December 2014 TAO Chapter News-Great Lakes Region

East Central IL,

Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza event participants

Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza event participants

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

Brass players at Cherry Capital concert

Brass players at Cherry Capital concert

September 7, members met for the chapter’s opening event of the year, a brass and organ concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland (Mark Peters, director of music). Featured were Josh Wagner and Scott Sorenson (trumpets), Robert Pavelek (horn), Thomas Riccobono (trombone), and George Bliss (bass trombone)—several of whom are members of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra— with Peters (dean) playing organ. Music included works by Gabrieli, Dukas, Strauss, Bonelli, Buxtehude, and KargElert. The event was the second to help the congregation raise funds for an organ expansion from a nine-rank, 585-pipe instrument to a 26-rank, 1,400-pipe instrument. A reception followed, allowing concertgoers to greet the artists.

—Mark Peters

Holland, MI

Holland service participants Jane Bosko (reader), Hope College student organists Aaron Goodyke (junior) and David Heinze (sophmore), Jen Adams (presiding preacher) and Rhonda Edgington (dean)

Holland service participants Jane Bosko (reader), Hope College student organists Aaron Goodyke (junior) and David Heinze (sophmore), Jen Adams (presiding preacher) and Rhonda Edgington (dean)

September 15, the chapter hosted a regional installation-of-officers service for three area chapters: Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland. Members gathered for a catered meal and time of fellowship, followed by a service held in Hope College’s lovely Dimnent Chapel. Hope organ students David Heinze and Aaron Goodyke played the organ, as did Dean Rhonda Edgington. The West Michigan Children’s Choir sang, and the Rev. Jennifer Adams of Holland preached an inspiring homily, reminding church musicians of our importance in people’s lives and the significance of music in faith journeys from childhood through old age, and thanking us for our service. Members of the community also were present to enjoy the organ and choral music and participate in some lusty hymn singing. Chapter chaplain Mike van Doornik led board members in the installation service.

— Rhonda Edgington

Holland Area, MI AGO Chapter Website

Saginaw Valley, MI

Sept. 13, 16 chapter members gath- ered for a luncheon business meeting at the Panda House. Following lunch, members took part in an organ demon- stration and open-console time at historic First Congre- gational Church.

—Nicholas E. Schmelter

Saginaw Valley AGO Chapter website

Canton, OH

Canton, OH AGO Chapter News

Members and guests at Canton Chapter meeting

September 22, the chapter began celebration of its 60th anniversary. Members and guests met for dinner at Das Dutch Kitchen in Dalton prior to gathering at the home of Steven Gerber. A pre-program recital was presented by Gerber on the three-manual Allen organ in his beautiful sun room. The program was presented by five chapter members who attended recent conventions. Pictures taken at the Organ Historical Society Convention in Syracuse by William Arnold were viewed on a large screen as commentary was given by W. Robert Morrison, William Arnold, and William Spiker. Mark Thewes (new dean) and Chad Pittman (new sub-dean) showed their pictures and provided informative comments about the AGO National Convention in Boston. The newly revised chapter yearbook was available at the close of the meeting.

—Elaine Vaughan

Canton AGO Chapter website

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