Archives for October 2016

November 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Ebenezer Lutheran Church Greensboro, NC Parkey Organbuilders • Duluth, GA By Phillip K. Parkey My initial contact with Greensboro’s Ebenezer Lutheran Church occurred approximately five years ago, when William Carroll was the chair of the music department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and the organist/choirmaster at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. We had met Dr. Carroll through our working relationships with other organists in Central North Carolina. The church had a “compiled” organ that had been installed in the 1980s and had never been successful. They began to explore options for replacing the organ completely. Dr. Carroll had previously been in the selection process with two other organs in the Greensboro area. … [Read more...]

AGO Past President John Walker to be Honored at Concert

Organists Marie-Louise Langlais, Eileen Guenther, Henry Lowe and Michael Britt will present a concert honoring organist John C. Walker, immediate past president of the American Guild of Organists, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. They will be playing the church’s 1931 Skinner organ, Opus 839 (IV/45). Three choral works composed in Walker’s honor will also be performed. The program includes works by Jean Langlais, Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé, Bruce Simonds, Robert Hebble, and Joe Utterback. Brown Memorial’s Chancel Choir will perform pieces by Daniel Gawthrop, Alfred Fedak and JoyAnne Amani Richardson. John Walker and JoyAnne Richardson, who … [Read more...]

October 2016 TAO Cover Feature Article

Three Small Pipe Organs Kegg Pipe Organ Builders • Hartville, OH By Charles Kegg The desire of every organist is to play a pipe organ, Mozart’s King of Instruments. With the extensive publicity that large pipe organs can receive, many congregations believe they cannot consider a pipe organ due to limited space or budget. Typical parish churches need an instrument that can support congregational singing, accompany the choir, and play service music and a moderate range of organ literature; organ recitals are rare events. A properly designed and executed pipe organ of modest size can serve these needs well. With this in mind, our firm has spent considerable time developing instruments that are interesting to play, attractive to … [Read more...]

October 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region Springfield, MA, The chapter’s POE was held at Smith College, Northampton, MA, July 10–15. Twenty-six middle and high school musicians participated. —Mary Jeanne Tash Binghamton, NY July 14, six chapter members joined members of the Syracuse chapter and the newly established Ithaca chapter to play and hear the recently installed two-manual, 21-stop Juget-Sinclair (Opus 45) at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Ithaca, in response to an open console invitation by Erik Kibelsbeck (director of music). The organ is built in the French Romantic style of Cavaillé-Coll, and is specifically based on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Pierre de Charenton, France. The organ, tuned in equal temperament at A440, employs … [Read more...]

2015 Pittsburgh Regional Convention Videos Now on YouTube

In the summer of 2015 the AGO Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention in Pittsburgh hosted performances by organists Nathan Laube, Elise Smoot, Marvin Mills, Brian Harlow, Christopher Jennings, and vocalist Marlissa Hudson. The performances, nine in all, were video-recorded and are now available in a playlist on the AGO's YouTube Channel. Totaling more than two hours of performance, these high-quality videos feature the organs of Calvary Episcopal Church, Duquesne University, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral. Narrated by WQED's Jim Cunningham, the videos showcase several impressive examples of church architecture in Pittsburgh. Members of the AGO's Pittsburgh chapter provided logistical and financial … [Read more...]