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On a cold Saturday in early February, 17 students from the ages of 11-16, enjoyed the warm hospitality of Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN for a day of Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza. Thanks to the coordination and hospitality of Kristy Giere, Organist at Zumbro Lutheran the young students were fascinated by the beautiful 52 rank Aeolian-Skinner organ.
Their eyes opened in wonder at the first notes of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. That piece was used as a teaching tool throughout the morning. They learned about why and how to use different manuals, what different manuals accomplish, what a stop is, how pedals work, what the combination action is and how, by pressing just one key you can get a full spectrum of sounds. Each student took advantage of the opportunity to play their piano score and experiment with different sound settings.
An instructional video provided by the AGO, Pulling Out All The Stops was shown to an attentive audience. Then organ technician Jeff Daehn showed the enthusiastic students a row of pipes and a good look inside the organ.
All this excitement ended with pizza, ice cream, and lovely fellowship. This is an event that the chapter will certainly repeat in the near future!