December 2015 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region
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Chapter members in the congregation singing Evensong responses

Cape Cod and the Islands, MA

September 27, the chapter held its annual Convocation. A Choral Evensong for Michaelmas was held in the Orleans United Methodist Church. The service was officiated by the Rev. Judith Davis, chapter chaplain and rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Harwichport. Organist for the event was Nancy McCarthy, chapter secretary and organist-choirmaster at the Orleans church. After the Declar­a­tion of AGO Religious Principles was read, officers and board members were installed for the 2015–16 season. Following the service, a reception was held in the fellowship hall.

—Grace McGill-Gora

Merrimack Valley, MA

September 27, the chapter held its installation of officers and a potluck dinner at St. Augustine Parish Church in Andover. The ceremony was officiated by Abbey Siegfried (sub-dean) and hosted by Cynthia Arsenault (a former dean and music director at St. Augustine). The Rev. Dr. Rich­ard Hughes (chapter chaplain) led the new officers in reaffirming their commitment to upholding the AGO’s principles, ethics, and standards. Cindi Bliss (a former dean) accompanied the hymns and contributed a prelude and postlude.

—Jodi Templer

Binghamton, NY

September 11 and 12, the chapter was pleased to have Nicholas Capozzoli play a remarkable recital and present a workshop titled “The North German Baroque: Breathing Life into Old Music.” This was the third in the chapter’s Young Artist Series begun three years ago. The series invites organists who have completed most or all of their formal education, but have yet to begin their concert careers, to play a recital one eve­ning and present a workshop the next morning on a topic of their choice. Joseph Ripka with his wife, Erin (violin), played a re­cital the first year, with Joseph giving a workshop on pedal technique. Last year, Dexter “Tripp” Kennedy performed in Binghamton on his way to Paris, where he took first prize in the prestigious Chartres Organ Com­petition. His workshop was on service improvisation techniques. Capozzoli is a master’s degree candidate in historic performance at the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with James David Christie (organ) and Webb Wiggins (harpsichord). His recital program included works by Joseph Jongen, Felix Mendelssohn, Dan Locklair, Thierry Escaich, Elsa Barraine, and Craig Phillips. The Phillips piece, Rhapsody for Organ (2014), was commissioned for the 2015 Taylor Organ Competition in Atlanta, for which Capozzoli was awarded first prize. Its performance in Binghamton was effectively its Northeastern U.S. premiere.

—John Holt

NIcholas Capozzoli (center) with group attending his Binghamton workshop

NIcholas Capozzoli (center) with group attending his Binghamton workshop

Westchester Country organ scholars Daniel Ficarri and Alexander Pattavina with the Casavant organ at Christ Church, Bronxville

Westchester Country organ scholars Daniel Ficarri and Alexander Pattavina with the Casavant organ at Christ Church, Bronxville

Westchester County, NY

September 20, organists and guests attend­ed the chapter’s opening meeting at Christ Church, Bronxville. After greetings from Dean John King and Fr. Michael Bird, organ scholars Daniel Ficarri (Hitchcock Presbyterian, Scarsdale) and Alexander Pattavina (Christ Church, Bronx­ville) played a superb mini re­cital on the four-manual Casa­vant, Opus 3878 (2009). Works by Bach, Boëllmann, Dupré, and Duruflé showcased the magnificent organ. Both organists study with Paul Jacobs at Juilliard. Following the performance, all viewed the stained-glass window dedicated to former Christ Church organist Robert Owen. An open console and reception followed.

—Joyce Gardner

Mid-Atlantic Region
District of Columbia officers with recitalist Mary Beth Bennet (center); Russell Weismann, Karen Bredberg, Rob Church, J. Michael McMahon, Irvin Peterson, Irv Lawless, Kathleen Cooper, and Jeremy Filsell

District of Columbia officers with recitalist Mary Beth Bennet (center); Russell Weismann, Karen Bredberg, Rob Church, J. Michael McMahon, Irvin Peterson, Irv Lawless, Kathleen Cooper, and Jeremy Filsell

District of Columbia

September 21, the chapter hosted the inaugural event of its 2015–16 program year. Held in the new sanctuary of First Congregational Church (UCC), with its Casavant/Létourneau organ, the program began with a recital by Mary Beth Bennett; the installation of officers then took place. Participants also sang a new hymn tune composed by Bennett, with a text honoring church musicians that was written by her husband, Mark Bowersox. The evening concluded with a reception. Officers include Russell Weismann (dean), Mary Beth Bennett, Karen Bredberg (sub-dean), Rob Church (treasurer), Kathleen Cooper (secretary), Jeremy Filsell (education coordinator), Irv Lawless (historian/archivist), J. Michael McMahon (newsletter editor), and Irvin Peterson (hospitality coordinator).

—Russell Weismann

AGO President John Walker and Mid-Shore Maryland Sub-dean Dale Krider at workshop

AGO President John Walker and Mid-Shore Maryland Sub-dean Dale Krider at workshop

Mid-Shore Maryland

August 29, the new chapter welcomed AGO President John Walker for an inspiring program on “Creative Hymn and Service Playing” at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Easton (host organist Bill Wharton). He demonstrated many ways in which a hymn can be played with the ultimate goal of leading the congregation to worship.

—Amy Morgan

Nothern New Jersey executive board members.

Nothern New Jersey executive board members.

Northern New Jersey

September 14, the chapter’s executive board was installed at a kickoff dinner at First Congregational Church UCC, River Edge. Pictured are (first row) Bob Wheeler, Peggy Hsiao, Debbie Holden-Hollo­way; (second row) Claudia Smith, Anita Bontekoe, Dean Karen Schmidt; (third row) June Marano-Murray (host and organist at First Congregational), Gloria Norton, Brian Tricoli; (fourth row) Gregg Patruno, Richard Tegtmeyer, Cathi Rup­pi, and Sub-dean David Macfarlane. A potluck dinner preceded the installation, which was performed by the Rev. John Norton, and a reading session of Thanksgiving anthems followed.

—Stewart Holmes

Lehigh Valley, PA

September 19, the chapter presented a members’ recital at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Titled “Where Two or More Are Playing,” the program featured music for two instrumentalists. Robert Riday and Gary Raish offered piano and organ duets. Other organists participating included Pauline Fox, Michael Krentz (dean), Matthew Wary, Thomas Busteed, and Stephen Williams (host musician). Guest instrumentalists included Kaitlyn O’Brien (organ), Joe Dorsch (baritone saxophone), Caitlin Worrich (trombone), Rodney Boyer (clarinet), and David Umla (trumpet). The varied program included works by Mozart, Elmore, Irving Berlin, P.D.Q. Bach, and original transcriptions. A luncheon following the concert was coordinated by Gail Hanzl.

—Gloria Snyder

John Romeri (dean), Edwin Landin, presenter Kimberly Marshall, Alan Morrison, and Marcia Sommers (sub-dean) at Philadelphia workshop

John Romeri (dean), Edwin Landin, presenter Kimberly Marshall, Alan Morrison, and Marcia Sommers (sub-dean) at Philadelphia workshop

Philadelphia, PA

In September, the chapter kicked off its 2015–16 season with a weekend fea­turing Kimberly Marshall (Arizona State University). Sept. 12, 
Marshall led a workshop for 30 chapter members on early French organ music at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (hosts Edward Landin and Jeffrey Brillhart). Sept. 13, the chap­ter joined with Alan Mor­rison and Ursinus College to co­sponsor Marshall in a program of five centuries of dances for the organ in Bomberger Hall on the Ursinus campus.

—Marcia Sommers

Pittsburgh service participants including former deans and members of the Organ Artists Series and Pittsburgh Organ Academy (photo: Stan Yoder)

Pittsburgh service participants including former deans and members of the Organ Artists Series and Pittsburgh Organ Academy (photo: Stan Yoder)

Pittsburgh, PA

September 28, the chapter held a dinner, opening service, and installation of officers at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. After the meal and a brief meeting, the prelude began in the sanctuary. The procession included the choir, newly elected officers, former deans, and members of the Organ Artists Series and Pittsburgh Organ Academy. The organist was Edward Alan Moore. The Rev. S. Cyril Hurn­yak (chapter chaplain) led the service, which also included a necrology since the 2013 installation service. Newly installed officers are Edward Alan Moore (dean); Nathan Carterette (sub-dean); Cynthia Pock (secretary); Donald Fellows (treasurer); Barbara McKelway (registrar); and Larry Allen, Karen Krenitsky, Signe Mitchell, and Nicholas Will (members at large).

—J. Barbara McKelway

Southeastern Pennsylvania members at anthem-reading session

Southeastern Pennsylvania

September 19, chapter members held their opening meeting for the season. An anthem reading and sharing session, followed by a delicious brunch, was held at St. Francis de Sales Church in Aston. Those attending were Mi­chael Trinder, Nancy Brown, Jonathan Wald, Art Kalemkarian (at the piano), Ken Delmar, John Kampmeyer (dean), Susan Schriver, and Laurie Mueller. Included among the shared anthems were selections by Hopson, Ehret, Lau, Wesley, and three different pieces titled “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”

—Nancy Brown

Charlottesville-Albemarle, VA

September 22, approximately 20 members attended an annual potluck picnic and liturgy at St. John the Baptist Episcopal, Ivy. The service of Compline was led by Kathleen Sturges, vicar of St. John’s. Albrecht von Gaudecker, Alice Layman, and Roger Authers played the prelude, hymns, and postlude.

—Alice Layman

Belgian organist Jan Vermeire at rehearsal organ, home J. Thomas Mitts, associate professor of organ and church music at Shenandoah Conservatory

Belgian organist Jan Vermeire at rehearsal organ, home J. Thomas Mitts, associate professor of organ and church music at Shenandoah Conservatory

Winchester, VA

September 11, the chapter with Shenandoah University, the Belgian government, and Orgues Létourneau cosponsored a recital by Belgian organist Jan Vermeire at the university’s Goodson Chapel. Titled “Orpheus and His Pupils,” the program included works by Sweelinck, Scheidemann, Rein­cken, Buxtehude, Bruhns, Böhm, and Bach and was well suited to the neo-Baroque organ in the chapel. Vermeire, who studied organ at the Academy of Veurne and the Royal Conservatory in Brussels—and also studied choral conducting at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent—is the organist of the new Lapon organ (2011) in the modernist Church of Our Lady of the Dunes in Koksijde. He is often invited to perform at organ festivals. In 2015, he will give re­citals in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portu­gal, Spain, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Vermeire is the artistic director of the International Organ Festival Veurne-Westkust, the International Organ Week Koksijde, and the Festival International d’Orgue en Flandre (France).

—Gloria Harris

Southeast Region
Gainesville members at potluck gathering

Gainesville members at potluck gathering

Gainesville, FL

September 14, chapter members opened the 2015–16 season with a potluck dinner at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.

—Scott Ziegler

 

Space Coast concert participants (left to right) Kyle Jones, John Lowe, Yaniv Choen, and Kathleen Audet

Space Coast concert participants (left to right) Kyle Jones, John Lowe, Yaniv Choen, and Kathleen Audet

Space Coast, FL

September 19 and 20, the chapter and Eastminster Presbyterian Church presented a weekend of organ music featuring John T. Lowe. The first day, he played an organ recital “A Kaleidoscope of Colors” on an Allen three-manual organ. In addition to works of Bach and Vierne, he played various works of contemporary composers, demonstrating the different colors of sound of the organ. The next day, he presented “Music for Hope and Healing, A Festival of Hymns.” The program consisted of words of meditation and the singing of familiar hymns with festival chorus and congregation. Several choral anthems were performed by the festival chorus, with Lowe as accompanist on piano or organ and Kyle Jones, director of music at Eastminster. In addition, there were some anthems with Yaniv Cohen (violin) and Kathleen Audet (flute). Lowe, sub-dean of the Gainesville AGO Chapter, is director of music and organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Gainesville, where he plays the III/49 Visser-Rowland organ in liturgies and concerts. He is a prizewinner in 
local, regional, and national competitions. He has played recitals throughout the United States, and his accompanying engagements have taken him 
to the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia.

—Barbara Burgess

Ken Cowan with Atlanta organists Nicole Marane and Scott Atchison

Ken Cowan with Atlanta organists Nicole Marane and Scott Atchison

Atlanta, GA

September 15, the chapter held a dinner and recital at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. The evening began with an invocation by Dean Sue Mitchell-Wallace. Words of welcome were given by Scott Atchison, director of music and organist at Peachtree Road. Nicole Marane, registrar for the chapter, had yearbooks available for distribution. A superb organ recital was presented by Ken Cowan; his program included works by J.S. Bach, Jean Roger-Ducasse, Seth Bingham, Jean Guillou, and Franz Liszt.

—Rachel Ficklin

Savannah, GA

September 10, the chapter kicked off its 2015–16 year with a dinner meeting held at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church (Justin L. Addington, host). Following dinner, new members were welcomed, yearbooks were distributed, and the programs for the year were presented. Afterward, members reported on the various conferences and conventions they attended over the summer.

—Timothy Hall

Jim Lazenby sharing his summer conference experiences with Mila Karamushka, Zollene Reissner, Daniel Steinert, and Laurel Siviglia (Durham-Chapel Hill )

Jim Lazenby sharing his summer conference experiences with Mila Karamushka, Zollene Reissner, Daniel Steinert, and Laurel Siviglia (Durham-Chapel Hill )

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

September 25, the chapter offered a potluck dinner, and members shared their experiences at the various music conferences they attended during the summer. The event—hosted by Jackie Nappi and Tom Kraska of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dur­ham—was attended by 20 new and returning members and their spouses, and included an installation of new officers. Past-Dean Laurel Siviglia installed the officers present (Zollene Reissner, Lyn Francisco, Van Quinn, and Daniel Steinert) and those in absentia (Tim Baker and Marianne Kremer). After dinner, Daniel Cherrix reported on the Southeast Regional Convention that took place in Charlotte. He shared information that had made an impression on him, especially improvisation workshops with Dorothy Papa­dakos and Robert McCormick and choral conducting with Eric Nelson. He found being with colleagues the most valuable part of his experience; talking to and spending time with other organists was inspiring and invigorating, and he came away with fresh ideas for anthems, voluntaries, and materials for children’s choirs. Zollene Reissner, who also attended the Southeast Regional Convention, shared handouts on improvisation that were presented in workshops by Patrick Scott and Robert McCormick, and she summarized their talks. Mila Karamushka attended the West Regional Convention in San Diego, Calif., and she distributed music that may give colleagues ideas for use in their services, most particularly for World Communion Sunday. Jim Lazenby reported on the Association of Anglican Musicians convention that took place in mid-June in Tampa, Fla. This year’s theme was the Tree of Life. After giving a brief history of the AAM, Lazenby discussed the workshops and choral-reading sessions he attended, the music he heard—including music commissioned specifically 
for the convention—the instruments in the various venues, and the artists who presented the music. He also paid tribute to St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (New York City) organist John Scott, who passed away recently. Van Quinn shared stories from Scott’s funeral as Laz­enby passed around a copy of the funeral order of worship. The program concluded with the new members speaking about their new positions. At the end, participants were encouraged to play the Wolff and Brom­baugh organs as well as a French harpsichord in the nave.

—Lyn Francisco

Fayetteville-Sandhills members and executive board Donn Davenport, Stephen Gourley, Darlene Skinner, Monica Sparzak, Homer Ferguson III, the Rev. John Jacobs, Beth Jordan, Michael Howe, and Marcia Mervin

Fayetteville-Sandhills members and executive board Donn Davenport, Stephen Gourley, Darlene Skinner, Monica Sparzak, Homer Ferguson III, the Rev. John Jacobs, Beth Jordan, Michael Howe, and Marcia Mervin

Fayetteville-Sandhills, NC

September 25, the chapter began its second year of existence with a dinner and opening service of installation at the Village Chapel, Pinehurst. Host Stephen Gourley and Homer Ferguson III (dean) provided musical leadership, and the Rev. John Jacobs (chapter chaplain) led the service of installation for members of the executive board. Judy Gourley prepared a delicious meal, complete with three homemade cakes. This new and growing chapter is bringing together organists and church musicians in the establishment of collegial relationships, support, and friendship.

—Homer Ferguson III

Justin Smith (dean), Bill Remele, Julia Walker Jewell, Charles Woodward, and John Miller at Wilmington meeting

Justin Smith (dean), Bill Remele, Julia Walker Jewell, Charles Woodward, and John Miller at Wilmington meeting

Wilmington, NC

September 14, the chapter met at Ted’s Fun on the River, hosted by Julia Walker Jewell, proprietor and chapter member. Everyone enjoyed a covered-dish dinner and social, and members shared favorite anthems and organ music. Those who had attended the Southeast Regional Convention in Charlotte shared their experiences.

—Sara Bryant

The Rev. Dr. Charles Lippy with Charleston's newly discovered chapter banner

The Rev. Dr. Charles Lippy with Charleston’s newly discovered chapter banner

Charleston, SC

September 14, the chapter kicked off the new season with a dinner at Ms. Rose’s in West Ashley. The Rev. Dr. Charles Lippy, recognized as the chapter’s new chaplain, offered an invocation before dinner. An organ trivia quiz followed, which proved an embarrassment for many. Of interest to the chapter was the discovery of a chapter banner, which no one had known existed. It was found by member George Hiatt among the effects of the late Billy Quarterman, a past dean in the ’50s. The photo (page 87) shows it be­ing held with great seriousness by Dr. Lippy.

—Edmund LeRoy

Grand Strand participants in Alexander Technique workshop

Grand Strand participants in Alexander Technique workshop

Grand Strand, SC

September 18, the chapter’s meeting at Trinity United Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach was opened in prayer by Karen Kearney, coordinator of the special event. The evening got under way with a special candlelight dinner planned with an autumn theme in the fellowship hall. Chapter members and their guests then gathered in the sanctuary, where they took part in a workshop on the Alexander Technique. Presenter Renée Jackson, a music educator in the Myrtle Beach area, focused on reeducation of the mind and body, and how to improve the performer’s ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, and coordination at the organ console. She also demonstrated the importance of relaxation in performance, with guest vocalist Rose Davis. Members participating were the Rev. Bud Esper, George Giblin, Karen Kearney, Karen Meeker, Mary Moller, Brian Monroe, Roberta Rowland-Raybold, Darleen Smith, Ashley Sosis, and guest organists from the area.

—Roberta Rowland-Raybold

Participants at Spartanburg meeting

Participants at Spartanburg meeting

Spartanburg, SC

September 21, the first meeting of the chapter’s 2015–16 season took place at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. Members enjoyed a time of fellowship followed by a delicious dinner in the church’s dining hall. Afterward, Dean Huger P. Caughman Jr. called the meeting to order and announced the program schedule for the season. Treasurer Erica Pauly gave a financial report and an update on membership; four new members have joined the chapter. Then, chapter member John Bullard presented a program about the history of the pipe organs of Spartanburg.

—Bill Cooper

Joshua Knight, Elsilynn Barber, Beth Nichols, Wilma Jensen, David Stultz, Jason Duroy, and Jeff Scofield at Chattanooga workshop

Joshua Knight, Elsilynn Barber, Beth Nichols, Wilma Jensen, David Stultz, Jason Duroy, and Jeff Scofield at Chattanooga workshop

Chattanooga, TN

August 24–28, the chapter hosted Wil­ma Jensen, who conducted a five-day workshop at Brainerd United Methodist Church. There were private lessons offered to students each afternoon as well as evening masterclasses for the group. In the group sessions, Jensen demonstrated various types of touch controls in passages of organ repertoire, and assisted students by explaining the physical gestures involved. Afterward, there were discussions about understanding and hearing the impact of these newly developed skills. Jensen is scheduled for other similar workshops this fall. More information can be found at Wilmajensen.com.

—Anne Aycock

Nashville, TN

September 14, the chapter offered a recital by Wil­liam Porter, retired professor of organ and harpsichord at the Eastman School of Music. His program of Bach and improvisations showcased the 2015 Dobson organ at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. The instrument (featured in the May issue of TAO) graces the Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall. The Blair School of Music and Dean Mark Wait cosponsored the event and the reception following, presented in gratitude to Peter M. Fyfe for his generous support of the school.

—Rhonda Swanson

Great Lakes Region
Raul Prieto Ramirez leading a show-and-tell in Ball State University's Sursa Performance Hall

Raul Prieto Ramirez leading a show-and-tell in Ball State University’s Sursa Performance Hall

Muncie, IN

March 15, members gathered at the David Owsley Museum of Art on the Ball State University campus and were led by a docent to 
consider how patterns in works of art may relate to forms and expressions in music.

• April 10–18, the chapter collaborated with Ball State University to present Muncie Pipes: First Annual Gala Pipe Organ Festival. Included were: (April 10) Raúl Prieto Ramírez dedication recital of the newly restored E.M. Skinner organ by Reynolds Associates Inc. at High Street United Methodist Church; (April 12) Sursa Family Concert Organ Series program by Ken Cowan at Sursa Performance Hall, Ball State University; and (April 18) Organ Show-and-Tell “Family Experience for Students of All Ages” with Ramírez, featuring multimedia learning and hands-on activities.

—Kristi Koriath

Mark Walker, Philip Hines, Laura Sullivan, and Wayne Giliam at Louisville program (photo: Josh Duncan)

Mark Walker, Philip Hines, Laura Sullivan, and Wayne Giliam at Louisville program (photo: Josh Duncan)

Louisville, KY

September 18, the chapter opened its 2015–16 season at the Catholic Church of St. Margaret Mary. The program, titled “Celebrating God’s Gift of Music,” was in recognition of the newly installed Schantz organ that was finished in August. Principal organist for the evening was Mark Walker; other organists contributing to the evening were Laura Sullivan and Philip Hines. Wayne Gil­liam was the choir director. The program was cosponsored by the chapter, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and Miller Organ Services.

—Josh Duncan

Grand Rapids, MI

September 21, the chapter presented an organ recital by Eric Strand, director of music and the arts at First United Methodist Church. His program was constructed around Scenes from a Gallery by Craig Phillips and included artwork projected onto a large screen above his head. Also on the program was Sun Dance by Bob Chilcott, “Silence May Be Kept” from Rubrics by Dan Locklair, Annum per Annum by Arvo Pärt, and Three Gospel Scenes by James Biery—which also included projections. The program ended with “Sing to the Lord a New Song; Play Skillfully with a Loud Noise” by Herbert Howells. Strand was assisted by Jill Brown (flute) and Ryan Pott (violin), on the Phil­lips composition. The excellent recital was well attended by members of both the chapter and the church.

—Larry Biser

Saginaw Valley participants at tour of the Barton organ at the Temple Theatre (photo: Kenneth Wuepper)

Saginaw Valley participants at tour of the Barton organ at the Temple Theatre (photo: Kenneth Wuepper)

Saginaw Valley, MI

September 27, chapter members and guests gathered at the Temple Theatre for a tour of the Barton organ, courtesy of curator Kenneth Wuepper and Pat Portner, sec­retary of the Temple Theatre Organ Club. Each attendee received a copy of the organ club’s anniversary booklet.

—Nicholas E. Schmelter

 

North Central Region

Central Iowa

September 22, the chapter gathered for its traditional fall dinner and commissioning service. Each September, members celebrate the beginning of the church year with a dinner and a worship service, during which they commit themselves to their ministry in the months ahead. This year’s inspirational event was hosted by the staff and members of Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, Iowa. Church volunteers served a roast-pork meal in a decorated dining room. The worship service featured music by Memorial Lu­theran’s vocal and handbell choirs and a litany of renewal, commitment, and anointing. Among those providing leadership were Myron Herzberg (pastor), David Blumer (organist), and Lois Miller (pianist).

—Bev Duffy

Twin Cities MN AGO Chapter Newss

Alcee Chriss, Michael Barone, and David Jenkins at Twin Cities event

Twin Cities, MN

September 18, the chapter was pleased to present a recital by Alcee Chriss (Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate and prize-winner) on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis. Chriss, who has performed throughout the United States and France, showcased his virtuosity and versatility at this performance. The chapter feels blessed to have experienced his grace, skill, and proficiency as a musician. After the recital, near­ly 90 chapter members and guests gathered for a catered meal, the installation of board members, and an opportunity to browse a used-music sale.

—Jeremy Haug

Composer Kurt Knecht with recitalist Wyatt Smith (Greater Kansas City)

Composer Kurt Knecht with recitalist Wyatt Smith (Greater Kansas City)

Greater Kansas City, MO

Septemer 21, the chapter with Gano Chap­el at William Jewell College in Liberty (Ann Marie Rigler, professor of organ and college organist) and Quimby Pipe Organs hosted organist Wyatt Smith in a recital. Special guest Kurt Knecht was present; Smith had commissioned Knecht to compose an organ work for his undergraduate recital a few years earlier. Knecht’s Missouri Sonata was featured in the program, and this was the first opportunity for composer Knecht to hear his music in a live recital. The composition was very well received by the audience.

—Norm Kinnaugh

St. Louis MO AGO Chapter News

Participants in the Festival of Psalms at the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (St. Louis)

St. Louis, MO

September 21, a Festival of Psalms was presented at the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called the “Old Cathedral.” The evening was a joint event with the AGO and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Basilica organist Dan Vizer welcomed attendees to the newly refurbished worship space by playing Marcello’s Psalm XIX on the two-manual Schwab/Wicks organ. Sacred texts from Psalms 19, 23, 34, 96, and 150 were presented in diverse settings. Cantors led beautifully rendered Ambrosian chant, and a psalm setting in Hebrew. Area choirs presented psalm settings by Virgil Thomson, Howard Goodall, and Stephen Mager, AAGO. Several Guild members played psalm settings by Frank Ferko, Jan Mulder, David Cherwien, and Herbert Howells. The assembly was also drawn in by singing several psalms in various styles and from several eras, including Anglican chant. It was an enjoyable evening of artistry in a space that is itself a treasury of art.

—Dawn Riske

Southwest Region
Tulsa members at chapter party to open the new season

Tulsa members at chapter party to open the new season

Tulsa, OK

September 1, the chapter met at the home of Fr. Jack Powers for a “start the year off with a party” gathering. Chapter members, new members, and guests enjoyed an evening of good food with time to catch up on the summer’s activities.

—Karen Rich

Austin TX AGO Chapter News

Chapter members at Austin gathering

 

Austin, TX

September 20, the chapter’s opening dinner was held at St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church (David Thoresen, host). Following a review of the year’s upcoming programs, participants enjoyed open-console time on the church’s new Johannus organ.

—Jack Martin

 

Houston, TX AGO Chapter News

Patrick Scott at Houston recital

Houston, TX

September 20, the chapter partnered with St. Philip Presbyterian Church to present a recital by Patrick Scott. His brilliant program included works by Guilmant, Widor, Halley, Buxtehude, and more. He ended the performance with a three-part improvisation on three popular music themes submitted by the chapter board, including the theme from Disney’s Frozen. The concert was preceded with the installation of the chapter’s 2015–16 officers, led by Steve Newberry (past-dean) and Kath­ryn White (dean). A reception followed the recital, including a volunteer job fair for the 2016 AGO National Convention, which takes place in Houston next June 19–23.

—Andrew Bowen

West Region
Long-Beach-CA-Chapter-News

Margaret Armstrong, Peter Bates, Regie the dog, Priscilla Silver, David Feit-Pretzer, Gerald Dahlin, and David York at Long Beach program

Long Beach, CA

September 8, the chapter held its annual potluck and program at the home of district convener Peter Bates. Performers included Sub-dean Da­vid Feit-Pretzer, Margaret Arm­- strong and David York (piano four hands), Gerald Dahlin, Priscilla Silver and Peter Bates (piano and organ duet); Bates also played the organ. The program presented hymn arrangements and music by Joel Raney, and closed with Bach.

—David Feit-Pretzer

Balboa Park carilloneur Gina Seashore with participants touring the California Tower

Balboa Park carilloneur Gina Seashore with participants touring the California Tower

San Diego, CA

August 10, three groups (ten people each) of chapter members and friends enjoyed a tour of the carillon in the California Tower in Balboa Park. Gina Seashore demonstrated the carillon and gave a brief history of the instrument, after which members had the opportunity to play it. After the tour, everyone enjoyed a potluck dinner, held in the colonnades of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and an evening performance by Gordon Turk, organist at 
Ocean Grove Auditorium in New Jersey. (photo: Bela Feher)

—Leslie Robb

San Francisco, CA

September 20, the chapter was hosted by St. Luke’s Church (the Rev. Dana Corsello, rector) for an Evensong and installation of officers service. Music was provided by the choir of St. Luke’s (Stephen J. Ketterer, director of music). Ketterer’s settings of the Introit, Prayers, Responses, Psalm, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis were well received. Other participants in the service included Simon C. Berry (dean) and the Rev. Robert Rein (chapter chaplain). The service was followed by a festive reception to kick off the program year.

—Timothy Zerlang

Carolyn Lamcke, Rebecca Smith, and Paul Rosas at Alzheimer's Benefit Concert

Carolyn Lamcke, Rebecca Smith, and Paul Rosas at Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert

San Jose, CA

August 16, the chapter held an Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert at the First United Methodist Church in Salinas. Forty-one people at­tended, and $955 was donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Rebecca Smith, Carolyn Lamcke, and Paul Rosas played a varied program of violin, organ, and piano music by composers including Callahan, Mancini, and Vivaldi. Rosas then explained how he became involved in the benefit concerts. With the help of Carolyn Lamcke and Stephen Boniface, he is coordinating similar concerts throughout California, Oregon, and Nevada. The music resumed with selections including “In This Very Room” by Harris/Bock, with Rosas on the organ and Lamcke on the piano. This was a very spiritual piece about interactions with an Alzheimer’s patient. Afterward, a reception was hosted by the church. Rebecca Smith, choir director at First United Methodist since 1997, also plays with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Paul Rosas is the senior organist for Los Altos United Methodist Church, where he plays for two adult choirs. He is a favored organ soloist/accompanist for Stanford’s Schola Cantorum (Greg Wait, director) and Master Sinfonia (David Ramadonoff, director). Rosas was formerly dean of the Palo Alto AGO Chapter. Carolyn Lamcke, sub-dean of the San Jose chapter, is the organist at First United Methodist, Salinas. She played in the benefit concert because her best friend has Alzheimer’s, and her mother has dementia; she knows the money raised goes to a great cause.

—Kenneth Talbot

Cindy Addison (sub-dean), guest organist David Bond, Lana Furdell (dean), and Joan Schmidt (secretary/treasurer) at Great Falls program

Cindy Addison (sub-dean), guest organist David Bond, Lana Furdell (dean), and Joan Schmidt (secretary/treasurer) at Great Falls program

Great Falls, MT

September 20, the chapter held the eighth Legacy Concert featuring David Bond at First Congregational UCC/Christ United Methodist church. The series celebrates the rebuilding of the church’s Möller organ (Opus 2710) by the Salmen Organ Company in 2011. Since do­nations exceeded the cost of reno­vation, the funds in reserve allow for a recital to be given every other year—an incentive for other congregations. In conjunction with David Bond’s recital, the UCC and the Great Falls chapter cosponsored a workshop with him the day before, encouraging young future organists. Bond grew up in Great Falls, taking lessons from Esther Hathaway on the original church organ when it was in the first sanctuary. He is past dean of the Buffalo AGO Chapter and was a district convener in Region II for four years. He has been organist-choirmaster at First Presbyterian Church Buffalo since 1985.

—Marjorie Kohler

John Ledwon at the Wurlitzer theater organ he constructed

John Ledwon at the Wurlitzer theater organ he constructed

Southern Nevada

September 22, members met at the home of John Ledwon for the annual fall social, potluck, and demonstration of the Wurlitzer theater organ he constructed. It is a showpiece of color and light as com­- puters create continuous color changes in the visible pipe chamber with transparent shutters. After having a delicious dinner and greeting friends, the group enjoyed several selections Ledwon played, showing his theater organ skills. Paul Hesselink, acting dean, presented the list of organ programs for the season—an impressive total of ten.

—Dorothy Young Riess

Seattle panelists Terry Kyllo, Robert G. Condie, and David C. Hahn with dean-elect Henry Lebedinsky (photo: David Nichols)

Seattle panelists Terry Kyllo, Robert G. Condie, and David C. Hahn with dean-elect Henry Lebedinsky (photo: David Nichols)

Seattle, WA

September 1, five chapter members gathered for food, drink, and conversation at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse. It was the first in a series of Organists’ Nights Out, organized by dean-elect Henry Lebedinsky and board member Sam­uel Libra. • Sept. 14, the chapter held its first meeting of the year at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Seattle. The eve­ning began with a clergy-musician potluck dinner, after which Lebedinsky facilitated a panel discussion and open conversation about how we fit in to the present and future of our worshipping communities and how to face some of the big challenges in our traditions, min­is­tries, and mission. Panelists included the Rev. David C. Hahn, Robert G. Condie, and the Rev. Terry Kyllo. A lively discussion followed, touching on many issues we face today in our profession. The evening ended with Evensong led by the Rev. Danae Ashley, Christopher Howerter, and Michael Monnikendam.

—David Stinson

Spokane officers (front) Nisha Coulter, Marlys Meece, Janet Satre Ahrend, Byrl Cinnamon, Vince Roland; (back) Jim Holmes, Chris Nelson, and Fr. Paul Vevik (photo: Carla Roland)

Spokane officers (front) Nisha Coulter, Marlys Meece, Janet Satre Ahrend, Byrl Cinnamon, Vince Roland; (back) Jim Holmes, Chris Nelson, and Fr. Paul Vevik (photo: Carla Roland)

Spokane, WA

September 12, the chapter held its inauguration of officers at All Saints Lutheran Church (Nisha Coulter, host). Officers installed were Janet Satre Ahrend (dean); Jim Holmes (sub-dean, newsletter); Nisha Coulter (secretary); Marlys Meece (treasurer); Byrl Cinnamon (co-treasurer/directory); Vince Roland (corresponding secretary); Fr. Paul Vevik (chaplain); Robert Collins (webmaster); and Robert Carr, Chris Nelson, and Karen Stahl (board members). Following the installation, the chapter had a presentation of “music that works,” whereby members volunteered to share new pieces they had acquired or learned that they thought would be of interest to other members. Presentations were made by Chris Nelson, Taylor Giese, Thomas Jefferson, Janet Ahrend, and Mark Haberman. This is a great exercise for chapters in that it allows members to perform pieces in front of their peers, without having to prepare at the “recital” level, and exposes new music to other members who might not otherwise hear it.

—Vince Roland

 

Singapore-AGO Chapter News

Alexia Tye and Phoon Yu at Singapore program

Singapore

August 17, the chapter collaborated with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as part of the organ series at Victoria Concert Hall. Organists Alexia Tye and Phoon Yu presented a lunchtime program. Two pieces by Yu were premiered: preludes on “Lenggang Kangkung” (a popular Malay­sian folk song) and “Singapura, O Singapura.” They were commissioned by the chapter in conjunction with the golden jubilee celebration of the nation of Singapore. Tye played repertoire that included works by French composers Couperin, Marchand, Vierne, and Franck.

—Yap Wai Hoong

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