"Pedals, Pipes & Pizza'? You bet

Courtesy photoPiano student Owen Townson, 9, of Andover practices with his pet parrot named "Zazu."


It's all about planting the seeds of music.
 A local church is showing off its treasured Bozeman organ to local piano students as the church takes part in a national project to get kids interested in learning to play the organ.
 "Pedals, Pipes & Pizza" is geared for kids in grades three to eight but all are welcome, said Cathy Meyer, the organist at South Church in Andover.

Meyer will be joined by organist and local piano teacher Abby Schoppe of Faith Lutheran Church in Andover. The two women will give an organ demonstration followed by a look inside the historic Bozeman pipe organ.

All participants receive a children's book about the organ and everyone is invited to stay for pizza at the end. Participants need to be with an adult.

"I'm supporting 'Pedals, Pipes & Pizza' for two reasons,'' Schoppe said. "As an organist and a member of the American Guild of Organists, I share that group's mission of inspiring passion for the organ. Additionally, as a piano teacher, I think it's my job to help prepare my students for any potential future roads they may take on their musical journey, and that includes exposing them to the possibility of studying the organ." 

"If you don't go to church, you never hear an organ," Meyer said. "This is a great way to hear it and learn about it."
 For centuries, the organ was the largest and most complicated machinery ever invented. The instrument still fascinates students and music lovers of all ages with its thousands of pipes and rich pallet of music.
 "Pedals, Pipes & Pizza" events are held nationwide as a way to introduce young people to the pipe organ. The event is geared especially for piano students, but any young person interested in music will enjoy the program, Meyer said. 

At the South Church event, all piano students are invited to play a piano piece on the organ and hear how different it sounds using different stops.

"They can try their piece with a trumpet sound or a string sound," Meyer said.

"Four of my (piano) students should have already registered," Schoppe said.

This unique event lets kids play the organ and look inside a Bozeman organ. The Merrimack Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists says that's a great idea.



WHAT: Pedals, Pipes & Pizza

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 to 5 p.m. 

WHERE: South Church, 41 Central St., Andover

COST: $5 per participant

MORE INFORMATION: Click on “Events” at www.SouthChurch.com or check out “Events” on the South Church Facebook page; 978-475-0321.






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