The Dorothy N. Bailey Memorial Pipe Organ
|Born Dorothy Elizabeth Neideck in New York City, she graduated
from Columbia University Nursing School and continued her studies at Columbia
Presbyterian Medical Center, eventually becoming a Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
Following her marriage to Capt. C. W. Bailey, a now-retired U.S. Coast Guard officer, she pursued a musical avocation as oboist, pianist and organist.
Not wanting to be tied down to a fixed Sunday schedule, she preferred substitute work as organist, which had the additional advantage of providing experience in a wide range of liturgies styles. She enjoyed playing all styles of classical repertoire, but in addition to Bach and the other Baroque masters, she was especially fond of 20th-century French organ music, especially the works of Messiaen and Langlais.
In later years, despite a diagnosis of metastatic cancer, she continued her work as Lay Eucharistic Visitor and organist.
After her death, Capt. Bailey wanted to provide a lasting memorial and this organ project was a perfect tribute. He contributed the entire cost of the organ and its renovation, installation and voicing.
This page was last updated on 11/10/08.
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