Ten Years -- An Appreciation

John Apple

It is a great pleasure to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of PIPORG-L. From its inception, inquiring minds have probed the heights and depths of the organ world to all of our benefit.

Through all this time I have read much that has questioned what has been taught as the gospel truth. This has helped to substantiate my opinion that the organ world is large and diverse enough to have many approaches to the same goal: the survival of the king of instruments as a musical medium.

At times, there have been heated debates over organic issues. Even with our disagreements and falling outs, PIPORG-L has survived. We can learn to get along with our diversity, while learning from each other.

Because of PIPORG-L, I have met organ fans from around the world, traded music and recordings, and learned much concerning the organ and its music that I would not have otherwise. I have also been able to share my own insights and interests.

Thanks to Dave Schutt, Ben Chi, and David Kelzenberg for being willing to lead this list for its first decade. May PIPORG-L continue to inspire, question, debate, discuss, and promote ideas for decades to come!

About the author: D. John Apple, a native of Michigan, has lived in Charlotte, NC since 1982. He has degrees from Westminster Choir College (M.M.), Houghton College (B.M.) and Concordia Lutheran Junior College/Ann Arbor (A.A.). He is historian for the Charlotte Chapter AGO and founder/president of Metrolina Theatre Organ Society. Since 1987 John has been involved with preserving the Carolina Theatre, Charlotte's 1927 movie palace, with plans for a theatre organ there. As a result, he co-founded the Carolina Theatre Preservation Society in 1997, of which he is vice-president. In April 2003, he was elected to the board of directors of the American Theatre Organ Society. He is the author of Pipe Organs of Charlotte (1985).