself like to search for organs they've heard in person on
the internet. However, unless the instrument is large, one rarely finds
information about the organ. Since I live in central Ohio the
will be on the instruments of that region.
Second, the pages are also meant to inform the casual organ listener a
little about the organ. For most people, they simply attend church or
an event, see either the organist or organ (or both), hear the music,
and that's it. However what you see from a seat or pew is only maybe a
third of what is involved with the organ. The organist does more than
just play notes on a keyboard, and there's more to the organ than the
pipes themselves. My goal is to convey the other two-thirds information
in a format which is simple and fairly non-technical.
The project started when back in 2006 I approached Ohio Theatre
Resident Organist Clark Wilson with the idea of creating a web page
about the theater's Robert Morton organ. He agreed with the idea and
thus was born http://www.ohiomortonorgan.com which is primarily about the organ but has a little about the theater as well. I then thought maybe I
could extend this to other pipe organs in the area. After gaining some
interest from a few people locally, I started my own domain and created
the current pages.
Thanks for stopping by my pages. If you have any questions, comments,
etc. please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org