I recently attended a concert at Heinz Hall and noticed that one of the PSO members was wearing earplugs as they played. I then stumbled upon this article from Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5, a radio station similar to our WYEP or WQED types. This article dives deeper into the subject and the debate surrounding their use.
I found this article and found it very interesting- it pertains to all musicians, but especially for us organists who practice on “The King of Instruments”. I then remember Dr. David Craighead telling us during our lessons at Duquesne how he couldn’t hear the organ unless we had a specific registration on the organ. Furthermore, his hearing had become so severe that, while he knew a Bach piece was in G Major, he heard it in A Major (due to his perfect pitch). Do we do more harm than good when we pull out all the stops?
Please read on, it is absolutely worth 5 minutes to read.