Archives for March 2016

February 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region New Haven, CT November 21, the chapter presented two workshops at Bethesda Lutheran Church (host Lars Gjerde, dean). Markus Rathey from Yale spoke on the influence of 18th-century Lutheranism on Bach’s organ and choral music. Voice teacher Valerie Sorel gave insights into the fitness and physiological aspects of singing. The chapter is grateful to Lynda Pedersen for help with hospitality—and to all members, local and from afar, who made the interactive workshops exciting. —Lars Gjerde New London, CT September 27, members attended a presentation on “Making Your Own Music” at Christ Church, Norwich. Jesse Glaude, Tom Gouin, Glenn Hardy, and Phred Mileski presented and demonstrated some of their … [Read more...]

Award-winning Sept Hommages Performed at IUP; Available for viewing on YouTube

Claude Baker won the first Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Annual Competition. His commissioned piece, Sept Hommages, premiered March 13th at 3:00 pm on the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Organ at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kola Owolabi performed. The general public was able to watch an interview with Dr. Baker and Dr. Owolabi's performance through a live stream from IUP. A recording of Dr. Baker's interview is currently available on the IUP YouTube channel. A recording of Dr. Owolabi's performance will be available shortly. View the IUP YouTube channel. View the full program guide Learn more about Claude Baker and the AGO’s newest competition. … [Read more...]

2016 Gala Honors Wilma Jensen

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) selected internationally acclaimed organist, church musician, and teacher WILMA JENSEN as the honoree for the 2016 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Friday, April 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Complete information can be found  here. The celebration began at 7:00 p.m., at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue, where the honoree performed a free recital featuring works by Vierne, Philip James, Franck, Brahms, Schumann, and Tournemire. Dr. Jensen was joined by Stephen Seifert in a performance of Conni Ellisor's Blackberry Winter, a concerto for dulcimer and string orchestra, which was transcribed for organ by the honoree for this … [Read more...]