September 2016 TAO Chapter News

All reports received are published. Reports (not newsletters) from chapters may be emailed to • Include name of chapter, date of event, and city or town in which it took place. • Report recent activities only; do not list future events. • Include names of active participants who are AGO members. • Photos: Only unmodified high-resolution TIFF or JPG files (300 dpi) are acceptable for electronic submissions (send as attachments). • Deadline for this column was July 1 (two months prior to issue date). Northeast Region Greater Bridgeport, CT April 9, the chapter presented a workshop by clinicians Peter and Mary Alice Amidon at the University of Bridgeport, hosted by music faculty member Frank Martignetti. • June 12, … [Read more...]

Atlanta, Georgia hosts one of 8 Pipe Organ Encounter events in 2016

Atlanta, Georgia was the site of a POE directed by Nicole Marane, director of the AGO National Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters. The students were photographed  from the chancel of Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta. A full report of this and other Pipe Organ Encounter events will appear in the December, 2016 issue of The American Organist. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bush Enos) … [Read more...]

September 2016 TAO Feature Article

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Westerville, OH Muller Pipe Organ Company • Croton, OH By Scott G. Hayes and John W. Muller The highlight of Muller Pipe 
Organ Company’s 95th anniversary year was the completion of the new pipe organ for St. Paul the Apostle Parish of Westerville, Ohio, the largest congregation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The music ministry at St. Paul is extensive and includes multiple parish choirs as well as music classes for children in the parochial school. Our relationship with the parish began as the new building was being designed by David B. Meleca Architects. This early involvement afforded the sought-after opportunity for church, architect, and organbuilder to work collaboratively to … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

July 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region Waterbury, CT April 16, a Youth Choir Festival was held at St. Rose of Lima Church in Meri­­den. The event was cosponsored by the Greater Hartford chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Rehearsal began at 10 a.m., and the concert/sharing time was at 2 p.m. The 50-voice choir was directed by Chris Shay and accompanied by Jean Degan (piano), Bill Degan (organ), and John Marshall (percussion). The program included Paul Halley’s Freedom Trilogy. The church sanctuary has three choir lofts that were successfully used for a round, and the church has a 1917 Aus­tin/1982 Foley-Baker pipe organ. —William Degan Merrimack Valley, MA April 3, a workshop titled “The Musicians’ Role in Creating Singing … [Read more...]

August 2016 TAO Feature Article

Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, IL Quimby Pipe Organs • Warrensburg, MO By T. Daniel Hancock "The new Quimby organ at Fourth Presbyterian Church unquestionably feels at home at the head of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. It is the sonic equivalent of the grand buildings and vibrant urban activity known in this part of Chicago.” So remarked American concert artist and organist Aaron David Miller after his first encounter with the new organ. Fourth Presbyterian Church is an energetic, flourishing congregation prominently located on Michigan Avenue in the Near North Side of Chicago. The church, according to John Sherer, organist and director of music, is “blessed with a wonderful music tradition and a congregation and staff very … [Read more...]

Congratulations to the 2016 NYACOP and NCOI Winners

Five finalists played at the 2016 NYACOP final round Saturday, June 18, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. The winning players were Katelyn Emerson – First Place, Kirk Rich – Second Place, and Weicheng Zhao – Third Place and Audience Prize. Three finalists were chosen at the 2015 NCOI semifinals held July 1, 2015 at the Charlotte SE Regional Convention. The three organists below traveled to Houston, Texas for the NCOI final round that was held June 21, 2016 at Christ Church Cathedral (Houston). Thomas Dahl, was awarded 1st Place and the Audience Prize, Matt Gender was awarded 2nd Place, and Kalle Toivio was awarded 3rd Place. … [Read more...]

Cedar Valley, Iowa hosts the first Pipe Organ Encounter of 2016

Cedar Valley, Iowa was the site of the first POE of 2016. Led by director Karen Black at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, the students, faculty and volunteers took a break from lessons, classes and activities to pose for an outdoor photo (below). A full report of this and other Pipe Organ Encounter events will appear in the December, 2016 issue of The American Organist. … [Read more...]

Eight Prizes Presented to Six Organists at National Convention in Houston, TX

The American Guild of Organists  is pleased to announce the results of its National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and the National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI). Prizewinners were recognized at the 53rd biennial AGO National Convention in Houston, Tex. The following prizes were awarded: National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance First Prize—Katelyn Emerson The Jordan Organ Endowment Prize: $10,000, awarded in conjunction with a solo recital on the Jordan Family Organ in Columbus, GA; The Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize: $3,000 cash award and career development assistance provided by Karen McFarlane Artists; a CD recording by Pro Organo; a performance at the 2018 AGO National … [Read more...]

AGO Recognizes Three Award Winning Composers

The American Guild of Organists honored three award- winning composers at its Annual Meeting on June 22, during the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, TX. AGO Vice President Christian Lane presided over the award presentations to David Ashley White of Houston, Ivan Božičević of Croatia, and Michael Gilbertson of Hamden, CT The 2016 Distinguished Composer Award was presented to David Ashley White. The prestigious award, created in 1986, is presented biennially to recognize outstanding composers of organ and choral music in the United States. White’s anthem, With a Shining Like the Sun, for mixed chorus, brass, timpani, organ, and congregation, was given its premier performance during the convention. Previous award recipients … [Read more...]