And in her free time? Orpha performed throughout Europe, published organ compositions and research studies and authored five authoritative books on organ history and performance. In 1991, she was elected a lifetime honorary member of the Organ Historical Society.
Many of Orpha’s favorite Road Scholar programs have been biking adventures abroad, starting with her first one in the Loire Valley. Not an avid cyclist at the time, Orpha bought a new bike and trained for months to prepare. “I thought, ‘Well, let’s see if this is true about old people not learning new things. Let’s see if it can be done,” she said.
I think it's important to support Road Scholar. These programs are something I've benefitted from, and I ought to help other people to do the same thing.
Well, it can be done. In fact, Orpha has taken part in more than 20 cycling adventures with Road Scholar.
Orpha loves all her Road Scholar experiences, because the programs allow her to pursue a variety of interests. She has explored topics ranging from painting and science to language studies and winter sports. “The people you meet on Road Scholar trips are people who are interested in learning,” she said, “and that’s quite different from the ordinary tourist.”