Archives for May 2016

May 2016 Chapter News

Northeast Region Merrimack Valley, MA February 27, the chapter held its 18th annual mini-convention at First Calvary Baptist Church in North Andover. The event was well attended, and the day was full of musical information and socializing. The day began with sing­ing as attendees were led in a variety of anthems by sub-dean Abbey Siegfried and past deans Joyce Painter-Rice, Maggie Marshall, and Cyndi Bliss—who also offered suggestions for working with children and younger choirs. The second morning workshop was presented by Jay Lane, past dean of the McClosky Institute of Voice, who demonstrated how to deal with the aging voice in adult choirs. In the afternoon, Siegfried introduced the audience to the lives and music of woman organ … [Read more...]

June 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Marble Collegiate Church New York, NY Glück Pipe Organs • New York, NY By Sebastian M. Glück Marble Collegiate Church enjoys a history of dynamic preaching and noteworthy music, and is a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The soaring stone building on New York City’s Fifth Avenue shelters a structurally flexible interior that poses acoustical challenges compounded by the fact that this vibrant congregation often fills its pews to capacity. When Kenneth V. Dake, director of music since 1996, asked that the church approach me about a new pipe organ, the mission was to design, build, voice, and tonally finish an instrument that could perform the established solo repertoire with historical and stylistic … [Read more...]

Reserve Your Houston Convention Room Now; Discounted Rate Expires May 27

5:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, May 27 is the new cutoff date to make reservations at the Hilton Americas-Houston for those attending the AGO National Convention. After that time, the convention rate of $145 will no longer be guaranteed and may no longer be available, and unsold rooms will be released for sale to the public. Please make your reservations now if you haven’t done so already. With more than 4,000 room nights sold already, a few rooms at the $145 rate are still available on every night of the convention and for several days before and after it. Reserve your room now. … [Read more...]

Meet Your New National Council and Regional Councillors

Here are the results of the AGO 2016 elections. New officers will be installed during the AGO National Convention in Houston, June 19-23. Officers and National Councillors: President: Vice-President/Councillor for Competitions and New Music: Secretary/Councillor for Communications: Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development: Councillor for Conventions: Councillor for Education: Councillor for Membership: Michael Bedford Eileen J. Hunt Mary Stutz Barbara Adler Michael Velting Don Cook David K. Lamb Regional Councillors: Northeast Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Southeast Region: Great Lakes Region: North Central Region: Southwest Region: West Region: Cheryl J. Duerr Glenn L. … [Read more...]

Jean Langlais Remembered

The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce the publication of Jean Langlais Remembered, a monograph by Marie-Louise Langlais (Foreword by James David Christie) available exclusively in electronic form on the AGO website. This gift to the AGO is made in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Jean Langlais’s death on May 8, 1991. Jean Langlais Remembered contains 11 chapters devoted to his life and musical career, 64 illustrations, and a chronological catalogue of his works. “Jean Langlais was deeply attached to America and to Americans,” stated Marie-Louise Langlais. “This is why I hope this book appears on the internet for free, with open access to all, through the AGO, in recognition of the extraordinary work of this … [Read more...]

May 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

St. Joseph Catholic Church Lincoln, NE Bedient Pipe Organ Company • Lincoln, NE By Ryan Luckey and Mark Miller We are often asked, “What is the most rewarding part of building a pipe organ?” People usually expect us to reply by describing the thrill of hearing the new organ as it plays music that was written specifically for the type of instrument we have just built. But they are surprised to hear our actual answer: “It’s the collaboration and the people we get to work with.” Working closely with the client to identify their needs and developing a plan to supply those needs results in the most successful and rewarding outcomes for everyone involved. St. Joseph Catholic Parish of Lincoln, Nebraska, was established in 1979, and … [Read more...]