Last updated: March 18, 2014 at 18:38 pm

Message from the Dean 

Susan’s Soundings

Dear friends,

The days are growing longer, brighter, and warmer.  I hope that your spirits are lifted as mine are, and I hope that this letter finds you well.  I want to say how sorry I am that we had to postpone the Fred Elder Series recital by Clive Driskill-Smith.  We had anticipated that we would be without the organ at Boston Avenue for two weeks, but it has now turned into four weeks.  I have been assured that Sunday, March 2nd will be our last piano Sunday.  I know that it will be wonderful when the new electrical control system has been installed and the bugs worked out.  In the meantime, I am hoping that people will realize how much they miss the organ!  The good news is that we have been able to reschedule Clive’s concert for Sunday, October 26th, so please mark your calendars now!  The time is yet undetermined.

We are so fortunate to have Alcee Chriss coming to us from Oberlin and performing at St. John’s this month!  I have no doubt that he will be a joy to hear.  It is so exciting each year to see and hear the young rising stars in the organ world; Alcee is one of them, so you won’t want to miss his concert!  Knowing that there is another generation of organists to follow can fill us all with hope.  Still, will the rising stars and new organists keep coming?  There is a shortage of organists; churches find it more and more difficult to fill their organist positions.  All of us who love the organ must remember to be vigilant in seeking out young people who could be in the next generation of organists.  I certainly keep my eyes open, but I know that I could do more.  This is probably true for many of us.  I am going to invite a young person to Alcee’s recital.  Might I challenge you to do the same?  See you March 27!

Susan Panciera, Dean


Local Events

Third Thursday Recital ●March 20 at 12:15pm

Singing Ambassadors of Asbury UMC, Tulsa ● Lunch available following the concert ●  University UMC, 500 S College Avenue, Tulsa

Inaugural Organ Concert ● Sunday, March 23 at 5:00pm

Celebrating the installation of the new Johannus Ecclesia D-470 Organ, Alvez Barkoskie IV will present a concert of works by Bach, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Petr Eben and others.    Faith UMC, 7431 East 91st Street, Tulsa

Choral Concert ● Sunday, March 23 at 7:00pm

The choir and choral scholars present a program featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria”  and Schubert’s “Mass in G” accompanied by a small orchestra   St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 5635 E 71st St, Tulsa

Choral Concert   Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30pm

The Choir of Men and Boys from St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, NYC, directed by John Scott and accompanied by organist Benjamin Sheen in concert.  Free     Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S Cincinnati, Tulsa

Theatre Organ Society Program ● Friday, March 28 at 7:00pm

Organist Carolyn Craft will present her annual program ● Tulsa Technology Center,  S 129th E Ave (Olive) and 111th St (Florence) in Broken Arrow

Lenten Concert ● Sunday, March 30 at 5:00pm

The Chancel Choir presents John Rutter’s Requiem and other music for Lent, accompanied by orchestra ● First Presbyterian Church, 709 S Boston, Tulsa ● Free

Choral Evensong ● Sunday, March 30 at 5:00pm

Sung by the Tulsa Boy Singers, music will include John Sanders, Herbert Sumsion and Malcolm Archer’s anthem “The Lord’s My Shepherd” ● Reception following  ●      Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S Cincinnati, Tulsa

Solemn Vespers ● Sunday, March 30 at 6:30pm

Sung by the Cathedral Schola ● Holy Family Cathedral, 8th and Boulder, Tulsa

Faculty Recital ● Monday, March 31 at 7:00pm

Organist Mark Bighley presents Bach’s  “Sei gegrüsset, ” Kuhnau’s Biblical Sonata “David and Saul,” Frescobaldi’s “Bergamasca” and CPE Bach’s “Fantasia and Fugue in c minor.”   ●  First UMC, 301 West Delaware, Tahlequah




breve… notes from Jaime

Alcee Chriss, winner of the 2013 AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in Austin, Texas, headlines the March program. This rising concert organist has previously won the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition and will compete as a finalist in the 2014 Miami International Organ Competition. His organ recital for the Tulsa Chapter will feature music by Alexandre Boëly, J.S. Bach, Jeanne Demessieux, Ethel Smyth, Marcel Dupré, and our own Michael Bedford. Alcee currently studies organ performance and historical keyboard at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where his teachers have included James David Christie and Olivier Latry. Join us for this exciting program on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church (4200 S. Atlanta Place, Tulsa.) Be sure to RSVP for the 6:30 PM dinner meeting and join us for an evening of delightful music presented by emerging concert artist, Alcee Chriss.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Jaime Carini, Sub-Dean

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Faith UMC ¨C part-time organist. The church has a new Johannus Ecclesia D-470 organ. Salary and hours are flexible and will be commensurate with experience. Please contact Chris Tabberer atctabberer@faithtulsa.org if you are interested in applying for this position.

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