Erben Organ Days 2020: Visit to an Organbuilder Workshop

This summer we added a new event to our Erben Organ Days lineup: a virtual visit to an organbuilder workshop, held over Zoom. Basilica Organist and FREO Director Jared Lamenzo chatted with Ray Brunner and Hans Herr of Brunner & Associates Organbuilders in Lancaster, PA, about their work on restoring historic pipe organs and building new ones.

Visitors from around the world tuned in and were commenting and asking questions during the presentation. We had some organbuilders watching from Germany; organ aficionados and music students enjoyed a virtual excursion into the organ shop. The Brunner shop is housed in a Victorian-era building that was formerly a tobacco warehouse. We got to see the artisans in action, repairing reed pipe shallots and straightening out dented organ pipes.

1868 Henry Erben and 1859 Hall & Labagh organs at the Basilica. Photo by Joshua South/Sidewalk Productions.

The Erben’s “little sister”, a 1859 Hall & Labagh chancel organ, was restored by Brunner & Associates in 2016.

This tour was part of our Pedals, Pipes & Peals summer music program, held virtually this year, as well as the Erben Organ Days 2020 series.

Erben Organ Days 2020 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.
New York State Council on the Arts