becoming something of a tradition, our summer fun trek was
organized, this year by Larry Hoey and Canon Mark
Laubach, Director of Music at St. Stephen's Pro Episcopal
Cathedral, the first stop on our tour. We were treated to a
great demonstration of the organ by Mark in the augmented
acoustics of the church occasioned by the refinishing of the
floor following the flood of 2011. The organ was recently
rebuilt by Berghaus Organs, prior work being by Austin,
Aeolian-Skinner and van Zoeren.
We then proceeded to Scranton and the early 20th
c. Casavant at Hickory Street Presbyterian, designed by
then-organist Charles Courboin. Long time organist of the
church Eugene Hopkins demonstrated.
After a terrific lunch at La Trattoria we reconvened at St.
Peter's RC Cathedral. The Casavant (Brunzema) organ was
beautifully put through its paces by Sarah Davies and Mark
Final stop on our tour was the Elm Park Church and its
Reuter organ. The demonstration took the form of a
presentation of Rex, the
King of Instruments. Mike Sowa, dean of the
Northeast Pennsylvania chapter and sub-dean Raphael Micca
presided. Mark brought the day's festivities to a close with
a rousing performance of the Toccata from the Widor Symphony
We were joined in this year's tour by members of the Chemung
and Northeast Pennsylvania chapters.