December 2014 TAO Chapter News West Region

Long Beach, CA

Long Beach performers David York, Peter Bates, Margaret Armstrong, Althea Watts, Vern Mouw, and Leroy Pabst

Long Beach performers David York, Peter Bates, Margaret Armstrong, Althea Watts, Vern Mouw, and Leroy Pabst

September, 2 the chapter’s annual potluck and kickoff meeting was held at the home of Peter Bates. Following dinner around the pool, a short meeting was held. Then everyone adjourned to the house for a program of organ, piano duet, and organ/piano selections, performed by members David York, Peter Bates, Margaret Armstrong, Althea Waits, Vern Mouw, and Leroy Pabst.

–Rebecca Ogle

Long Beach Chapter website

San Jose, CA

Carolyn Lamcke, Joyce Rhodes, Elisabeth Pintar, Darryl Parker, Valerie Sterk, and Kirk Waiblinger at San Jose event

Carolyn Lamcke, Joyce Rhodes, Elisabeth Pintar, Darryl Parker, Valerie Sterk, and Kirk Waiblinger at San Jose event

June 8, the chapter held its annual membership meeting at Los Gatos United Methodist Church. A hymn sing was held, where each participating organist played a selected hymn and the congregation then sang it. For some hymns, an arrangement was also played. Kirk Waiblinger, winner of the chapter’s 2014 Frasier Scholarship, played his scholarship audition pieces. The musical portion of this event concluded with Joyce Rhodes (organ) and Carolyn Lamcke (piano), playing the final hymn. Other participants included Margaret Kvamme, Valerie Sterk, Elisabeth Pintar, and Darryl Parker. Afterward, members enjoyed a potluck dinner and great conversation, and Waiblinger was presented with his scholarship check of $1,000.

—Ken Talbot

San Jose AGO Chapter website

Portland, OR

Jonas Nordwall with chapter members at Portland workshop

Jonas Nordwall with chapter members at Portland workshop

September, 20 Jonas Nordwall gave a workshop for chapter members titled “The Organ’s E=MC2 updated: Energy = Musical Creativity Times Musical Practicality (orchestral playing styles in a nutshell).” Nordwall is a Portland native and organ virtuoso who is equally skilled in both traditional classical and modern/ popular schools of musical performances. The workshop was held at First United Methodist Church, which houses one of the largest pipe organs in the Pacific Northwest. The 107-rank instrument was most recently renovated in 2007 by Rose City Organ Builders. Sept. 21, Nordwall played a recital at Portland’s historic Temple Beth Israel on the 44-rank Reuter (1928) that was completely renovated in 2004 by Bond Organ Builders of Portland. The organ, except for the replacement of the Swell 8′ Quintadena by a 4′ Principal, retains its original tonal design. The program consisted of orchestral transcriptions for the organ and included works by Mendelssohn, Bach, and John Williams. Nordwall was joined on several selections by the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church (Erich Lichte, director)and Temple Beth Israel cantor Ida Rae Cahana. A large and enthusiastic crowd rewarded the performers with a standing ovation and was treated to an encore.

—Bill Kuhn

Portland AGO Chapter website

Olympic Peninsula, WA

September 24, the chapter and Gateway Fellowship held their joint program “From the Bench” for the fifth consecutive year, in the church’s sanctuary in Poulsbo. The program, organized by Paula Ranney, included a variety of organ music presented by Paul Roy and Len Guyt. The highlight of the program was a performance of the J.S. Bach concerto for two violins by Cynthia Rose (Gateway’s associate music director) and Cynthia Holland (chapter education chair). Guyt played his arrangement of the accompaniment on the church’s 45-rank organ. The event was well attended by church and community members.

–Len Guyt

Olympic Peninsula AGO chapter website

Taiwan

Chun-Hwei Tsai, Yung Hsein, Kyle Lee, Esther Yu, Kitty Yang, Lynn Kuo, Felix Hell, Victor Schantz, and Melody Chen (dean) at Taiwan organ competition

Chun-Hwei Tsai, Yung Hsein, Kyle Lee, Esther Yu, Kitty Yang, Lynn Kuo, Felix Hell, Victor Schantz, and Melody Chen (dean) at Taiwan organ competition

July, 20 the first organ
competition in Taiwan was held, with six finalists selected to compete on that day. There were nearly 300 people present at the competition. The first-round judges were Maw Sheng Chen and Nigel Potts, and the judges for the final were Felix Hell, Kitty Yang, and Lynn Kuo. Schantz Organ Company was the major sponsor for this event. The first-prize winner was Esther Yu; second prize went to Kyle Lee, and third prize and audience prize went to Yung Hsien Lee.

—Melody Chen

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