Date of Award
Master of Music
Dr. Kenneth Kreitner
Dr. Janet Page
Dr. John D. Peterson
In the 1920s three large Möller pipe organs were installed within a three-block radius in three historic churches in Natchez, Mississippi, a small, eclectic town on the Mississippi River. What was the catalyst that resulted in a seemingly extravagant use ofresources? Through information available in church archives, newspapers, books, journals, and documentsfrom organ companies, this study traces the historyof the organs and suggests possible reason for their original installation. The factors influencing thepurchases include the geography of Natchez, the location fo the churches, savvy salesmen, and a healthy competition among the church congregations. An overview of the people who factored in these decisions at the time, also reflects the desire of the people of Natchez to bring music to their city.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Rouse, Sharon Lynn, "A Fortunate Rivalry: The Installation and History of Pipe Organs in Three Churches in Natchez, Mississippi" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1071.