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l TrDAY, MARCH 4, e55

Organ Teacher Noekren Still Student

In an office where a 1,800-pipe
organ dwarfs both men and room,
Prof. Robert Noehren of the music
school holds his classes.
University organist and teacher
Noehren is a man who deserves to
be known in his own right. Organ-
ists tend to be the de-glamorized
artists of the musical trade. The
impressive instruments they play
often conceal the fact that they
themselves may be impressive in-
With Prof. Noehren, there is no
doubt that he is as much a person
as a fine musician. He is an expert
in his field, but also manages to
be a good person to talk to over a
cup of coffee.
Wide Repertoire
As an organist Prof. Noehren
Stands unique in his knowledge of
the instrument. He ha., studied, de-
signed and composed for the or-
gan, and can include a knowledge
of several other instruments in
his repertoire.
Organ music has been getting
Prof. Noehren's attention since he
was 11 years old. He first became
interested in a new organ that his
church was installing, and ended
up designing organs himself.
Tonal Elements
His technical interest stems di-
rectly from his musical interest.
Tonal elements that are important
in playing led Prof. Noehren into
the larger tonal picture of organ
construction itself. He has done
most of the re-designing of the 7,-
000-pipe organ in Hill Auditorium
as well as working on other organ
Knowledge of all types of organs
gives Prof. Noehren a familiarity
in speaking about them. "The dif-
ferent national organs are like
their countries," he says. "French
organs reedy and fiery in sound,
English more sauve, and the Ger-
man rough in tone."
In America a confusion of or-
gan tastes has occured as a re-
sult of these influences. "English
traditions have been generally
more prominent, but French and
German traditions are now hav-
ing more influence," he added.
To Meet Here
Class officers don't give up their
gavels when they graduate.
Tomorrow's annual meeting of
the Class Officers' Council will
bring more than 100 alumni here,
and prove official business can last
for years.
The officers will meet at 10
a.m. in Alumni Memorial Hall for
their seventh annual "Reunion
Workshop," where techniques of
reunion promotion and planning
will be discussed.
Next the group will adjourn to
the- Union, at 12:15 p.m., for its
twenty-ninth annual luncheon
meeting. University Vice-President
James A. Lewis will address the
officers on "The Student Scene."
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Prof. Noehren has all the tradi-
tions under his belt. He has stud-
ied more than 100 old organs in
Europe, taking photographs andj
examining technical details. The
organ in his office is an Austrian
work, but the Hill Auditorium gi-
ant has been re-designed to en-
compass as wide a range of or-
gan-tradition as possible.
Church Positions
Church positions still claim the
majority of organ students, ac-
cording to Erof. Noehren, but there
has been a recent upsurge of in-
terest in the organ as a musical
instrument in itself. "More or-
gans were built last year than
probably ever before in United
States history."
"Of course," Prof. Noehren
smiled and added, "there are also
Select Candidates
For 2 Union Posts
Candidates for two Union vice-
presidential positions were select-
ed by the nominating committee,
Dick Pinkerton, '55, chairman of
the committee, announced yester-
Medical and dental schools' can-
didates are Louis R. Zako, '57 Med.,
and Gerald O Straugh, '57 Med.
Candidates selected from the law
school are Howard N. Nemerovski,
'58L, and Norman A. Zilber, '56L.
These candidates were selected
because no petitions for the offices
were taken out.

the connoisseurs who become in-
terested in sound alone and forget
that the purpose of the organ is
to make music. You can show off
your hi-fi set and shatter the walls
with organ sound without even
realizing that the instrument can
also play music."
Prof. Noehren wouldn't have the
opportunity to forget that the or-
gan is for music, even if he tried.
This fall he was invited to the In-
ternational Organ Congress in
Dusseldorf, Germany, and gave
two organ recitals. He has record-
ed many works of Bach as well as
representative and unusual organ
literature from all periods.
Prof. Noehren was recently given
a particular honor when a record-
ing of his was chosen among the
20 best records of the year. The
Grand Prix du Disque was awarded
to him in 1953, the only organist
winning the prize that year, plac-
ing him among such other prize
winners as Horowitz and Mitro-
He recently acquired a two-man-
ual and pedal clavicord. Built es-
pecially for Prof. Noehren, the in-
strument is the first of its kind in
the country and is like one which
Bach practiced.
The first of Prof. Noehren's bi-
annual series of organ concerts
will be held at 4:15 p.m. Sunday in
Hill Auditorium. The series of
three successive Sunday programs
will feature Bach and other organ
music, with the first program in-
cluding music of Holland and
North Germany.

(Continued from Page 4)
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for Dev., Production, Transmission, and
For appointments contact the Engrg,
Placement Office, Ext. 2182, 248 W.
Lecture sponsored by the Department
of Bacteriology, Dr. Carl-Goran Heden
of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm,
Sweden, on "Large Scale Cultivation of
Bacteria and Its Application to Some
Problems in Bacterial Physiology." Fri.,
March 4, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 1528 East
Medical Building.
Academic Notices
M.A. Language Examination in His-
tory. Fri., March 4, 4:14-5:15 p.m. 411
Mason Hall. Sign list in History Office.
Can bring a dictionary.
Logic seminar will meet Fri., March
4 at 4:00 p.m. In 3010 Angell Hall. Dr.
Lyndon will speak on "Tarski's Theory
of Algebraic Classes."
Biological Chemistry Seminar: "The
Hormones of the Thyroid," under the
direction of Dr. Lila Miller; Room 319
West Medical Building, Sat., March 5
at 10:00 a.m.
LS&A Students: Any student with the
grade of "I". "X" or "no report" on his
record for a course taken the last pe-
riod he was in residence, must have
completed the course by Friday, March

4, or the grade will lapse to an "E".
Extensions of time beyond this date to
make up incompletes will be for ex-
traordinary cases only. Such extensions
may be discussed with the appropriate
Chairman of Faculty Counselors.
Psychology Colloquium, Basil Georgo-
poulos of the Survey Research Center
will speak on "A Path-Goal Approach
to Industrial Productivity," Fri., March
4 at 4:15 p.m. in 429 Mason Hall.
Honors Program in Psychology. Stu-
dents interested in entering the program
next year should apply to Mr. Heyns,
Room 6632 Haven Hall, before March
19. Office Hours: Tues. and Thurs., 9:00-
11:00 a.m., other times by appointment.
Anna Russell Concert. Fri., March 4,
Hill Auditorium. Two different shows-
7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Main Floor &
First Balcony-$1.00, Second Balcony
$.50. Sponsored by the Michigan Sing-
Organ Recital by Robert Noehren,
University Organist, Sun., March 6, 4:15
p.m., in Hill Auditorium, the first of
three Sunday afternoon programs. Com-
positions: Variations, "Mein junges Le-
ben' hat ein End," by Sweelinck;
Psalmus: "Warum betrubst du mich,
mein Herz," by Scheidt; Prelude and
Fugue in E minor by Nikolas Bruhns;
Chorale Prelude, "Erbarm dich mein,
O Herre Gott," by Hanff; Prelude and
Fugue in A minor, by Buxtehude; Par=
tita, "O Gott, du frommer Gott," four

Chorale Preludes - from the Orgelbuch-
lein and Toccata and Fugue in D minor,
by Johann Sebastian Bach. Open to the
Zino Francescatti, Violinist, with Ar-
tur Balsam at the piano, will give the
eighth concert in the Choral Union Se-
ries Mon., March 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Hill
Auditorium. Program will include the
Brahms Sonata in A major, Op. 11;
Bach's Sonata in C major; Ravel's Son-
ate; Berceuse by Konstantinoff;and his
own arrangement of two numbers-
Folquedo Campestre by Valle, and Car-
naval de Venise by Paganini.
A limited number of tickets are still
available at the offices of the University
Musical Society; and will also be on
sale after 7:00 p.m. on the evening of
the concert, in the Hill Auditorium box
Events Today
Verdi's Opera, "Falstaff," will be pre-
sented by the Department of Speech
and the School of Music promptly at
8:00 p.m. in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre March 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Late-
comers will not be seated during the
first scene. There is no overture.
- Episcopal Student Foundation. Can-
terbury Coffee Clatch, 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.,
Fri., March 4, at Canterbury House. Stu-
dent and Faculty-conducted Evensong
on Fri., March 4, at 5:15 1p.m., in the
Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels.
Canterbury Campus Series: The Rev.
Prof. J. V. Langmead Casserley, Gener-
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"The Responsibility of the Christian
Teacher," 7:30 p.m., Fri., March 4 at the
Parish House.
HilleL: Fri. Evening Services 7:15 p.m.
Conducted by Sigma Delta Tau Soror-
CoffeerHour will be held in the Lane
Hall Library from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Fri.,
Mar. 4.
Newman Club Fri., March 4, at 7:30
panel discussion on "The Newman
Idea of the University," on station
WUOM-TV. Participants in the fifteen
minute program will be Newman Club
Newman Club Fri., March 4, Open
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Rillel: Traditional Fri. Evening Serv-
ice in the small chapel at 7:15 p.m.
Coming Events
Episcopal Student Foundation. Stu-
dent and Faculty-conducted Evensong
SAt., March 5, at 5:15 p.m., in the Chap-
el of St. Michael and All Angels.
Party sponsored by SRA. Sat., Mar. 5,
from 8:00-12:00 p.m. at Lane Hall. Social
dancing, square dancing, and other
forms of entertainment.
Ingeborg, a comedy in German by
Curt Goetz, will be given in the Pat-
tengill Auditorium, Ann Arbor High,
on State St. at 8:00 p.m. Sat., Mar. 5.
Tickets are available at Tappan Hall and
will be sold at the door. Student ad-
mission :75c.



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