Colorado Springs Chapter

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COLORADO SPRINGS

December 6 (Saturday), 2 & 4:30 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:  MAGNIFICAT CONCERT:  Music of John Rutter.  First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs.  Chancel Choir, Chamber Singers & Orchestra.  James Steven Harter, conductor.  TICKETS:  $10.  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 Mike Zimmerman and Chelsea Smith on guitar and Evan Shelton on cello for performances of works from 16th and 17th century Spain. The program will also include original works and arrangements of traditional favorites by living composers Michael McGlynn, Fredrik Sixten, and Richard Allain.  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 Mike Zimmerman and Chelsea Smith on guitar and Evan Shelton on cello for performances of works from 16th and 17th century Spain. The program will also include original works and arrangements of traditional favorites by living composers Michael McGlynn, Fredrik Sixten, and Richard Allain.  Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted.

December 21 (Sunday), 4 pm:  Mark Winchester, organist-baritone.  St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs.  A program of Christmas music with congregational carols and organ solos.  Free will offering.  Reception follows the concert.

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January 4 (Sunday), 3 pm:  CONCERT SERIES:  Eric Wicks, organist with Elisa Wicks, violinist.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.

January 18 (Sunday), 3 pm:  TAYLOR MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Deke Polifka, organist.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs. Mr. Polifka, Organist & Choirmaster of Grace and St. Stephen’s, presents a recital of British organ music.

January 25 (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.

January 31 (Saturday), 7 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  Legends.  Broadmoor Community Church (UCC), 315 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Michael Yopp, French horn; Jennifer Doersch, French horn; Susan McCullough, French horn; Jason Johnston, French horn; Jacob Klock, violin.  Legends of music and of distant times meet in a program of musical gems. Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations get a long-overdue local premiere while the bold sound of horns and the fiery technique of our concert master, Jacob Klock, create a diverse and exciting musical adventure. This adventure opens with new music by Ingrid Stolzel, finalist in our 30th Anniversary Composition Competition, which takes us from the identity of place to new creative planes. This is what the Chamber Orchestra most loves to do – bring diverse and exciting music to our audiences that they won’t hear anywhere else.  Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 pm with The Rev. Steve Harter, Minister of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church.

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February 1 (Sunday), 2:30 pm:  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS:  Legends.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Thomas Wilson, conductor; Michael Yopp, French horn; Jennifer Doersch, French horn; Susan McCullough, French horn; Jason Johnston, French horn; Jacob Klock, violin.  Legends of music and of distant times meet in a program of musical gems. Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations get a long-overdue local premiere while the bold sound of horns and the fiery technique of our concert master, Jacob Klock, create a diverse and exciting musical adventure. This adventure opens with new music by Ingrid Stolzel, finalist in our 30th Anniversary Composition Competition, which takes us from the identity of place to new creative planes. This is what the Chamber Orchestra most loves to do – bring diverse and exciting music to our audiences that they won’t hear anywhere else.  Pre-concert lecture at 1:45 pm with The Rev. Steve Harter, Minister of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church.

 

DENVER

December 5 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—A Colorado Choir Christmas Concert.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.    TICKETS: $20 adult, $15 sen­ior/student, children under 12 are free.  Now in its 38th season of presenting classical choral literature, the Colorado Choir returns with selections of some of the most beautiful music of the Christmas season.

December 6 (Saturday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—A Colorado Choir Christmas Concert.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.    TICKETS: $20 adult, $15 senior/student, children under 12 are free.  Now in its 38th season of presenting classical choral literature, the Colorado Choir returns with selections of some of the most beautiful music of the Christmas season.

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 British composers 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.  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:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Augustana Chancel Choir:  Shout for Joy ~ A Festival Christmas Concert.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.  Richard Larson, conductor.  Joined by members of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, the Chancel Choir will feature Augustana Ringers and string quartet playing while the choir is performing well-known carols creatively set by many contemporary composers, including “Away in a Manger by Ola Gjeilo, “What Sweeter Music” by Michael Fink, “’Tis Winter Now” by Monte Mason, among others. A highlight will be an audience sing along component to this festive evening. Free and open to the public.

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:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Colorado Women’s Chorale Holiday Sing-Along for All Ages.  Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.  TICKETS: 2 for $20, children under 6 are free.  Jennifer Ferguson, music director and conductor.  Get ready to sing aloud as the CWC are joined by the Mile High Youth Choir for this new family tradition of a fun Sing Along through all your favorite holiday songs. Beware, Santa sightings are possible!

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.  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!

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January 11 (Sunday), 4:30 pm:  LAMONT CONCERTS—Joseph Galema Faculty Organ Recital.  Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave, Denver.  TICKETS:  $10.  Newman Center Box Office (303) 871-7720.  Music by J. S. Bach (the Leipzig years), Böhm, Buxtehude, and Lübeck.   Reception follows the concert.

January 13 (Tuesday), 12 noon:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Barbara Hamilton, violist, and Andrew Cooperstock, pianist.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral Dagwell Hall, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  This program highlights diary excerpts from Ms. Hamilton’s great grandmother Bella, when she was in hiding in Utrecht and Amsterdam during World War II.  “Testament: The Diary of Bella Berliner,” features music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Shostakovich.

January 19 (Monday), 7:00 pm:  DENVER AGO—Martin Luther King Celebration.  Our Lady of Loreto, 18000 E. Arapahoe Rd, Foxfield.

January 30 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Masterworks:  Copland, Mozart & Mendelssohn.  Colorado Christian University Music Center, 9200 West Ellsworth, Lakewood.  TICKETS: $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years.  David Rutherford, music director and conductor; Tamara Maddaford, flute.  Joy – Love – Struggle – Beauty – Peace. That pattern is so familiar, repeated throughout our lives and over the course of history, that countless stories follow its course. So recognizable is the shape that its imprint can be found in masterwork after musical masterwork. Such is the case with Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring, concerning a pioneer celebration around a newly-build farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early 1800s. The bride-to-be and the young farmer-husband enact the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. Similarly, the love story explored in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins and ends in tranquility, but peace is always accompanied by struggle and conflict, perfectly encapsulated in Mendelssohn’s overture. Indeed, the arc of human experience can even be found in Mozart’s delightful Concerto for Flute, and although there is no story, its own narrative still rings true.

January 30 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Raymond Nagem, organist.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  Raymond Nagem, one of the leading organists of his generation, is Associate Organist of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York and C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School.  He will perform Mozart Fantasia in F minor, Duruflé Prélude, Adagio, et Choral varié sur le Veni Creator, and Messiaen La Nativité du Seigneur.  A rising star in the organ community, Nagem brings a kaleidoscopic sense of color and a virtuosic flair to these works, perfectly suited to the Cathedral’s famed Kimball organ. Freewill offering.

January 31 (Saturday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS— Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Masterworks:  Copland, Mozart & Mendelssohn.    Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver.    TICKETS: $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years.  David Rutherford, music director and conductor; Tamara Maddaford, flute.  Joy – Love – Struggle – Beauty – Peace. That pattern is so familiar, repeated throughout our lives and over the course of history, that countless stories follow its course. So recognizable is the shape that its imprint can be found in masterwork after musical masterwork. Such is the case with Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring, concerning a pioneer celebration around a newly-build farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early 1800s. The bride-to-be and the young farmer-husband enact the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. Similarly, the love story explored in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins and ends in tranquility, but peace is always accompanied by struggle and conflict, perfectly encapsulated in Mendelssohn’s overture. Indeed, the arc of human experience can even be found in Mozart’s delightful Concerto for Flute, and although there is no story, its own narrative still rings true.

Newsletter

If you plan well in advance, consider attending these regional and 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