For over 15 years, Grant Chapman has been in charge of all the bells and whistles at West Point, NY. Grant is a member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, ATOS, OHS and AGO. He has over 40 years of progressive responsibility and experience with pipe organs. Before coming to New York, he ran a service firm in California, where he worked with a number of major Organ Builders. Grant was also the Curator of Organs at the School of Music, University of Redlands. At times, Grant was the Artistic Director of the Redlands Organ Festival. The School has a now restored 1927 Casavant organ. Grant started his career with the Crome Organ Company while working on Pizza organs to the Wurlitzer organ at Founders Church, LA. As an ATOS member, he helped on instruments ranging from the LA Elks Temple Morton concert organ to the removal of the Pacific Theater Marr & Colton. His first Robert Morton was at Anaheim High School, where he joined the crew. Grant’s band teacher showed him his first Mighty Wurlitzer. But, the Theater Organ bug bit during the Hi-Fi era when his father got an Artisan kit organ.
As with many organ nerds, Nick has been an avid organ enthusiast since he first knew they existed. After learning how to play the organ, when he was 17, he was given a 36 rank Skinner organ to take apart, repair, restore, and learn. Not a bad way to start in organ maintenance, no? After being given another pipe organ, a 10 rank Wicks from a closed church, Nick decided he wanted to make organ restoration an important hobby in his life. Nick is currently the Recording Secretary of the New York Theatre Organ Society and is a big advocate for restoring all of the theatre organs still hidden within New York City theatres and auditoriums.
Outside of the organ world, Nick is a theatre producer and a composer of theatrical and choral works. His latest work, Jenny, was performed at Carnegie Hall last April. See more of his work at his website, www.namyers.com.
At 3 years old, Dan’s first exposure to the pipe organ was a mighty Casavant Frères at his grandmothers parish in New Britain, CT. Since then he has enjoyed the organ as a hobby both in playing and listening. Theatre organs were a special crossover of two passions, organs and theatre. Dan grew up lighting in his local theatre, the Warner Theatre a 1920’s art deco movie palace. He saw the theatre go from falling plaster to complete restoration. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BFA in Lighting Design, he is currently employed by the Lighting Design Group of NYC where he is a Lighting Designer. His main focus is CNN where he oversees lighting for shows like Quest Means Business and Anderson Cooper 360. In 2012, he was awarded an Emmy for Lighting Direction for the 2012 NBC election coverage from Democracy Plaza in Rockefeller Plaza.