1. The American Guild Of Organists

    At the beginning of this month, Viscount Organs was thrilled to be a featured part of the 2018 National American Guild of Organists Convention. As always, the convention was a smash hit, and to thank our gracious hosts, we thought we would take a few moments to talk about the Guild, its mission, history, and purpose. Join Viscount Organs as we discuss this important part of the organ playing cultu…Read More

  2. Interesting Facts About the Organ – Part 5

    It’s been a while since we’ve done a blog on interesting organ facts, so we thought we’d revisit the topic with a brand new set of fun facts! The pipe organ has been an object of fascination for hundreds, nearly thousands of years. In that time, the instrument has changed shape, purpose, and preferences. So without further ado, Viscount Organs presents more interesting facts about the organ!…Read More

  3. Famous Organists: Ethel Smith

    For over 100 years, Viscount Organs has been producing organs of unparalleled quality. In that time, countless musicians have sat behind the pedals and keys of our organs and played everything from timid first notes to entire concertos. We’re glad that we’ve been a part of the music community for so long, and we’re always happy to recognize the musicians who have had truly spectacular career…Read More

  4. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Antiphonal Organ

    Viscount to install their largest organ in North America

    After an expansive search, and consultation with multiple pipe and digital organ firms, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church (OLMC) in Altoona, PA has contracted with Viscount to produce a custom 4 manual organ powered by their Physis® (Physical Modeling) Technology.  The project will include the reworking of their existing Estey Pipe Organ in order to re-reveal their beautiful Our La…Read More

  5. Famous Organists: Marcel Dupré

    Viscount Organs has been around for a while, over a century in fact. During that time, we’ve seen countless players perform masterpieces on our fine organs. We believe that even a novice player is an accomplished musician, as playing the organ is an impressive feat in-and-of-itself. But throughout the long and storied history of the organ, there have been some truly remarkable players. Viscount …Read More

  6. The Longest Organ Piece Ever Performed

    Without a doubt, Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” is probably the most famous organ piece ever written. It’s used in TV, movies, and more. But many people have only heard the iconic opening lines of the song. Few realize that the piece is nearly nine minutes long. Organ pieces and organ concertos can last up to an hour in some cases. While these pieces are long, there is one organ pie…Read More

  7. The 4 Most Impressive Organs in the World

    When it comes to organs, most people think about the giant instruments installed in grand cathedrals. With that being said, we do want to discuss a few of those! However, not all fantastic and interesting organs were installed in a church. Organs are renowned for their large size and their demanding requirements when it comes to playing them successfully, much less playing them well. Since every o…Read More

  8. Top Tips to Sight Reading Music

    When it comes to sight reading music, some musicians love the challenge and could work on it all day. For others, they dread hearing those words. Those of you who are terrified by sight reading music, we are here to help! Here are some of the top tips from Viscount Organs to keep in mind to help you sight read a bit easier. Practice Ahead of Time Obviously, you won’t have the music ahead of time…Read More

  9. Why Should Pianists Learn the Organ?

    If you are a musician, specifically a pianist, it’s likely that you have already developed a lifelong love of music and performance. Many musicians, especially those who are looking to expand their musical talents to another instrument, look to challenge themselves and grow. In fact, we have found that versatility in instruments can make stronger practice patterns, and it can open up new perform…Read More

  10. Interesting Facts About the Organ

    Thank you for joining us on the Viscount organ blog! If you’re you’re just joining us on our blog, lately we’ve been discussing a variety of topics including Headphones Do’s and Don’t’s of Digital Organ Playing, as well as the history of hymns and their structure and the many types of organs and more. We at Viscount love this ancient instrument and pride ourselves in offering the world…Read More