Archives for February 2015

January 2015 TAO Chapter News North Central Region

Central Iowa  September 29, chapter members gathered at St. John’s Lutheran Church for the year’s kickoff event. Members of the church provided a delicious homemade dinner, which was followed by the AGO Commissioning Service of Church Musicians. The chapter’s new dean, Michael Stefanek, and the Rev. Dr. Jackie Thompson presided over the service. The St. John’s Adult Handbell Choir provided the prelude and service music. Newly installed Sub-dean Mark Shultz played the hymns, while outgoing dean Ann Gerdom played the postlude. —David Raymond Twin Cities, MN  October 18, several chapter members and friends enjoyed a West Metro Organ Crawl/Exploration Day. The daylong event took place in beautiful weather with exquisite fall … [Read more...]

Pipe Organ Encounter Summer 2015

The Pipe Organ Encounter (POE), an educational program of the American Guild of Organists, is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer organ music institutes for teenage students (aged 13-18) provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. This summer three types of Pipe Organ Encounter events are offered: the traditional Pipe Organ Encounter, for the keyboard student who is relatively new to the organ the Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced, for organ … [Read more...]

January 2015 TAO Chapter News Southwest Region

Tulsa, OK October 18, the chapter presented the Broken Consort from Boston, MA in a workshop at Christ the King Catholic Church. The leader of the six singers demonstrated and led chapter members in singing chant and choral music leading up to the early Baroque era. The Consort singers encouraged the teaching and singing of chant, showing easy ways to introduce it to church choirs; they also demonstrated vocal techniques and tuning. Following the workshop, members had lunch and a meeting at a nearby restaurant. —Fred Elder Tulsa Chapter website Alamo, TX September 26, the chapter opened its 2014–15 season with a potluck social at the residence of John and Elaine Ehlers. Despite the heavy drizzle, the turnout was … [Read more...]

January 2015 TAO Chapter News West Region

Long Beach, CA   October 7,, Jason McNally (host organist) was joined by Dolly Ickler (chapter registrar and treasurer) in providing an early Halloween party. Members sang pumpkin carols and were treated to music by chapter members. —David Feit-Pretzer Long Beach Chapter website   Orange County, CA May 18, the chapter held a members’ recital at Tustin Presbyterian Church (host Dennis Siebelnaler, organist). Performing on the 53-rank Wicks pipe organ were Lois Hol dridge, David M. Lines, Norberto Guinaldo, Christine Azzoni Dow, and Sie belnaler. They played, among others: Simon Preston’s Alleluyas, Joseph Jongen’s Chant de Mai, and two of Norberto Guinaldo’s own compositions from his Six Contemplations for … [Read more...]

The AGO Mourns the Death of John Obetz

JOHN OBETZ, a resident of Leawood, Kans., passed into life everlasting on February 12, 2015. We remember fondly his dedicated service to the AGO as a chapter dean, regional chairman, and his membership on AGO National Council that spanned two decades. His inspired leadership, profound wisdom, sage advice, charismatic charm, and keen sense of humor will long be remembered by the Guild. Our hearts are filled with love for John, his devoted wife Grace, son Peter, daughter-in-law Christy, and granddaughters Riley and Taylor. John was one of America’s most widely heard organists. For nearly three decades, his radio program, The Auditorium Organ, reached thousands of listeners each week via satellite broadcast from the headquarters of the … [Read more...]

AGO National Council Sets New Dues Rates

The AGO National Council has established new dues rates for all dues categories. The new rates will be reflected on the April 1 renewal notices that AGO Headquarters will send to current chapter members renewing for the 2015-2016 membership year. The new rates are $100 for Regular members; $75 for Special members; $40 for Student members; and $75 for Partners. These rates reflect a $3 increase in each membership category, with $2 being retained by each chapter and $1 allocated to National Headquarters. The new rates will take effect on April 1 for those who join the Guild for the first time either as Chapter members or as Independent members, or who reinstate as either Chapter members or Independent members after their memberships have … [Read more...]