Madison ACM AGO Encounters the Overture Center Barton Organ

Today (May 20 208) members of the Madison Association of Church Musicians and American Guild of Organists Madison enjoyed a tour of the Madison Overture Center Capitol Theatre’s Barton Organ. Jaret Schroeder, curator of the organ, extensively demonstrated the numerous tab stops and special sounds. Thank you, Jaret!

More background on the organ and restoration plans can be obtained at this link: http://www.overture.org/support/individual-giving/barton-organ.

Barton Organ Console
Getting a look into one of the four chambers.
Inside the chamber.
Barton Organ LabelJaret at the console.

Field Trip to Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology

Several ACM members met on Saturday, October 7th in Franklin, Wisconsin for a chance to see the beautiful chapel on the grounds of the Sacred Hearts Seminary and School of Theology.

Deborah Krauss Smith, Greg Smith, Lucy Dechene, Don DeBruin, Naomi Mathees, Morris Sadicario at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Franklin WI

The chapel is an octagonal shaped building that is home to a Berghaus Pipe Organ (Opus 30, ca. 1994 – 2 manuals, 27 stops, 35 ranks).

Berghaus Organ.

 

Berghaus Organ Sacred Heart Franklin

Several members went on a field trip to the Sacred Heart School of Theology and had an opportunity to play the Berhaus Organ. In the video above, Deborah Krauss Smith is checking out the stops. The circular chapel contributes to a warm acoustical experience, with a pleasantly long decay time.

Don DeBruin takes his turn at the organ, as we get a view of the chapel interior.