90th Anniversary of Ernest Skinner Pipe Organ

Minister of Music Michael Britt playing the Skinner organ.

On Sunday morning, April 26, 1931 the newly-constructed Chancel at Brown Memorial along with our beloved Ernest Skinner Pipe Organ was dedicated. On April 25, 2021, at 3 pm, we will celebrate the 90th anniversary of this beautiful space and instrument at a concert given by our Minister of Music and Organist, Michael T. Britt.


As many of you know, our pipe organ was one of the last “signature” organs built by the Ernest Skinner Company before the company’s merger with the Aeolian Organ Company in 1932. It represents Skinner’s finest work within the organ industry and is one of his last surviving “symphonic” instruments of its size in the United States that has remained tonally unaltered.


The program will be a tribute not only to Mr. Skinner but to the many organists and choral conductors that have served at Brown Memorial after the organ was installed. This concert will feature the world premiere of an organ work by Alfred V. Fedak which was commissioned for this occasion.


This event will also include interviews with Peter Scott, grandson of Ernest Skinner, Jonathan Ambrosino, pipe organ historian and Michael Hart, the curator of our organ. These interviews will be conducted by Tom Hall, host of Baltimore’s “Midday” radio program and Director of Music Emeritus of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.


At this time, in-person participation has reached its 40 person capacity; to be added to a waiting list please click the link below. Should health and safety warrant, in-person participation may be canceled regardless of registration. Those who have already registered should watch for a confirmation email on Friday, April 23.   Click Here to be Added to the Waiting List


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