The Peabody-Baltimore Legacy
Three Iconic Organs – Three Master Teachers
The Organ in the 20th Century

October 8-9, 2023

Three former Peabody faculty artists had an incredible influence on the organ world and organ building – Virgil Fox, Arthur Howes, and Donald Sutherland. In recognizing their contribution to the field of organ study, this conference features recitals on the organs with which they were associated. Lectures about the teachers and their pedagogy, as well as a study of the instruments, will display the diverse styles and approaches to the organ in the 20th century. This retrospective will guide us as we also envision pedagogy of organ and sacred music in the 21st century.

Performances will take place on three iconic organs – the beautifully restored Skinner organ at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, where Virgil Fox created his famous arrangement of “Come, Sweet Death;” the Fisk-Flentrop organ at Mount Calvary Catholic Church, envisioned by Arthur Howes and which sparked the career of Charles Fisk; and the Holtkamp organ at Peabody Conservatory, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Performers include Marvin Mills, Jonathan Moyer, William Porter, John Walker, and Janet Yieh. Presenters include Michael Hart, restorer of the Skinner organ at Brown Memorial; Chris Holtkamp, President of the Holtkamp Organ Company; David Pike, Executive Vice President of CB Fisk; Andrew Johnson, the inaugural winner of the OHS Weaver Prize in Organ Scholarship; Doug Marshall, student and protégé of Virgil Fox; and an interview with Donald Sutherland.

Join us as we celebrate three faculty artists who made long-lasting contributions not only to the Peabody Organ Department but to the world of organ design and performance.


Each session will involve a recital and two lectures, one sharing a biography of the teacher and one talking about the history of the instrument.

Virgil Fox

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church

Arthur Howes

Mount Calvary Catholic Church

Donald Sutherland

Peabody Institute Leith Symington Griswold Hall


Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church
1316 Park Avenue
5:30 pm Registration
6:30 pm Presentation on the Skinner Organ Company and Op.839, 40 stops, 1931 by Michael Hart
7:30 pm Opening Recital by Marvin Mills, Janet Yieh, John Walker
Leith Symington Griswold Hall | Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place
9:00 am Registration/Coffee and Tea
9:30 am Presentation on Virgil Fox the Teacher by Doug Marshall
10:15 am Arthur Howes: An Overlooked Figure of the American Organ Reform Movement by Andrew Johnson
11:00 am Presentation on the Mount Calvary Organ, Fisk Op.35, 36 stops, 1961 by David Pike
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Lunch/View curated archive materials/Tour the Conservatory (lunch is included)
1:00 pm Recital by Jonathan Moyer celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Peabody’s Holtkamp Organ, Op.268, 39 stops, 1998
2:30 pm Presentation on the history of the Holtkamp Company by Chris Holtkamp
3:15 pm An Interview with Donald Sutherland
4:00 pm Break
4:15 pm Panel Discussion on a Pedagogy for Organ and Sacred Music in the 21st Century
5:30 pm Dinner on your own in the neighborhood
Mount Calvary Catholic Church
816 North Eutaw Street
7:30 pm Recital by William Porter


Registration is now open for the 2023 Organ Conference.


There are a number of hotels in downtown Baltimore. Three within walking distance of the Peabody Conservatory include:

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown
24 W Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21201
*Offers a discount for conference attendees. Use:
Peabody Conservatory Preferred Accommodations – Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

Hotel Revival Baltimore
101 W Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21201
*Offers a discount for conference attendees if booked before September 15. Use:
Hotel Revival Peabody Guest Room Block

Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown
8 E Pleasant St, Baltimore, MD 21202


We thank the sponsors helping to make this conference possible:

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church
Mount Calvary Catholic Church
The Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists