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Winners Named in Organ Competition Finals

The first-ever Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competitionconcluded with well-deserved ovations for the six finalists and the panel of judges who had the difficult job of ranking the top three performers. An audience of students, faculty and organ music fans from several states gathered on May 10 at Kutztown University, where they were treated to selections ranging in mood from fiery to whimsical as each organist presented a 20-minute program of their own choosing.

Read the story.

Organ Competition Winners

Who won? Watch a short video of the top performances.


Cameron Carpenter Draws Over

1,500 to Rodgers Concert in N.C.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church

Cameron Carpenter's skill, noteriety or perhaps some of both created a traffic jam in Charlotte, N.C., where he arrived to play a concert on a Rodgers organ last Thursday. More than 1,500 people packed the pews or stood at the back of the sanctuary of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church to hear the 29-year-old virtuoso. R.A. Daffer Church Organs installed a four-manual combination Rodgers at St. Gabriel's earlier this year. See more photos on the church website.

Open-Air Rodgers Concert Tour in Russia

Russian concert tour

A Russian organ professor has shown that you don't need a concert

hall to bring organ music to an appreciative audience. In the photo

above, Vladislav Murtazin plays for a crowd on the

banks of the river Volga, one of a series of performances he has

given across the country using his "mobile concert hall" concept.

"I think it is of interest for the Rodgers organ company to know

their instrument is travelling ...

thousands of kilometers along the Russian roads to give pleasure

to thousands of people in various Russian cities and towns,

" Professsor Murtazin reported.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Heads

Out on Tour

The ever-popular tour of the Mormon Tabernacle

Choir and orchestra begins next month. Many Rodgers

ns know that this is THE don't-miss summer choral event.

From June 20 to 27, the choir will be traveling to five cities

accompanied by both organ and a 65-member orchestra, with

stops in Norfolk, Virginia; Washington D.C.; Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania; Chautauqua, New York; and Toronto, Canada.

Read the church's news release

Coming Soon from Roland Classic!

If you enjoy the great sound, compact size and affordable prices of instruments in the Roland Classic Series, you'll definitely want a sneak peek at the new C-200 portable organ that debuted in April at the annual Musikmesse fair in Frankfurt. Rodgers dealers will be able to stock this new instrument in the near future.


Watch Hector Olivera demo the C-200


Winners Head for Final Round of Organ Competition
 Six young performers will compete in May for top honors in the final round of the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition.

Ranging in age from 21 to 34, the six got the highest marks for their performances before a panel of judges that heard performances in Los Angeles and Baltimore last week. They are Thomas Schuster of Florida (pictured at left), Andrew Peters of Missouri, Patrick Scott of Texas, and Doreen Smeck, Geert Ruelens and Ryan Murphy of Pennsylvania.

The finals, to be held on May 10 at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, are free and open to the public. Please call 503-681-0464 to reserve a seat.
Read short biographies of the six finalists.

Rodgers Arrives at Nation's Oldest Protestant Church
In New York City, the sound of Rodgers can be heard in locations ranging from Carnegie Hall to neighborhood churches. Lately, it's been ringing through the sanctuary of historic Marble Collegiate Church, known for the long-time leadership of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

The church installed a three-manual Masterpiece organ to support its highly regarded music program while the church's Austin pipe organ is being rebuilt. Read more


 Students, Teachers,
Choral Leaders Try
 Out New Rodgers
Rodgers welcomed streams of visitors at

two recent national music gatherings.

 In March, choral leaders and organists

tried out the new Model 558 organ at

 the ACDA National Convention in

Chicago, where Don Lewis (at right) also

demonstrated Roland's unique vocal

processing gear. A couple weeks later,

it was crowds of music teachers and their

students investigating the

Roland Classic C-330 organ and portable

 organ keyboards set up as a teaching

lab for the MTNA National Conference

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Our Online Warranty Winner
Mark McClellen of Iowa Falls, Iowa is the winner of a copy

of "Wedding Processionals and Recessionals" edited by Rodney

Barbour. Mark's name was drawn at random from all those who

used the convenient online warranty registration form on the

 Rodgers website during January and February. Mark plays the new

Masterpiece Signature 376 at St. Matthew's by the Bridge

Episcopal Church in Iowa Falls.

If you haven't registered your organ yet, now's the time - a new

 contest is in progress! All warranty registrations will be

automatically entered for the next drawing.

Composer Creates Soundscape With
"World's Oldest Synthesizer"
We liked this story about the innovative use of organ by a Juilliard-trained composer and club DJ who's now a Chicago Symphony composer-in-residence.

The Rodgers Chicago Touring Organ was featured 'center stage' at the Harris Theatre for the Chicago Premier of "Digital Loom" by composer Mason Bates. Digital Loom is a composition which moves in and out of a soundscape which includes a parlor organ with tremolo, distant church bells, and full organ ensembles, grounding listeners in the familiar, with the new. The idea was to combine the sound of an ancient instrument (the pipe organ) with the sounds of contemporary dance music (electronica) to see what would result. "Quite a lot, as it turned out," according to Music Critic John von Rheim from the Chicago Tribune. Read more


Just a Little Dream Come True

Model 558

People who've played the new Rodgers500 Series say they're

the most incredible organs ever in their size and price category.

Both the Model 558 and 568 are AGO consoles with 32-note

pedalboards, PerformanceTouch keyboards just like Masterpiece

organs, full combination action, onboard recording, USB storage

and much more. The American-built 500 Series makes it possible

to bring home a level of quality sound you'll find hard to believe.

Want to try one? Contact your Rodgers dealer today!

Read the story of how Stan and Marlee Egbert got their new Model 568 home in

the nick of time.


The Father of the Bride

Many visitors to the Rodgers factory in Hillsboro, Oregon

say the highlight of their visit was Dan Miller playing

"The Rejoicing for Danae," the wonderfully orchestrated

organ processional he composed for his daughter's wedding.

Now you can hear it played and watch the video

Dan put together of his family's amazing day of celebration.

Back, Mendelsohn

Elgar, Handel,

Gounod and Franck.

See the complete list of what's

available in the Rodgers Store.


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Organists + 1 Cat + 1 C-330 = Happiness

Kiyo and Chiemi Watanabe are not only devoted to their art as well-known organists,

they're devoted to furry friend Taro as well. All live together in Wichita Falls, Texas,

where the couple recently added a Roland Classic C-330 organ for home practice.

Read more

New Rodgers 500 Series Raises the Bar

Musicians who made our Roland Classic Series organs a sellout success now

have the option of the same outstanding package in an AGO console built in the U.S.A.

The new Rodgers 500 Series uses the same powerful sound engine as the popular C-330 and

C-380 organs to produce music with dazzling pipe organ-like quality. It offers compact size, a

locking rolltop, handsome cabinet, matching bench and 32-note AGO radiating pedalboard.

The Model 558 comes in a dark oak finish and the Model 568 comes with a wood veneer in your

choice of two finishes, light and dark oak. The specification includes an incredible 108 pipe organ

stops plus 104 additional USER/MIDI voices including 89 additional pipe organ voices and 15

orchestral sounds. Read more

Rodgers Steals a Scene

Longtime Rodgers fans caught sight of a familiar friend if they were watching Monday's episode of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." The show's producers made arrangements with Rodgers dealer Robert Tall & Associates to bring in a Rodgers 360 theater organ for a scene set in the organ perch at Madison Square Garden. Watch the video

Custom 4-Manual Arrives in Florida

Forest Lake Seventh Day Adventist church in Apopka, Florida is celebrating the installation of its new custom Rodgers Signature Series four-manual orgaTThe instrument was designed by six musicians working in collaboration on the tonal specification and the console controls, resulting in a tremendous instrument perfectly tailored for the very demanding music ministry at one of the most prestigious Adventist churches in the southeastern United States. Read more

New Recordings & Music Books

Visit the Rodgers Store to see the latest organ music CDs and classical music books we've added.


Organ Music Fills the Air at NAMM

Hector Olivera plays the C-380 at NAMM

The incomparable Maestro Hector Olivera pulled

in the crowds at the

NAMM Show in Anaheim, California

last week as he demonstrated the great sound

quality and versatility of the new Roland Classic

C-380 organ.

In addition to the Roland Classic instruments,

Rodgers showed theMasterpiece Signature 356

with a new "B version" specification and the

incredible Rodgers 558 organ with an optional

decorative pipe facade. Visit us on Facebook

to see more pictures from the show!


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Download Free
CD Tracks

Have you heard the

sound of the new

Rodgers 500 Series or the Masterpiece Signature Series?

If you don't have one of our new CDs, you can download some sample tracks on our website.


Have You Registered Your Rodgers?

Did you know that you can register your organ on the Rodgers website? It just takes a minute to make sure that our Technical Support team has the correct information to make sure that your warranty service needs are met. Need another reason? Complete your online warranty between now and the end of February, and you'll automatically be entered in a drawing for a Rodgers music book.




Playing Bach? Try these new books from Hector Olivera with demo DVDs included
Grace Cathedral chooses Rodgers
The perfect memorial gift
Financing program renewed for U.S. churches

New Music Books with Video Demos
The Roland Organ Classic series are organ music score books edited by Hector Olivera. Each product contains a DVD so that students can learn technique by watching the professional play. The video reveals every detail of the performance with multiple images, including the fingering and playing techniques as well as the timing and method by which registrations are changed, making this a revolutionary new way for you to observe and learn numerous facets of the music which could never be conveyed by printed scores.
Learn more about what's inside Hector's new music books

While Pipe Organ is Restored, Congregation Sings with Support from Rodgers
Music Plays On for Organist Who Served Ohio Congregation
The congregation of First Christian Church in Tiffin, Ohio was indeed blessed to be served by organist Mabel Smith for more than forty years. Mabel played for hundreds of weddings, funerals and weekly services in her five-decade career as the church organist.
Through the generosity of her estate and the thoughtful selection of a new Rodgers Allegiant 688 organ by the church's organ committee, her legacy can continue for many more years. When Pastor Doug DeVos heard the new organ for the first time, tears of joy literally fell from his cheeks. "It is incredible. No one would believe that there are not any pipes!" exclaimed Reverend DeVos.
Read the full story

Financing Options for Church Organs
To support churches working to manage with fewer resources, Rodgers Instruments Corporation has renewed a special program that helps U.S. churches finance a new organ without having to pay interest.
Under the program that Rodgers created, a church can have a new organ installed right away and use fundraising to meet the monthly payments for terms of 12 or 24 months. Arrangements can be made through participating Rodgers dealers, with financing provided through Key Equipment Finance, a part of Key Bank. Key Bank is a major lender with more than 35 years of experience with business, non-profits and government clients. It has approximately $11 billion in assets under management.
"This program, as well as other longer-term finance programs, offers a cost-saving, convenient solution to churches that need to replace an old instrument or purchase a new one when the funds are not already available," said Rodgers Credit Manager Diane Snyder. "Participating Rodgers dealers can install the organ immediately and give the church time to pay off the cost without incurring the expense of interest payments."
Find out more

Are you interested in selling Rodgers organs?
There are opportunities in many parts of the U.S. to work in organ sales. Interested? Please contact Rodgers Sales Manager Rick Anderson at 503-681-0483 or via email at
[email protected].



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