August 2015 TAO Chapter News

New-London-County-Chapter-News

Stephen Buzard & Cheryl Banker

New London County, CT

May 15, members and friends gathered at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich. Stephen Buzard, assistant organist at St. Thomas Church in New York City, played a stirring recital of “Organ Music for the Ascension” on the splendid Aeolian-Skinner organ.

–Elizabeth Limkemann

 

Binghamton, N.Y.

May 5, eight chapter members concluded their sixth and final semester of a class on organ literature taught by Jonathan Biggers, Edwin Link Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at Binghamton University. The course was designed to be a chronological survey of music written for the organ, coupled with the advancement of technical and tonal capabilities of the organ over the many centuries of its development. Of particular focus was the historical interaction between the ever-evolving builders’ art, and the skills and innovations of the composers and performers.

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Jonathan Biggers (standing) with Binghamton members Barbara Garges, Peggy Sniezek, Richard Sheasley, Jean Herman Henssler, Larry Hoey, Patti O’Connell, Daniel Rosenau, and Denise Bassen at organ literature class

The class was held in the room at BU that houses the two-manual Hell­muth Wolff tracker organ (pictured) that had been recently purchased from Cornell University. In reality, the course was far greater than its already interesting syllabus, due to Biggers’s exceptional teaching ability. Renowned internationally as an organ recitalist, he is equally at home in the classroom, skillfully combining lectures, carefully chosen bibliography, live performance, pertinent and entertaining anecdotal observations, and humor. Those attending classes were Denise Bassen, Barbara Garges, Jean Herman Henssler, Larry Hoey, Patti O’Connell, Daniel Rosenau, Richard Sheas­ley, and Peggy Sniezek (Bassen and Rosenau are also organ students of Biggers)

–John Hole

Suffolk, NY

May 3, in honor of the chapter’s eight scholarship winners, organist Scott Montgomery presented a splendid recital on the magnificent new Gluck instruments at the Church of St. Patrick in Huntington. The eight works gave the students and concert attendees a wonderful sense of the scope and tonal range of the instruments. As several of the award winners mentioned, it did indeed feel that Montgomery unleashed an entire symphony orchestra’s worth of color and expression! His accessible and engaging program captivated the award winners–some of whom were at their very first organ recital­ while providing a thrilling listening experience for the many AGO members who were in attendance. In 2004, the chapter established its scholarship program in recognition of the need to support and encourage the training of new organists who reside in Suffolk County.

Sebastian M. Gluck, Scott Montgomery, Dorothy Pierre, Christina Torres, Alexander Attard, Matthew Luca, Joan Daly-Lewis, Patrick Hines, Kevin Charles, Brian Manro, Theresa Bissex, and Basil Pizzuto at Suffolk scholarship event (photo: Joe Luca)

Awards for private study with AGO members are available on an annual basis in three categories: organ beginners of any age, secondary-school students, and college-level players. This year, for the first time, two of the scholarships have been fund­ed through generous donors Se­bastian M. Gluck and the Pera­gallo Organ Company. Both donors have made a multiyear commitment to ensure that this initiative is sustained. The Be­ginners Scholarship is funded through donations made each year by chapter members and friends. At the midpoint of the recital, awards were presented to the winners by Matthew Koraus (dean), Joan Daly-Lewis (schol­arship chair), Gluck, and Basil Pizzurto (representing the Pera­gallo Organ Company). The chapter is most graceful for their support, and to St. Patrick’s Church for hosting the event. The 2015 SAGO Beginners’ Award went to Alexander Arttard, Kevin Charles, Patrick Hines, and Christina Torres. Recipients of the Peragallo Or­gan Company Secondary Level Students Award were Dorothy Pierre and Matthew Luca. Se­bastian M. Gluck College Schol­arship went to Brian Manzo and Theresa Bissex. Following the recital, a reception was held for the winners and their families, and then members adjourned to a nearby restaurant for a convivial dinner.

–Joan Daly-Lewis

Mid-Atlantic Region

District of Columbia

May 17, the chapter held the final round of its inaugural Young Organists Competition at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, which cosponsored the event. Featured were three talented young organists, who were previously selected from a recorded first round. The contestants played a variety of repertoire, including a required piece by J.S. Bach, a piece based on Gregorian chant, and a free selection. The first-place winner was Janet Yieh; in second place was Alden Wright, and in third place, Nicholas Capozzoli. Blind adjudication was done by Donald Sutherland (professor of organ, Peabody Institute), Peter Richard Conte (Wanamaker Grand Court organist), and Andrew Weaver (chair of musicology, the Catholic University of America).

–Russell Weismann

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District of Columbia’s Russell Weismann (dean) with Young Organists Competition winners Alden Wright, Janet Yieh, Nicholas Capozzoli, and (back) Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM (Guardian of the Monastery), Donald Sutherland, Andrew Weaver, Peter Richard Conte, and Jeremy Filsell (education coordinator)

Central Maryland year-end banquet (Dean Miriam Meglan at podium)

Central Maryland year-end banquet (Dean Miriam Meglan at podium)

Central Maryland

May 4, the chapter’s annual year-end ban­quet was held at Dutch’s Daugh­ter restaurant in Frederick. The evening began with social time followed by welcome and intro­duction of guests. Jody Brumage presented the treasurer’s report. Miriam Meglan delivered the dean’s report, which included the program plan for next year. She thanked outgoing board members for their service and in­troduced next year’s slate of officers. The speaker for the event was the Rev.Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, pastor of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, Frederick. Her topic was “Why We Do This”.

–Michele Kimmel

Dick Kline at his Wurlitzer theater organ (Potomac) (photo: Gerald Piercey

Dick Kline at his Wurlitzer theater organ (Potomac) (photo: Gerald Piercey

Potomac, MD

May 16, the Potomac and Northern Virginia chapters went on an organ crawl to the Frederick area. The group began at the home of Dick Kline, where they got to hear the Wurlitzer theater organ.Kline reported on the history of the organ and used MIDI to give a performance. The instal­lation includes a Weber concert grand connected to the organ. Kline also has an 1826 Wilfred Hall one-manual mechanical­ action organ. After lunch at Aye Meze, participants visited Evangelical Lutheran Church and Evangelical Reformed Unit­ed Church of Christ in Freder­ick. The tour was organized by Brenda Weiser.

–Gerald Piercey

Early keyboards presenter Gavin Black (left) with Central New Jersey members, Jay Smith, Lucia Lee, Ben Cahill, Gail Wilson, Mark Williams, June Tipton, Bill Garrett, Greg Smith, Kathleen Connnolly, Eric Plutz (Dean), Mary Giordmaine, and Joyce Irwin.

Early keyboards presenter Gavin Black (left) with Central New Jersey members, Jay Smith, Lucia Lee, Ben Cahill, Gail Wilson, Mark Williams, June Tipton, Bill Garrett, Greg Smith, Kathleen Connnolly, Eric Plutz (Dean), Mary Giordmaine, and Joyce Irwin.

Central New Jersey

April 13, members convened at Christ Congregation, Princeton, for a demonstration of harpsichords and clavichords. The evening was let by Gavin Black, a recitalist, teacher and recording artist. He is the founder of the the Princeton Early Keyboard Center. Three harpsichords and a clavichords from his collection were brought into the sanctuary for a demonstration of sonic differences, with a history of the development of the group of keyboard instruments collectively known as virginals. Attendees were invited to play the instruments.

–Mary Giordmaine

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Dean Jim Little, Jeffrey Brillhart, and Matt Webb at Metropolitan New Jersey event

Metropolitan New Jersey

April 10, the Presbyterian Church in Morristown (host organist Marr Webb) was the setting for a recital by Jeffrey Brillhart. The program included works of Bach, Vierne, Messiaen, and Reger, plus an improvisation on two submitted themes. The following morning, Brillhart conducted a masterclass in improvisation, in which Ryan Kennedy and Holland Jancaitis participated. Brill­hart is a native Iowan and has served as director of music and fine arts at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church since 1983. In 2005, he was invited to join the music faculty of Yale University, where he teaches organ improvisation at the graduate level. The April events were cosponsored by the chapter and the church’s Music on the Green series.

-Bev McGregor

Southwest Jersey

May 16, the chapter met at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Marlton (Guy Kirk, host). Judy Congden of Houghton College presented a lecture titled “Unchanging Prin­ciples and Changing Practices in Worship: What Role for the Church Organist?” She reviewed some of the changes in congrega­tional singing during the past 50 years, talked about the organist as pastoral musician, and discussed ways of integrating the organ into a contemporary music serving.

-Joyce Ann Routon

Chambersburg-PA-Chapter-News

Chambersburg officers Freda Dorand, Carol Ann Day, Carolyn Kerlin, Helen Wingert, Douglas McCulloh, and Bradley Martin

Chambersburg, PA

May 16, the chapter held its annual meeting at Mercersberg Academy. The following officers were elected: Douglas McCulloh (dean), Car­ol Ann Day (sub-dean), Helen Wingert (secretary), Bradley Marrin (treasurer), Carolyn Ker­lin and Freda Dorand (members at large). Ferree Lefevre, chair of the nominating committee, presented floral gifts to Carolyn Kerlin, outgoing dean, and Phil­ip Shuman, outgoing sub-dean. He thanked both for their many years of excellent service in their respective positions.

-Helen Wingert

Cumberland Valley, PA

May 16, members of the Hagerstown and Chambersburg chapters came together for an end-of-the­ year banquet at Mercersberg Academy, Mercersburg. Dinner was followed by a recital presented by chapter members.

-Elizabeth Krouse

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Elizabeth Krouse, Nathan Strite, James Brinson, Jermaine Cain, and David Loy at members’ recital (Cumberland Valley)

 

Erie, PA

March 29, David Ruler played an organ recital as part of the Luther Memorial Concert Series, Bach Festival IX. The performance was cited “Organ Mu­sic of J.S. Bach: Commemorating the 330th Anniversary of His Birth.” Works included the Chorale Prelude on “Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein”, BWV 734; Organ Concerto No.2 in A Minor, BWV 593; and two tran­scriptions by Virgil Fox:”Komm susser Tod,” BWV 478; and “Nun danket alle Gott” from Cantata No. 79, BWV 79. A reception followed in the church parlor. The program was hosted by Luther Memorial cantor Walt Gaber.

-Kathrine Swanson

Harrisburg's Shawn Gingrich (dean) with Ellen Hunt (host musician) and recitalist Mark Laubach (photo: Linda A. McLaughlin

Harrisburg’s Shawn Gingrich (dean) with Ellen Hunt (host musician) and recitalist Mark Laubach (photo: Linda A. McLaughlin

Harrisburg, PA

April 17, Mark Laubach played an organ recital at Pine Street Presbyterian Church (Ellen Hung, host musician). The event was co-spon­sored by the chapter and the church. A reception following the recital was planned by hospitality chair Phyllis Conrad and her committee. Laubach su­perbly played works by Bruhns, Parker, Bach, Persichetti, Mozart, Franck, Durufle, Bonnet, and Dupre, showcasing the many and varied colors of the large Aeolian-Skinner organ. He had previously played a recital at this venue during an AGO regional convention in June, 2011.

-Mary Jane Nelson

 

Recitalist Gregory Zelek at Lehigh Valley gathering

Recitalist Gregory Zelek at Lehigh Valley gathering

Lehigh Valley, PA

May 24, the chapter gathered for its annual Young Artist Recital, banquet, and annual membership meeting at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pennsburg (Judith love, host musician). The recital was presented on the II/28 Patrick J. Murphy & Associates organ, Opus 36, by the brilliant young organist Gregory Zelek, a graduate student of Paul Jacobs at the Juilliard School. Zelek is a proud recipient of Juilliard’s Kovner Fellowship and numerous other awards. He has played many solo recitals throughout the United States and has performed with orchestras at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, among other venues, with conductors including Semyon Bychkov and Michael Tilson Thomas. His energetic program featured works by Bach, Liszt, Weaver, Mozart, Karg-Elert, and Demes­sieux. After the recital and din­ner, the chapter meeting included the presentation, election, and installation of new officers for next season. Presiding was Michael Krentz (dean), who will serve for another term. Other officers include Andrew Long (sub-dean), Eleanor Focht (secretary) and Stephen Bueker (treasurer). The executive com­mittee consisrs of Gail Hanzl, Judith Love, Thomas Busteed, Matthew Wary, Aram Basmad­jian, and Gloria Snyder. Appre­ciation was expressed for the work of the nominating com­mittee: Marisa Deshler, Gail Hanzl, and Gwyneth Michel.

-Gloria Snyder

Philadelphia, PA

May 19, The Voices of Ascension presented a concert at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul (Sub-dean John Romeri, host). The event was part of the Concerts at the Cathedral series.The following day, a lecture/demonstration by Voices of Ascension conductor Denise Keene was held at Wayne Presbyterian Church. About 150 chapter members and area singers were present. Keene’s accompanist was Dean Tim Evers.

–Marcia Sommers

Pittsburgh, PA

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Robert Stakely (at lectern) and Suzanne Gilliland (standing at right) with participants at Pittsburgh event (photo: Stan Yoder)

May 2, 16 chapter members presented an eight­-hour “Bach-a-thon” at Calvary Episcopal Church, on the eve of the annual Pittsburgh Marathon. In addition to a wide swath of organ works, members teamed up with singers and instrumentalists to include cantata movements and excerpts from chamber works.

• May 18, 60 chapter members assembled for the final meeting of the 2014-15 season, dedicated to preparing members to be informed hosts of the upcoming regional convention. Following dinner, the announcement of election results, and other business, members heard music by Pachelbel and Walther, played by Pipe Organ Academy Level IV student Anousch Tcha­karian, and a demonstration­ performance by Larry Allen of “Toccata,” from a new work commissioned by the convention for all chapter members to play. Suzanne Gilliland (registrar) and her colleague Robert Stakeley from Pittsburgh’s Senator John Heinz History Center then presented an illustrated program on the varied history of the Pittsburgh region.

–Alan Lewis

Northern Virginia

May 18, the students of the Potomac Organ Institute were presented in recital at ALL Saints Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, MD. The POI, op­erated by the three AGO chapters in the Washington, D.C., area (District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Potomac) offers a year of free organ lessons to pi­anists who have auditioned. At the conclusion of the year of study, a public recital is offered to demonstrate what has been learned. Pictured are (front) stu­dents Jack Colver, Ava Coffin, Evan Parker, Brendan Dresdner, Madeleine Tilley, Owen Squire; (back) teachers Michael Lodico, Todd Grivetti, Kimberly Hess, Peter Crisafulli , and Ben Keseley (not pictured: Jeffrey Pannebaker).

-Gerald Piercey

Students of the Potomac Organ Institute (Northern Virginia, District of Columbia, Potomac) with their teachers

Students of the Potomac Organ Institute (Northern Virginia, District of Columbia, Potomac) with their teachers

Richmond, VA

Richmond student recitalists Evan Smith, Caroline Haines, and Travis Alford

Richmond student recitalists Evan Smith, Caroline Haines, and Travis Alford

May 8, the chapter closed the exciting 5lst season of its Organ Repertoire Recital Series with an appearance by Wesley Parrott, winner of multiple organ competitions and or­ganist-director of music at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. The recital was held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Richmond’s historic Bon Air section. Featured was the church’s new Taylor & Boody, Opus 64, with three manuals and 36 stops. Parrott’s program included works by Bach, Dandrieu, Howells, Mendelssohn, Lefebure-Wely, Vierne, and Widor. This recital series has been sponsored annually by the chapter since 1964. The goal over these many years has been to focus attention on the pipe organ as a concert instrument by offering free public performances of organ literature played on Richmond’s best pipe organs by outstanding organists from far and near.

May 12, the final meeting of the 2014-15 season included the traditional student recital featuring the chapter’s New Organist Scholarship winners. Students Caroline Haines, Evan Smith, and Travis Alford played works by Lem­mens, Rheinberger, Farnam, Mendelssohn, Calviere, Schroe­der, Bach, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, and Langlais. Haines, a student of Ardyth Lohuis, is a high-school senior; she will major in music at college next fall. Alford, who studied with Larry Robinson, re­cently received his associate’s de­gree in engineering and expects to pursue his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth Univer­sity in the fall. Smith has been studying with Grant Hellmers; he is a high-school sophomore and, like Haines, is a second-year scholarship recipient. The May meeting also included a presentation by chapter member Grant Hellmers, who demonstrated music that can be played on manuals only. The meeting was hosted by St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, with performances on the new John-Paul Buzard organ (Opus 42).

-John DeMajo

Southeast Region
Samuel Metzger at Montgomery event

Samuel Metzger at Montgomery event

Montgomery, AL

In May, the chapter and Trinity Presbyterian Church presented a weekend of organ music featuring Samuel Metzger. May 1, he presented an organ recital on the church’s 51- rank Casavant organ (1985). In addition to works by Bad, and Vierne, he played four pieces by contemporary composers Al Travis, Denis BedaJd, Mons Takle, and Dan Locklair. The next morning, chapter members Jamie McDaniel, Christy Hen­son, Raymond Johnson, Todd Alexander, and James Ackins participated in a masterclass with Metzger. Attendees heard his expert advice on composers Men­delssohn, Vieme, Bach, Lem­mens, and Salome. Afterward, the chapter provided lunch for everyone. The following evening there was a hymn festival with organ, brass, tympani, and choir. The program featured hymn ar­rangements by Al Travis, Dale Peterson, Richard Proulx, Denis Bedard, and several arrangements by organist Metzger. All the programs were very well attended and provided an excellent ending to the chapter’s season of events.

-Raymond Johnson

Gainesville, FL

May 1, the chapter welcomed Wilma Jensen for its end-of-the-year banquet at First Lutheran Church. Jensen was in town for the University of Florida’s annual Sacred Music Workshop: Inspiring Worship. The topic was “Becoming a Conduit of Inspiration.”

-Scott Ziegler

Wilma Jensen (front, third from right) with Gainesville members

Wilma Jensen (front, third from right) with Gainesville members

Miami, FL

May 17, was the chapter’s final program of the season, a Guild service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Co­conut Grove. The liturgy, Eve­ning Prayer (Rite Two), was led by the chapter’s chaplain, the Rev. Charles Humphries, assisted by the Rev. Al Bunis, the new senior pastor of Plymouth Con­gregational Church, also in Co­conut Grove. Music was provid­ed by the St. Stephen’s choir and organist-director William D. Hardin, and included choral works by American composers Leo Sowerby and Craig Phillips and the English composer John Ireland, as well as J.S. Bach. The organ music was by Max Reger. The event was well-attended, and many stayed for the sumptuous reception afterward, offered by the chapter in the church’s social hall.

-Frederick Kent

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Hank Glass, Ric Jeaggi, David Hurd, Paula Leighton, and John Renfroe at Southwest Florida chapter event

Southwest Florida

May 8, David Hurd of General Theological Seminary, New York City, pre­sented a program featuring hymns from his publication I Sing As I Arise Today. Pictured with Hurd (third from left) are Hank Glass (host at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Sanibel Island), Ric Jeaggi (dean), Paula Leighton (treasurer), and John Renfroe (executive board member).

-Hank Glass

Space Coast recitalists Richard Hobbs, Anya Johnson (violin), Betty Jo Couch, Thomas Taylor, and Jack Stefanot

Space Coast recitalists Richard Hobbs, Anya Johnson (violin), Betty Jo Couch, Thomas Taylor, and Jack Stefanot

Space Coast, FL

May 16, the chapter met at Advent Lutheran Church, Melbourne, where members shared some of their favorite musical selections on the A.E. Schlueter pipe organ. Everyone enjoyed the mixture of music played, including a violin-organ duet. Afterward, members adjourned to conduct the end-of-year business meeting, voting on a slate of officers for 2015-16.

-Barbara Burgess

Atlanta-GA-Chapter-News

Atlanta recitalist Jonathan Biggers at Grace United Methodist Church (photo: Rachel Ficklin)

Atlanta, GA

May 12, the chapter continued to celebrate its centennial with a dinner and recital at Grace United Methodist Church. Sue Goddard, organist at Grace for 59 years, welcomed everyone. She acknowledged music director Andrew Singletary and others who had worked to make the evening a success. As the dinner concluded, attendees lit sparklers to celebrate. Goddard gave a heartfelt tribute to organbuilder John T. Widener Jr. (1922-2004). The recitalist was Jonathan Biggers, a native of Atlanta. He holds the Edwin Link Endowed Professorship in Organ and Harpsichord at Binghamton University (State University of New York). Biggers dedicated the recital to the chap­ter for their generous and kind support of him, especially in his early years of organ study. In attendance was Wallace Zimmer­man, Biggers’s first organ teacher in Atlanta.

-Rachel Ficklin

Jackson, MS

March 2, the chapter continued its 29-year tradition of presenting an annual choral and organ concert, this year featuring the St. Andrew’s High School Rhapsody Choir, under the direction of Anna Johnson and accompanied by Scott Sexton and Maureen McGuire. The choir performed repertoire with a wide range of style and language. The organ part of the program was presented by local college students Kipp Gill, Mary Kare Holder, and Amy Jones (students of Robert Knupp at Mississippi College); Dorothy Claire Glover and Billy Overton from Belhaven University and Eddie Morgan from Millsaps College (all students of Carol Durham). The concert was held at Northminster Baptist Church. This annual event provides the benefit of an expanded audience of both organ- and choral-music lovers, and also draws in the family and friends of all the performers.

April 21, the chapter presented Bryan Oliver Anderson in recital at First Presbyterian Church. He is a recent graduate of Curtis Institute and has accepted an organ scholar position for next year in England. His program included works by Vierne, Bach, Bolcom, Elgar and Durufle.

-Carol Durham

Student performers Dorothy Claire Glover, Billy Overton, Kipp Gill, Amy Jones, and (seated) Mary Kate Holder at Jackson choral and organ concert

Student performers Dorothy Claire Glover, Billy Overton, Kipp Gill, Amy Jones, and (seated) Mary Kate Holder at Jackson choral and organ concert

Charleston, SC

May 17, chap­ter members gathered at the Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant for cocktails and dinner to round out the year. Dean Todd Monsell thanked the board and the membership for a suc­cessful year of events, and that was all the business conducted.

-Edmund LeRoy

Charleston dinner gathering to conclude the season

Charleston dinner gathering to conclude the season

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Stephen Spake explaining to Grand Strand Pedals, Pipes & Pizza participants how the organ console is designed.

Grand Strand, SC

May 2, the chapter sponsored a Pedals, Pipes & Pizza event hosted by First United Methodist Church, Con­way (Dean Billy Fallaw, host organist). Stephen Spake of Lincoln Pipe Organ Co. (formerly John Dower and Co.) made a presentation of the church’s 111/34 Schantz organ, beginning with the console then moving to the blowers and organ chambers. In addition, students had a hands-on demonstration of pipe­ building materials, a bellows to regulate air supply to a pipe, a see-through electro-pneumatic mechanism with an air supply, a replica of a mechanical action, and three different types of pipes. Nine piano students from the region participated, some of whom were accompanied by their piano teachers and parents. After a pizza lunch, students returned to the organ to play their piano pieces. According to reports from parents and teachers, the excitement generated from this event has impacted these young musicians and cultivated a motivation for practicing piano and a new appreciation for the organ. Chapter members Ro­berta Rowland-Raybold and Bud Esper served as docents in the pipe chambers, Mary Moller was registrar, Ashley Sosis and Karen Kearney assisted with the pizza lunch, and Karen Meeker was
the photographer.

-Billy Fallaw

Recitalists Jim Buckland (guitar) and Karen Buckland (piano) with Spartanburg members

Recitalists Jim Buckland (guitar) and Karen Buckland (piano) with Spartanburg members

Spartanburg, SC

April 27, chapter members and friends enjoyed a progressive dinner and two mini-recitals. The meeting began in the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Advent with pieces played by Brennan Szafron and his student Mary Grace Hogan on the church’s 29-rank Flentrop organ. Then, members enjoyed dinner in the church dining hall. Afterward, the group traveled to Wofford College and heard Szafron and his student Alex Parlar play the 19-rank Holtkamp organ in Leonard Auditorium. The evening ended with dessert, wine, and coffee in the beautiful home of chapter friends Jim and Terry Batchler-Smith.

• May 11, the chapter held its final meeting of the season at First Presbyterian Church. Dean Huger P. Caugh­man Jr. conducted a short busi­ness meeting. Sub-dean Bill Cooper introduced Karen and Jim Buckland, faculty members in the department of music at Presbyterian College in Clin­ton (Karen Buckland also serves as organist at Clinton First Presbyterian), who gave a piano/classical guitar recital featuring works by Diabelli, Giuliani, Mertz, and Hummel. Afterward, members enjoyed a social time with refreshments.

-Bill Cooper

Lydia Wilkens-Reed, Bruce Neswick, and Sarah Murray at Memphis gathering

Lydia Wilkens-Reed, Bruce Neswick, and Sarah Murray at Memphis gathering

Memphis, TN

May 10, the chapter cosponsored with St. Peter Catholic Church a “Symphony of Psalms” hymn festival, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the St. Peter Church and marking the chapter’s lO1st year of musical service to the community.

• May 11, the chapter met at Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for its monthly meeting. Guest artist Bruce Neswick conducted a master class on hymn playing. Lydia Wilkens-Reed, recipient of the Frances Milam Scholarship, and Sarah Murra–both students of Kristen Lensc–participated in the masterclass.

-Jean Jones

Nashville officers Matt Phelps, Angela Tipps, and Douglas Jennings (executive committee), Gary Scott (treasurer), Rhonda Swanson (dean-elect), Nick Bergin (dean), and Jonathan Setzer (outgoing dean)

Nashville officers Matt Phelps, Angela Tipps, and Douglas Jennings (executive committee), Gary Scott (treasurer), Rhonda Swanson (dean-elect), Nick Bergin (dean), and Jonathan Setzer (outgoing dean)

Nashville, TN

May 4, The chapter met at Second Presbyterian Church (Douglas Murray, host), where the Nashville-based choral group Portara Ensemble presented a diverse and innovative concert titled ‘To the Ethereal Skies.” The program celebrated “our encounters with a higher order, the beautiful and awe-inspir­ing, hallowed by prayers and history.” It included the world premiere of an arrangement for chorus and organ of Daniel El­der’s World Without End, commissioned by the ensemble. Artistic director Shreyas Patel conducted the group with Polly Brecht, organist. The concert’s closing selection, Durufle’s Messe cum jubilo, was arranged by Patel for mixed voices. Preceding the concert, the installation service for the 2015-16 chapter officers was held, beginning with an improvisation on “Cantai ao Senhor” by member Douglas Murray, organ, and Alan Fey, percussion.

-Gary Scott

Great Lakes Region
Chicago members' recital participants (front) Joh.n MacKey, Carl Chadek, AUegra Montanari, Barry Wenger, Scott Lindstrom, Cale Piepenburg; (back) Pb.iJ Feo, Michael Thorn, Melody Turner, Lillian Hay, David Jonies, Amanda Fenton, and Alan Hommerding

Chicago members’ recital participants (front) John MacKey, Carl Chadek, Allegra Montanari, Barry Wenger, Scott Lindstrom, Cale Piepenburg; (back) Phil Feo, Michael Thorn, Melody Turner, Lillian Hay, David Jonies, Amanda
Fenton, and Alan Hommerding

Chicago, IL

May 18, the chapter gathered at St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church in the Hyde Park neighborhood for its annual members’ recital, fea­ turing organ plus additional instruments. The evening began with a catered dinner, with more than 40 guests engaged in lively conversation, and door prizes raffled off to lucky winners. The evening continued with a concert in the church featuring members Alan Hommerding, David Jon­ies, John MacKey, Michael Thorn, Melody Turner (AAGO), and Barry Wenger playing the Pasi organ, Opus 15, accompanied by Carl Chadek (baritone), Amanda Fenton (violin), Phil Feo (trumpet), Lillian Hay (harp), Allegra Montanari (cello), and Cale Piepenburg (flute). The evening also featured a work for organ and cello by local compos­er Scott Lindstrom.

-Steven Betancourt

Yun Kyong Kim with Illinois deans Steven Becancourt (Chicago) and Andrea Handley (North Shore)

RYun Kyong Kim with deans Steven Betancourt (Chicago) and Andrea Handley (North Shore)

North Shore, IL

April 26, the North Shore and Chicago chapters jointly sponsored Yun Ky­ong Kim in recital at St. Ita Roman Catholic Parish, Chicago. A large audience was very receptive to Kim’s program and enjoyed a postrecital festive reception. The diverse recital program featured works by Vierne, Bonner, Alain, Liszt, Prokofiev, Karg-Elert, Glass, and Landmann. Pictured with Kim are Steven Betancourt (Chicago dean) and Andrea Handley (North Shore dean).

-Jay Peterson

Collin Richardson (organist) with Jason Novak (trombonist), at Southern Indiana event at St. John Presbyterian Church, New Albany

Collin Richardson (organist) and Jason Novak (trombonist)

Southern Indiana

May 12, chapter members and the Cha­dala Music Series of St. John Presbyterian Church presented Collin Richardson in an Emerging Artist Organ Concert at St. John Presbyterian Church in New Albany. Richardson is university organist at Hampton University, Hampton, Va. One selection, for organ with brass, featured trombonist Jason No­vak, band director of Corydon Central High School. The pro­gram was presented in memory of Horace Wesley Cutler, organist emeritus of Trinity United Methodist Church, New Albany. Bill Lohmeyer and the Rev. Bill Shannon (pastor of Trinity) spoke in remembrance of Cutler. A catered dinner preceded the concert. Coordinators were David K. Lamb, CAGO, and Judith E. Miller, CAGO. The Rev. Nancy Woodworth-Hill, SPC, gave the invocation.

-Judith E. Miller

Saginaw-MI-Chapter-News

Participants in Saginaw’s “Made in Michigan” hymn festival

Saginaw Valley, MI

May 3, the chapter sponsored a “Made in Michigan” hymn festival at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, attracting an audience of 100 people. The Rev. Andreas Teich–an active participant and life member in the Hymn Soci­ety in the United States and Canada–designed the event, which included texts and tunes by living writers such as David Haas, Roy Hopp, Scott Hyslop, John Kleinheksel, and Steven Starke. Chapter members An­drea Alexander, Patti Bowen (host), and Nicholas Schmelter accompanied the hymns. Robert Sabourin prepared a small choir of regional singers for the event.

–Nicholas Schmelter

Mark Thewes, Olivier Latry, and Chap Pittman at Canton recital

Mark Thewes, Olivier Latry, and Chap Pittman at Canton recital

Canton, OH

April 24, the chapter present organist Olivier Latry playing the Kegg organ at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist (Robert Sullivan, organist-director of music). Latry’s entire program was played from memory, and featured works by Bach, Franck, Vierne, Alain, Cochereau, and Dupre. An improvisation on a theme submitted to him by Mark Thewes was also a part of this very memorable recital.

–Elaine Vaughan

Toledo, OH

Toledo organ-plus concert participants (front) Justin Launstein, Denise Mathias, Christy McConnell, Martha Esbin, Joan McConnell, Pam Davis, Amanda Reisner, Douglas S. Mead; (back) Neil Kran, Kyle Sherepita, Ed Duling, Stephen Smith, Nick Saxron, and the Rev. Jeff L. Bunke (photo: Pam Davis)

Toledo organ-plus concert participants (front) Justin Launstein, Denise Mathias, Christy McConnell, Martha Esbin, Joan McConnell, Pam Davis, Amanda Reisner, Douglas S. Mead; (back) Neil Kran, Kyle Sherepita, Ed Duling, Stephen Smith, Nick Saxron, and the Rev. Jeff L. Bunke (photo: Pam Davis)

January 11, area musicians and chapter members presented works for organ and instruments at Community of Christ Lutheran Church (Pam Davis, host) as a benefit concert for the chapter’s scholarship program. For more than 15 years, the chapter has offered organ study scholarships to youths in grades 7-l2 and recently opened the auditions to adult organ students. Many scholarship winners have gone on to study organ at the undergraduate and graduate level; two former scholars, Jacob Taylor and Garrett Law, were awarded the AGO’s prestigious Porgorzelski-Yankee prize in its initial year. The program in­cluded works for flute, clarinet, voice, saxophone, trombone, oboe, and trumpet, accompanied by the church’s Tl/21 Reuter organ (2008).

• February 28, the chapter held a choral festival with Sandra Frey Stegman of Bowling Green State University as clinician. Sixty singers gathered at Toledo Epworth United Methodist Church (Cecil Baughman, host) with chapter members Mark Mathias, Denise Mathias, Neil Kraft, and Dennis Johns providing organ interludes and choral accompaniments on the III/35 Schantz organ (1962). ­

• March 8, the scholarship recipients and others gave their annual recital at St. Aloysius Catholic Church (Neill Kraft, host) in Bowling Green on the II/32 Le­tourneau organ (1998).

• April 26, the chapter cosponsored, with Monroe Sr. United Methodist Church (Denise Mathias, host), a recital by Gail Archer on the church’s lll/47 Moller/Fowler organ (1964).

• May 30, end­ed the year with an “on-the­ road” banquet in southeastern Michigan, following a visit to the Bronson lnstrument Collection near Dundee.

-Ed Duling

North Central Region

Kansas State University

January 31, the chapter sponsored a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza for area piano students. Participants heard a short recital program in All Faiths Chapel on the Kansas State (Manhattan) campus before being divided into groups to rotate between rooms in order to play five contrasting organs. They each played an electronic organ, a Walker continuo organ, a Bosch tracker, and the 40-rank Austin organ. At the conclusion of the groups’ rotations, everyone met in the courtyard of McCain Auditorium­ for pizza. The event was organized by Mary Ellen Sutton, professor emerita of organ at Kansas State, and assisted by chapter members and organ students of David Pickering (dean), assistant professor of organ at Kansas State.

-Mary Ellen Sutton

Pedals, Pipe & Pizza participants in front of the organ in All Faiths Chapel (Kansas State University)

Pedals, Pipe & Pizza participants in front of the organ in All Faiths Chapel (Kansas State University)

Wichita, KS

In January, the chapter met for its annual Epiphany Party at the home of Pat Walcher. Members brought their favorite dishes to share over a meal of fellowship. Prior to the meal, Barbara Adler gave a presentation on setting up chapter endowment funds.

• In February, the chapter sponsored a family organ tour to North Newton and Peabody. Participants got an up-close look at the Dobson organ
at Bethel College, demonstrated by organ instructor Donna Hetrick, and the newly renovated organ at Bethel College Mennonite Church, also completed by Dobson. After a short drive to Pea­body, the group heard a presentation by organist Virginia Skinner on the Kimball pipe organ at Peabody United Methodist Church. A short walk down the street led the group to the 1897 Moller tracker organ at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Christopher Shaw gave a presentation and demonstration of the instrument.

• In March,the chapter hosted a Regional Competition for Young Organists, eight young organists auditioned for four scholarships to attend the chapter’s summer POE, and a choral music workshop was held. Music directors and organists gathered to share anthems that they have found to be accessible and practical in their various church settings.

Wichita members' recital performers: Nickolas Carlson, Tyler Breneman, Nylas Moser, Christopher Shaw, Marlene Hallstrom, Gary Huffman, Kathy Fehrmann, Carolyn Chambers, Lily Guerrero, and Carole Pracht

Wichita members’ recital performers: Nickolas Carlson, Tyler Breneman, Nylas Moser, Christopher Shaw, Marlene Hallstrom, Gary Huffman, Kathy Fehrmann, Carolyn Chambers, Lily Guerrero, and Carole Pracht

• April 19, chapter members presented a recital at First Presbyterian Church. The program featured choral and organ works by women. Composers included Jeanne Demessieux, Emma Lou Diemer, Adele Douglas-Pennant, Alice Jordan, Libby Larsen, Janet Linker, Jane Marshall, Alice Parker, Iteke Prins, Alice Sauvrezis, Clara Schumann, Elizabeth Turner, Sue Mitchell-Wal­lace, and chapter member Nylas Moser.

• April 24, the chapter participated in ICTArtDOG, an initiative organized by the Wichita Community Foundation to promote arts organization in a one-day, 24-hour fundraising event. Members and guests from the community helped celebrate the event in a Downtown Organ Crawl. Brett Valliant, Christopher Shaw, and Carole Pracht led the crawl.

-Christopher Shaw

Twin Cities, MN

May 1, the chapter presented a members’ recital at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Resident musician Jane Horn invited us to share the sounds of the splendid 48-rank Reuter organ. It was a glorious evening. In addition to Horn, performers included Jennifer Anderson, Matt Bacon, Stephen Hamilton, Samuel Holmberg, Grant Johnson, Ben Kerswell, Sharon Kleckner, Geoff Olson, Jonathan Orwig, Jeff Patry, and William J. William.

-Jeremy Haug

Twin Cities members' recital participants

Twin Cities members’ recital participants

Greater Kansas City, MO

May 3, the chapter’s Bachathon #36 was held at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (John Schaefer, canon musician). Organist Evan Courtney from John Knox Presbyterian Kirk opened the program (Courtney is also choral accompanist for the North Platte R-1 School District in Dearborn, and is assistant conductor for the GKCAGO Schola Cantorum choral ensemble). Bachathon chair for 2015 was Paul Erickson (organist and director of arts miniseries at Parkville Presbyterian Church and artistic director of the Northland Community Choir). Ensemble groups included the Trinity Chamber Artists with soprano Kayleigh Aytes, organist Anna Myeong, and conductor Ben Spalding (who is director of music and the arts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, KS, and founder/director of the Spire Chamber Ensemble); also playing were Keith Ben­jamin (trumpet), Jennifer Clevinger and Zsolt Eder (vio­lin), Michalis Koutsoupides (viola}, and Sascha Groschang (cello).

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Greater Kansas City’s annual Bachathon

The Midwest Chamber Ensemble (Steve N. Lewis, direc­tor) performed without a con­ductor, with Zsolc Eder (solo violin), Karen Hauge (solo flute}, Richard Jeric (solo harpsichord}, Nathan Humphrey and Ramino Miranda (violin}, Brittany Wasko and Gabrielle Padilla (vi­ola), Irene Diaz Gill (cello}, and Matthew McGrory (bass). The Kansas City Baroque Consor­tium included Nicholas Good (harpsichord ), Eric Williams and Monty Carter (violin), Nell French (viola), and founder/di­rector Trilla Ray-Carter (cello). The GKCAGO Schola Cantorum was directed by Anthony Maglione (director of choral studies at William Jewell Col­lege) with soloists Mitchell Stafford (tenor), Doug Maag (bass), Joyce Steeby (soprano); also: Erin Lillie (alto), Jackson Thomas (bass), Evan Courtney (assistant conductor), Leora Nauta (organ), accompanied by Charles Wines and Mark Cohick (recorder), Sarah Lodico and Victor Penniman (viola da gamba), Trilla Ray-Carter (Baroque cello), and Johnny Hammil (Baroque bass). Addi­tional members of the Schola Cantorum included Dale Boylard, Sarah Cappo, Jay Carter, Tristan Dorsey, Paul Erickeon, John French, Peter Hanman, Gayle Hathorne, Kristin Hyde, Brad Light, Timothy Madden, Sara McClure, Sean Nemati-Baghestani, Jim O’Konski, Mar­jorie O’Konski, Brett Roenigk, John Ross, John Schaefer, Kris­ten Sullivan, Maggie Townsend, Melissa VanHousen, Natalie Vieyra, Shelley Washington, Lora Williams, and Leslee Wood. Special guest performers included Shelley Washington on baritone saxophone, playing the Cello Suite #1; and professional Shakespeare actor Bob Brand as the poetic narrator for the Doctrine of Passions, to introduce sev­en chorales from the Orgelbuch­lein, as played by Paul Erickson; the Young Artists of Park Uni­versity’s International Center of Music each as soloists: violinist Hanna Zhdan (native of Minsk, Belarus), pianist Artem Kuznet­sov (native of Maikop, Russia), cellist Sunnat Tbragimov (native of Tashkent, Central Asian Re­public). Additional solo per­formers included harpsichordist Thomas Zachacz (parish musi­cian to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Olathe, KS), or­ganist Vaughan Scarliff (organist and music director for Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs), organist Leora Nauta (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City), and Jan Kraybill, FAGO (principal organist for the Dome and Spire Foundarion and organ conservator at the Kauff­man Center for the Performing Arcs), paying tribute to John Obetz with the opening and closing music from The Auditorium Organ radio program, plus the Piece d’orgue, BWV 572 (one of Oberz’s personal favorites).

-Norm Kinnaugh

Wes Kassulke, recitalist Thomas Herzer, and Norbert Krausz at St. Louis event

Wes Kassulke, recitalist Thomas Herzer, and Norbert Krausz at St. Louis event

St. Louis, MO

May 4, members met for dinner and a perfor­mance by duo-organists Eliza­beth and Raymond Chenault; the event was cosponsored by the chapter and First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood (host Bill Stein, director of music min­istries).

• May 18, chapter mem­bers met for their spring banquet and then attended a recital by Thomas Herzer, cantor of the Castle Church, Wittenberg, Ger­many, at Historic Trinity Lu­theran Church (hosts Wes Kas­sulke, director of music-organist, and Norbert Krausz, assistant di­rector of music-organist). During May, Herzer was on a three-week tour of the eastern and mid-western United States, as part of fundraising for the chancel organ that will be installed in the next year in the Castle Church in an­ticipation of the 500th anniver­sary of Marcin Luther’s Reforma­tion. It is on the doors of the Castle church that Martin Lu­ther nailed his 95 Theses on the church doors; his remains are buried inside the church. Herzer played works by Bach, Mendels­sohn, Rheinberger, and Stein–­plus Jan Zwart’s Ein’Feste Burg Fantasy (composed for the 400th anniversary of the Reformation in 1917), and Johannes Michel’s jazz setting of the same chorale­ on Historic Trinity’s 52-rank Schantz organ.

Prior to Her­zer’s recital, Kathleen Bolduan was presented the 2015 Avis Blewett Award, established in celebration of the 75th anniver­sary of the AGO in Missouri. The chapter presents the award to those who have made a signifi­cant contribution to the musical life of the St.Louis area. Bolduan served in church music for more than 60 years and was also a se­nior lecturer at Washington Uni­versity, where she taught ear­ training, sight-singing, and dic­tion skills (1971-2007). The award recognizes her “tireless, ea­ger, and cheerful support of the organ community throughout the area for many years.” She has quietly come to the aid of organ­ists in distress and has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Following the award presentation, Dean Dawn Riske installed newly elected members of the executive committee (class of 2017): William Aitken, Bur­nell Hackman, and Nannette Tornblom.

-Norbert Krausz and William Sullivan

Omaha, NE

April 19, the chapter presented a hymn festival using the Quimby organ at First United Methodist Church along with the Solid Brass Quartet. The festival was designed to lift the organ as the leader of congregational song. Twelve area churches provided a 50-voice choir, directed by Jerry Brabec. Organists Michael McCabe, Claire Bushong, Laura Palmer, Marie Meyers, Marie Rubis Bauer, David Schack, J. Gordon Christensen, the Rev. Timothy Frank, and Mark Kurtz led the audience in an amazing after­noon of music. Included in the program were recently published hymn tunes, with others having connections to the organists and to Omaha. Written for the occa­sion was a new hymn tune by David Schack for “Come, Imag­ine Life Together,” text by Stephen Starke. Mark Kurtz composed a partita on the hymn “You Are Holy, You Are Whole,” with variations titled West Coast Swing, Jazz Waltz,Tango, Con­ga Line, Ballad, and Finale. The festival ended with the congrega­tion singing “Great Voice of God,” a hymn composed for the 2012 AGO National Convention.

-Jean Johnson

Omaha hymn festival with the Solid Brass Quartet

Southwest Region

New Orleans, LA

January 10-11, the chapter had the pleasure of hosting a weekend choral work­shop and concert with the legendary Alice Parker at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception. Local church choirs and the New Orleans Vocal Arts Choral–130 voices in all­–joined together to sing twelve compositions written or arranged by Parker, who directed both the rehearsal and concert. It was a wonderful experience for the many local musicians to perform under her guidance and keen vocal abilities.

-Mark McCreary

Alice Parker (front, center) with choral workshop and concert participants (new Orleans)

Alice Parker (front, center) with choral workshop and concert participants (New Orleans)

Albuquerque, NM

May 17, the chapter held its annual mem­bers’ recital at the Church of the Incarnation in Rio Rancho (Sub­-dean Lawrence Goddard, organ­ist–music director). The recitalists–each of whom played the Allen organ in grand style–included Lawrence Goddard, Sa­nelma Sutton, Rick Wild, Mari­beth Gunning, and Jan Worden-Lackey. Composers represented included Bach, Lubeck,Jongen, Yon, Boellmann, and Pardini.

-Gloria Robinson

Tulsa, OK

Presenter Nathan Laube with Tulsa workshop participants

Presenter Nathan Laube with Tulsa workshop participants

May 2, chapter members met at Trinity Episcopal Church (Dean Casey Cant­ well, host) for a workshop titled “How Do You Get Those Sounds? Authentic Registrations from Around the World on American Organs,” presented by organist Nathan Laube, assistant professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Laube showed videos and recordings of early 17th- through 20th-century organs of major builders from Italy, France, and Germany. He also discussed stops and temperament of specific instruments and their particular use. Following his presentation, everyone adjourned to Trinity’s Moller organ, where Laube “turned the organ upside­ down” to best create the sounds appropriate to the particular era. From studying and playing historic instruments, Laube was able to create a color palette useful for American organs.

-Fred Elder

Ft. Worth, TX

May 1, the chapter’s closing event of the season was held at University Christian Church. A large gathering of members and guests enjoyd a dinner of Asian cuisine in keeping with the theme of the evening, “The Organ in the Orient.” A general membership business meeting followed dinner and included ratifying amended chapter operating procedures and formal recognition of members A.Z. Rowland Jr. editor, and Ed Ackermann, CAGO, who has been serving as certification exam coordinator, communications director, and placement and substitution administrator. Both have served in their appointed poistions since 2007 and retired at the end of June. They were presented service award certificates and gifts. After the meeting, Joe Butler and Jerry Westenkuehler presented a travelogue/slideshow covering their recent organ performances in China and Indonesia, respectively

-Ed Ackermann

West Region

Anchorage, AK

Recitalist Cristiano Rizzotto (front, second from left) with Anchorage Dean Carolyn Nickles, Giny Lonser, John Finley; (back) Marcia Stratman, Joan Blees, David Telford, Jon Sharpe, and Caroline Valentine

Recitalist Cristiano Rizzotto (front, second from left) with Anchorage Dean Carolyn Nickles, Giny Lonser, John Finley; (back) Marcia Stratman, Joan Blees, David Telford, Jon Sharpe, and Caroline Valentine

January 30,the chapter met at St. Mark Lu­theran Church for a potluck lunch and to begin planning for the year.

• March 21, the chapter hosted a luncheon for Brazilian organist and composer Cristiano Rizzotto Vidal Pessoa and his fiancee, Clara. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, where he graduated, magna cum laude, in 2010. In 2011, he came to the United States and received a master’s degree in sacred music/ organ from East Carolina University. He is pursuing his doctoral studies at the American Organ Institute, University of Oklahoma, under John Schwandt, and is music director-organist at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Duncan, OK. His performance on March 22 was held at the Anchorage Lutheran Church. The program featured compositions by several Baroque and contemporary composers as well as his own Toccata. His well-planned program and masterful performance thoroughly engaged and delighted his audience. Afterward, the chapter had a reception in his honor.

-Carolyn Nickles

Kern County, CA

April 11, chapter members and guests took a chartered bus to the Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Syl­mar. It houses 250-plus antique cars, antique furniture, and a collection of musical instruments. The gem of the latter group is the 5,000-pipe Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ. Archivist Laurie Thornhill was the tour guide, leading the group through the three floors of the collection. On the top floor, curator Kyle Irwin demonstrated many of the mechanical musical instruments. Organist Mark Herman played two appropriate selections on the Wurlitzer organ. Everyone agreed this is a must-see museum.

-Pat Elam

Organist Mark Herman and curator Kyle Irwin (on bench) with Kern County members and guests in front of the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Sylmar, CA

Organist Mark Herman and curator Kyle Irwin (on bench) with Kern County members and guests in front of the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Sylmar, CA

Long Beach, CA

May 5, the chapter held its annual meeting at Lakewood Village Community Church. Host organist Mark Milliren played for the service, which included the participation of Lakewood’s choir and pastor. Mary Lee Mismetta (Angeles district convener) presided over the installation of officers. Pic­tured are (front) Evie Oglesbee (dean), Dolly Ickier (treasurer), Phyllis Goodwin (secretary), Mary Lee Misstretta (convener); (back) Mark Dickie {member at large), Vern Mouw and David Feit-Pretzer (co-sub-deans), and Mark Milliren and Keith Shack­elton (members at large).

-David Feit-Pretzer

Orange County recitalist Adan Fernandez

Orange County recitalist Adan Fernandez


Orange County, CA

March 15, the chapter presented organ­ist Adan Fernandez at Garden Grove United Methodist Church, Garden Grove. He played Bach’s Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593; Vierne’s Symphony No. 2; and two contemporary works: Dance of Fury of the Rod of Iro by Nor­berto Guinaldo and Sonata Di­vertimento (premiere) by Neil Stipp. Both composers were pre­sent at the performance. A delicious catered dinner was served to members and friends before the recital.

-Mary Knott

Participants in Palomar student scholarship auditions

Participants in Palomar student scholarship auditions

Palomar, CA

The chapter’s annual scholarship auditions were held May 2 at the Incarna­tion Lutheran Church in Poway. The event was organized by the education committee chaired by Carol Graliam and hosted by Kimberly Bedell. The adjudica­tor was David L. Shearer. Eleven students represented the studios of seven teachers of piano or organ. Scholarships totaling $2,000 were awarded for organ study, and two students were selected to play at the chapter concert next fall.

-David L. Shearer

 

San Diego, CA

Spreckels Honors Concert selectees Miranda Kaack, Reiley Fleishchbein, John Yokoyama, Suzy Webster, Lauren A., Margaret Campbell, Alex Kramer, and Vincent Pham (San Diego)(

Spreckels Honors Concert selectees Miranda Kaack, Reiley Fleishchbein, John Yokoyama, Suzy Webster, Lauren A., Margaret Campbell, Alex Kramer, and Vincent Pham (San Diego)

May 9, the 2015 San Diego AGO/Spreckels Scholarship Auditions were held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with 20 students participating. Five students entered in the novice division, nine students in the intermediate division, five students in the advanced division, and one in the piano division. Judges were Timothy Howard, lecturer at California State University Northridge and director of music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church; Tom Mueller, assistant professor of church music and university organist at Concordia Univer­sity-Irvine and organist at St. James in the City, Los Angeles; and Justin Murphy-Mancini, or­ganist and pianist at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. The chapter thanks Mar­tin Green, canon for music, and the staff and congregation at St. Paul’s Cathedral for sharing their magnificent pipe organ and beautiful sanctuary. All students who met the requirements received scholarships (a total of $3,375). The following students were selected by the judges to play at the AGO/Spreckels Hon­ors Concert on May 31 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion: Mi­randa Kaack (novice); John Yokoyama, Reilan Fleischbein, and Margaret Campbell (inter­mediate); and Vincent Pham, Lauren A., Suzy Webster, and Alex Kramer (advanced). Kaack, Yokoyama, and Pham were the top performers in their respective divisions, and will each receive an additional scholarship award from the Spreckels Organ Society. These will be presented during the evening concert on June 29.

-Leslie Wolf Robb

Ventura County, CA

Ventura County program participants (front) Ryan Macias, Erin Bradley, Leslie Frank, William Otis; (back) Tristen Burt, Andrew Pineda, Susan Cory Everson, and Kyle Johnson

Ventura County program participants (front) Ryan Macias, Erin Bradley, Leslie Frank, William Otis; (back) Tristen Burt, Andrew Pineda, Susan Cory Everson, and Kyle Johnson

May 2, at California Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel, Thousand Oaks, Kyle Johnson–coor­dinator of chapel music, univer­sity organist, and lecturer of mu­sic at CLU-and his organ stu­dents Tristen Burt, Andrew Pi­neda, Ryan Macias, and Erin Bradley played pieces by John Stanford as well as selections from Johnson’s own arrangements of Easy Wedding Music, a collection he is preparing for publication. The tracker organ in Samuelson Chapel is a Steiner­ Reck, Opus 93 (1991, 2012 ad­ditions by Ballantyne). The CLU students were granted AGO chap­ter memberships. The program was opened by chapter friend William Otis. Cookies were munched throughout, and gently used music was exchanged.

-Ivan Shobe

Seattle, WA

Seattle Young Artists Recitalists Matthew Johnson, Kyle Kirschenman, Christopher Lyons, Stephen van de Burgt, and David Boeckh (photo: David Nichols)

Seattle Young Artists Recitalists Matthew Johnson, Kyle Kirschenman, Christopher Lyons, Stephen van de Burgt, and David Boeckh (photo: David Nichols)

May 18, the chapter and St. James Roman Catholic Cathedral cosponsored a Young Artists’ Recital. Chapter members Joseph Adam and Sam­uel Libra hosted the event, which featured both the 1907 Hutchings-Votey organ located in d1e west gallery as well as the 2000 Manuel Rosales, Opus 30, locat­ed in the east apse. Organists Stephen van de Burge, Chris­topher Lyons, David Boeckh, Matthew Johnson, and Kyle Kirschenman range in age from 10th grade to university graduate student. The program included music of Bach, Alain, Howells, Widor, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Bm:cehude, Vierne, and Craig Phillips. The organists played co an emhusiascic audience and greeted everyone at the reception following. They are pictured at the chapter’s free music exchange, which followed che evening’s
reci tal.

-David Stinson

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma student recitalists Christopher Warren, Miki Yamamoto, Michael Plagerman, Kyrie Benson, and Amy Castle (chapter scholarship recipient)

Tacoma student recitalists Christopher Warren, Miki Yamamoto, Michael Plagerman, Kyrie Benson, and Amy Castle (chapter scholarship recipient)

May 18, the chapter’s annual student recital featured Christopher Warren, Miki Yamamoto, Kyrie Benson, Michael Plagerman (students of Paul Tegels, professor at Pacific Lutheran University), and the chapter’s young organist scholarship awardee, high-school student Amy Castle (student of John Wohlers). The recital was played on the twelve-stop George Kilgen & Sons tracker organ (1890) in the chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church, Parkland.

-David Dahl

 

Singapore

Joanna Paul, Jiahui and Peter Crossley performing "Es is vollbracht" from Bach's St. John Passion

Joanna Paul, Jiahui and Peter Crossley performing “Es is vollbracht” from Bach’s St. John Passion

March 11, the chap­ter held a members’ recital, titled “Season’s Pipings 2015: A Lent­ en Meditation,” at Kanlpong Kapoor Methodist Church. The program, which featured some guest musicians, included Bach’s “Weh der Seele, die den Scha­den” for oboe, organ, and alto, played by Joost Flaach, Yap Wai Hoong, and Joanna Paul. The evening ended with Bach’s Pre­lude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 539, played by Peter Crossley.

-Yap Wai Hoong

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  1. Jeanine Monteith says:

    I am interested in locating an article that my father William McClure might have written for this magazine many years ago. He died in 1985, so had to be before that. I believe this article might have included a picture of my parents with Joyce Jones.

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