Allen Organ chosen for Papal Mass in Scotland

Over the last several years, Allen Organ Company has had the honor and privilege of providing organs for use in many of the Pope's public celebrations of mass, including events in the United States, Germany, Australia and Portugal.  Most recently, the U.K Allen representative provided an organ for a Papal mass in Scotland.  The Directors of Music for that occasion were kind enough to acknowledge their appreciation in the attached letter.  Kudos to Liz and Paul Arkwright and all the staff at Allen Organs Limited in England for their fine efforts!

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Inspired by the Masters
Luke Mayernik
Inspired by the Masters
Improvisations from Octave Hall

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Inspired by the Masters features organist Luke Mayernik, a master of the art of improvisation, performing on a Quantum™ Q465C in Octave Hall, Macungie, Pennsylvania. The improvisations are combined with famous pieces of artwork.

A native of Monessen, Pennsylvania, Mr. Mayernik currently serves as Cathedral and Diocesan Organist at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Wheeling, West Virginia. He won first place in the National Competition in Organ Improvisation sponsored by the American Guild of Organists at the 2004 AGO National Convention. Also that year he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his internationally-acclaimed composition entitled In Memoriam: A Requiem for Mister Rogers, commissioned by Maggie Stewart, a cast member of the Mister Rogers show. In July, 2008, Luke took first place in the International Organ Improvisation Competition hosted by the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Two selections from this DVD may be viewed at the following You Tube links:

Because of compression used by You Tube the quality of the links is not indicative of the actual DVD.

Real Value is Timeless -
A Letter From an Allen Organ Owner to Allen's French Representative

Dear Jean-Philippe,

Enclosed is the payment for your service visit for basic cleaning of the organ on 13th of November, 2008. I insist to confirm my satisfaction of having acquired, 20 years ago, an Allen organ. It's a real chance to have an instrument of such quality; after 20 years of service, without any breakdown, it only required a simple operation of cleaning.

Nowadays, everything lasts a short time. But an organ is not a refrigerator and we must make the good choice at the beginning. I'm titular for 28 years of the 40-stop classified Cavaillé-Coll of St-Jean-d'Elbeuf (Normandy-France). I can say that playing from this wonderful instrument to the Allen organ has been "musically speaking acceptable". That had not been the case with the instrument I had before, that paled into insignificance beside the king of the instruments.

Thanking you for your visit,

Faithfully yours,

Michel Lozach

Allen Provides Music for Papal Visit to USA

Allen Organ Company of Macungie, Pennsylvania has been chosen as the exclusive organ builder to provide instruments for the first Pastoral visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States between April 15th and 20th. Allen is pleased to provide a selection of large three and four-manual instruments for the three major public appearances that will be made by the Pontiff. On April 17th, the Pope will be celebrating Mass at the new Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, April 19th, His Holiness will be visiting with the youth and seminarians on the grounds of St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York. Finally, on Sunday, April 20th, a Solemn Pontifical Mass will be held at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Allen Organ Company is honored to participate in this historic occasion. Allen Organ is the largest builder of church organs in the world and has provided instruments for other Papal visits around the world.

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Allen Provides Music for Papal Masses at the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia

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Allen Provides Music for Papal Masses in Germany

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Allen Protégé L-4 delights Australian organist
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Allen Organ on Good Day Philadelphia

On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, Good Day Philadelphia (Fox 29 - WTXF) visited Allen Organ Company.

Via a satellite link-up from Allen Organ, reporter Nick Smith and his production crew featured live organ-building and employee interviews from Allen's Wood Shop, Final Assembly and Final Test areas. Three 2-1/2 minute segments plus corresponding short "teasers" were broadcast. Not only did Fox's TV audience learn first-hand about organ building, a number of Allen employees got to experience the unique excitement of live TV!

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Allen Organ Acquired by Smithsonian Institution

Allen Organ Company has announced that the world's first digital musical instrument, the Allen Digital Computer Organ, has been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. The organ was manufactured by Allen in 1971 and installed in St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Easton, PA. In the mid 1990's, after being traded in for a new Allen organ, this organ was placed on display in Allen Organ's factory museum.

Allen Organ Company played a pioneering role in the development of digital sound. When introduced 1971, the Allen Digital Computer Organ was one of only two consumer products in the world to utilize digital technology. The other, the digital calculator, was introduced during the same year. Other musical instruments based on digital sound technology would not be offered for nearly a decade. In addition, the technology used in the Allen Digital Computer Organ was a significant step toward the development of many modern digital sound devices, such as CD's, MP-3 players, personal computer sound cards and much more.

Allen Organ Company has been committed to advancing the art of organ building through new technology for more than sixty years. In addition to introducing the world’s first digital organ, Allen was granted the pioneering analog organ patent in 1938.

"We see the Smithsonian's decision to acquire this first digital musical instrument as an acknowledgement of the key role that Allen played in the development of digital sound technology," said Barry Holben, Vice President of Sales at Allen Organ. "This technology was groundbreaking in 1971, and set the stage for many other digital products that changed the way the world experiences music."