Founders of 'Friends of the Exposition Organ'
Friends of the Exposition Organ is a grassroots group of citizens who are determined not to let the Exposition Organ be destroyed, forgotten or linger in dark silence. As stewards of a rare musical treasure, it is our hope that the wishes of the patrons who donated this exceptional instrument are kept alive.
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Vic is a media producer who has merged his passions for historic pipe organs and film to create several documentaries on the subject of preserving America’s historic pipe organs. Vic has been researching the Exposition Organ since 1997 for a documentary film, and as a result is the de facto historian for this project.
Other documentaries include a full-length piece entitled The Senator’s Masterpiece. It is a detailed history of the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ; the largest pipe organ in the world. Vic’s video short, Enduring For A Reason, sheds light as to why historic pipe organs should be considered works-of-art worthy of preservation.
Michael Evje (EV-ya) is a San Francisco native who studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After 4 years in the Navy, he spent 27 years as a production sound mixer in Hollywood and San Francisco with credits on 52 feature films. He then spent 17 years as a financial advisor primarily with A.G. Edwards. His interest in the art, beauty, and science of pipe organs sparked his becoming a founding member of the Friends of the Exhibition Organ.
Justin Kielty is a member of the SF/AGO and founding member of Friends of the Exposition Organ. He taught in San Rafael City Schools for 34 years and was organist and choirmaster of St. Cecilia Church from 1965 to 1987 and continued as organist until his retirement in 2008. He chaired the San Francisco POE in 2005 and served as registrar of the SF/AGO 2003-2007.