Organbuilders Roundtable “Recent Organs in Houston: A Conversation with the Builders”

Scott Cantrell, Moderator

Organ Builders - Paul Fritts, Martin Pasi, Michael Kraft from Fistk, Didier Grassin from Noack, Bertrand Cattiaux

Questions to be explored: How have fluctuations in the economy affected your business? Do you sense any particular trends in what you're doing and what customers want? While more "historicist" builders tend to favor more "textured" voicing, builders of electro-pneumatic instruments seem increasingly to favor super-smooth, almost electronic sonorities: What's that all about? What's the biggest challenge in your work?

Scott Cantrell began a four-decade career as a music journalist and critic by writing about the organ and its music, and he has reviewed several national AGO conventions for The American Organist. After staff critic positions with newspapers in Albany and Rochester, New York; Kansas City, Missouri; and Dallas, Texas, he continues covering classical music for The Dallas Morning News. He has also written for The New York Times, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and numerous music magazines. Also active as a church musician in earlier years, he holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.