December 2014 TAO Chapter News–Mid-Atlantic Region

District of Columbia

Victoria Shields, Jason Abel, Thomas Smith, John Walker, Eileen Guenther, Irvin Peterson, Russell Weismann, Irv Lawless, and Jeremy Filsell at installation of officers (District of Columbia)

Victoria Shields, Jason Abel, Thomas Smith, John Walker, Eileen Guenther, Irvin Peterson, Russell Weismann, Irv Lawless, and Jeremy Filsell at installation of officers
(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 chapter gatherings. Eileen Guenther, former AGO president, is an active member of the chapter and was present for the service as well. Following the hymn festival, a reception was hosted by the generous parishioners at Church of the Redeemer.

—Jason Abel

District of Columbia chapter website

Baltimore, MD

Host John Heizer with Eric Plutz at dedicatory recital of the new organ at Zion Lutheran Church (Baltimore)

Host John Heizer with Eric Plutz at dedicatory recital of the new organ at Zion Lutheran Church (Baltimore)

September 21, Eric Plutz (Princeton University organist), played a recital dedicating the new Patrick J. Murphy organ at Zion Lutheran Church (John Heizer, director of music-organist) in City Hall Plaza. His program included works of William Harris, Craig Phillips, Held, Bach, Reger, deGrigny, and Vierne, among others. A reception followed the recital. The previous day, several students participated in a masterclass taught by Plutz. Zion Lutheran cosponsored the weekend’s events with the chapter.

—Kitty Allen

Baltimore chapter website

Central Maryland

September 15, a musician/clergy potluck dinner was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Frederick. Miriam Meglan welcomed everyone, members introduced themselves and their guests, and Pastor Eliezer gave the invocation. Following supper, Jody Brumage presented the treasurer’s report, and upcoming chapter events were announced. The guest speaker was Eileen Guenther, who spoke on the topic of “Musician-Clergy Relations in the 21st Century.” Installation of 2014–15 chapter officers was conducted by Wayne Wold.

—Michele Kimmel

Central Maryland chapter website

Potomac, MD

Organists Van Vangorder, Ann Bartlow, and Deborah Kijak-Hess at Potomac program

Organists Van Vangorder, Ann Bartlow, and Deborah Kijak-Hess at Potomac program

September, 29 the chapter met at Silver Spring United Methodist Church (Mary Ann Willow, host). The installation of officers was performed by past dean Julie Vidrick Evans. During the program, three new church organists played: Ann Bartlow, Deborah Kijak-Hess, and C.F. “Van” Vangorder. Then there was a panel discussion, hosted by Kenneth Lowenberg and Susan Burk halter, during which the organists were asked to describe their training and experiences.

—Gerald Piercey

Potomac chapter website

Chambersburg, PA

Recitalists Philip and Leslie Shuman at Chambersburg event

Recitalists Philip and Leslie Shuman at Chambersburg event

September 20, the chapter met at Shippensburg First Church of God. The traditional covered-dish dinner was hosted by Philip and Leslie Shuman. A short report of the AGO National Convention was given by Gloria Massa, who attended this summer. Following the meal, the Shumans presented a program of duets with Sub-dean Philip Shuman playing the organ, and his wife, who is organist of the church, playing the piano. A special treat for the last number of the program was the addition of two more guests for a piano quartet. We are grateful to the family of Kathy Ott, a recently deceased member, for donating her entire organ and choral music library to our chapter.

—Helen Wingert

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg’s 2014 Shenk Scholarship organ students and teachers (photo: Rick Zentmeyer)

Harrisburg’s 2014 Shenk Scholarship organ students and teachers (photo: Rick Zentmeyer)

August 24, the 2014 Shenk Scholarship organ students and their teachers were featured in a recital at First United Methodist Church, Hershey (Shawn Gingrich, host musician). This scholarship for summer organ lessons was established in 2001 with a gift given to the chapter by member Melvin Shenk, in memory of his mother. It continues to be supported by special gifts to the chapter, and by offerings from the recital. The nine students receiving this year’s scholarships were Grady Daub, Christian Gingrich, Peter Gingrich, Sarah Gingrich, Savannah Harvey, Elma Hoffman, Maria Howe, Lidiya Louder, and Daniel Rothermel. Their teachers are Victor Fields, Josephine Freund, Shawn Gingrich, Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, and Matt Weaver. The reception following was hosted by Phyllis Conrad (hospitality chair) and her committee.

—Mary Jane Nelson

Harrisburg chapter website

Lehigh Valley, PA

Lehigh Valley members’ recital participants

Lehigh Valley members’ recital participants

September 6, the chapter began the new program season with an Organ Plus members’ recital at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Stephen Williams, host musician). Participating organists included Williams, Mi chael Krentz (dean), Pauline Fox, Gloria Snyder, Ethel Geist, Matthew Wary, Tom Busteed, and Aram Basmadjian. Guest musicians were Joseph Dorsch (baritone sax, playing with Fox), Donna Lahouchuc (mezzo soprano, singing with Fox), Gwen Loomis (piano, playing with Snyder), Catherine De-Boeser (flute, playing with Krentz), Luke DiGiacinto (tenor, singing with Geist), Rodney Boyer (clarinet, playing with Wary), Anna Busteed (soprano, singing with Busteed), and Stephen Bueker (French horn, playing with Williams). Bueker, also an organist, is the chapter’s treasurer. In addition, Krentz played organ duets with Basmadjian and with Gloria Snyder. The varied program included works from Handel to Ellington, with some original transcriptions and compositions. A luncheon following the concert was coordinated by Gail Hanzl and Judy Love.

—Gloria Snyder

Lehigh Valley chapter website

Philadelphia, PA

Members and friends of the Philadelphia chapter at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (photo: Paul R. Marchesano)

Members and friends of the Philadelphia chapter at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (photo: Paul R. Marchesano)

In August, the chapter sponsored a trip to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., where Stephen Ball has been appointed organist. He is active playing daily recitals and using the organ at every public event in Boardwalk Hall. He is spearheading the effort to completely restore
the organ.

—Marcia Sommers

Philadelphia chapter website

Southeastern Pennsylvania

Southeastern Pennsylvania members (front row) Laurie Mueller, Susan Schriver, Nancy Brown, John Kampmeyer (dean), Michael Trinder, Stanley Orr; (back row) Christine Laquintano, Bob Parkhurst, Art Kalemkarian, Ken Delmar, and Evan Jackson

Southeastern Pennsylvania members (front row) Laurie Mueller, Susan Schriver, Nancy Brown, John Kampmeyer (dean), Michael Trinder, Stanley Orr; (back row) Christine
Laquintano, Bob Parkhurst, Art Kalemkarian, Ken Delmar, and Evan Jackson

Sept. 21, the season kickoff event “Getting to Know You” was held at Princeton Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Chapter members shared their backgrounds and where their interests in the organ led them. Each brought and talked about a favorite “go-to” music resource that proved useful to them in their church service playing. After a pot luck supper, participants were invitedto “test drive” the recommended music on the church’s Möller organ. A list of these resources appears in the chapter’s October newsletter.

—Nancy Brown

Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter website

Charlottesville-Albermarle, VA

Charlottesville-Albemarle board members Gen Bolena, Alice Layman (secretary), Tara Ford (sub-dean), Larry Smith (dean), Kirk Dunklee (treasurer), and Rick Maryman

Charlottesville-Albemarle board members Gen Bolena, Alice Layman (secretary), Tara Ford (sub-dean), Larry Smith (dean), Kirk Dunklee (treasurer), and Rick Maryman

Sept. 16, the chapter held its annual opening potluck picnic on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church. Afterward, a short service was held in the parish hall, since the church is undergoing renovations. Larry Smith (dean) led the service, and Jim Sivley provided accompaniment on the piano.

—Alice Layman

Charlottesville-Albemarle chapter website

Richmond, VA

Richmond officers and directors (front row) John DeMajo, Marianne Crean, Cheryl Van Ornam, Allen Bean; (back row) Daniel Stipe, Chris Martin, Nancy Reed, David Sinden, and Cary Bliley

Richmond officers and directors (front row) John DeMajo, Marianne Crean, Cheryl Van Ornam, Allen Bean; (back row) Daniel Stipe, Chris Martin, Nancy Reed, David Sinden, and Cary Bliley

Sept. 9, the chapter began its 104th season with a program of Psalms read and performed by chapter members. The service, held at historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown, included the oath of office for this year’s officers and directors. Pictured are (front row) John DeMajo (director), Marianne Crean (director), Cheryl Van Ornam (sub-dean), Allen Bean (auditor); (back row) Daniel Stipe (director), Chris Martin (dean), Nancy Reed (auditor), David Sinden (director), and Cary Bliley (director). Also present were Mary Campbell (secretary), Kenna Payne (treasurer), and Kathy Toole (director).

—John DeMajo

Richmond chapter website

Winchester, VA

Steven Cooksey and Karen Keating at demonstration of voice pedagogy and teaching methods for new music (Winchester)

Steven Cooksey and Karen Keating at demonstration of voice pedagogy and teaching methods for new music (Winchester)

Sept. 6, Steven Cooksey (professor emeritus), and Karen Keating (professor), both of Shenandoah University, presented a
choral workshop to members of the chapter. Their presentations centered on voice pedagogy, various aspects of teaching anthems, and the best use of rehearsal time. The event was held at Opequon Presbyterian Church in Kernstown. In attendance were 18 organists and choral directors.

—Gloria Harris

Winchester chapter website

Kawanah, WV

Kanawha chapter members (standing) David Donathan (dean), Wayne Eich, Chris Nagorka; (seated from left) Olive Meyer, Caroline Perrine, Jonathan Vickers, Marilyn Henstock, Carol Eich, Julie Janisch, Pam Johnson, and Paula Legge

Kanawha chapter members (standing) David Donathan (dean), Wayne Eich, Chris Nagorka; (seated from left) Olive Meyer, Caroline Perrine, Jonathan Vickers, Marilyn
Henstock, Carol Eich, Julie Janisch, Pam Johnson, and Paula Legge

September 26, the chapter met at the Bridge Road Bistro in Charleston for a wonderful dinner and meeting with David Donathan (dean) presiding. Plans for the coming year were discussed, including programming, recital sponsorships, membership, and re-branding the chapter to increase community presence and name recognition. Initial steps included the creation of a new chapter Facebook page and reorganization and relocation of the chapter’s website.

—David Donathan

Kanawah chapter website

Monongahela, WV

Monongahela members Audie Whipkey, Janna Kisner, Pamela Dodds, and Brett Miller (dean), with three student musicians from Waynesburg and West Virginia universities

Monongahela members Audie Whipkey, Janna Kisner, Pamela Dodds, and Brett Miller (dean), with three student musicians from Waynesburg and West Virginia universities

September 6, more than 30 members and friends of the chapter, including three students from Waynesburg University and West Virginia University, gathered at PamelArts, the home of members Pamela and Art Dodds in Montrose, for a salon concert of music for organ and other instruments. The PamelArts music room houses a small Möller tracker pipe organ (originally from Bridgewater College in Virginia), a grand piano, and a
harpsichord, allowing for a wide variety of music to be performed in an informal and intimate setting. Pieces with some unconventional instrumentation
were presented by members and students, including works for organ and flute, organ and clarinet, and organ and piano. Works for harpsichord and recorder, hand bell solo, and organ solo were also played. In one of the more unique pairings of the day, member Janna Kisner provided keyboard accompaniment for a number of works arranged for steel drums and organ.

—Brett Miller

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