High Holiday Preparation

Historically, every August has been the month to begin intense rehearsals For the High Holiday Services at Temple Emanuel, Denver, Colorado.
The amount of music to be prepared for Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur services is quite staggering.
In this year, of Covid-19, the task has become even more staggering.
With all worship services to be streamed, all choral and instrumental selections needed to be recorded and filmed.
Fortunately, our Allen Touring Organ was able to offer extraordinary musical and audio flexibility to assist in this new and challenging process. We moved the “Beautiful Beast” (so named by the Temple’s Audio Technician) into the main sanctuary in early August to accommodate the rehearsal and recording schedule.
Since most audio recording involved direct output, into multi-trac master recording, the Temple’s 56 rank Austin pipe organ could not be used. The pipe’s inconsistent tuning, and distance from the other musicians proved a logistical impossibility.
Location of the Allen console was easily accomplished with its movable dolly platform. Clergy, instrumentalists, and choir members were all impressed with the organ’s realism and dynamic presence.
While we are still in the process of recording and editing, stay tuned for updates and links to the services.