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May 7, 2008

Birmingham-Southern organist professor appointed to national council

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College Organist Professor James Cook has been appointed to the National Council of the Organ Historical Society. He will fill a vacated term that expires in 2011.

While on sabbatical in 2004-05, Cook established an online database of pipe organs in the U.S. using information provided by the Organ Historical Society. He currently maintains the database, which has more than doubled since 2005, with the support of BSC. The college provides a dedicated web server and internet connection for the nonprofit organization. Last month, the site set a record by passing the 1 million mark in hits.

The Organ Historical Society, which began in 1956, promotes a widespread musical and historical interest in American organ building through collection, preservation, publication of historical information, and through recordings and public concerts. The society, which has steadily grown in membership, is now an international group of music lovers, musicians, organ builders, historians and scholars. Visit the site at for more information.

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