Program Updates - 2021

Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organs – Part 1: January 24 and Part 2: February 28

Hauptwerk is a software program sold by Milan Digital Audio LLC for Macintosh or PC, which allows playback of highly realistic pipe organ sample sets recorded from instruments all over the world.

This program  will consist of two 1-hour presentations of local Hauptwerk setups. Presenters will review their components, budgets, challenges, the organs on their setups. The programs will also include demonstrations of the presenters’ instruments.

Listen to Henri Mulet played on a Hauptwerk sampled Cavaillé-Coll organ in Notre-Dame de Metz, France.

Part 1 - Sunday, January 24, 3 PM: Learn how to build your own Hauptwerk system with Matt Smith showing how he repurposed computers, keyboards, a used bench and pedal board to construct his system.  Annette Upton will present Hauptwerk 101: what it is and an overview of how she built her Hauptwerk system.  

Watch the program on YouTube:

Then attend the Zoom Afterglow to discuss the program.  Ask the presenters questions and share stories about your own Hauptwerk journey!  To register for the Zoom meeting send e-mail to:

Presenters: Annette Upton and Matt Smith. Annette holds a Ph.D in computer science and works as a computer engineer for Intel Corporation.  Her husband, Joe, happily takes credit for encouraging her to launch serious organ studies 8 years ago and continues to aid and abet her musical habits.  Matt is the chapter webmaster and publicity chair and former Music Director at St Stephen's Episcopal Church and St Timothy Lutheran Church in Portland, and former organist at St John Lutheran Church in San Francisco.


February 28, Part 2 of the Hauptwerk program will air at 3 pm and will highlight Lou Paff’s and Eric Simmons’s Hauptwerk organs.  Each part will include demonstrations of the organs available on each of their systems.

Bach-a-Thon - March 28

If you can’t get enough of Johann Sebastian Bach, chapter members will go for Baroque in our annual performance of works by the great master.  Program benefits our Chapter Scholarship program.  Please consider making a donation.

The Alpenrose Skinner Organ - April 25

The Ernest M. Skinner Organ (Op. 265, 1916) currently housed in the Alpenrose Dairy has a storied history: It was installed in the Civic Auditorium and featured illustrious performers such as Flor Peeters and Pietro Yon before being dismantled and put into storage when the venue underwent significant remodeling and later rechristened as the Keller Auditorium.  In the 1970s David Bruce Newman installed the organ in the Opera House in Alpenrose Dairy Land. Our program will feature interviews with chapter members who will share their stories about the organ’s history and perform on the organ before it is dismantled and shipped to Missouri for restoration.  Join us to celebrate the history of the Skinner organ say farewell to an old friend.

Members Recital - May 23

Join us for a program featuring chapter members. This year's theme is Comfort and Joy.

Recital Program