The following is an excerpt from an article about the Great Marcussen Organ at Wichita State University's Wiedemann Hall that appeared in the August 28 issue of The Wichita Eagle. Lynne Davis, an associate professor of organ at WSU, contributed to this article.
Wichita State has a good climate for Marcussen organ
Halfdan Oussoren didn't so much learn how to tune an organ as he was born into the craft.
He is from a Danish family that founded the Marcussen & Son organ-building company, still located in the same small southern Denmark town of Aabenraa where it was founded in 1806.
"I've seen organs since I was this tall," Oussoren said earlier this week, leaning over to hold his hand a couple of feet off the floor.
Oussoren brought all that history and know-how to Wichita State University this week to tune a Marcussen organ at Wiedemann Hall.