Colorado Springs Chapter

Last updated: March 23, 2015 at 23:44 pm
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COLORADO SPRINGS

March 29 (Sunday), 8:00 pm:  CHORAL COMPLINE SERVICE.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  Compline, the final office of the monastic day, is a 30-minute contemplative service of a cappella music, sung by candlelight.

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April 19 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  TAYLOR MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Organ Recital/Choral Evensong.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  Deke Polifka, direc­tor.  Guest organist Ralph Valentine (St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver) will play a 30-minute organ recital.  Following the recital, Choral Evensong will be sung by the Taylor Choir.  Evensong is a form of Evening Prayer that draws from the medieval Latin offices of Vespers and Compline. This tradition is unique to the Church of England and to other churches of the Anglican Communion and has remained unchanged for centuries. As is customary at Choral Evensong, most of the service is sung by the Choir to special musical settings.

April 26 (Sunday), 3:00 pm:  CONCERT SERIES:  Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony.  First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte, Colorado Springs.  Kenneth Soper, director.  Includes Charles County Overture by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins; Toward a New Horizon and The Broadmoor Rag by Samuel Foster Hall; Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger; Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Alexandre Guilmant with Carol Wilson, organ; Flashing Winds by Jan Van der Roost; Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner; Immovable Do by Percy Grainger; and Finale from Symphony No. 4 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

April 26 (Sunday), 8:00 pm:  CHORAL COMPLINE SERVICE.  Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  Compline, the final office of the monastic day, is a 30-minute contemplative service of a cappella music, sung by candlelight.

 

DENVER

March 27 (Friday), 7:30 pm:  AUGUSTANA ARTS—Carpe Diem String Quartet. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver. TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years. Virtuosity without pomposity! The boundary-breaking Carpe Diem String Quartet has been called “Extraordinary” by the Washington Post for its innovative programming and electrifying performances which reflect a passion for Gypsy, Tango, Folk, Pop, Rock and Jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire.

March 28 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Colorado Women’s Chorale:  The Vivaldi Gloria. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years. This immensely popular work is recognized from its use in TV and films as well as its 20th Century revival at classical music concerts. CWC will be joined by the Douglas County Belles directed by Brady Lloyd for this masterful “mega-mini” work.

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April 14 (Tuesday), 12 noon:  SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Opera Colorado Young Artists.  Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral Dagwell Hall, 1350 Washington St, Denver. A concert –style experience not to be missed! Performed by the Opera Colorado Young Artists, this delightful program features highlights from the operatic and musical theater repertoire. Selections are performed as they would be on stage, but without the use of sets and costumes. Designed to entertain and educate, these performances include background information on each piece. The program ends with a Q&A session which will give the audience a unique insight into the world of opera and Opera Colorado.

April 19 (Sunday), 2:00 pm:  JOSEPH GALEMA Organ Recital.  St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parish, 6673 W. Chatfield Ave, Littleton.

April 19 (Sunday), 2:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Pre-Evensong Concert. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. The Fourteeners, an advanced performing choir of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choirs, is comprised of middle school and high school girls. Directed by Artistic Director, Leslie Britton, the Fourteeners perform regularly throughout the Denver area. Recent tour performance highlights include the International Choral Festival (Missoula, Montana), participation in the Mondial Loto-Quebec du Laval Festival (Quebec, Canada), and performances in Berlin, Leipzig, Wangen, and Munich, Germany. Leslie Britton is the Artistic Director and the Founding Music Director of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir.

April 19 (Sunday), 3:00 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Evensong. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver.

April 24 (Friday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Or­chestra:  Two-Way Street – featuring The Narrators. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver. TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years. David Rutherford, Music Director and Conductor; Philip Ficsor, violin.  In MSCO’s most compelling collaboration yet, the orchestra teams up with Denver’s story-telling ensemble The Narrators for a program that explores the narrative qualities in great music as well as the musical qualities in great stories. They will have paid attention to how the music affects them, inspires feelings within them, evokes story lines, but most of all how it relates to their everyday lives. This side of the Two-Way Street culminates in their telling of the story they have found in the music, in collaboration with a performance by MSCO.  On the other side of the street, as it were, The Narrators will fashion their own stories to which MSCO must react and respond with music that illuminates and completes their narratives. Three as-yet-unnamed masterworks will accompany the stories created in The Narrators’ bold, honest style. While this much of the program illustrates the Two-Way Street between two genres of art, and between different kinds of performing artists on stage, a second Two-Way Street is yet to be explored – the one joining artists and audience. This final facet of the program will allow audience members to write their own stories to the music they hear, and if they wish, will have their stories interpreted live before the audience that very night by the talented and insightful Narrators.

April 24 (Friday), 7:30 pm: SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL MUSIC—Karen Black, organist. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver. Karen Black teaches organ, church music, and music theory, serves as organist for weekday chapel and Sunday services, and conducts Kantorei at Wartburg College. Prior to coming to Wartburg, Dr. Black held positions as full-time Director of Music and Organist at Zion Lutheran Church, Hopkins, Minnesota; Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana; and full-time Director of Music at Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis. Freewill offering.

April 25 (Saturday), 7:30 pm: AUGUSTANA ARTS—Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra:  Two-Way Street – featuring The Narrators. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver. TICKETS:  $24 adult, $15 senior, $15 student, $8 children 5-12 years.  David Rutherford, Music Director and Conductor; Philip Ficsor, violin.  In MSCO’s most compelling collaboration yet, the orchestra teams up with Denver’s story-telling ensemble The Narrators for a program that explores the narrative qualities in great music as well as the musical qualities in great stories. They will have paid attention to how the music affects them, inspires feelings within them, evokes story lines, but most of all how it relates to their everyday lives. This side of the Two-Way Street culminates in their telling of the story they have found in the music, in collaboration with a performance by MSCO.  On the other side of the street, as it were, The Narrators will fashion their own stories to which MSCO must react and respond with music that illuminates and completes their narratives. Three as-yet-unnamed masterworks will accompany the stories created in The Narrators’ bold, honest style. While this much of the program illustrates the Two-Way Street between two genres of art, and between different kinds of performing artists on stage, a second Two-Way Street is yet to be explored – the one joining artists and audience. This final facet of the program will allow audience members to write their own stories to the music they hear, and if they wish, will have their stories interpreted live before the audience that very night by the talented and insightful Narrators.


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

  • Southwest Region (formerly Region VII) Convention: Fort Worth TX, June 28 – July 1, 2015
  • *AGO 2016 National Convention, Houston, June 19-23
  • *AGO 2018 National Convention, Kansas City, July 2-6

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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: Sue Anselmi – Sue.Anselmi@gmail.com

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

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