Century Marks

Organ grinder: The dean of Northwestern University’s School of Music has proposed ending its organ degree programs, citing low enrollment (only one undergraduate enrolled in the program in the past three years) and the need to use the school’s resources wisely. Some students and alumni are incensed at this proposal, with one graduate vowing to take the program out of his will. The school was begun in 1895 to train organists and church musicians. Some believe the current low interest in the organ reflects changes in worship, with pianos and guitars taking over the place once held by organs. Frederick Swann, a graduate of the program who is president of the American Guild of Organists, says the decision is short-sighted.


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