Friday, August 26, 2016

Free Concert and Organist Workshop Oct. 1st and 2nd - Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia PA

Carl Gedeik, principle organist at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia invites the general public to the opening concert featuring the Shrine's new Allen 4-manual custom organ. Dr. Roger Nyquist will be performing Sunday October 2nd at 2:00 in afternoon, showing the massive ensembles and colors of this instrument. Additionally, on Saturday October 1st, Dr. Nyquist will conduct a workshop for organists addressing issues and offering suggestions and practical tips for improving organ playing.

There is no admission cost for either event but we encourage you to call or email us in advance so we can reserve seating for everyone. We'd also like to encourage organists to bring music they are working on & their organ shoes to the workshop!! Call 215-723-6900 or email INFO@GRAFTONPIANO.COM

Recordings used for this video courtesy of Roger Nyquist and Michael Stairs.

Again, Organist Workshop on Saturday Oct. 1st at 2:00PM -- Concert on Sunday Oct. 2nd at 2:00PM.

Shrine address is, 500 E Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Saturday, August 20, 2016


We are thrilled once again to to play a small role at the world-renowned Villanova University right here in the greater Philadelphia area. We supplied our Allen three-manual organ for today's function - New Student Orientation and Registration day. An added surprise was bumping into an old friend of Grafton's - Dr. Mark Bani, Campus Minister for Liturgical Music at Villanova. Helping him get acquainted with our instrument, and catching up on old memories is an example of making what we do a real pleasure. It's difficult to even call it 'work' at times like this!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Grafton Piano & Organ has recently installed a new Allen 4-manual Q-410 organ in the rear gallery location at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Bryn Athyn, PA. This wonderful 79-stop instrument was installed with the full organ at the rear as well as a complete full organ Antiphonal at the front - speaking out from the same loft from which the recently installed E.M. Skinner pipe organ speaks from.

New Allen Organ console being unloaded with Terry Schnarr, Ken Coye organsits and Jim Adams Bryn Athyn Cathedral administrtor

The Cathedrals new Allen Organ is more than an organ - it's actually 7 organs! Within the console resides the actual digital recordings of the major organ builders. Most notable of the organ 'Suites' are the English Cathedral (Willis), French Romantic (Cavaillé-Coll), Schlicker (neo-baroque), Arp Schnitger, Aeolian Skinner, etc.

Choir loft photo from side showing Bryn Athyns Allen organBalcony view of Bryn Athyn Cathedral center islelong view of arches and ceiling from Nave of Bryn Athyn Cathedral


Friday, July 22, 2016


This coming October 1st and 2nd the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal will host a music workshop on Saturday (2:00PM), and a concert Sunday (2:00) on the Shrines new 4-manual Allen Organ. Dr. Nyquist is mentioned in 'Outstanding Educators of America', 'International Who’s Who in Music, and in American Keyboard Artists. He received an award for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year - University of California, Santa Barbara in 1967 and also at Santa Clara University in 1973. In June, 1984, Dr. Nyquist was given the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Alumni Association of Augustana College for his career as a concert organist and teacher.

Sanctuary and organ pipes at the Shrine of the miraculous Medal, Philadelphia


  1-877-GRAFTON or 215-723-6900 to reserve your seat

Dr. Nyquist was Professor of Music and University Organist at Santa Clara University for 24 years, on the faculty of Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, and the University of California. Nyquist now is investing full time in his concert career, private organ teaching, and recording.

tall view of the Nave of Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia PASanctuary ceiling and paintings of the Miraculous Medal Shrine

Front of Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia PA

A Quantum Musical Experience Dr. Nyquist CD
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Friday, April 1, 2016


This coming April 9th St. Charles Seminary will be hold a special concert  to celebrate sacred and classical music and to benefit the seminarians of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA.

Walk In The Footsteps of Pope Francis - April Concert Poster

Chapel of St. Charles Seminary at dusk

RL-58 Allen Organ at St. Martins Chapel at St. Charles Seminary Philadelphia PA

Special guest artists will include:

Rudolph A. Lucente, Organist

Michael A. Stairs, Organist

Colin Howland, Organist

Amanda Frederick, Soprano

Toffer Mihalka, Tenor

John Frederick , Baritone

Kaitlyn Tierney, Alto

Colin Howland black and white photoRudy Lucente seated at Allen Organ

Michael at the Kimel Dobson organ

April 9, 2016 add for fundraiser concert St. Martin Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Center of St. Martin's Chapel at St. Charles Seminary, Wynnewood PA

For more information please call Gina DeColli at 215-587-5650

Kawai piano and RL-58 Allen Organ in St. Martin of Tours Chapel
provided for concert

Rudy Lucente standing in front of St. Martin's Chapel
Rudy Lucente, St. Charles
music director in front of
St. Martin's Chapel

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


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Piano Maestro iPad screen shot

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Piano Maestro on Kawai pianokids playing kawai piano

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Friday, March 18, 2016


This past Saturday everyone here at Grafton Piano & Organ was honored to play a very small part in the annual Jonathan Beech memorial concert held at the Kennett Square High School. Jonathan passed away at the age of 15 from brain cancer. Every year since 2009 volunteers and musicians come together to perform major musical works for the purpose of raising funds, benefiting organisations such as Children's Hospital, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and many more. Our small role in this event was to provide our Allen 3-manual touring organ which played a large supporting role for works such as John Rutter’s uplifting “Gloria” as well as others. For more information on past and upcoming concerts, click on Jonathan's photo below.

link to Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert webpage

Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert choic

Kennett Square Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert

Grafton's Allen Organ at Kennett Square Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert

1081 South County Line Road
Souderton, PA 18964


Monday, February 15, 2016


If you knew Carlo, there's not much more that can be said. For many reasons, Carlo was often referred to as the 'heir apparent' of the late organ virtuoso Virgil Fox. We had the privilege of not only knowing this gifted musician but working with him on projects here in the Philadelphia area. On more than one occasion I would walk into our office only to hear the founder of our Company, Cal Grafton, on the phone laughing with Carlo - they always enjoyed sharing stories and jokes. As a long-time friend to everyone here at Graftons, as well as the Allen Organ Company, Carlo was truly a person who loved people as well as the king of instruments - the organ. From the after-concert 'late suppers' to the time he begged us to ride on top of the Estonia grand piano we delivered to his Philadelphia apartment (many stories up, and on the end of a long crane cable!), the times with Carlo were never boring.

Enjoy this well-done video by Vic Ferrer when he interviewed Carlo at the Spreckles Organ Pavillion-Balboa Park, San Diego. Carlo talked about his musical beginnings and passion for the organ.

Carlo at Allen Organ St. Marks UMC Erdenheim PA
Carlo practicing for concert in Erdenheim

Carlo discussing organ with Larry Phelps at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel
Carlo Curley with Larry Phelps

Carlo Curley, Larry Phelps, Msgr. McDonough, Mrs. Seltzer at Mt. Carmel Doylestown

Interview by Joe Adcock with Carlo Curley about upcoming concert at the First Baptist Church, Philadelphia
Bulletin Article - First Baptist concert with Earl Ness

Carlo Curley

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