Should a Substitute Organist Change Presets?
Written by Donald Moro   
Monday, 10 September 2012 19:15

PresetsAn electronic organ usually has presets or "pistons" that control certain combinations of stops.  Most organists set the presets to the way they want them, expecting to find the presets in the same configuration week after week.  In this way, the organist personalizes the organ to his own tastes.

Sometimes it's very diffficult to play certain pieces without the use of presets.  For example, if a piece requires several stop changes in the middle, and the organist isn't familiar with the locations of all the switches and knobs, it can be nearly impossible to play the piece correctly.  Presets are the only solution.  But should a substitute organist change them?

Some newer organis provide a solution by offering several different memories so that each organist who plays the instrument can have his own configuration.  But even then, sometimes the regular organist uses all of the memories!

My opinion is that the substitute organist is just that - a substitute.  He should leave things exactly as he found them and should not change anything in the presets, the layout of the organ area, or the surrounding area.  When the regular organist returns it should be as if the substitute was never even there.  If a piece can only be played by the use of presets, then the substitute should find another piece to play, or ask permission to change the presets.  And if permission is not given, the substitute organist should pay careful attention to the preset settings before he changes them, so he can be sure to change them back.

The Golden Rule, treat others as you would want to be treated, applies to the world of substitute organists!

Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 19:28