June Meeting Announcement: Wood, Leather, Glue, and Metal: Ancient Techniques for Modern Pipes

What: Goulding & Wood Pipe Organ Builders factory tour and demo with Tom Nichols
Date:
  THURSDAY, August 23, 2018
Time & Places: 
 5:30 PM at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indy 46202 followed by move to nearby Goulding & Wood, 823 Massachusetts Ave., Indy 46204.
RSVP to: centralindianaaes@gmail.com

Join us for a rare opportunity to visit a modern pipe organ factory here in Indianapolis. Tom Nichols, organist, musician, and associate with Goulding & Wood, will be our host/guide.

At the Indiana Landmarks Center we will see the restored Grand Hall (a former Methodist church sanctuary) and hear a demonstration that organ by Tom Nichols. Organ restoration by Goulding & Wood.

The factory tour will feature a current project – a rebuild of the 1928 two-manual 29-rank Möller organ for Irvington Presbyterian Church, which includes a new console and a vintage Tuba stop new to that organ.

Tom Nichols is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Luke Catholic Church on the north side of Indianapolis, a position he began in July 2013, and a representative of Goulding & Wood pipe organ builders, where he works in customer service.  Previously he served for 17 years as the Director of Music & Liturgy and principal organist at historic St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Indianapolis (home of a Goulding & Wood pipe organ built in 1989). He has served as the special events organist for various diocesan liturgies at SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for 10 years, and is a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the 16-voice Archdiocesan Chamber Choir Vox Sacra.  He was a featured performer at the 2007 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

Tom also spent three years as Dean of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He is also active in the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, where he has served twice as chapter president and has volunteered on the organ rebuilding and maintenance crew since 1995.  He also has a keen interest in tower bells and carillons. Tom was a certified passenger train conductor and locomotive engineer with the Indiana Transportation Museum Railroad from 2003-2016, which operated a former Nickel Plate Road line across Marion, Hamilton, and Tipton counties in Indiana.

He was a scholarship student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral/General Music Teaching and Organ.  His organ teachers have been Christopher Young, Faythe Freese, Robert Rayfield, Dale Caldwell and Charles Gardner. He’s a fan of the Indianapolis Colts . . . except for when they play his beloved Green Bay Packers.

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