Cleaning the pipes

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David Chamberlin is all about pipe organs — he builds them, plays them and writes music for them.

Chamberlin has spent the past week at Socorro’s Epiphany Episcopal Church working to prepare a rare Koehken and Grimm tracker pipe organ made in the 1870s for a concert he will be performing Friday. Chamberlin will be playing selections from Bach, Sweelinch, Yepes, Elias, Wesley, Rheinberger, Brahms, Boellmann and Mozart.

The concert, beginning at 7 p.m. at the church, will include selections from

Since 1985, he has been employed full time at M. L. Bigelow & Company, Inc., Organ Builders, of American Fork, where he serves as vice-president and tonal director. His responsibilities include mechanical design, as well as tonal design and finishing. He also freelances as a pipe organ tuner/technician.

Elva K. Osterreich/El Defensor Chieftain: David Chamberlin considers his next move as he carefully replaces parts of the old Koehken and Grimm pipe organ at Epiphany Episcopal Church this week.

Chamberlin has appeared in recital in the United States and Germany, including the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and Freiberg Cathedral (historic G. Silbermann organs). He has occasionally performed his own compositions on organs that he has helped design and build.

In 2003, he founded Chamberlin Music Enterprises and began publishing LDS Hymn Voluntaries, bearing the slogan: “An organ piece for every hymn in the book.”

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