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NEXT AGO MEETING:  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 7:00 P.M. 

Church of St. Michael the Archangel (Episcopal), 7400 Tudor Rd, Colorado Springs

Choral Conducting Workshop with Deborah Teske

 

COLORADO SPRINGS

November 2 (Sunday), 3 pm: CONCERT SE­RIES:  Fountain Creek Brass Band.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs. Elite, 33-member ensemble in the classic British brass band tradition; Debbie Baker, director.  Featuring With Fire and Sword by Peter Graham; Home of Legends by Paul Lovatt-Cooper; an exciting contemporary arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor with Carol Wilson, organ; and other works.  Free-will offering.

November 2 (Sunday), 3 pm: THE COLOR OF SOUND.  First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou, Colorado Springs. Frank Shelton, organist; Dale McClure, painter.  A multi-media celebration of the organ and art.  Organ works by J. S. Bach, Bedard, and Weaver.

November 7 (Friday), 7:30 pm: CVAE—Gateways:  Opening Doors to the Choral Arts.  St. Mary’s Cathedral, 22 W. Kiowa St., Colorado Springs.  This performance is the culmination of CVAE’s acclaimed high school residency program, which mentors young singers and promotes a lifelong passion for the choral art. Gateways 2014 features the choirs of Air Academy and Liberty High Schools. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted and will go to sustain CVAE’s outreach programs.

November 9 (Sunday), 3 pm: CHAMBER SINGERS OF THE COLORADO SPRINGS CHORALE.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colo­rado Springs. Kimberley Schultz, director.  J. S. Bach Magnificat and other works, accompanied by orchestra. 

November 9 (Sunday), 3 pm: TAYLOR ME­MO­RIAL CONCERT:  Organ Recital/Choral Evensong.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs. Deke Polifka, director. Guest organist Joyce Shupe Kull will play a 30-minute organ re­cital featuring works by J. S. Bach, Kull, and Duruflé.  Following the recital, Choral Evensong will be sung by the Taylor Choir.  Evensong is a form of Evening Prayer that draws from the medieval Latin offices of Vespers and Compline. This tradition is unique to the Church of England and to other churches of the Anglican Communion and has remained unchanged for centu­ries. As is customary at Choral Even­song, most of the service is sung by the Choir to special musical settings. A re­ception will follow.

November 21 (Friday), 7:30 pm: BRAHMS’ THREE VIOLIN SONATAS.  First Chris­tian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs. Byron Hitchcock, violin; Michael Finlay, piano.  ADMISSION: $10.

November 22 (Saturday), 7 pm: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  Romance by Moonlight.  Broadmoor Community Church (UCC), 315 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Jennifer DeDominici, mezzo-soprano.  Four diverse works by three innovative composers bring the music of the night to life. From Juliet’s balcony, to an enchanted forest, to amorous and playful summer evenings, the Chamber Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Jennifer DeDomenici will bring you summer heat in late November!  Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 pm with Tania Cronin, Professor and Composer, Colorado College.

November 23 (Sunday), 2:30 pm: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  Romance by Moonlight.  First Chris­tian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs. Thomas Wilson, con­ductor; Jennifer DeDominici, mezzo-soprano. Four diverse works by three innovative composers bring the music of the night to life. From Juliet’s balcony, to an enchanted forest, to amorous and playful summer evenings, the Chamber Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Jennifer DeDomenici will bring you summer heat in late November!  Pre-concert lecture at 1:45 pm with Tania Cronin, Professor and Com­poser, Colorado College.

November 30 (Sunday), 3 pm: CONCERT SE­RIES:  Annual Messiah Sing-Along.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs. Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, with soloists, strings, trumpet, organ and harpsichord. Kimberley Schultz, director.

November 30 (Sunday), 5 pm: SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS. First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs.

November 30 (Sunday), 8 pm: CHORAL COMPLINE SERVICE.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs. Compline, the final office of the monastic day, is a 30-minute contemplative service of a cappella music, sung by candlelight.

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December 6 (Saturday), 2 pm: MENOTTI Amahl and the Night Visitors.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  The Colorado Springs Conservatory.  Free.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share.

December 6 (Saturday), 5 pm: MENOTTI Amahl and the Night Visitors.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  The Colorado Springs Conservatory.  Free.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share.

December 6 (Saturday), 6 pm: HANDEL’S Messiah. Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4055 Nonchalant Circle S, Colorado Springs (one block east of Academy on North Carefree Circle). Child-friendly, abbreviated concert (1 hour, 30 minutes). Mr. Handel will be present.  Village Seven Presbyterian Church 110-voice Sanctuary Choir and 42-piece orchestra. Dr. Richard Hunt, director; Michael Hanson, concertmaster; Gerald Van Dusseldorp, organ; Carol Van Slooten, harpsichord.  Soloists: Melanie Bristol, Shannon Magee, Todd Teske, Peter Tuff. Free to the public.  Open seating.  Please bring canned goods to support Mercy’s Gate Food Pantry.  Free-will offering.

December 7 (Sunday), 3 pm: MAGNIFICENT CHRISTMAS!  First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs. Featuring John Rutter’s Magnificat along with various Christmas carols which are either original compositions of John Rutter or orchestrated by John Rutter.

December 7 (Sunday), 3 pm: TAYLOR MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Advent Lessons and Carols.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs. Deke Polifka, director. The adult and children’s choirs of Grace and St. Stephen’s combine for a classic service of Lessons and Carols for the Advent season. Readings, anthems, hymns, and prayers prepare the way for the joyful Christmas season. Richard Robertson will be the guest organist for the service and will offer an extended prelude. A reception follows, including seasonal craft projects for children.

December 7 (Sunday), 3:30 pm: LESSONS AND CAROLS.  First Lutheran Church, 1515 N Cascade, Colorado Springs.  First Lutheran Choir, Ballet Emmanuel, Carillon Ringers, and instrumentalists.

December 7 (Sunday), 6 pm: HANDEL’S Messiah. Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4055 Nonchalant Circle S, Colorado Springs (one block east of Academy on North Carefree Circle). The entire work – cover to cover (2 hours, 45 minutes). Village Seven Presbyterian Church 110-voice Sanctuary Choir and 42-piece orchestra. Dr. Richard Hunt, director; Michael Hanson, concertmaster; Gerald Van Dusseldorp, organ; Carol Van Slooten, harpsichord.  Soloists: Melanie Bristol, Shannon Magee, Todd Teske, Peter Tuff. Free to the public.  Open seating.  Please bring canned goods to support Mercy’s Gate Food Pantry. Free-will offering.

December 19 (Friday), 7:30 pm: COLORADO VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE—Wintersong.  Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs. Combining music and spoken word in the splendor of Shove Chapel by candlelight, this award-winning event has become a cherished holiday tradition. This year features guest artists on guitar, percussion, and cello for performances of rarely heard works from 16th and 17th century Spain, Mexico and Central America. The program will also include original works and arrangements of traditional favorites by living composers Michael McGlynn, Fredrik Sixten, and Jean Belmont. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted.

December 20 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: COLORADO VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE—Wintersong.  Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs. Com­bining music and spoken word in the splendor of Shove Chapel by candlelight, this award-winning event has become a cherished holiday tradition. This year features guest artists on guitar, percussion, and cello for performances of rarely heard works from 16th and 17th century Spain, Mexico and Central America. The program will also include original works and arrangements of traditional favorites by living composers Michael McGlynn, Fredrik Sixten, and Jean Belmont. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted.

 

DENVER

November 1 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Gabriel Fauré Requiem.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Fauré composed his best-known work, Requiem, in 1887, purely, as he said, for the pleasure of it. The first performance took place at the fashionable church of The Madeleine in Paris where he was choirmaster, on January 16, 1888.  This full program features the combined vocal forces of the Saint John’s Cathedral and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choirs along with the musicians of the Colorado Chamber Players.

November 2 (Sunday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Augustana Chancel Choir – A Benefit Concert for Augustana Arts.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver. Joined by members of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, the Chancel Choir, conducted by Richard Larson will perform the Colorado premier Te Deum by René Clausen (recently premiered at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, NYC and Dona Nobis Pacem by the Latvian minimalist composer, Peteris Vasks.  Free and open to the public with donations solicited to benefit Augustana Arts Concert Series.

November 7 (Friday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Colorado Women’s Chorale – Celebrating the Music of Gwyneth Walker.  Augustana Lu­theran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.  TICKETS: $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 child (5-12 years). It’s a pair of send off concerts comprised of beautiful works written to accentuate women’s voices. The CWC are heading east to sing in the concert “With Grace: The Music of Gwyneth Walker” under the direction of acclaimed conductor, Nancy Menk at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

November 7 (Friday), 7:30 pm: ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR—The Art of Imitation: Palestrina.  Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge. TICKETS: $35 premium, $20 general, $10 student.  Cameo Ensemble (12 voices); Timothy J. Krueger, founder and artistic director.  Palestrina’s name is synonymous with the Renaissance technique of Imitative Counterpoint. This is fascinatingly illustrated in his five-voice Missa Repleatur os meum, where the imitation in each successive movement is increased by a step and decreased by a beat. So the Kyrie features a canon (imitation) at the octave (8th) offset by 8 beats; the Christe canon is at the 7th offset by 7 beats; etc. This is a compositional tour de force the likes of which only Bach ever equaled, and will be explained in the concert itself, with demonstrations, so that the audience is aware of the truly amazing feat that Palestrina accomplished in this astounding work.

November 8 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Colorado Women’s Chorale – Celebrating the Music of Gwyneth Walker.  St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch.  TICKETS: $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 child (5-12 years). It’s a pair of send off concerts comprised of beautiful works written to accentuate women’s voices. The CWC are heading east to sing in the concert “With Grace: The Music of Gwyneth Walker” under the direction of acclaimed conductor, Nancy Menk at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

November 8 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR—The Art of Imitation: Palestrina.  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2015 Glenarm Place, Denver. TICKETS: $25 premium, $20 general, $10 student.  Cameo Ensemble (12 voices); Timothy J. Krueger, founder and artistic director.  Palestrina’s name is synonymous with the Renaissance technique of Imitative Counterpoint. This is fascinatingly illustrated in his five-voice Missa Repleatur os meum, where the imitation in each successive movement is increased by a step and decreased by a beat. So the Kyrie features a canon (imitation) at the octave (8th) offset by 8 beats; the Christe canon is at the 7th offset by 7 beats; etc. This is a compositional tour de force the likes of which only Bach ever equaled, and will be explained in the concert itself, with demonstrations, so that the audience is aware of the truly amazing feat that Palestrina accomplished in this astounding work.

November 9 (Sunday), 3 pm: ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR—The Art of Imitation: Palestrina.  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2015 Glenarm Place, Denver. TICKETS: $25 premium, $20 general, $10 student.  Cameo En­semble (12 voices); Timothy J. Krueger, founder and artistic director.  Palestrina’s name is synonymous with the Renaissance technique of Imitative Counterpoint. This is fascinatingly illustrated in his five-voice Missa Repleatur os meum, where the imitation in each successive movement is increased by a step and decreased by a beat. So the Kyrie features a canon (imitation) at the octave (8th) offset by 8 beats; the Christe canon is at the 7th offset by 7 beats; etc. This is a compositional tour de force the likes of which only Bach ever equaled, and will be explained in the concert itself, with demonstrations, so that the audience is aware of the truly amazing feat that Palestrina accomplished in this astounding work.

November 14 (Friday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Jeri Jorgensen, violinist and Cullen Bryant, pianist.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.   Violinist Jeri Jorgensen and pianist Cullen Bryant perform sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, and Stravinsky.  Jorgensen, first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet from 1980-2004, is a member of the performance faculty of Colorado College and formerly adjunct faculty in violin and chamber music at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver.  Bryant is among the most active chamber and collaborative pianists in New York City, maintaining a schedule of over 70 recitals a year.  Freewill offering.

November 16 (Sunday), 2:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Pre-Evensong Recital. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. Thomas Heinrich, cellist. A member of the Colorado Symphony since 1997, Thomas is also assistant principal cellist of The Santa Fe Opera orchestra. For seven seasons he served as principal cellist of the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra. In 1990, Thomas performed as assistant principal cellist under Leonard Bernstein at the Pacific Music Festival. He has performed at the Strings in the Mountains (Steamboat), Chintimini, Wintergreen (VA), Bravo! Vail, June in Buffalo, and Bellingham music festivals. He performs J. S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3.

November 16 (Sunday), 3 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Evensong. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.

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December 9 (Tuesday), 12 noon: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Music at Noon:  Ivy Street Ensemble.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral Dagwell Hall, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  The Ivy Street Ensemble, comprised of three Colorado Symphony musicians, flutist Cathy Peterson, violinist Erik Peterson, and violist Phillip Stevens, presents a diverse array of classical chamber works from the baroque era to 21st century compositions.  They have performed throughout Colorado and can often be heard in Oregon as part of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival.  Classical music lovers in Denver can hear them frequently broadcast on Colorado Public Radio.

December 12 (Friday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Kantorei.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.   TICKETS: $20 adult, $15 senior (65+), $5 student (with valid student ID).  Kantorei, founded in 1997, is a nationally recognized, all-volunteer, highly auditioned choral ensemble based in Denver, CO.  A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten and works by Stephen Paulus, Herbert Howells, and Ola Gjeilo complete the program.  Artistic Director Joel Rinsema makes his Saint John’s Cathedral debut.

December 12 (Friday), 7:30 pm: ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR—A Cambridge Christmas.  Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver. TICKETS: $35 premium, $20 general, $10 student.  Full Ensemble (24 voices) with organ; Timothy J. Krueger, founder and artistic director.  Cambridge University’s Colleges, such as King’s, have been commissioning Christmas works for decades, if not centuries, comprising an unrivaled treasure-trove of musical riches. Join St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, accompanied by organ, as we give voice to this glorious repertoire of carols, arranged by the greatest composers of their day. No Holiday Season in Denver is complete without attending a St. Martin’s Chamber Choir Christmas Concert!

December 13 (Saturday), 4:30 pm: LAMONT CONCERTS—Deke Polifka Artist Diploma Recital.  Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave, Denver.  Presented in partial fulfillment of the Artist Diploma requirements.  Music by Bairstow, Elgar, Howells, Spicer, Sumsion, and Thalben-Ball.

December 13 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Handel’s Messiah (Part 1).  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. TICKETS: $15-$24.  A Christmas tradition, Saint John’s Cathedral presents its annual performances of Handel’s most famous work, Messiah. Hear the glorious First Part performed by the Cathedral Choir and orchestra in the Gothic-style setting at Saint John’s Cathedral.

December 14 (Sunday), 3 pm: ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR—A Cambridge Christmas.  Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge. TICKETS: $35 premium, $20 general, $10 student.  Full Ensemble (24 voices) with organ; Timothy J. Krueger, founder and artistic director.  Cambridge University’s Colleges, such as King’s, have been commissioning Christmas works for decades, if not centuries, comprising an unrivaled treasure-trove of musical riches. Join St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, accompanied by organ, as we give voice to this glorious repertoire of carols, arranged by the greatest composers of their day. No Holiday Season in Denver is complete without attending a St. Martin’s Chamber Choir Christmas Concert!

December 14 (Sunday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Handel’s Messiah (Part 1).  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. TICKETS: $15-$24.  A Christmas tradition, Saint John’s Cathedral presents its annual performances of Handel’s most famous work, Messiah. Hear the glorious First Part performed by the Cathedral Choir and orchestra in the Gothic-style setting at Saint John’s Cathedral.

December 19 (Friday), 7:30 pm: ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR—A Cambridge Christmas.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. TICKETS: $35 premium, $20 general, $10 student.  Full Ensemble (24 voices) with organ; Timothy J. Krueger, founder and artistic director.  Cambridge University’s Colleges, such as King’s, have been commissioning Christmas works for decades, if not centuries, comprising an unrivaled treasure-trove of musical riches. Join St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, accompanied by organ, as we give voice to this glorious repertoire of carols, arranged by the greatest composers of their day. No Holiday Season in Denver is complete without attending a St. Martin’s Chamber Choir Christmas Concert!

Newsletter

If you plan well in advance, consider attending these national conventions:

  • Southwest Region (formerly Region VII) Convention: Fort Worth TX, June 28 – July 1, 2015
  • *AGO 2016 National Convention, Houston, June 19-23
  • *AGO 2018 National Convention, Kansas City, July 2-6

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Membership

You don’t have to be an active organist or choirmaster to join the Guild. In fact, you don’t have to be a professional church musician at all. Membership in the Guild is open to all, and the only real requirement is an interest in the organ and/or sacred choral music. To become a member of the Colorado Springs Chapter, contact any Chapter officer. See below for contact information.

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Placement

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

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Certification

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Contact Us

Dean:  Eric Wicks – wickseric@yahoo.com

Sub Dean:  Joan Kuehn – joan@flccs.net

Secretary: Sue Anselmi – Sue.Anselmi@gmail.com

Treasurer, CLARION editor and ONCARD Liaison:  Joseph Galema, DMA -joegalema@aol.com

Board Members:

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Links

http://www.pipeorgan.org

http://www.atos.org

http://www.apoba.com

http://www.organsociety.org

http://www.pipedreams.org

http://www.thediapason.com

http://www.agodenver.org

AGO National website