January 2015 TAO Chapter News North Central Region

Central Iowa  September 29, chapter members gathered at St. John’s Lutheran Church for the year’s kickoff event. Members of the church provided a delicious homemade dinner, which was followed by the AGO Commissioning Service of Church Musicians. The chapter’s new dean, Michael Stefanek, and the Rev. Dr. Jackie Thompson presided over the service. The St. John’s Adult Handbell Choir provided the prelude and service music. Newly installed Sub-dean Mark Shultz played the hymns, while outgoing dean Ann Gerdom played the postlude. —David Raymond Twin Cities, MN  October 18, several chapter members and friends enjoyed a West Metro Organ Crawl/Exploration Day. The daylong event took place in beautiful weather with exquisite fall … [Read more...]

January 2015 TAO Chapter News Southwest Region

Tulsa, OK October 18, the chapter presented the Broken Consort from Boston, MA in a workshop at Christ the King Catholic Church. The leader of the six singers demonstrated and led chapter members in singing chant and choral music leading up to the early Baroque era. The Consort singers encouraged the teaching and singing of chant, showing easy ways to introduce it to church choirs; they also demonstrated vocal techniques and tuning. Following the workshop, members had lunch and a meeting at a nearby restaurant. —Fred Elder Tulsa Chapter website Alamo, TX September 26, the chapter opened its 2014–15 season with a potluck social at the residence of John and Elaine Ehlers. Despite the heavy drizzle, the turnout was … [Read more...]

January 2015 TAO Chapter News West Region

Long Beach, CA   October 7,, Jason McNally (host organist) was joined by Dolly Ickler (chapter registrar and treasurer) in providing an early Halloween party. Members sang pumpkin carols and were treated to music by chapter members. —David Feit-Pretzer Long Beach Chapter website   Orange County, CA May 18, the chapter held a members’ recital at Tustin Presbyterian Church (host Dennis Siebelnaler, organist). Performing on the 53-rank Wicks pipe organ were Lois Hol dridge, David M. Lines, Norberto Guinaldo, Christine Azzoni Dow, and Sie belnaler. They played, among others: Simon Preston’s Alleluyas, Joseph Jongen’s Chant de Mai, and two of Norberto Guinaldo’s own compositions from his Six Contemplations for … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News West Region

Long Beach, CA September, 2 the chapter’s annual potluck and kickoff meeting was held at the home of Peter Bates. Following dinner around the pool, a short meeting was held. Then everyone adjourned to the house for a program of organ, piano duet, and organ/piano selections, performed by members David York, Peter Bates, Margaret Armstrong, Althea Waits, Vern Mouw, and Leroy Pabst. --Rebecca Ogle Long Beach Chapter website San Jose, CA June 8, the chapter held its annual membership meeting at Los Gatos United Methodist Church. A hymn sing was held, where each participating organist played a selected hymn and the congregation then sang it. For some hymns, an arrangement was also played. Kirk Waiblinger, winner of the chapter’s … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News Southwest Region

Albuquerque, NM September 13, the chapter opened the season with an organ crawl. It began downtown at First United Methodist Church, where Dan Cummings (music director) introduced featured guest organist Joyce Jones from Waco, Texas, who provided wonderful insight into the organ and gave a mini-recital for the 25 attendees. The following day, Jones gave a recital, attended by many Guild members. The next stop was at First Presbyterian Church, to hear New Mexico’s largest four-manual M.P. Möller organ played by James Yeager. This instrument was designed in the American Classic style by Ernest White and Goodsell Slocum in 1955 and consists of more than 3,000 pipes! Yeager encouraged members to try their skills on the organ. A New … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News North-Central Region

Wichita, KS Sept. 7, chapter members and friends met at the Church of the Brethren. The evening began at the Scholarship Library, in its new location. All of the music from the files was pulled out for attendees to purchase. There were lots of hugs and greetings as members arrived to look through the stacks of music. The crowd then gathered in the fellowship hall. Marlene Hallstrom shared information about changes at the national level, and Lynne Davis spoke of highlights at the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston. Debbie Lynch and Christopher Shaw updated those present about changes on our local board. A potluck meal was enjoyed by all, followed by a glance at the program year given by Shaw. Ken Rodgers, from the Hutchinson AGO … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News-Great Lakes Region

East Central IL, September 13, the chapter hosted a Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza event for eight young people ages 11–17. They toured, listened to, and played the 1921 Wurlitzer at the newly renovated Virginia Theatre, and the 48-rank 1965 Casavant at First United Methodist Church, both in downtown Champaign. Also, staff at the nearby Buzard Pipe Organ Builders took participants on a tour of their facility, including their renovation and new organ projects. After a pizza supper, the group was treated to a performance by theater organist Mark Gifford at the Virginia Theatre, including the accompaniment of a Buster Keaton silent movie. —Carolyn Pater East Central, IL AGO Chapter Website Cherry Capital, MI September 7, … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News–Southeast Region

Miami, FL September 21, “Voluntaries Rediscovered” was performed at Trinity Cathedral by ten members of the chapter, who enjoyed the opportunity to play on the large organ in a superb acoustic. Composers represented were Bach, Mendelssohn, Gigout, C.S. Lang, and Jehan Alain. In recognition of Wilbur Held’s 100th birthday, Betty Rice (former dean), played his setting of “Simple Gifts.” More contemporary works were provided by Mark Jones (dual member from Pompano) and Frederick Kent (former Miami dean), who played their own compositions. Following the organ program, all were invited to Cathedral Hall for a convivial gathering. A three-course meal was prepared and served by Empowered Youth, a program sponsored by a local chef. The Very … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News–Mid-Atlantic Region

District of Columbia September 22, the chapter hosted its first meeting of the season with a hymn festival and installation of officers at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Md. (Thomas Smith, host). John Walker, AGO president, was the organist for the service, which featured lessons read by chapter members, interspersed with a variety of hymns in different styles. Officers sworn in for the coming year include Russell Weismann (dean), Victoria Shields (sub-dean), Jason Abel (secretary), Irvin Peterson (hospitality coordinator), Jeremy Filsell (education coordinator), Irv Lawless (archivist), and Thomas Smith (newsletter editor). Weismann encouraged members to practice warm hospitality toward newcomers and members at our … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News–Northeast Region

Boston, MA September 7, the chapter held its opening service and installation of officers at the Church of the Advent. The Rev. Carl Daw (chaplain) led participants in “Deliverance: Exodus to Revelation,” a service of readings and hymns with Mark Dwyer (organist and choirmaster) accompanying. At the conclusion of the service, those in attendance enjoyed gathering in the church hall for friendship,reminiscences about the wonderful 2014 AGO National Convention, and a meal. —Claire DeCusati Boston chapter website Merrimack Valley, MA Sept. 9, the chapter held its installation of new officers at Union Congregational Church in North Reading. The Rev. Dr. Richard Hughes officiated, andFrederick Mac Arthur accompanied the … [Read more...]