December 2014 TAO Features Renovation of Portland Maine’s Kotzschmar Organ

Portland's Kotzschmar organ is one of the most resilient of public organs. In the 100 years following its dedication in 1912, it always functioned and was heard frequently. Will C. Macfarlane and Edwin H. Lemare were among the early municipal organists. The organ was given in memory of Hermann Kotzschmar (1829-1908). He was a teacher, composer, and conductor active in Portland. Here are two views inside the Universal Air Chest, originally (Top) and today (Bottom) with expression engines on the left and large regulators and control systems on the right. A Foley-Baker Inc. technician works on a Wurlitzer toy counter to be used for special effects such as horses hooves, car horn, train whistle, fire gong, and … [Read more...]

All Day Bach Organ Marathon in New York

WQXR Radio is sponsoring an all-day Bach Organ Marathon beginning at 7am on Saturday, November 22nd, at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan. The marathon is curated by Paul Jacobs, chair of the organ department at the Juilliard School. Ticket prices range from $10 to $75 for the entire marathon. Performers include: 7:00 AM: David Crean 8:15 AM: James Wetzel 9:30 AM: Raymond Nagem 10:45 AM: Yinying Luo, Colin MacKnight, Janet Yieh 12:00 PM: Chelsea Chen 1:15 PM: Ryan Jackson 2:30 PM: Benjamin Sheen 4:15 PM: David Ball, Daniel Ficarri, Griffin McMahon 5:30 PM: Isabelle Demers 6:45 PM: David Enlow 8:00 PM: Paul Jacobs 9:15 PM: Christopher Houlihan 10:30 PM: Michael Hey 11:45 PM: Ryan Kennedy, Alexander Pattavina, Gregory … [Read more...]

November 2014 TAO Features Schoenstein & Company Organ

The November, 2014 issue of TAO features the installation of the Lewnosksi Family Organ in Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The organ was built by Schoenstein & Co. from San Francisco, CA. It began on a snowy day: Pipework of the Great Diapason chorus (L) and Pedal 16' Open Wood pipes, horizontal, behind central wall (R): The casework is installed: Read the article and view the complete stoplist in the November issue of the The American Organist. … [Read more...]

AGO 2015 Southeast Regional Convention Features French Connections

The AGO's 2015 Southeast Regional Convention will showcase fine organs played by artists of who are protégés of the great French organists of the last century. Featured organs and venues include: Fisk Organ Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (Charlotte, NC) AEolian-Skinner Organ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Charlotte) Schlueter Organ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Charlotte) Ruffatti Organ Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (Charlotte) AEolian-Skinner Organ Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) AEolian-Skinner Organ Myers Park Baptist Church (Charlotte) Letourneau Organ Saint John's Baptist Church (Charlotte) Moller Organ First United Methodist Church (Charlotte) Commissioned artists include Ned Rorem, David … [Read more...]

Pogorzelski-Yankee Composition Competition Deadline Nears

Submissions to the 2016 Pogorzelski-Yankee Composition Competition are due by November 28th, 2014. The Pogorzelski-Yankee tracker organ is now in its new home at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The competition fosters the creation of new music for this instrument and organs of this size. The 2016 Competition calls for an organ composition of 10-12 minutes in length; there are no restrictions in regard to compositional style. The competition is open to proposals from composers of all ages and nationalities. For further information: Pogorzelski-Yankee tracker organ installation New Music & Competitions … [Read more...]

AGO Great Lakes 2015 Regional Convention Features Thirteen Venues & Organs

Thirteen different venues in Indianapolis and Bloomington Indiana will host performances this summer at the AGO's Great Lakes Regional Convention. The venues are: Indianapolis Christ Church Cathedral Christian Theological Seminary Grand Hall, Indiana Landmarks Center St. Luke's United Methodist Church Second Presbyterian Church St. Paul's Episcopal Church Warren Performing Arts Center All Saints Episcopal Church Christ Church Cathedral St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Trinity Episcopal Church Bloomington Auer Hall, Simon Music Center Alumni Hall, Memorial Union For more information: AGO 2015 Great Lakes Regional Convention Links to all 2015 AGO Regional Conventions … [Read more...]

AGO Member Dexter Kennedy Triumphs at Grand Prix de Chartres

Dexter Kennedy has won the Grand Prize of Interpretation in the 24th International Organ Competition Grand Prix de Chartres. Arguably the most prestigious organ competition in the world, the competition was in held in Paris on the organs of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, and the final round was held on the great organ of Notre Dame Cathedral. Over 60 organists submitted application tapes for this competition, and 21 were accepted to compete in the live rounds. The Grand Prix de Chartres carries a cash prize, but more importantly 30+ recital engagements all over Europe, including appearances in France, Spain, Germany, Iceland, Russia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. Mr. … [Read more...]

AGO Awards Six Scholarships Totaling $60,000 for Collegiate Organ Study

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has awarded four scholarships for undergraduate organ study and two scholarships for graduate organ study to six college organ students enrolled in the 2014–2015 academic year. The six scholars were selected from an application pool of more than 50 students and received the awards based upon their demonstrated ability in organ playing and financial need. The bequest is the largest in the history of the AGO. Funded through a generous bequest from the estate of Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee, each undergraduate scholarship carries a cash award of $7,500 and is renewable for up to four years of collegiate study. Each graduate scholarship carries a cash award of $15,000 and is renewable for a … [Read more...]

2014 Silent Auction Results

The 2014 AGO Silent Auction has drawn to a close and has generated approximately $22,000 for the AGO Annual Fund. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the 84 donors who contributed 116 auction items, and to the 191 bidders who cast 572 unique bids in the auction. The auction item that received the highest number of bids was a registration for the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, and the highest bid was a recital by John Walker! You can see more results at Bidding For Good  … [Read more...]

AGO Bestows Highest and Most Prestigous Awards at National Convention

The American Guild of Organists bestowed its two highest awards of national distinction in conjunction with the 52nd biennial AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. Award presentations were made by AGO President Eileen Guenther during the AGO Annual Meeting. The AGO President’s Award was presented to Christoph Wolff of Belmont, Mass. The prestigious award, created in 1988, is presented biennially to recognize outstanding contributions to the art of the organ in the United States. The 2014 President’s Award recognized Mr. Wolff “in gratitude for his exhaustive musicological research, extensive publications, and lifelong commitment to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.” Past recipients of the AGO President’s Award include: Clementine … [Read more...]