Beaumont, TX

Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 16:13 pm


From the Dean

Happy Thanksgiving!   Best wishes to each of you for a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends.

I received a thank you email from Dr. Christiansen earlier this week.  I’ll include the text of it later in this newsletter.   Thanks again for all the work you did in making the November 1 recital a success.   Many of you worked behind the scenes to broadcast an invitation to the event as widely as possible and to encourage people to attend.  This was an example of great teamwork.

Best regards,

Chris Richter



Upcoming Events


Are there any upcoming musical events we should share…events planned in your congregations or other groups in which you participate?   Are your music groups, ensembles, choirs, etc. planning something?  Let me know and I’ll share them with the group.


Friday / Saturday, November 21 & 22, 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 23, 2 pm

Lamar Opera Theatre presents selected arias

Rothwell Recital Hall


Sunday, November 23, 3 pm

Golden Triangle Hand Bell Ensemble Winter Concert

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Beaumont


Sunday, November 30, 3:30 pm

Lamar University Choirs present Messiah

St. Anthony’s Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont


Sunday, December 7, 3 pm

SOST Holiday Concert

Julie Rogers Theatre, Beaumont



Next Chapter Meeting – Last meeting for 2014


Based on the input received thus far, let’s plan to meet Sunday evening, November 30, beginning at 6:30 pm.   The Richter home is the venue.   If you wish, you can bring a beverage or a snack to share.   We can begin the Advent / Christmas seasons cycle with a toast!



A note from Dr. Christiansen


Dear Chris,


Many thanks to you and the other wonderful members of the Beaumont Chapter of the AGO for sponsoring my recital at Wesley United Methodist Church last November 1.  I had a wonderful time and you were such a kind and polished host.  It was a joy to play in that fine venue and for such wonderful and responsive people and Justin certainly took good care of me and proved to be a first-rate chauffeur!


May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Warmest regards,




We have a web site!


Yes, it’s true.   We’ve a fledgling website set up on the AGO National Headquarters web frame.   With help from the IT staff in the national office, I set up the rudimentary portions of the web.   It would be great to have a chapter member volunteer to maintain it!    Do we have any volunteers?    It’s not a tough task; it simply requires some diligence.


You may access our web at:



MET Opera Season continues…


The remaining performances this year include:


November 22 (11:55 am) and 26 (6:30 pm): (Rossini) Il Barbiere di Siviglia


December 13 (11:55 am) and 17 (6:30 pm):  (Wagner) Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg


The season continues in 2015 with performances of the following operas:  The Merry Widow, Les Contes d’Hoffman, Iolanta, Bluebeard’s Castle, La Donna del Lago, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Pagliacci.  Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy one or more of the performances.



Instruments Available


Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Beaumont, TX is seeking a buyer(s) for its musical instruments.   These include the 1964 Hofmann Tracker pipe organ, a (1990?) Baldwin piano, and a 1963 Zuckerman single manual (spinet) harpsichord.


Additional information regarding the specification, condition, etc. of each instrument is available by contacting Chris Richter (   If you know of anyone interested in these instruments, please share this information.   We’d really like to see the instruments move to a good home and be appreciated.




More news about the Morton Theatre Organ


I exchanged email with Emily Wheeler earlier this week and we’re working to schedule an appointment for me to take a look at the instrument, play it and discuss our involvement with and our access to the organ.   As soon as we can settle on a date, I’ll share updates with you.



Area Musician Openings


At this point, we’ve received no requests to post musician openings.


If you have information to share, please send me the details for posting in our chapter newsletter.





If you have information or discussion you’d like to include in our chapter newsletters, please send it to me.   It’s really nice to have everyone involved in the process of communicating and sharing ideas.





Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.





Contact Us


Chapter Officers

W. Chris Richter, Dean  – (409) 842-4301  –

Dwight A. Peirce, Sub-Dean – (409) 899-4370 –

Scott Feldhausen, Treasurer – (409) 832-8107, ext. 110 –



AGO National website