There were organs in America as far back as the early colonial era, but not many; the Pu-ritan tradition frowned on instrumental music in church services. Still, by 1800, Boston boasted eight church organs, New York and Philadelphia five or six, and many other cities throughout the colonies claimed at least one. Wealthy private households had organs, too.
Three composers represent the so-called New England School at the turn of the 20th century.
Horatio Parker (1863-1919) was one of the most admired American composers of his time, especially for his choral works. As professor of music at Yale, he taught the young Charles Ives, who bridled at Parker’s academic strictures. George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) was influenced by the Realist movement in the arts. Arthur Foote (1853-1937) became organist at First Church in Boston in 1878 and stayed there for 32 years.
Tree Frog Farm is on Kopkind Drive, off Packer Corners Road, about nine miles from the Guilford Country Store. Take Guilford Center Road from Route 5 south at the store and follow signs to the barn. Tickets for this event are $15 for the concert and $10 for the optional barbecue. It’s helpful to have an idea how many folks are coming, for food-planning purposes, so contact the Friends of Music office for reservations at (802) 254-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.