August 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region

New London County, CT February 21, the chapter met at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mys­tic. Members were treated to an excellent talk by Simon Holt on “Learning New Organ Music Efficiently.” Here are some of the suggestions he gave: ( 1) First, learn the music away from the instrument. What does the mu­sic suggest to you regarding phrasing and articulation? What sections are likely to require ex­tra practice? You can make ini­tial decisions regarding finger­ing, pedaling, and even registra­tion before ever playing a note of the composition. (2) After you begin playing the music, you can decide if you need to take it apart to practice pedal separately, left hand and pedal, etc. (3) When you encounter a difficulty, note the exact spot where the trouble occurs, and work on that spot (repeatedly!); then add a few notes before and a few notes after the spot, until you can incorporate it easily into the surrounding passage. (4) Limit your practice periods to the amount of time you are able to stay focused. After this inspir­ing presentation, most of the members present enjoyed dinner at a nearby restaurant.

–Elizabeth Limkemann

Merrimack Valley, MA May 13, the chapter held its annual members’ recital in Andover, at Phillips Academy’s Cochrane Chapel. Student and veteran or­ganists alike delighted the audi­ence with pieces by a variety of composers. POE recipients Cody West and Phillip Pam­preen played pieces by Bach and Brahms. Cyndi Bliss, past dean, was joined by her daughter Mary on the cello for the Bruch duet Kol Nidrei. Author and former dean Barbara Owen presented three chorale preludes from Bach’s Neumeister Collection. Richard Spicer, organ recitalist and music director, played pieces by Frescobaldi and Christian Ritter. The recital wrapped up with Bach’s Piece d’Orgue played by organbuilder George Boze­man. Refreshments were served afterward.

–Jodi Templer

Binghamton, NY May 20, the chapter sponsored a well-attend­ed organ recital by Gregory Santa Croce at Trinity Memorial Epis­copal Church. The recital, played on the 1960 Phelps/Casavant organ, included works by Bach, Vierne, Mendelssohn, Kerll, Franck, and Messiaen. Santa Croce recently finished the fourth year of a five-year pro­gram with a double major in or­gan and jazz studies at the Uni­versity of North Texas, studying organ with Jesse Eschbach and jazz studies with Rich DeRosa and Pat Coil. The 2012 valedic­torian of Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, he only began organ studies as a sopho­more at UNT and has already taken first prize in two events: the 2015 Cherine Troxel Organ Competition, hosted by the Cimarron AGO Chapter in Still­water, OK, and the 2016 Wil­liam Hall Pipe Organ Competi­tion in San Antonio, TX. (see June TAO, page 24). He is or­ganist at St. Paul Lutheran Churcl1 in Denton, TX. Aside from his organ schedule, he maintains his activities as a free­lance jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.

-John Hole

Central Hudson Valley, NY May 29, members played a vari­ety of organ works, from classi­cal repertoire to original compo­sitions, at North Congregational Church (UCC) in Middletown. The unaltered 11/20 E.M. Skin­ner Opus 807 (1929) was a treat in orchestral tonality for per­formers and audience members alike. The recital assisted the chapter in funding the Margaret Pecoraro Memorial Scholarship Fund for young organists, and featured three young middle­ and high-school students: Reilly Xu, Leeann Andrews, and Bruce Xu.

-Susan LaGrande

Eastern New York May 7, members held their annual Ped­als, Pipes & Pizza event at the United Methodist Church in Saratoga Springs (Erich Borden, host organist). Borden gener­ously shared the church’s won­derful Frobenius organ with the young people. The Danish in­strument, Opus 995, was built in 1996 and is the fourth installation in the United States. The case, designed by Jergen Chris­tiansen, is made of oiled ma­hogany with oak accents and matches the arch design of the contemporary sanctuary. An­drew Kryscopolski (sub-dean) and Edee Silva (district convener for Upstate New York) present­ed Daniel Burton’s Rex: The King of Instruments, an upbeat
introduction to the pipe organ scored for organ and narrator. John Schreiner, president of Schreiner Pipe Organs Led., ex­plained to the children how the instruments are built–and the Frobenius in particular. He demonstrated a variety of pipes and made a sample one that par­ticipants were able to play and take home. Ten-year-old Faiz Wareh (organ student of Krysco­ polski) presented the music of J.S. Bach on the mechanical-ac­tion instrument with technique far beyond his years.The morn­ing’s program concluded with a pizza lunch in the fellowship dining room.

-Roberta Rowland-Raybold

Mid-Atlantic Region

Baltimore, MD May 21, the chapter presented its three young organ scholars in recital at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ellicott City. Lukas Goble, Mariana Lennon, and Nadia Za­leski, winners of this year’s schol­arship auditions, demonstrated their organ proficiency after a year of study. Also performing were their teachers, Heather Adelsburger, Deborah Woods, and Wayne Wold (organist­ director at the church). Taylor Armstrong is the coordinator of the scholarship program.

-Kitty Allen

Northern New Jersey April 18, members gathered at Old Para­mus Church in Ridgewood (host Stewart Holmes) to play pieces written by Jean Langlais in ob­servance of the 25th anniversary of his death. Holmes read ex­cerpts from a soon-to-be-released book that Mme. Langlais has written about her late husband’s life, as well as program notes on the pieces that were played. The performers were John Conner, Debbie Holden-Holloway, Stew­art Holmes, Peggy Hsiao, David Macfarlane, Gloria Norton, Kar­en Schmidt, and Bob Wheeler. The program consisted of a vari­ety of Langlais pieces and was wonderful.

-Karen Schmidt

Southwest Jersey April 17, the chapter held its annual mem­bers’ recital at First Presbyterian Church, Bridgeton (Gae Finch, host). Members playing were Max Emus, Gae Finch, Dean Rob Hobgood, Marilyn Rabbai, Glenn Rodgers (regional coun­cillor), and Vernon Williams. A reception sponsored by the church followed.

May 15, the multimedia duo Jeannine and David Jordan presented their program “From Sea to Shining Sea,” a historical jour­ney through the first 200 years of the organ in the United States. The event was held at First United Methodist Church, Moorestown (Glenn Rodgers, host).

-Joyce Ann Routon

Chambersburg, PA May 21, the chapter had its annual spring banquet-this year a catered turkey dinner-at Trinity Lu­theran Church (host Bob Eyer, director of music). Doug Mc­Culloh (dean) welcomed Cum­berland Valley chapter members who joined us. Following the meal, Eyer, who celebrates 39 years as organist at the church, presented a fantastic recital on the newly renovated Moller or­gan. He very capably demon­strated and explained the 35 new Walker digital updates, which added quite a number of beauti­ful solo stops to the instrument’s existing 40 ranks, as well as other additions that Eyer has been “dreaming about” for many years. The location of the new four­ manual console was changed to better advantage in the process. Everyone appreciated being able to hear the completed instru­ment played so beautifully. After the recital, Eyer invited or­ganists in the audience to try the new instrument.

-Helen Wingert

Pennsylvania Northeast April 17, more than 40 people partici­pated in the chapter’s spring Pedals, Pipes & Pizza program at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre. Piano and organ students played the church’s recently restored 1921 Moller pipe organ. There was a demonstration of the organ’s stops, music games, and a perfor­mance of Robin Dinda’s Casey at the Bat for organ and narrator. The afternoon concluded with a time of fellowship, pizza, and a chance to browse through boxes of gently used organ and piano music for the taking.

-Raphael Micca

Pittsburgh, PA May 23, the chapter joined with the Indiana (PA) and Seton Hill University chapters for a joint meeting at St. Vincent Archabbey in La­ Trobe. Seton Hill’s Rev. Cyprian G. Constantine was the host. Coordinating the day’s events was the Rev. Cyril Hurnyak, Pittsburgh’s chaplain. It was a day to celebrate and learn about the 70-rank Buzard Opus 40, dedicated in 2014. Activities be­gan with an introduction to the organ and open-console time for anyone who wanted to play it. This was followed by the view­ing of a DVD on the history of the organ and a session with the builder, John-Paul Buzard. An organ crawl gave participants the opportunity to see everything up close. For those who didn’t want to climb the 47 steps, there was a special monitor. Later, choral Vespers was sung by the Monas­tery Community and the Schola Cantorum. A reception and din­ner followed, giving all a chance to meet members of the different chapters. The evening program was a recital by Father Cyprian, demonstrating the full range of the instrument. He played works by Fletcher, Bach, Elgar, Calla­han, and Franck.

-Barbara McKelway

Southeastern Pennsylvania May 15, the chapter held its an­nual meeting and picnic at the home of Dean John Kampmey­er. A review of activities of the past year, plans for the future, and the slate of new officers were shared.

-Nancy Brown

Lynchburg, VA The chapter’s 2015-16 season of meetings was very informative. Last fall, David Higgs gave a lecture on “Educa­tional Trends in Organ Educa­tion in the U.S.” Higgs is profes­sor of organ and chair of the department of organ, sacred mu­sic, and historical keyboards at the Eastman School of Music. In November, John Hugo (de­partment chair and professor of music, voice, and conducting at Liberty University) presented a program on working with un­trained singers in the church choir.

• In February, Anne Ri­ley-Popper, certified technician in the Alexander Technique, held a seminar to explain and demonstrate (with audience par­ticipation) the basic concepts of this technique.

• In April, J. William Greene (organist-music director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church) presented and led a discussion of “Early Music Per­formance Techniques.” He dem­onstrated different forms of or­namentation and alternative fingerings.

•The chapter’s sea­son concluded with a banquet and a concert by Cantate, the Children’s and Youth Choir of Central Virginia, under the di­rection of Peggy Haas Howell (organist-music director at St. John’s Episcopal).

-Susan C. Batten-Bell

Richmond, VA May 9, the chapter held its annual New Or­ganist Scholarship Student Re­cital at Grace Covenant Presby­terian Church. This year’s three scholarship recipients–Hannah Lee, Cailin Petrus, and Alyssa Santos–played works by Bach, Pachelbel, Vierne, Buxtehude, Rheinberger, and others.

-John DeMajo

Winchester, VA May 13 the chapter held “An Evening of Southern Hospitality,” a stroll­ing, progressive dinner and re­citals. The evening began at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, where members and guests en­joyed hors d’oeuvres in the fel­lowship hall. Afterward, every­ one gathered at the beautiful 1853 church (organized in 1753) to hear the first of three mini­ recitals. Daniel Hannemann (director of music-organist at Grace, a rostered associate in ministry with the Lutheran church, and the chapter’s sec­retary and newsletter editor) played three works on the ll/28 Schantz, Opus 2086 (1994). His program was citied “A German Baroque Jewelbox” and includ­ed works by Pachelbel, Uibeck, and Walther. The evening’s sec­ond event was the “main course” at historic Christ Episcopal Church (dating from 1744), a block and a half away. Attendees enjoyed a delicious catered meal in the dining hall, where each table was ornamented with or­gan pipes and a spring floral ar­rangement by Hannemann. Or­ganist Dudley Oakes (performer, teacher, organ consultant, rep for Letourneau organs since 1987, and adjunct member of the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory) played sections by Bach and Tournemire, plus an arrangement of “Deep River” by Joe Utterback. Moller Opus 11335 (1981, rebuilt in 2015 by Taylor & Boody) is a two-manual, me­chanical-action organ with a solid-cherry case; it has 26 stops and 35 ranks. The third event, titled “Roses to Cherish,” was held at Braddock Street United Methodist Church, where Judy Connelly is minister of music. The chapter’s program chair, she was also co-coordinator of the Region III Convention in 2013 and a judge for the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition; she is presently coordinator of education for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She has hosted two Pipe Organ Encounters and headed the installation of a new Le­tourneau organ at Braddock Street UMC. “Roses to Cherish” featured a brass quartet (David Boltz and John Russell, trum­pets; Nathan Davis, trombone; and Cameron Farnsworth, tuba), David Boltz (solo trumpet), Terry Lively (baritone), and Emily Bentgen (oboe). Connel­ly accompanied all soloists and the brass quartet on the three­ manual Letourneau Opus 124 (2,332 pipes, 40 ranks). Follow­ing the program, attendees en­joyed desserts provided by chapter members. Profits from the progressive dinner/recitals bene­fited Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orches­tra and the Blue Ridge Choris­ters and Top of Virginia Youth Ensemble.

-Gloria Harris

Southeast Region

Miami, FL May 1 past dean Christopher Harrell played a solo recital at Trinity Cathedral on its large Aeolian-Skinner or­gan. Titled “The English Chan­nel,” the program featured music by English and French compos­ers. England was represented by Handel, Whitlock, Lang, How­ells, and Walton; Rhapsody No. 3 by Howells was especially mov­ing. With the exception of Bal­bastre, the French repertoire was more recent: Vierne, Alain, Langlais, Messiaen, and Widor. This music, full of contrasts and variety, benefited not only from the large instrument in a reso­nant setting, but also from the artistry of the performer. In addi­tion to serving as organist for the Anglican Chorale, which pro­vides Evensong music at the ca­thedral, Harrell is associate for music and liturgy at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Coral Gables. Following the recital, the large and enthusiastic audience was in­vited to the patio for a reception and to greet Harrell.

• May 22, the chapter and Trinity Cathe­dral cosponsored a choral Even­song celebrating not only Trinity Sunday but also the 88th birthday of Frederick Kent, resident composer, chapter historian, and former dean. The service was sung by the Anglican Chorale and conducted by Matthew Steynor, director of music. Ex­cept for the final hymn, all the music was composed by Kent. The liturgy was Evening Prayer Rite I, for which the composer provided new choral settings for the Invitatory and Suffrages A. The music for Phos hilaron (2008), Psalm 95 (2014), the Evening Canticles (2009), and the offertory anthem “All hail, adored Trinity” (1995) had been previously composed, as had the organ prelude (2013) and post­lude (2014). A reception fol­lowed in Cathedral Hall. There was also a short private meeting for the chapter to thank officers for their service and to announce the slate of candidates for fall elections.

-Frederick Kent

Sarasota-Manatee, FL May 23, the chapter held its annual banquet at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota.The speaker for the evening was rec­tor Fred Robinson, who, along with organist and choirmaster Ann Stephenson-Moe and Dan Carclidge, assistant organist/con­temporary music director, were hosts for the event. They led an Evensong, during which officers were installed for the 2016-17 season: Dwane Grace (dean), Nancy Siebecker (sub-dean), Susan Crumpler (treasurer), and Kathy Master Pendergrass (secre­tary). In his speech titled “It’s All in the Details,” Father Fred, a chapter member who serves on the executive committee, out­lined his extensive musical back­ ground. His parents had been versatile musicians, and in his youth, he played various instru­ments-including the pipe or­gan. He became an accom­plished choral singer during his college and seminary years, and he highlighted how these choral experiences influenced his life and provided him with a sense of community as he moved through different venues in his ministerial career.

-Paul Adams

Atlanta, GA May 10, the chap­ cer’s final program of the year was held ac Sc. Luke’s Episcopal Church. A warm welcome was given by Robert Mays, and a de­ licious dinner was served. After­ ward, Keith Nash, coordinator of scudenc scholarships, present­ ed several awards. Among those recognized was Vicki Frey, who earned the AGO Service Playing Certificate in March, and Timo­ thy Jones, who was awarded the Founder’s Prize, established in 20 14 to commemorate che cen­ tennia l of the chapeer.The San­ dra Bunn Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Geneva Stoneci­ pher, a student at the University of Georgia who studies organ with David Burton Brown .The evening continued with a Guild service led by St. Luke’s Chancel Choir, Arlan Sunnarborg (choir­ master), and Charles Higgs (organise). During the service, newly elected officers were in­ stalled: David Barber (dean), Don Land (secretary), Nicole Marane (registrar), Charlene Ponder (treasurer), Becky Ram­ sey (sub-dean), Andrew Single­ tary (Class of ‘l9, elected mem­ ber at large), and Tim Young (district convener).

-Rachel Ficklin

Augusta, GA May 16, the chap­ter met at Reid Memorial Pres­byterian Church, where a deli­cious dinner was enjoyed and members enjoyed fellowship and time to reflect on past programs and plan for the coming year. Afterward, the group moved to the sanctuary for the annual members’ recital. This year’s theme was “Organ with Instru­ments and Voice.” Playing works by Bach, Mozart, and others, participants included organists Sarah Pritchard (with Celeste Ray, clarinet), Keith Shafer (with Melissa Schultz, soprano), Don Dupee (with David Nich­ols, bagpipes), and John L. Wilson (with Fabio Mann, trum­pet). Also, the Rev. Dr. Bill Dolen utilized a computer-gen­erated MIDI program to play works by Tournemire and Demessieux. He had entered all information, note by note, on his computer, which was then joined by MIDI connection to the organ. The organ at Reid was built by Schantz in 2003.

-David Salter

Macon, GA May 12, chapter members presented a program of organ music at Wesleyan Col­lege. Featuring selections appro­priate for preludes, offertories, and postludes, the event was sponsored by the Macon Morn­ing Music Club. Members of the music club formed a choir to present two anthems. Organists included Fletcher Anderson, Jane Kimbrel, Susan McDuffie, Michael McGhee (host), Gail Pollock, and Sandra Smith.

-Jane Kimbrel

Jackson, MS April 15, the chapter continued its concert series at Northminster Baptise Church. Faythe Freese presented a program titled “Bon Voyage: Organ Music from Around the World.” Selections included compositions by Lidón of Spain, Frescobaldi of Italy, Frarncois Couperin of France, J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn of Germany, and Howells of England. Her closing work was a tour de force by Lebanese composer Naji Ha­kim–Variations on “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day”­ which was composed for Freese to record. The following morn­ing, Freese–who is head of the organ department at the Univer­sity of Alabama–presented a workshop that was applicable to pianists as well as organists on effective practice techniques and efficient use of practice time.

-Carol S. Durham

Fayetteville-Sandhills, NC February 6, the chapter sponsored a Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza event ac First Presbyterian Church. Co­ordinated and organized by Marcia Heirman Mervin (trea­surer), Monica Sparzak (secre­tary), and Donna Davenport (sub-dean), the event was at­tended by more than 30 chil­dren and parents as they ex­plored the two Moller/Miller pipe organs at the church. The event began with a short cartoon film about discovering the or­gan, and then students were en­gaged through handouts and coloring sheets as they learned organ terminology. Organ demonstration programs were featured on organs in both the chapel and the sanctuary, includ­ing one titled “Good Samaritan” by Davenport. Local support, in­cluding a feature article in the Fayetteville Observer added to the overall success of this program. The event concluded with a deli­cious pizza lunch for the many young students newly excited about the pipe organ.

-Homer A. Ferguson III

Charleston, SC May 9, the chapter gathered at historic St. John’s Lutheran Church (Todd Monsell, host). Members invited their clergy to join the chapter for a catered dinner in St. John’s social hall. Afterward, everyone adjourned to the church for the installacion of officers. William Gudger, playing the III/43 Schantz (1963/1991), offered his own Variations on “My Shep­herd Will Supply My Need”, and Bach’s Fugue in C Major, BWV 545/2. The Rev. Dr. Charles Lippy (chaplain), and Monsell (outgoing dean) presided. Mon­sell was presented with a past­ dean pin , and the chapter wel­comed new officers Jason Pe­deaux (dean), Loretta Haskell (sub-dean), Susanne Jeter (secre­tary), Edmund LeRoy (treasur­er), and Ann Longdon Hood and Huey Waldon (members at large).

-Edmund LeRoy

Grand Strand, SC May 6, the chapter met for dinner at Ange­lo’s Steak and Pasta in Myrtle Beach to conclude the program year. Members, prospective members, and guests enjoyed a delicious meal and each other’s company in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

-Billy Fallaw

Greater Columbia, SC May 24, the last meeting of the pro­gram year was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where the 1969 Tellers organ has been rebuilt by Lincoln Organs of North Carolina (John Dower and Stephen Spake, owners). St. John’s organist-choirmaster Celia Tolar-Bane hosted the event, which began with a potluck meal in the parish hall. Greg Scone was presented his certificate from AGO headquar­ters for completing the Service Playing Examination this year. David Lowry, consultant on the organ project, played a short demonstration program on the new three-manual console, con­cluding with the enthusiastic au­dience singing a hymn. Mem­bers enjoyed taking turns impro­vising at the console, to the de­light of the group.

-Frances Webb

Spartanburg, SC April 25, members enjoyed a progressive dinner and elected new officers. The evening began at First Pres­byterian Church with hors d’oeuvres followed by a short organ recital in the sanctuary. Church organist Marcia An­drews played works by Norman Gilbert and Sir Edward Elgar. Two students of Brennan Szafron also participated: Tash­ler Green played pieces by Ran­dolph Currie and settings of HAMBURG and LIANFAIR, both by Wayne Leupold; Mary Grace Hogan played works by Rhein­berger and Bach. The next venue was Bethel United Meth­odist Church, where organist Pamela Smithey played works by Gordon Young, John Long­hurst, and David German. The main-course meal was served at Bethel, at which time the busi­ness meeting took place.The evening ended at St. John’s Lutheran Church, where organ­ist Frankie Deal played works by Telemann, John Leavitt, and Piet Post. Afterward, dessert and coffee were served. Officers elected were Bill Cooper (dean), Alexandra (Zandi) Lee (sub­ dean), Erica Pauly (treasurer), and Larry Blackmon (secretary).

-Bill Cooper

Knoxville, TN May 2, the annual members’ recital was held at First Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Those playing were John Brock, Karl Jacob, Bradley Jones, Andrew Morehead, and Deborah Sanders. At the busi­ness meeting preceding the recital, Deborah Sanders (dean) installed the officers for the coming year. –

-Allison Ensor

Memphis, TN April 25, the chapter and Bartlett United Methodist Church sponsored a hymn festival titled “Sacred Songs and Social Juscice,” featur­ing organist and clinician Mark Miller. The event included hymn arrangements by Miller, readings by Todd Wilson (direc­tor of music at the church), ac­companiment by Karen Scraw­hecker (associate organist at the church), and youth choirs from Memphis and surrounding ar­eas. Miller believes passionately that music can change the world. His dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches, and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community. He ended the program with another of his arrangements, Toccata on “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” It was a most enjoyable evening of music.

-Jean Jones

Nashvile, TN. The chapter’s 2015-16 year ended on a high note as organist Tom Trenney combined his talents with those of Vox Grata, a Nashville-based women’s chorus conducted by Jeanene MacCllum. Trenney opened and closed with volun­taries and improvised responses to the choral selections. The concert and preceding dinner were hosted by Marsha Scheus­ner and Darryl Miller at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Franklin . Chapter officers for 2016-17 were installed, and Nicholas Bergin (outgoing dean) was awarded the past-dean’s pin.

-Rhonda Swanson

Northeast Tennessee/South­west Virginia. In April, a sig­nificant donation to the chapter, in memory of recently deceased member Randall Farley of Prince­ton, WV, was given by the Mercer Community Choir, Princeton, which Farley had organized.The donation, hon­oring this very dedicated chapter member, enabled the chapter to establish the Randall Farley Memorial Scholarship Fund for qualified young organ students in the chapter.

• In May, the chapter and First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, TN pre­sented a recital by Carl Angelo, director of music-organist at First Presbyterian Church of Flint, MI. His unique and en­thusiastically received program included both piano and organ music by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and Liszt. Following the event, attendees enjoyed meeting and conversing with Angelo at a re­ception in the chapel space of the church.

-Joan Keith

Southern Indiana May 1 Mitchell Miller, student at Oberlin College and Conserva­tory, was the featured organist for the Chadala Emerging Artist Concert at St. John Presbyterian Church in New Albany, present­ed to honor the memory of Su­san Elizabeth Hedden (1888- 1976), an outstanding organist and teacher in New Albany. Af­ter the opening organ selection, Pastor Allen Colwell presided at the installation service for chap­ter officers for the 2016-18 term: David K. Lamb, CAGO (dean); Charles Mitchell (sub­ dean); Judith E. Miller, CAGO (secretary); Roger G. Hott (trea­surer); and Gary Pope (executive committee member at large). Following the recital, chapter members and guests attended a fellowship dinner at a local restaurant.

-Judith E. Miller

Great Lakes Region

Cherry Capital Area, MI May 22, the chapter held its an­nual scholarship recital, potluck meal, and business meeting. The recital featured high-school or­gan students who are receiving scholarships from the chapter toward their organ lessons.Stu­dents Alex Bjoraker, Anastasia Evich, and Theresa Evich each played one to three pieces show­casing their work from the year. The recital was held at the Lake Leelanau RV Park, where the 51-rank Wilson residence organ resides.

-Mark Peters

Canton, OH April 25, a meeting was held at First United Church of Christ, New Philadel­phia. Anne Wilson presented an interesting program titled “It Takes a Village: Global Songs for Worship.” Before the pro­gram, she gave a recital on the Kimball organ.

• May 14, the annual organ crawl was a bus trip to Pittsburgh to see the in­struments at some wonderful venues, including St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Heinz Chap­el, several instruments at Du­quesne University, and First Lutheran Church. Lunch-break time was spent at Markee Square.

-Elaine Vaughan

Cincinnati, OH May 2, the vaults of the sumptuous neo­-Gothic Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Concepcion in Covington, KY, rang with the music of the chapter’s annual members’ recital. Participants gathered in the north transept opposite the IV/82 Aultz-Kersting organ in the gallery of the south transept. This permitted enjoyment of the cathedral’s reverberant space as well as a view of the organists as they played.The chapter and its performing members were wel­comed to the Cathedral Basilica by Rebecca Schaffer, daughter of late organist-choirmaster Robert Schaffer and his wife, Rica (formerly organist at the Episcopal Church of the Re­deemer in Cincinnati/Hyde Park), and sister of current or­ganist-choirmaster Greg Schaffer. During her introductory re­marks, she announced that Bob Schaffer’s organ compositions would be republished in a new edition in the near future. Chap­ter members Jeehan Park, Con­nie Golden, Tom Graler, Katie Barton, Mark Behnken, and Isa­iah Hyman then played a wide variety of 20th- and 21st-century literature, including works by Louis Vierne, E. Dale Golden, Herman Schroeder, Christopher Pardini, Arthur Zepp, Johann Gottlob Töpfer, and Gerre Hancock.

-Robert Benson

Toledo, OH May 21, at the invitation of the Toledo Muse­um of Art, chapter members played a two-hour program in the museum’s unique 1933 Greek-inspired Peristyle Con­cert Hall, long-equipped with a IV/48 Aeolian-Skinner organ (1926/1933). The instrument is the largest with the Skinner Au­tomacic Player attachment, and was restored in 2003-2004 by Thompson-Allen. Coordinating with several current and recent TMA exhibits, the theme was “Nature.” Performers were Brian Bogdanowirz, Joan McConnell, Nancy Russell, Curtis King, and George and Marilyn Blackney. Selections played ranged from Buxtehude through MacDoweU and from modern hymn ar­rangements to theater-organ numbers. Listeners, from dedi­cated organ aficionados to casual museum passers-by, were also treated to duets played by Mc­Connell and King (“In the Hall of the Mountain King”) and the Blackneys (‘The Stars and Stripes Forever”).

May 22, pri­or to their annual banquet, chapter members welcomed Ja­cob Taylor, a “son” of the chap­ter, chapter scholarship winner, doctoral candidate at Eastman, and one of the initial winners (2014) of the AGO Pogorzelski­-Yankee prize. Taylor presented a public recital on Trinity Epis­copal’s 11/32 Casavant (2005), Opus 3835, playing works by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Widor, Persichetti, and ending with Hakim’s Gershwinesca. Taylor studies with David Higgs, is a teaching assistant in music theory, and is music di­rector and organist ac First Bap­tist Church of Penfield, NY

-Ed Duling

North Central Region

Greater Kansas City, MO May 1, the chapter presented its an­nual Bachathon at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathe­dral (John Schaefer, canon musi­cian). Bachathon chair was Paul Erickson (organist and director of arts ministries at Parkville Presbyterian Church, and artis­tic director of the Northland Community Choir). A new fea­ture of the 2016 Bachathon was a harp duet (featuring principal harpists from the Kansas City and Topeka symphonies) and a performance by the Kansas City Flute Choir. The Kansas City Talent Education School pre­sented ensemble groups of its Suzuki students. Other ensem­ble groups included the Trinity Chamber Artists, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and Great­er Kansas City AGO Schola Cantorum. Organists were Paul Erickson; MacKenzie Reed (artist in residence at St. An­drew’s Episcopal Church); Rose Smook (POE alumna and pupil of Claudette Schiratti); Clau­dette Schiratti, AAGO; Jacob Hofelling (organist at Barry Christian Church); and William Ted Stewart, AAGO (organist of Immanuel Lutheran Church). Stewart’s performance, which concluded this year’s Bachathon, represented a personal connec­tion to the first Bachathon. That year, he had been both chapter dean and the founding chair of this annual presentation on the first Sunday of May.

-Norm Kinnaugh

St. Louis, MO May 16, the chapter held its last meeting of the season at Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood (Phillip Brunswick, host). After the end­-of-year banquet, Sub-dean Mark Scholtz presented the Avis Blew­ett Award to this year’s recipient, Andy Peters (minister of music at Second Church-Presbyteri­an), for his fine work as chair of the 2015 North Central Region VI Convention, contributions to the musical culture of the city, and management of the Couts Music Series. Established in 1986, the Blewett award is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the musical life of the metro­politan area. In addition, Reso­lutions of Recognition were pre­sented to two individuals who contributed to chapter life in different ways: Henry Glass, a member since 1956 and dean (1998-2000), and Joan Busch­mann, who faithfully served as chapter caterer for 25 years. On behalf of Dean Dawn Riske, who could not be present due to a delayed flight from the West Coast, District Convener Bill Wade led the installation of officers for 2016-17.They are: Mark Scholtz (dean); Burnell Hackman (sub-dean); Mike Kaberline (treasurer); Stephen Jones (executive committee Class of 2018); and Ted Cronbaugh, John Hawn, and Mary Hitchcock-Reinhart (executive committee Class of 2019). Wade recognized outgoing trea­surer Dennis York for his many years of faithful service. As an added bonus, all had a chance to win some very nice organ and choral CDs, courtesy of Brent Johnson, Organ Media Foundation. After the CD raffle, the at­tendees joined church members for a professional performance of The True Story of Cinderella by Warren Martin.The presenta­tion was underwritten by chap­ter members from Equity Mis­souri Confluence Real Estate: John Powel Walsh and Mark Scholtz. Score rental and pro­grams were made possible by Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church (David Erwin, director of music). This work is rarely performed and was a real treat for the attendees as well as a de­lightful way to conclude a suc­cessful year.

-Bill and Yvonne Sullivan

Lincoln, NE May 7, the chap­ter held a morning workshop at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church LCMS in Beatrice, inviting more than 50 small town and country churches and organists to attend “An Organist’s Day Out.” Stacie Lightner, MGO, led the workshop in two ses­sions: “Parts of the Organ” and “Guidelines for Registration.” She emphasized that a church organist’s most important job is to effectively lead congregational singing. Two chapter members brought organ method books and appropriate organ music for workshop attendees to peruse. Fresh sweet rolls and snacks dur­ing registration and mid-morn­ing break, a catered noon lunch, and door prizes were welcome additions to the workshop. At­tendees also went home with lots of free “swag” from the local or­ganbuilder, AGO headquarters, THE AMERICAN ORGANIST, and several organ publishing compa­nies, as well as a seven-page handout reviewing the informa­tion given during the morning. There were enthusiastic requests for another workshop, and one organist who couldn’t attend asked for a private session with Stacie!

-Sinda Dux

Madison, WI May 22, chapter members gathered for their annual meeting at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill in Fitchburg. The year’s activities were summa­rized, and highlights of the upcoming program year were men­tioned. In addition to voting for board members for the coming year, the group voted to accept proposed amendments to the chapter’s constitution and oper­ating procedures. After the meet­ing, those present enjoyed some delicious food and good conver­sation.The chapter covered the cost of the meals.

-Naomi Macchees

Southwest Region

Central TX February 14, the chapter presented Duo Edelen in recital at the Markham Organ Studio at Baylor University in Waco. Dean Bobby Safley wel­comed the enthusiastic members and guests; member Doris Scott introduced her daughter Chris­tina Edelen (organ) and son-in­ law Fred Edelen (cello). They played a program of Baroque music by Gabrieli, Sweelinck, Boismortier, Vivaldi, and Bach. The pair resides in the Nether­lands, where Christina is organ­ist-choir director at the Anglican Church in the Hague, and Fred is assistant principal cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Or­chestra. Everyone-especially the Baylor cello majors who were present-enjoyed the program and stayed to chat with the per­formers.

• May 15, the chapter presented a recital by Joyce Jones, professor emeritus of Bay­lor University School of Music, playing the organ in her name at Baylor’s Markham Studio. An enthusiastic audience wel­comed her as she played works by Walond, Vivaldi/Bach, Bach, Beethoven, van Hulse, Langlais, Dupre, and herself. Afterward, everyone was invited to the home of Bobby Safley for a re­ception in honor of Jones. Invit­ed guests accorded her with many accolades, including the city of Waco’s declaration of May 15, 2016, as Joyce Jones Day, flowers and a citation from AGO headquarters, a citation from the regional AGO, and flowers from the chapter. All the guests enjoyed the social time that followed.

-Bonnie R. Belanger and Loccie S. Evans

Dallas, TX May 20, the chap­ter held its annual banquet at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. This was a Blue Mesa “fajita grill party” fea­turing New Mexican-style Mex­ican food. During our final meet­ing of the year, Rene Schmidt­ chair of the committee for the 2017 AGO Southwest Regional Convention to be held in Dallas
reported that everything was falling into place with the help of his excellent committee mem­bers. We’re looking forward to hosting a great convention, es­pecially with many new organs and upgraded organs to hear since the 2007 convention held in Dallas. Our annual business meeting concluded with the installation of new officers for 2016-17: Michael Shake (dean); Brad Reznicek (sub-dean); Larry McCain (secretary); David Brown (treasurer); Nancy N. Laine (membership secretary); Chris Brunt (historian); the Rev. Kathryn E.Johnson (parliamen­tarian); Phyllis M. Beck and David L. Rodgers (auditors); canon Paul Lindsley Thomas (honorary dean); and Christine E. Bouton, Jonathan M. Gre­goire, Graham Schultz, the Rev. Dr. Charles S. Brown, Carlene Rebecca (Becky) Peal-Sconce, Jordan Peek, Charlene Polka Dorsey, and Charles Morell (members at large). Following the grill party and meeting, members adjourned to the sanc­tuary for the year’s final install­ment of the Robert T. Anderson Recital Series, excellently played by Jan Kraybill, principal organ­ist for the Dome and Spire Or­gan Foundation and organ con­servator of the Kauffman Cen­ter for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.

-William Leazer

West Region

Central AZ March 8, the chapter cosponsored a recital by duo organists Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Sun City (Gloria Lien, host). The pro­gram featured works written or arranged for four hands and four feet at one console, and was en­joyed by the large audience in attendance.

• April 15, the chap­ter cosponsored a program by Organized Rhythm (Joseph Gramley, percussion, and Clive Driskill-Smith, organ) at Pinna­cle Presbyterian Church, Scotts­dale (Brent Hylton, host). The music included arrangements of works by J.S. Bach, Copland, and Holst.

-Skye Hart

Long Beach, CA April 9, the chapter sponsored a masterclass with clinician Tom Mueller of Concordia University-Irvine. He heard three talented organ­ists: Joshua Gusman (playing Rhosymedre by Vaughan Wil­liams), Janet Keulen Thorson (Prelude on “Spanish Hymn” by Neil Harmon), and Jason Mc­Nally (Vierne’s Carillon de West­minster). Mueller provided in­sightful and helpful comments to each organist and gave practi­cal ideas for the preparation of the pieces.

-David Feit-Pretzer

Los Angeles, CA April 11, the chapter presented, with the Ventura County chapter, a joint recital with Philip Smith and Raelynn Clare at St. Mel Parish, Woodland Hills. Los Angeles member Robert Bruce was also given honorary lifetime membership.

-Karla Devine

Orange County, CA January 30, Christopher Houlihan was fea­tured in a solo recital at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach playing the new 76-stop Rodgers three-manual Masterpiece 376 digital organ. This was the first public organ recital on the instrument, which was installed just prior to the build­ing dedication in December 2012. Houlihan’s varied program beautifully and sensitively explored the extensive tonal va­riety and subtlety available in the organ; he played works by Sowerby, Bach, and Vierne. Pa­tricia Murphy Lamb (director of music miniseries at the church) was host for the evening. After the concert, a reception featur­ing exquisite cheeses and chocolates was held to celebrate the occasion.

-Jim Kistler

San Jose, CA May 1, the chapter held its second annual hymn sing at the Los Gatos United Methodist Church.The event started off with prelude music from the ever-talented Larry and Carla Sue handbell duo. Carolyn Lamcke welcomed everyone and invited those who were not already a Guild mem­ber to consider becoming one. Darryl Parker offered a brief ex­planation and history of his cho­sen hymn tune (DARWALL’S 148TH) and then led the congre­gation with variations on each verse, concluding with a jubilant harmonization of the last verse. Dick Coulter followed, with ev­eryone singing in harmony, con­cluding with a beautiful solo ar­rangement based on the PASSION CHORALE, perfect for the Lenten season. Next came the piano and organ duo of Joyce Rhodes and Celia Palm (a new member). The hymn “Lord of the Dance” was delightfully arranged in a very light and joyful style as all five verses were sung. Paul Rosas followed, playing a Michael Burkhardt arrangement of ‘The Summons” (hymn tune KELVIN ­ GROVE); the congregation sang along. Then the Sues joined him on the handbells for “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” (SPAN­ISH HYMN), a treat not only to the ears but for the eyes as well. Valerie Sterk brought her own arrangements of two hymn tunes (BEACH SPRING and BEECHER) that were lovely and we hope will be published soon! The event concluded with Diane Keller playing an arrangement by Richard Elliott of “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (Pente­cost) that brought the crowd to their feet as we all felt the “spirit” of the organ. A delicious reception concluded the event, with many staying to congratulate, talk, and simply enjoy each ocher’s friendship. A great time was had by all, and we look for­ward to watching attendance grow next year.

-Elisabeth Pintar

Ventura County, CA May 7, the chapter had its last meeting of the year at the Samuelson Chapel of California Lutheran University. Several students of Kyle Johnson played their final­ exam pieces, as did a student of Edith Ott. Kyle Johnson was presented a going-away gift of a wooden organ pipe, which the members had signed with well wishes. He then presented Ro­berta Palmer (outgoing dean) with a Triptych for Organ on En­gelberg that he composed in her honor. He also gave each mem­ber a copy and then played it for us. After the program, the instal­lation of officers was conducted by chapter chaplain R. Lewis Fry, assisted by special guest Pe­ter Bates. Bates is a past dean of the Long Beach chapter and is now district convener for the Greater Los Angeles area. He shared information of interest from a regional and national AGO perspective.

-Ivan Shobe

Eugene, OR May 20 the chapter presented the Organists of Korea at First United Metho­dist Church, featuring organ music from the Classical and Romantic periods along with Bach’s “Wedge” Prelude and Fugue. The artists were Yang­ Hee Yun (from Seoul, Korea), and her former students Jenny Ahn Lee (Los Angeles) and Seon-Ae Tinling (Seattle). Yun, who majored in organ and grad­uated from Ewha Woman’s Uni­versity in Seoul, completed grad­uate work at the An1erican Con­servatory of Music in Chicago, where she was a member of the organ faculty. In Seoul, she was chair of the church music pro­gram at Chong Shin University and an adjunct professor at Ewha Woman’s University. She also served as dean of the Korea AGO Chapter. For 25 years, she was the titular organist of the Seoul Sejong Culture Center, where she regularly gave concerts on one of the largest pipe organs in Asia (two consoles, six manu­als each, and 97 stops). She con­tinues to appear regularly on TV as a music commentator for the Christian Broadcasting Station. As a recitalist, she has given concerts in 16 countries, including the United Scares, Canada, France, England, Germany, Finland, and Norway. She was the first Korean organist to give a recital in Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. She has been a jury member for various international music competitions. Jen­ny Ahn Lee received a degree in organ and church music from Chong Shin University, where she studied with Yun. She re­ceived her master’s degree in or­gan performance from Duquesne University. She has given many recitals in Korea and the United States. In Los Angeles, she is the accompanist for the Glendale Youth Orchestra and the Bella Musica Conservatory. She was organist at the Wilshire United Methodist Church and has served as organist at the Oriental Mission Church since 2004. Seon-Ae Tinling received her de­gree in organ performance from Mok Won University in Korea, where she studied with Yun. Since 2006, she has been reach­ing piano at Seontinling’s Piano Studio in Everett, WA. Julia Brown (director of music at First United Methodist Church) and Jane Knobel (dean) collaborated to bring this concert to Eugene. It was a memorable evening of beautiful repertoire showcasing the fine talents of a famous Ko­rean organ professor and two of her former students.

-Jane Knobel

Salt Lake City, UT May 7 the chapter held its members’ recital and closing social at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. Performing were Becky Azera, David Fox, Janet Griffin, Adam Hansen, Kevin Lawrence, Alex Oldroyd, and Tan Summers, of­fering music composed by a wide variety of composers and ages. They enjoyed playing the new Bigelow organ. Before the reci­tal, new officers for 2016-17 were introduced, and AGO business was discussed. After­ward, AGO members, their friends, and family enjoyed re­freshments and conversation together.

-Becky Azera

Seattle, WA May 7 the chap­ter’s special projects advisory committee cosponsored the first of two educational events that month. David Higgs conducted a masterclass on the Flentrop or­gan at St. Mark’s Cathedral. He assisted student members Chris­topher Howerter, Matthew Johnson, Samuel Libra, Chris Lyons, and Wyatt Smith, plus one nonmember, in interpreting composers from Bach to Hin­demith. An appreciative audi­ence crowded the choir loft around the console.

• May 20, Laura Ouimette presented the entire history of Western music in one hour on the organ: “Tunes ‘n’ Timbres ‘n’Time” by Neely Bruce. About 140 fifth-graders from low-income neighborhoods around Seattle were bused to Plymouth Church UCC to learn about the new Fisk organ and its possibilities. From the opening fantasia on the theme from Mis­sion Impossible to a wide-ranging question-and-answer period, the children were engaged and atten­tive. Many apparently saw possi­bilities for themselves, asking “How did you decide to play the organ?” and “How long did it cake to learn?” In a May 14 pre­view performance at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, where Laura is organist, David Lepse served as narrator.

-David Nichols

Spokane, WA April 24 the chapter held its annual members’ concert, open to the public, at Messiah Lutheran Church (mu­sic director Chris Nelson, host). The church’s organ is a 11/24 Werner Bosch, Opus 526, in­stalled in 1969. Approximately 50 people attended. After the welcome and an opening hymn with the congregation singing “This Joyful Eastertide,” accom­panied by Nelson, selections from a variety of composers were played by Debby McConnell (works by Lani Smith and Ger­ald Peterson); Carolyn Payne ac­companied by a choir of AGO members (singing “O God of Exodus” by Marry Haugen and Susan Briehl); Floyd Czoski (works by William Selby and Donald Busarow); Tiffany Wong with French horn and string accompaniment (Mozart concerto); Jim Holmes (Mar­chand); Helen Byrne with tuba accompaniment (Pinkham); Robert Carr (Bach}; and Chris Nelson (Reger}.

-Vince Roland

Tacoma, WA May 23 mem­bers and guests gathered at La­gerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University for the installation of new officers. Member Jonathan Wohlers administered the AGO oath of office to incoming mem­bers of the chapter’s executive committee. Afterward, students of chapter members presented the annual student recital. Play­ing the Fritts organ were Amy Castle (student of Jonathan Wohlers and past recipient of the chapter’s organ scholarship}, Brett Gaulke, Collin Ray, Charles Reinmuth (all students of Paul Tegels}, and Pascal We­ber (also coached by Tegels). The recital program can be viewed at 2006-student-recital-and-intcal­lation-of-executive-committee/.

-Paul Tegels

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