1. St. Thomas Aquinas Hybrid Organ Installation Pt. 1

    Here at Whitesel Church Organs, we’re extremely excited to announce our 1,300th pipe organ contract! Today, we’ll be discussing this new pipe organ installation which is taking place in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The Client This client is especially exciting, considering the fact that their church is brand new. In fact, it’s so new that it’s still under c…Read More

  2. The Revolutionary Organ Builder: Aristide Cavaille-Coll

    Today, we’re focusing our blog on an organ builder who was integral to the development of pipe organs and pipe organ music as we know it today. Aristide Cavaille-Coll has been dubbed as the creator of the symphonic organ, and influenced the music of many incredible pipe organ composers, such as César Franck and Charles-Marie Widor. Destined to Design Cavaille-Coll was born in Montpellier, Franc…Read More

  3. Calliopes: The Traveling Organs

    Although you may not be familiar with its name, it’s very likely that you would recognize the iconic, poorly tuned whistle of the Calliope, especially when “Entrance of the Gladiators” by Julius Fucik is played on it. Commonly associated with circuses and steamboats, this musical instrument reached its peak during the steam era. That being said, once steam energy became a technology of the p…Read More

  4. The Process of Tuning A Pipe Organ

    Pipe organs are best known for their towering pipes, large consoles, foot pedals, and their thunderous sounds. But despite their enormous size, these instruments are actually rather delicate, and tuning them is an exercise in precision and patience. In today’s blog, the pipe organ tuning specialists at Whitesel Church Organs will discuss some of the elements of the pipe organ tuning process. The…Read More

  5. Different Types Of Organ Pipes

    One of the most notable characteristics of the pipe organ is its ability to produce an amazing array of sounds and noises. This is thanks to the variety of pipe designs and styles that are placed into the instrument. The organ’s sounds quality, or “timbre” is shaped by the length and width of the pipe, its shape and position within the instrument, and the shape materials of construction. In …Read More

  6. Understanding Organ Shoes

    For most organ players, it’s not surprising that there is a complete line of specialized clothing and gear just for playing the organ. But newer players, and those only passingly familiar with the pipe organ, are often surprised to find that there is a shoe designed solely for playing the organ. But what are these special shoes and how are they different from regular shoes? Read on to find out m…Read More

  7. Settling In: The Perfect Church Organ Seat

    There’s a lot that goes into playing a church organ. There are one or more keyboards to manage, a series of stops to survey, and pedals to push. On top of all of this, you also have to keep in mind how you are seated at the organ. Yes, as a church organ player, you wouldn’t want something as simple as sitting to be easy would you? Fortunately, Whitesel Church Organs is here to help. We want ev…Read More

  8. The Band Organ

    When we think of an amusement park, we conjure up visions of roller coasters that roar by, of carnival games along the fairway, and of near limitless amounts of cotton candy. These things are all classic parts of the amusement park experience. But early parks had one element that parks today often don’t have, organ music! Yes, early amusement parks had the melodious sounds of an organ to provide…Read More

  9. Anatomy Of The Pipe Organ

    When we think anatomy, we often think of high school textbooks showing cross-sections of stomachs, and skeletons. But like humans, every organ is unique in how they look and behave. Despite these difference, like humans, they share the same parts to create that unique look and sound. Whitesel Organ Churches is ready to teach you the anatomy of the pipe organ. Read on to find out more! Anatomy 101 …Read More

  10. What Does it Mean to “Pull Out All The Stops?”

    It’s a phrase we’ve all heard at one point. It might have been during the height of a dramatic movie, or a sports commentator after a stellar play on the field. “They’ve really pulled out all the stops.” But if you play the pipe organ, this phrase has a very different meaning. Join Whitesel Church Organs as we explore the history of this phrase, and how it’s used in the common parlance…Read More