Colorado Springs Chapter

Last updated: May 8, 2017 at 23:12 pm
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Local Events

NEXT MEETING

Monday, May 15

PROGRESSIVE ORGAN CONCERTS

6:30 pm  First Congregational, 20 E. St. Vrain

7:30 pm  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal, 601 N. Tejon

 

COLORADO SPRINGS

May 14 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  FIRST CHRISTIAN CONCERT SERIES:  Pikes Peak Ringers and Forte Handbell Quartet–Joining Forces.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Pikes Peak Ringers, directed by Kevin McChesney, is recognized as one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America.  The virtuo­so Forte is an advanced handbell quartet marked by artistry, en­ergy, and dedica­tion to their craft.  Take your mom out for Mother’s Day, then treat her to an exciting music event.  A free will offering will be taken.

May 25 (Thursday), 6:30 pm:  Organ Recit­al/Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episco­pal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  The Feast of Ascension will be celebrated with a 30-minute organ recit­al, followed by Choral Evensong with the Taylor Choir.

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June 2 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES:  Liberty Belles.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument Streets, Colorado Springs.  Liberty Belles is a 1940s-style trio in the style of the Andrews Sisters, who are the hit of Colorado Springs. Performing regularly at festivals and venues throughout the city, the Liberty Belles are clearly the life of the party with their dazzling visual appeal, beautiful vocalism and out­standing musicianship. The public is en­couraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.  In case of rain, concerts are held indoors in the parish hall.

June 3 (Saturday), 6:30 pm:  MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH:  Joe & Katie Uveges. First Christian Church Labyrinth, corner of Platte and Cascade, Colorado Springs.  Joe Uveges has been performing and writing songs on Colorado’s front range for more than 22 years now. He has eight studio albums under his belt, a movie credit, publishing credits (Good­night Kiss Music), and 130 plus shows a year for the last 15 years.  A consummate veteran of concerts of every type, Joe weaves a performer’s magic in nu­merous settings with grace and hu­mor.  As a five-time Winner of the Reader’s choice Gazette “Best Of” in Colorado Springs, his most recent awards include “Solo Musician of the Year” (2011, 2012) and “Best Video to Touch the Heart” (2014) with daughter Katie Uveges (produced by Steven Nor­ris).  Joe’s most recent recording was a duo project with singer/songwriter Stephanie Pauline of “More than Music” ministries on a country disc enti­tled When the Smoke Clears. Joe also has performed in numerous churches in a wide variety of denominations.  Invite a couple of friends, bring chairs or blankets (or just sit on the labyrinth wall), and enjoy some fun music on a lovely summer evening.  Ice water and cookies served.  Programs will move indoors for inclement weather; no cancellations.  Free will offering.

June 16 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES:  Gregory Goodloe and the Light Years Ahead Band.  Grace and St. Ste­phen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument Streets, Colorado Springs. Gregory Good­loe’s appearances each year have been a crowd favorite.  You’ll be dancing in the aisles as the Light Years Ahead band brings their unique sound and audience rapport.  The public is encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.  In case of rain, concerts are held indoors in the parish hall.

June 17 (Saturday), 6:30 pm:  MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH:  Ray Killian.  First Christian Church Labyrinth, corner of Platte and Cascade, Colorado Springs.  Ray Killian was educated at Westminster Choir College (BS MusEd) and the Uni­versity of Illinois (MM and EdD-(ABD)). While at Westminster, he sang tenor in the Westminster Choir, which toured extensively and sang under Columbia Artists Management. He studied fur­ther at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Aus­tria, and the Classical Music Seminar, also in Austria. Ray taught in Washing­ton DC for twelve years, and as a con­ductor, his groups were recognized with the DC Mayor Arts Award and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival (chosen over 60 choral organizations in the met­ro DC area). After leaving Washington DC, Ray was Admissions Director for the School of Music and taught conduct­ing at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He then taught in Arizona for three years (Westside Teacher of the Year/AZ Teacher of the Year nominee) before moving to Colorado. His passion for teaching music and teacher training comes from his belief that music and the arts are necessary components of life, and that music education is essential for our children. Ray was recently the choral director for the secondary schools and Director of the Fine Arts Institute @ Manitou (FAIM), D14’s acclaimed com­prehensive arts program.  Invite a cou­ple of friends, bring chairs or blankets (or just sit on the labyrinth wall), and enjoy some fun music on a lovely summer evening.  Ice water and cookies served.  Programs will move indoors for inclement weather; no cancellations.  Free will offering.

June 30 (Friday), 7:00 pm: JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SE­RIES:  Tony Exum, Jr.  Grace and St. Ste­phen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Gar­den, corner of North Tejon and Monument Streets, Colorado Springs.  Join us for some of the best smooth jazz in Colora­do Springs or anywhere.  Exum’s smile and sense of humor effortlessly connects him with his audience. He exudes the unique chemistry of passionately seduc­tive soul, flirtatious solos reminiscent of old school R&B, all while bringing his captivated audience to its feet.  The public is encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.  In case of rain, con­certs are held indoors in the parish hall.

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July 1 (Saturday), 6:30 pm:  MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH:  Voices Three.  First Christian Church Labyrinth, corner of Platte and Cascade, Colorado Springs.  Laura Hatler, Nancy Lingbloom, and Kim Schultz, some of our own from First Christian Church, present folk, spiritual, and “popular” tunes from the choral realm past and present.  Accompanied by Mike Hatler and Carol Wil­son.  Invite a couple of friends, bring chairs or blankets (or just sit on the labyrinth wall), and enjoy some fun music on a lovely summer evening.  Ice water and cookies served.  Programs will move indoors for inclement weather; no cancellations.  Free will offering.

July 14 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SE­RIES:  Moses Jones Quintet.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monu­ment Streets, Colorado Springs.  The Mo­ses Jones Quintet creates a unique mix of smooth jazz and funk.  The group plays regularly at Cucuru in Old Colo­rado City, several locations in Denver and many private events.  The public is encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.  In case of rain, concerts are held indoors in the parish hall.

July 15 (Saturday), 6:30 pm:  MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH:  The Liberty Belles.  First Christian Church Labyrinth, corner of Platte and Cascade, Colorado Springs.  Jennifer DeDominici, Amber Marek and Amalia Dobbins. Andrews Sisters-style ladies’ trio, the Liberty Belles is a trio of classically-trained, stage-savvy, fun-loving women who bring to life the songs of the great musical era of the 1940s with a light-hearted joy that is contagious.  Invite a couple of friends, bring chairs or blankets (or just sit on the labyrinth wall), and enjoy some fun music on a lovely summer evening.  Ice water and cookies served.  Programs will move indoors for inclement weath­er; no cancellations.  Free will offering.

July 28 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SE­RIES:  Hennessy 6.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument Streets, Colorado Springs. A native of Colorado Springs, Sean Hennessy is re­garded as “one of America’s most gifted composer/instrumentalists” and is a protege of jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. A trumpet soloist of deep essence, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and across the country, exhibiting beautiful heartfelt melodies, light jesting humor and spirited and touching jazz.  The public is encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blan­kets.  In case of rain, concerts are held indoors in the parish hall.

July 29 (Saturday), 6:30 pm:  MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH: Academy Jazz En­semble.  First Christian Church Labyrinth, corner of Platte and Cascade, Colorado Springs.  The Academy Jazz Ensemble is a full sized big-band that performs and educates in the greater Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Region and along the Colorado Front Range. The members are public school teachers, private instructors, and other musicians from the area. The ensemble performs in schools, at festivals, and for private events. Their mission is to educate the public about jazz music; to provide an outlet for school music programs where teachers and students can perform and explore jazz music at a professional lev­el; and to continue the tradition of this uniquely American art form.  Invite a couple of friends, bring chairs or blankets (or just sit on the labyrinth wall), and enjoy some fun music on a lovely summer evening.  Ice water and cookies served.  Programs will move indoors for inclement weather; no cancellations.  Free will offering.

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August 11 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SE­RIES:  Air Force Academy Falcon­aires.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument Streets, Colorado Springs.  A driving force in the jazz world, this biggest of big bands, the Air Force Academy Band’s Falconaires spe­cialize in the best of traditional and contemporary big band jazz.  The public is encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.  In case of rain, concerts are held indoors in the parish hall.

August 12 (Saturday), 6:30 pm:  MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH:  Colin McAllis­ter and the Trilix Jazz Trio.  First Chris­tian Church Labyrinth, corner of Platte and Cascade, Colorado Springs. Jason Crowe, bass and Chris Gaona, drums are pleased to make their “Music on the Labyrinth” debut. Their core repertoire includes original compositions, as well as swing standards from the big band and bebop eras, the great modal sounds of the Miles Davis quartet and others, “cool jazz,” bossa nova and other Latin rhythms, and arrangements and tunes by guitarists including Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Wes Montgomery, John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny.  Invite a couple of friends, bring chairs or blankets (or just sit on the labyrinth wall), and enjoy some fun music on a lovely summer evening.  Ice water and cookies served.  Programs will move indoors for inclement weather; no cancellations.  Free will offering.

August 25 (Friday), 7:00 pm:  JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES:  The WirePilots.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument Streets, Colorado Springs.  Introducing The WirePilots to Colorado Springs, a contemporary jazz quartet who play all original music.  Led by guitarist and composer Dan Rubright, the WirePilots have recently released their first CD, The Short Way Home.  The public is en­couraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.  In case of rain, concerts are held indoors in the parish hall.

 

DENVER (known organ events only)

May 19 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL CONCERT SERIES:  St. Martin’s Chamber Choir–Sound the Trumpet!  Saint John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.  TICKETS:  $35 premium; $25 general; $10 student.  Belgian composer Joseph Jongen (1873-1953) is remembered for several organ works, the most festive of which is his Mass for Choir, Brass, and Organ. Coupled with this exuberant work are the complete works for brass and chorus by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) — six pieces of power and majesty that couple brass (and sometimes organ) with chorus. The Denver Brass and organist Richard Rob­ertson join St. Martin’s Chamber Choir for a sonic tour de force to crown St. Martin’s season with splendor!

May 21 (Sunday), 7:30 pm:  SAINT JOHS’S CATHEDRAL CONCERT SERIES:  St. Martin’s Chamber Choir–Sound the Trumpet!  Saint Paul Com­munity of Faith, 1600 Grant St, Denver.  TICKETS:  $35 premium; $25 general; $10 student.  Belgian composer Joseph Jongen (1873-1953) is remembered for several organ works, the most festive of which is his Mass for Choir, Brass, and Organ. Coupled with this exuberant work are the complete works for brass and chorus by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) — six pieces of power and majesty that couple brass (and sometimes organ) with chorus. The Denver Brass and organist Richard Rob­ertson join St. Martin’s Chamber Choir for a sonic tour de force to crown St. Martin’s season with splendor!

 

If you plan well in advance, consider attending these regional and national conventions:

  • AGO 2017 Southwest Region Convention, Dallas TX, June 12-15
  • AGO 2018 National Convention, Kansas City, July 2-6
  • AGO 2019 Southwest Region Convention, Denver CO, June 24-27

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Membership

You don’t have to be an active organist or choirmaster to join the Guild. In fact, you don’t have to be a professional church musician at all. Membership in the Guild is open to all, and the only real requirement is an interest in the organ and/or sacred choral music. To become a member of the Colorado Springs Chapter, contact any Chapter officer. See below for contact information.

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Placement

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

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Certification

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Contact Us

Dean:  Eric Wicks – wickseric@yahoo.com

Sub Dean:  Joan Kuehn – joan@flccs.net

Secretary:  Miriam Schinnerer – RalphS@pcisys.net

Treasurer, CLARION editor and ONCARD Liaison:  Joseph Galema, DMA –joegalema@aol.com

Executive Board Members:

 

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Links

http://www.pipeorgan.org

http://www.atos.org

http://www.apoba.com

http://www.organsociety.org

http://www.pipedreams.org

http://www.thediapason.com

http://www.agodenver.org

AGO National website