Last updated: March 3, 2014 at 20:33 pm
Message from the Dean
Welcome to Youngstown, Ohio, and to our local chapter of the American Guild of Organists web page. A chapter of 52 members, we serve Youngstown and its surrounding areas.
Our membership is not limited only to organists, but embraces all who enjoy and promote worship through music and song. Together we work to improve the quality of musical and liturgical performance within our community.
Annually, we provide a variety of educational programs to enrich our personal skills which are free to members and friends. These events include recitals, lectures, workshops, and choral presentations. Light refreshments follow the events for interaction among those in attendance. We have an exciting listing of upcoming events for March, April, and May. Please refer to our Events Section for details.
We encourage any musician from student to retiree to join us and enhance our endeavors towards achieving our motto: “Soli Deo Gloria.”
CONCERT DATES OF INTEREST IN THE AREA
14 Fri WEST SHORE CHORALE 7:30 pm
German Requiem – Brahms
Coeli Ingold, Soprano—Thomas Scurich, Bass
John Drotleff, Director
St. John’s Cathedral, 9th/Superior, Cleveland
30 Sun EDWARD MOORE, Organ &
NATHAN CARTERETTE, Piano 4:00 pm
Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown
31 Mon THE PASSION OF ST. LUKE 7:00 pm
By Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach
A Modern World Premier
Presented by the Dana School of Music
Trinity United Methodist Church, 30 W. Front Street, Youngstown
4 Fri SALEM YOUTH CHORUS 7:30 pm
Lenten Choral Concert
Jon Simsic, Director – Gary Richards, Organist
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 79 Case St/ East State Street, Sharon, PA
5 Sat LECTURE SERIES: Faith & Music 6:30 pm
Dinner & Lecture on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Speaker: Emma Riggle, Adj. Faculty at YSU
Corner Stone Presbyterian Church, 471 Matthews Road, Boardman
5 Sat SALEM YOUTH CHORUS 7:30 pm
St. Christine’s Catholic Church, 3165 S. Schenley, Youngstown
6 Sun HOLTKAMP ORGAN DEDICATION 4:00 pm
Mark Lindgren & Gary Pinter (Organ & Piano)
Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market Stteet, Fairlawn
27 Sun WARREN PHILPHARMONIC ORCHESTRA 3:00 pm
Susan Davenny-Weyner, Director
Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren
27 Sun DAVID HIGGS, Organ 4:00 pm
Church of the Savior UMC, 120 Cleveland Ave SW, Canton
27 Sun AREHUM HAN, Organ 4:00 pm
International Concert Organist
Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh PA
Youngstown Chapter AGO
Members’ Organ Recital
Monday, March 24, 2014
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street, Warren
A NOTE FROM THE DEAN
While our February meeting was cancelled due to weather and lack of participants, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who were willing to volunteer your time and/or donate items for lunch to this project. Special thanks to Larry Harris and First Presbyterian Church for their willingness to open their facility and to host our program and also to Daniel Laginya for being willing to act as a clinician for this program. It is my hope that we will be able to plan another PPP event in future years to encourage students to consider studying this incredible instrument.
Our March meeting will take place at Christ Episcopal Church (2627 Atlantic Street, NE, Warren) on March 24 at 7 p.m.. Once again, our chapter will be hosting a Members’ Recital to showcase our chapter talent. In addition, Sub-dean Adam Zagotti has suggested that we also use this recital as a way of remembering our dear friend, Marianne Speicher. Marianne was very active in our Guild and served in a number of different capacities – most recently as our recording secretary. She will be dearly missed. If you would like to perform on this recital or would like to offer words of remembrance about Marianne, please contact Sub-Dean, Adam Zagotti as soon as possible. Please also contact our host for that evening, Gary Richards, to schedule rehearsal time at Christ Church. Please consider placing a notice about this recital in your church bulletin or newsletter. It would be wonderful to see many attendees that evening!
A new process for payment of yearly dues will begin this year. National headquarters will begin using an electronic means of collecting yearly dues known as ONCARD. Those of you with e-mail should be receiving information soon concerning this process and how to specifically set up your information. Those of you without e-mail access should be receiving information through regular mail. Please know that our local chapter is keeping up to date with this information and will do everything we can to help make this an easy transition for everyone.
I’m sure most of you are already very busy preparing for Lent, Holy Week and the celebration of Easter. Once again, as throughout the season of Advent, I ask you to take time for your own personal reflection and prayer through this incredible journey to the cross. May you be blest throughout this season of prayer and reflection.
I leave you with the words of Sylvia Dunstan set to the Welsh tune Llangloffan.
Bless now, O God the journey that all your people make,
the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take,
The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round,
then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.
Tim L. Elder, Dean
ONCARD GOES INTO EFFECT
Beginning this spring, we will pay our dues directly to National through the ONCARD system (Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues). Starting March 31, National will begin sending our dues remittal notices (invoices) via email. We will then link to the ONCARD system and pay our dues by credit card.
Those who don’t have email will receive a paper invoice via regular mail and can write a check directly to National. Those who don’t want to pay by credit card can send a check directly to National. The National office will return the chapter portion of dues directly to our chapter bank account via ACH transfer.
The ONCARD system offers members other features such as the ability to update their personal information. This feature will be available March 3.For more information go to the AGO website: agohq.org and click on ONCARD on the homepage. For additional information click on ONCARD FAQ’s.
I will be the chapter liaison for ONCARD. If anyone has any questions or concerns let me know and I will try to get them resolved.
Nancy Brescia, Youngstown Chapter Treasurer
Stambaugh Organ Series
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown, OH
Sunday, March 30, 2014 — 4:00 pm
Edward Alan Moore, organist
Nathan Carterette, pianist
Star-Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key
Come, Sweetest Death Johann Sebastian Bach
(organ solo) arr. Virgil Fox
Totentanz Franz Liszt
Carillon de Longpont, Op. 31, No. 21 Louis Vierne
Jeux d’eau Maurice Ravel
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Wednesdays – 12:10 pm
5 No Concert (Ash Wednesday)
12 Choral Ensembles from Hathaway Brown
Colorful singing by the talented students from Hathaway Brown.
19 Bach’s Birthday Celebration
Trinity musicians join with Arts Tremont in festive cantatas for Bach’s 329th birthday.
26 Jackie Warren plays Ellington and Gershwin
Cleveland’s queen of piano jazz in another fabulous program concluding with Rhapsody in Blue (with organist Todd Wilson).
Jon Simsic, Musical Director
Pierce Opera House
100 N. Mercer Ave, Sharpsville, PA
March 14-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2014
Lecture Series: Faith & Music
Catered Dinner followed by a lecture on
J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Speaker: Emma M.C. Riggle, Adjunct Faculty (YSU)
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 6:30-8:30 pm
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 471 Mathews Road, Boardman
330-758-5628 – Tickets $15 – For more information:
HAPPY 300TH BIRTHDAY, CPE BACH!
Often referred to as CPE Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born in Weimar on March 8, 1714 to Johann Sebastian Bach and his first wife Maria Barbara Bach. CPE’s godfather was Georg Philipp Telemann, from whom he derived his second name. Educated in music early on by his illustrious father, Emanuel entered the St. Thomas School in Leipzig, where his father served as cantor. CPE Bach also studied law at the University of Leipzig and at Frankfurt. However, his main interest was music.
After completing his studies, Bach received an appointment to the court of Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia at the region’s capital in Berlin; when the prince metamorphosed into King Frederick, Bach became a musician in the royal household. Known as one of the best European keyboard players, CPE Bach wrote a good deal of music for both the clavichord and harpsichord. At court he became friends with the philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and with some of his father’s former students. During his time at court, CPE Bach wrote a group of “character pieces” known as the Berlin Portraits; one of the best known of these works is La Caroline. Two sets of sonatas, one dedicated to Frederick the Great (yes, he had metamorphosed once again) and the other to the grand duke of Württemberg, gave him a great deal of fame and respect. In 1746 he assumed the position of chamber musician. By this time he was already married to Johanna Maria Dannemann; they would see only three of their children survive to adulthood. None of them became musicians.
Bach wrote a Magnificat, Easter cantatas, symphonies, concertos, songs, and secular cantatas, with most of his creative energies being spent on keyboard music, including close to two hundred sonatas. His book, Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen (An Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments), remains an important work that influenced many musicians and other keyboard scholars, including Muzio Clementi. The use of thumbs in playing keyboard music was frowned on until CPE Bach encouraged their use in this very book. We cannot imagine any negative consequences of his pro-thumb stance, except for the fact that bad musicians could now be accused of being “all thumbs,” an accusation impossible to make when thumbs lay idle. The Essay illustrates fingering for chords and chord sequences, describes trills, mordents, and other embellishments used in his day, and discusses his views on figured bass and counterpoint. The book remains an important work.
CPE Bach took over the position of director of music in Hamburg in 1768; his predecessor was his godfather Telemann. (Does it count as nepotism if everyone involved is well-qualified?) He later became court composer for Princess Anna Amalia, whose patronage may have encouraged the choral compositions that date from this time period.
CPE Bach apparently worked just as hard as his illustrious father, turning out music week after week for church services. He composed an oratorio, Die Israeliten in der Wüste (1768-9), and from 1768 to 1788 completed circa seventy cantatas, twenty-one settings of the Passion, and other works. Die Auferstehung (The Resurrection of Jesus) was so popular that in 1788 Mozart himself conducted three performances of the work in Vienna. That was the year that CPE Bach died—on December 14.
CPE Bach’s style was influenced by his father Johann Sebastian Bach, his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann, and contemporary composers such as George Frideric Handel and Joseph Haydn. Papa Haydn returned the favor by being influenced by CPE Bach. Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn all declared their debt to him. Mozart said of CPE, “Bach is the father. We are the children!” In the eighteenth century, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was more esteemed than Johann Sebastian Bach. That changed somewhat in the nineteenth century: Robert Schumann, who did so much to restore the reputation of Johann Sebastian Bach, said of the son that “as a creative musician he remained very far behind his father.” Brahms, on the other hand, appreciated the son and edited some of his music. Mark Hopwood (pianosociety.com) writes of CPE Bach that he “can be classed as a unique composer in his realization of the early-Classical galant style and what is known as Empfindsamkeit, the German music style of the mid-eighteenth century, which portrayed changing feeling and emotion in a way that was as much a reaction against the High Baroque period as the simplicity and directness of the galant style.”
Our composer wrote about 1000 separate works for a variety of instruments, including, of course, the organ. This year, on the 300th anniversary of his birth, six German cities will sponsor celebrations in honor of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Hamburg, Potsdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Weimar. A splendid idea for a trip—or two. (AG)
2012-2013 Membership Fees
$97.00 Regular Member
$72.00 Special (Senior/Disabled,over 65)
$72.00 Partner/ Second Member
$38.00 Dual (indicate primary chapter)
$15.00 Student dual member
$15.00 Chapter Friend
A special feature that our chapter offers for first year members is a discounted membership fee of $57.
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The Youngstown Chapter AGO has a strong performance record when it comes to the guild exams: over one-third of the current membership holds at least one guild certificate. The requirements for professional certification appear in the July issue of “The American Organist.” The Service Playing exam can be taken in the Youngstown Chapter anytime before April 30, 2007; the Colleague exam can also be taken locally, on either May 11 or November 16, 2007. The Choir Master, Associate, and Fellowship exams are administered at nearby examination centers in Cleveland or Pittsburgh. Examination materials and repertoire are kept in the Cathedral Music Library and are available to chapter members. For further information, please contact Daniel Laginya, examination coordinator, at email@example.com
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