Barbara Owen, the founding Librarian of the Library retired at the end or December 2012. In recognition of her years of service, the Organ Library Committee awarded her the title of "Librarian Emerita."
A search undertaken during the last two months of last year has led to the appointment of Simonne Ronk as her successor. Simonne holds a master's degree in performance (saxophone), a master's in liobrary science, and will receive a third master's degree (music history) this coming spring. She has many new ideas about leading the Library in this next phase of its existence.
Just this week, as of 4/15, a large quantity of used music was added to the "Music Sales" of the website, including a number of works by Marcel Dupré.
Please remember that most of the music for sale (duplicates from donations) is used and that the condition is reflected in the price. Recently added to the "books" page: 2 copies of the original two-volume folio edition of Audsley's The Art of Organ Building (1905).
Max B. Miller (1927-2013)
The Organ Library mourns thh recent death of one of its founders, Max Miller, who served on the faculties of the School of Music and the School of Theology at Boston University for forty-two yeas until his retirement in 1991. He was simultaneously University Organist, Director of Music at Marsh Chapel, Director of the Master of Sacred Music program, conductor of the Seminary Singers, and Professor of Organ in the School of Music. In the mid-1950s, Max studied with the eminent Austrian virtuoso, Anton Heiller. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University and was a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists.
For many years he wrote the “Ask Uncle Max” column for The American Organist. His columns were always the perfect blend of erudition and good musical sense.
Donations of Music
The Organ Library always welcomes donations of organ music, large and small, for incorporation into the permanent research collection. Donations of specialized books and recordings of organ music (all formats) are also solicited. Such donations are tax-deductible. For more information see the "Donations of Music" page on the website, or contact the Librarian.