the past few years Allen Organ Studios, Inc., has sponsored
several luxury bus trips to the Allen Organ Company in Macungie
(ma-KUNN-jee), PA, where Tom Hazleton was the featured performer
and host. After Tom played an exciting and colorful program
on both classical and theatre organs, a delicious lunch was
enjoyed. En route back on several of the trips, a stop was made
to hear an Allen-pipe installation. Seibert United Methodist
Church, Packer Memorial Church of Lehigh
University, and Saint John's United Church of Christ in
Nazareth have been visited and, when time permitted, participants
were invited to play.
Hazleton (left), assisted by page-turner Steve Frank, opens
the program with an exciting performance on the Allen three-manual
French concept organ.
from participants in the March 2001 bus trip!
am president of the Virgil Fox Society, and I can tell you that
Virgil never played his composition 'Princeton Loyalty' like
really enjoyed the bus trip. Thanks, Bob & Claire. I'm already
thinking about the next trip. Tom is the greatest organist in
the world. His playing is very spiritual and amazing. Wonderful!
I love Tom, and I wish he would keep doing this work his whole
life. Thanks, everybody."
to Bob and Claire. It was the greatest time in my life."
Call me whenever you schedule an excursion."
look forward to this trip every time you have it."
glad we were more exposed to organ music. I enjoyed all the
was a wonderful program. Next time Tom plays, have a duet on
piano and organ and maybe I or someone can sing a popular song
with Tom accompanying. Also, it would be nice for Bob and Claire
to dance with the theatre organ selectionsóWaltz, etc. Also
look forward to another great trip.
P.S. Tom is an
trip was co-sponsored by Allen Organ Studios and the Queens
Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists. Kenneth
Blue, Dean, sent a letter in response to the event.
photo from this trip!
One of the stops on this trip
was at Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh
University, to hear and play the Austin/Allen that is installed
Above, Everyl Gibson plays the Hallelujah
Chorus for Harold Harper (right),
while Tom Hazleton changes registration to bring on the solo
graduate, Everyl Gibson, played excerpts
from the Messiah on the
Austin/Allen organ installed in Packer
Memorial Church, Lehigh University.