Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 50 years. As host and senior executive producer of American Public Media’s Pipedreams, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams began in 1982, and remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. Michael’s talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President’s Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997, and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in Broadcasting. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
Not to be confused with the District’s other notable Michael Barone (senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner), this Michael Barone has served on local and national committees of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society (of which he also served two years as president). He has been a judge for national and international organ competitions (Flint, Michigan; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Twin Cities, Minnesota; Calgary, Alberta, Canada), has contributed published articles and reviews to Diapason, Symphony (American Symphony Orchestra League), and the American Organist magazines, and since the year 2000 has organized and led annual group ‘organ tours’ to destinations in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Pipedreams, broadcast on more than 140 stations nationwide, also can be accessed 24/7 online at www.pipedreams.org.