December 2014 TAO Chapter News–Southeast Region

Miami, FL

“Voluntaries Rediscovered” recitalists (front) Joanne Schulte (dean), John Barrow, Betty Rice, Mary Kauffman, Frederick Kent, Christopher Harrell (sub-dean); (back) Mark Jones, Matthew Steynor (treasurer), Bill Hildebrandt, Bob Heath, Will Gotmer, Gregory Spiess, and Mihai Preda (Miami)

“Voluntaries Rediscovered” recitalists (front) Joanne Schulte (dean), John Barrow, Betty Rice, Mary Kauffman, Frederick Kent, Christopher Harrell (sub-dean); (back) Mark Jones, Matthew Steynor (treasurer), Bill Hildebrandt, Bob Heath, Will Gotmer, Gregory Spiess, and Mihai Preda (Miami)

September 21, “Voluntaries Rediscovered” was performed at Trinity Cathedral by ten members of the chapter, who enjoyed the opportunity to play on the large organ in a superb acoustic. Composers represented were Bach, Mendelssohn, Gigout, C.S. Lang, and Jehan Alain. In recognition of Wilbur Held’s 100th birthday, Betty Rice (former dean), played his setting of “Simple Gifts.” More contemporary works were provided by Mark Jones (dual member from Pompano) and Frederick Kent (former Miami dean), who played their own compositions. Following the organ program, all were invited to Cathedral Hall for a convivial gathering. A three-course meal was prepared and served by Empowered Youth, a program sponsored by a local chef. The Very Rev. Douglas McCabe (dean of the cathedral) then officiated during the installation of officers Joanne Schulte (dean); Christopher Harrell (sub-dean); Matthew Steynor (treasurer/registrar); Ann Steward (secretary); and Dan Hardin, Mary Kauffman, Ed Sagi, and Bob Heath (executive board).

—Frederick Kent

Miami chapter website

Gainesville, FL

September 27, composer Jonathan Willcocks presented “My Work as a Composer and Conductor” to the chapter and guests. Willcocks conducted the 29th annual Gainesville Festival of Choirs featuring the combined choirs of five local churches.

—Scott Ziegler

Gainesville chapter website

Atlanta, GA

Composer David Conte and recitalist Alan Morrison with chapter members Douglas Johnson and Dan Pruitt (cochair, Atlanta Centennial committee) (photo: Nicole Marane)

Composer David Conte and recitalist Alan Morrison with chapter members Douglas Johnson and Dan Pruitt (cochair, Atlanta Centennial committee) (photo: Nicole Marane)

September 29, the chapter launched its centennial year with an organ recital at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The evening began with a reception hosted by the Atlanta Music Club. Afterward, dinner was served in the cathe- dral’s Child Hall. Alan Morrison, a native of Atlanta, performed a magnificent recital on the cathedral’s esteemed Aeolian-Skinner organ. Featured was the premiere of Chorale and Gigue by David Conte. This piece was commissioned by the chapter in memory of William Weaver, former dean. Other pieces included works by John Weaver, J.S. Bach, Dupré, Widor, Sowerby, Vierne, and Roland Diggle (the latter two pieces were written in 1914). The recital was cosponsored by the chapter and the Friends of Cathedral Music.

—Rachel Ficklin

Atlanta chapter website

Northeast Georgia

Jack Mitchener (presenter), Letitia Colglazier (dean), Anne Brittain (organist, First Baptist Church), and Randy Brittain (minister of music, First Baptist Church) at Northeast Georgia workshop

Jack Mitchener (presenter), Letitia Colglazier (dean), Anne Brittain (organist, First Baptist Church), and Randy Brittain (minister of music, First Baptist Church) at Northeast Georgia workshop

April 27, in connection with the dedication of the refurbished Woodruff Memorial Organ (Möller, Opus 11166), First Baptist Church of Athens hosted the chapter for a work- shop presented by Jack Mitchener, university organist and associate professor at Mercer University. The following day, Mitchener played the dedicatory recital for a large public audience. The workshop was a comprehensive look at the many facets of hymn playing, including a well-researched handout for each of those attending. Those in attendance included Emma Pettyjohn (secretary), Ivan Frazier (past dean), Erica Spackman, Cynthia Collins, Lalla Tanner, Carol Corina, Nancy Goodrich (treasurer), Letitia Colglazier (dean), Jolene Davis (past dean), Anne Brittain (organist, First Baptist Church), and John Corina.

—Ivan Frazier

Jackson, MS

Christopher Houlihan at First Presbyterian Church (Jackson)

Christopher Houlihan at First Presbyterian Church (Jackson)

September 2, the chapter opened its 2014–15 season at First Presbyterian Church with an exhilarating performance by organist Christopher Houlihan. Introduced by Bill Wymond (dean), Houlihan played his own transcriptions of Bach’s Italian Concerto and Ravel’s Vocalise/Habanera, followed by works of Vierne and Bach. His very effective registrations showcased beautifully the unique colors of the solo stops of the instrument. The recital was enhanced by the use of a video camera focused on the deft moves and technique of the performer.

—Carol S. Durham

Jackson chapter website

Charlotte, NC

Instrumentalists Barbara Krumdieck, Murray Somerville, Leah Peroutka, and Emily Chatham at the Salisbury Country Club

Instrumentalists Barbara Krumdieck, Murray Somerville, Leah Peroutka, and Emily Chatham at the Salisbury Country Club

September, 27 the chapter hosted its “Northern Pipes” tour of organs in Caber- ras and Rowan counties. Concerts were held at First Presbyterian in Concord (Jacqueline Yost, host and organist), St. John’s Lutheran in Salisbury (Andrew Pester, organist), First United Methodist in Salisbury (John Cummins, organist), and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Florence Jowers, organist). Organs featured were by Flentrop, Casavant, Schantz/Parkey, and Fisk. Dean Matthew Brown hosted an elegant lunch held at the Salisbury Country Club, with music from the Baroque period played on period instruments by Murray Somerville, Leah Peroutka, Emily Chatham, and Barbara Krumdieck.

—Matthew Manwarren

Charlotte chapter website

Durham, NC

Tim Baker (acting dean) and Michael Burkhardt at the Möller organ at University United Methodist Church (Durham-Chapel Hill)

Tim Baker (acting dean) and Michael Burkhardt at the Möller organ at University United Methodist Church (Durham-Chapel Hill)

September 28, the chapter and University United Methodist Church cosponsored a hymnfest titled “Lord Send Out Your Spirit and Renew the Face of the Earth,” led by organist-composer Michael Burkhardt. The choir consisted of members from Christ United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Durham; United Church of Chapel Hill; and University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. The service consisted of readings from various sources of literature, including John William Lowe, Jaroslav Vajda, Jan Berry, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Robert Baden; and hymns, most of which were Burkhardt’s own settings for choir, organ, and brass quartet. Many thanks to Burkhardt, who led a wonderful hymnfest; Tim Baker and University United Methodist Church for hosting; Daniel Steinert for arranging to bring Burkhardt to Chapel Hill; Laurel and Nick Siviglia for their hospitality; and Daniel Steinert, Jacqueline Nappi, Mary Beth Peterson, and Baker, who brought their choirs to participate.

—Lyn Francisco

Durham-Chapel Hill chapter website

Northeastern North Carolina

Sept. 20, the chapter held a service for installation of officers at First Christian Church in Elizabeth City. Nina Gregory (director of music), and Rodney Trueblood (organist) coordinated the service and performed on piano and organ. The choral anthem by Gordon Young was dedicated to Trueblood. Officers besides Trueblood (sub-dean) and Gregory (executive board member) are Linda Thornton (dean), Rachel Gragson (secretary/treasurer), and Lynwood Winslow and Mary Lee Taylor
(executive board members).

—Rachel Gragson

Charleston, SC

Participants in music trivia game (Charleston)

Participants in music trivia game (Charleston)

September 15, the chapter started off the new season with an opening dinner at Ms. Rose’s restaurant, with around 30 people in attendance. Dean Todd Monsell welcomed new members Kathy Collins, Courtney Guernsey, Britt McDermott, and Paul Thomas. David Friddle bowed in as the new editor of The Voluntary Trumpet, the chapter newsletter, taking over the reins from George Hubbard. Finally, Monsell and Sub-dean Jason Pedeaux devised a very hard music trivia game, won by the Julia Harlow/Bill Gudger team (as usual), pictured with backs to the camera.

—Edmund LeRoy

Charleston chapter website

Grand Strand, SC

Sept. 21, the chapter and First Baptist Church of Conway cosponsored a “young artist” organ recital featuring Rodney Ward, who is pursuing a master’s degree in organ performance at Appalachian University under Joby Bell. The program included works by Whitlock, Rheinberger, Bach, Bobo, Bridge, and Mendelssohn. Ward recently completed a dual degree at Appalachian in sacred music and organ performance. He has performed on organs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., as well as the Catholic Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and the National Cathedral. In 2007, he was featured soloist on the organ at the American Church in Paris while touring there with a chamber choir. In 2009, he was chosen to present a recital on the famous Tannenberg organ in Old Salem, N.C. In addition to his graduate studies, Ward serves as organist for First Baptist Church of Lenoir, N.C. Dean Billy Fallaw and Sub-dean Roberta Rowland-Raybold welcomed the audience to the event. Following the recital, a gala reception in Ward’s honorwas held in the church’s fellowship hall.

—Roberta Rowland-Raybold

Grand Strand chapter website

Memphis, TN

Memphis performers (front row) Barry Oliver, Carolyn Mason, Carol Craig, Phil Brown; (back row) Angela Gill Saunders, Dennis Janzer, and Scott Roberts

Memphis performers (front row) Barry Oliver, Carolyn Mason, Carol Craig, Phil Brown; (back row) Angela Gill Saunders, Dennis Janzer, and Scott Roberts

Sept. 8, the chapter welcomed the 2014–15 season with a stunning presentation of “New Renaissance: 21st-Century Organ Music,” highlighting compositions written/published since 2001. The venue was Bartlett United Methodist Church. Members played works of Nicolas Bowden,Thomas Pavlechko, Robert Lau, J. William Greene, Dennis Janzer, Scott Roberts, and Dan Locklair. Janzer and Roberts played their own compositions. It was a most enjoyable evening of music.

—Kathryn Jean Jones

Memphis chapter website

Nashville, TN

Recitalists Dawn Seidenschwarz, Hildegard Cox, Marsha Scheusner, Josh Coble, Elizabeth Smith, Thomas Russell, Nick Bergin, and Gregg Bunn (Nashville)

Recitalists Dawn Seidenschwarz, Hildegard Cox, Marsha Scheusner, Josh Coble, Elizabeth Smith, Thomas Russell, Nick Bergin, and Gregg Bunn (Nashville)

Sept. 8, the chapter presented a recital at Covenant Presbyterian Church (host Thomas Russell, organist and music associate). Chapter members Marsha Scheusner, Hildegard Cox, Nick Bergin, Gregg Bunn, Dawn Seidenschwarz, Elizabeth Smith, Thomas Russell, and Josh Coble presented a superb program of organ works on the 2009 C.B. Fisk instrument, Opus 134. The recital was preceded by a meeting and dinner. The event was a wonderful beginning to the chapter’s 81st program year.

—Gary Scott

Nashville chapter website

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