1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Pipe Organ Maintenance

    How does your church’s pipe organ look? It’s only natural that pipes gather dust over time, but it’s important to keep them as clean as possible over time to prevent any sound distortion as you play. As dust accumulates, it can get in the way of the sound waves vibrating the surfaces they are supposed to. As a general note, you shouldn’t need to clean your pipe organ except for once every …Read More

  9. Temperature and Pipe Organ – Part 2

    In case you missed our last blog post, we discussed the importance of a regulated and balanced temperature in your pipe organ room. While it might be strange to think that the temperature of a room can alter the entire pitch of a massive instrument, it can! We are here to help you know what to do when it comes to organ tuning and how to best prepare for the tuner to arrive. You can always call Whi…Read More

  10. Temperature and Pipe Organ – Part 1

    While you might not the think the conditions of your church are affecting how well your pipe organ plays and stays in tune, they really do! It’s important to keep the organ’s needs in mind when it comes to maintenance and care. Stability should be a prime consideration for anyone who runs a church with an organ inside. Your organist depends heavily on their instrument behaving predictably so t…Read More