December 2014 TAO Chapter News North-Central Region

Wichita, KS

Sept. 7, chapter members and friends met at the Church of the Brethren. The evening began at the Scholarship Library, in its new location. All of the music from the files was pulled out for attendees to purchase. There were lots of hugs and greetings as members arrived to look through the stacks of music. The crowd then gathered in the fellowship hall. Marlene Hallstrom shared information about changes at the national level, and Lynne Davis spoke of highlights at the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston. Debbie Lynch and Christopher Shaw updated those present about changes on our local board. A potluck meal was enjoyed by all, followed by a glance at the program year given by Shaw. Ken Rodgers, from the Hutchinson AGO Chapter, presented our program for the evening through humor and great information. He reminded us how we can make a small organ not seem so limited by realizing what we do have. Carolyn Chambers graciously hosted the event and did an outstanding job coordinating all the details.

—Christopher Shaw

Wichita AGO Chapter Website

Greater Kansas City, MO

Recitalist Thomas Murray at Grand Avenue Temple UMC

Recitalist Thomas Murray at Grand Avenue Temple UMC



September 15,
the chapter, along with Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church (Steve Greene, organist/musician), and Quimby Pipe Organs, cosponsored a recital by Thomas Murray. The 1912 Ernest M. Skinner Opus 190 organ at Grand Avenue Temple is listed in the National Register of Historic Instruments. It is the only major Skinner instrument that has the tonal ensemble and electropneumatic action unchanged by anyone other than Mr. Skinner. (The church itself is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.) Murray’s program was selected to highlight the warm timbre of the famous Skinner instrument. The chapter extends appreciation to the Quimby staff for their continuing efforts at restoring this historic musical treasure in Kansas City, and for all their final adjustments for this program.

—Norm Kinnaugh

Greater Kansas City AGO Chapter website

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