Spring is just around the corner! I can’t wait! I always enjoy this time of the year as the days get warmer. It reminds me each year that Easter is coming soon!
Easter Sunday is probably my most favorite Sunday of the year! Of course it is one of the most important Sundays, too, for us as Christians! It finishes the life cycle of Jesus—birth, death and resurrection! (Of course Ascension and Pentecost follow!)–but it is a true celebration of the triumph of life over death! “O death, where is thy sting” O grave, where is thy victory?” Music plays such an important part in that celebration. Alleluias are brought back and the dreary time of introspection during Lent is gone and life sings forth with joy and expectation. What better postlude for Easter Sunday than the Charles Marie Widor’s Toccata from the 5th Symphony!! Happy Easter to everyone!!
The last couple of week have been really busy for our chapter. The Master Class with Andrew Scanlon was very well attended. We heard wonderful playing by several members at various levels of training. Andrew offered many great tips for playing the pieces stylistically as well as technically proficient. Thanks to Marcia Nance, organist at Highland UMC in Raleigh for hosting the program. The next week we sponsored the Pedals, Pipes and Pizza program at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. Tamara Lewis did a fantastic job of organizing, publicizing and developing the event. We have over 16 children from 2nd through 8th grades. I introduced them to the various organ related terminology. We looked at ranks, manuals, couplers, families of tone and then each child had a chance to play the organ. They even got to blow air through various kinds of pipes. Thanks for Noel Hamm, Lorraine, Patty Lingafelt and Tamara for chaperoning the children. We also want to thank Michael Olson and Katherine Johnson for playing the organ and assisting with the children, too. They played “Star Wars” and The Bach “Toccata in D minor”! To introduce the organ I played the Daniel Burton “Rex, The King of Instruments” published by Morningstar narrated by Noel Hamm. At the end I played “A Suite for Mother Goose” by George Akerley published by Hinshaw Music also narrated by Noel. We all then went to the Fellowship Hall for Pizza. Several parents were very complimentary about the event. I know we had at least one very excited child who may one day be the next major recitalist! May our profession continue!
Our officers are expanding to include Michael Harris and Janet Cherry as Members at Large on our Board. They will be assisting in the are of program development. We have a wonderful Board of Officers that are working on next year’s programs. If you have any suggestions you would like to see our chapter address please contact me as soon as possible so we can incorporate any new ideas!
Peace to all!
Dr. William J. Weisser, Dean