I first met Dr. John Schwandt in 2007. I was serving my first year as president of the American Institute of Organbuilders. John had asked if he could make a presentation to the AIO board of directors during our annual convention and we obliged.
I vividly remember three things about John’s visit with us. He exhibited a rare passion for the pipe organ, not only in playing the organ but all things related. He had a clear vision of how to integrate organ performance, organ tuning and servicing as well as organ technology into an academic program. His contagious enthusiasm resulted in a unanimous vote of support by the Board of Directors which was accompanied by a small donation.
Time and experience have not diminished John’s passion, vision or enthusiasm for this integrated approach to the pipe organ. Rather, I think his focus has been sharpened and honed. I eagerly look forward to seeing what the future holds for the American Organ Academy.
C. Joseph Nichols
Nichols & Simpson, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas