January 2015 TAO Chapter News Southwest Region

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa members at workshop with the Broken Consort

Tulsa members at workshop with the Broken Consort

October 18, the chapter presented the Broken Consort from Boston, MA in a workshop at Christ the King Catholic Church. The leader of the six singers demonstrated and led chapter members in singing chant and choral music leading up to the early Baroque era. The Consort singers encouraged the teaching and singing of chant, showing easy ways to introduce it to church choirs; they also demonstrated vocal techniques and tuning. Following the workshop, members had lunch and a meeting at a nearby restaurant.

—Fred Elder
Tulsa Chapter website

Alamo, TX

Alamo’s Elaine Ehlers (outgoing treasurer) and Mary Ann Winden (education chair)

Alamo’s Elaine Ehlers (outgoing treasurer) and Mary Ann Winden
(education chair)

September 26, the chapter opened its 2014–15 season with a potluck social at the residence of John and Elaine Ehlers. Despite the heavy drizzle, the turnout was fantastic. The evening was perfect: filled with laughter, camaraderie, and plenty of delicious food. Special guest speaker was Scott Cantrell, classical music critic for the Dallas Morning News, who spoke on “Current Trends in Organ Building and Organ Performance.” Also, host Elaine Ehlers was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her 14 years as chapter treasurer; she retired from the board in May 2014.

—Mary J. Hernandez
Alamo Chapter website

Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi Pipescreams participants (front row) David McBride (dean), Kay Carlson, and Carolyn Bain; (back row) Judith Cochran, Leslie Peart, Donna Bogan, Joyce Wilcox, Brad Kisner, Loyd Lott, and Robert Hammitt

Corpus Christi Pipescreams participants (front row) David McBride (dean), Kay Carlson, and Carolyn Bain; (back row) Judith Cochran, Leslie Peart, Donna Bogan, Joyce Wilcox, Brad Kisner, Loyd Lott, and Robert Hammitt

 September 15, the chapter ushered in the 2014–15 season at St. Pius X Catholic Church (Mike Conley, host) with a thrilling recital by Adam Brakel. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, Brakel opened the program with the rousing Concert Variations on “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Dudley Buck. The program included a wide variety of styles and genres—from Baroque to jazz to contemporary. The audience was in awe of Brakel’s blazing technique and musicianship, but was truly spellbound during his stellar performance of the virtuosic Six études by Jeanne Demessieux. His interpretation and superb artis try in registration and performance created an evening of sheer delight and enjoyment for all who attended.

• September 20, the chapter sponsored a handbell workshop at First United Methodist Church (Brad and Jane Kisner, Joan Zimmerman, hosts) directed by Iowa composer Cathy Moklebust.

• October 24, the chapter presented its annual Pipe screams Halloween Concert at First United Methodist Church. It featured a costume contest judged by local celebrities, with prizes for the best children’s and adult costumes. Pictured are performers Carolyn Bain, Donna Bogan, Kay Carlson, Judith Cochran, Robert Hammitt, Brad Kisner, Loyd Lott, David McBride (dean), Leslie Peart, and Joyce Wilcox.

—Michael Conley and Brad Kisner

Fort Worth, TX

October 7, Robert August and S. Andrew Lloyd were the featured ar tists at a recital at First Presbyterian Church, home of a five-manual Garland pipe organ. August played the first half of the program with compositions by Bach; Lloyd played the second half, featuring some modern compositions—including two of his own. Lloyd has been commissioned to write a composition to be performed at the Southwest AGO Regional Convention in Fort Worth, June 28–July 1, 2015. Check out his compositions on his website: Sandrewlloyd.com.

—Ed Ackermann
Ft. Worth Chapter website

Houston, TX

Houston concertgoers taking a look at the new Pasi organ at First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Houston concertgoers taking a look at the new Pasi organ at First Evangelical Lutheran Church

September 23, the chapter kicked off the new season with a dinner and concert event hosted by First Evangelical Lutheran Church and parish musicians Carrolland Dorry Shaddock. A Louisiana cajun-style meal was enjoyed followed by a dedication service for the incoming chapter board members. Included were hymns and liturgy celebrating the occasion with organ music played by Dorry Shaddock and Zach Musick. Those in attendance were invited to take a closelook at the church’s new Pasi organ following the service.

—Andrew Bowen
Houston Chapter website

Lubbock, TX

Michael Mitchell playing his Walker organ (Lubbock)

Michael Mitchell playing his Walker organ (Lubbock)

September 13, the chapter’s first meeting of the new year was an organ crawl with members of the Big Country chapter. The day began with a wonderful meal prepared by host Michael Mitchell at his home. Following lunch, he presented a brief history of the evolution of his home pipe organ, from acquiring pipes and chests to having the console built and adding Walker electronic stops. Afterward, he played three pieces. The group then traveled to First Christian Church, where organist Darryl Berry demonstrated the Casavant instrument, playing selections himself and allowing others to play the organ. Next, participants met at First United Methodist Church, where assistant organist Dan Smith played the large Forrest Memorial Pipe Organ (Möller) and allowed others to play as well. The last stop of the day was at Texas Tech University’s Hemmle Recital Hall, where Thomas Hughes described the history of the Holtkamp organ, comparing it before and after the recent renovation by Noack Organ Company. Members enjoyed touring inside the pipework and chests and playing a few selections before the day’s activities ended.

—Clark Haney Wells
Lubbock Chapter Website

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