January 2015 TAO Chapter News North Central Region

Central Iowa

 September 29, chapter members gathered at St. John’s Lutheran Church for the year’s kickoff event. Members of the church provided a delicious homemade dinner, which was followed by the AGO Commissioning Service of Church Musicians. The chapter’s new dean, Michael Stefanek, and the Rev. Dr. Jackie Thompson presided over the service. The St. John’s Adult Handbell Choir provided the prelude and service music. Newly installed Sub-dean Mark Shultz played the hymns, while outgoing dean Ann Gerdom played the postlude.

—David Raymond

Twin Cities, MN

Recitalists Kraig Windshitl, Mary Joy Rieder, John Ferguson, and Luke Tegtmeier at Twin Cities organ crawl

Recitalists Kraig Windshitl, Mary Joy Rieder, John Ferguson, and Luke Tegtmeier at Twin Cities organ crawl

 October 18, several chapter members and friends enjoyed a West Metro Organ Crawl/Exploration Day. The daylong event took place in beautiful weather with exquisite fall colors, and featured unique and varied instruments in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Performers included Mary Joy Rieder (Guardian Angels Catholic, Chaska [1903 Schaeffer, 1980 Orvold, II/16]); Kraig Windschitl (Mount Olivet Lutheran, Victoria) [1956 Möller; Rodgers, III/38]); John Ferguson (Mount Calvary Lutheran, Excelsior [1994 Schantz, II/26], in a 20-year organ celebration); Luke Tegtmeier (Trinity Episcopal, Excelsior [2008 Hendrickson, II/29]).

—Jeremy Haug
Twin Cities Chapter website

Central Missouri

Central Missouri Pedals, Pipes & Pizza participants

Central Missouri Pedals, Pipes & Pizza participants

October 11, the chapter hosted its first Pedals, Pipes & Pizza event in Columbia; it was a great success. Bill
Daly led the narration, Craig Datz demonstrated the mighty Skinner at Missouri United Methodist Church and theater organ at Missouri Theater, Ken Kavanaugh showed participants different kinds of pipes and the chambers with all the sound effects, and then participants played the organs. It was heartwarming, and all seemed very enthusiastic with both organ and pizza.

—Rochelle Parker

Greater Kansas City

Participants in “A Moravian Love Feast” celebration service (Greater Kansas City)

Participants in “A Moravian Love Feast” celebration service (Greater Kansas City)

October 20, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Kansas City (rector Patrick Perkins with organist Barbara Adler) was host to the chapter, the chapter Schola Cantorum, and assisting musicians in a celebration worship service called “A Moravian Love Feast.” The Love Feast dates back to 1727 and Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf in Germany. The service includes the sharing of food, prayer, religious conversations, and hymns. This tradition was brought to the Moravian settlement of Bethlehem, PA, in 1742. Participants in the program were Schola Cantorum directors Anthony Maglione (conductor) and Evan Courtney (assistant conductor); organists Adler and Leora Nauta (organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Kansas City and Schola Cantorum accompanist); Perkins, the Rev. David Lynch, and the Rev. Mark McGuire; and narrator Chloe Stodt (dean). Chamber musicians were Dorothy Glick (flute), Eric Williams and Robert Petterson (violin), Nell French (viola), Dana Woolard-Haughlett (cello), and James Albright (bass). Featured vocalists were sopranos Joyce Steeby, Kristen Sullivan, and Leslee Wood; alto Kristin Hyde; tenor Alex Spence; and bass John Ross. Schola Cantorum members also included Dale Boylard, Jay Carter, Mellisa Carter, Tristan Dorsey, Paul Erickson, Peter Hanman, Gayle Hathorne, Doug Maag, Timothy Madden, Sara McClure, Patricia Mina, Jim O’Konski, Marjorie O’Konski, Brett Roenigk, Dani Schaefer, John Schaefer, Lauren Stafford, Mitchell Stafford, Jackson Thomas, Maggie Town send, Natalie Vieyra, Shelly Washington, and Lora Williams.

—Norm Kinnaugh
Greater Kansas City Chapter website

St. Louis, MO

Msgr. Hans Leitner, St. Louis recitalist and presenter

Msgr. Hans Leitner, St. Louis recitalist and presenter

September 28, the chapter’s season opened with a choral Evensong celebration at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral. Canon precentor William (Pat) Partridge, assisted by Stephen Eros and Travis Evans, led the Cathedral Choir in motets and service music by Herbert Sumsion, Arthur Baynon, Robert Hebble, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and George Martin. Mary Beth Wittry performed the organ prelude, which included works by Herbert Howells and Joseph Bonnet. The Very Rev. Mike Kinman delivered a homily that spoke to the power of music to convey meaning beyond what words alone can do.

• October 6, the chapter met for dinner at the new sanctuary and renovated facilities of Peace Lutheran Church (dedicated in August 2014). Dawn Riske (dean) introduced new members, and Andy Peters (steering committee chair) provided an update on preparations for the Region VI Convention in St. Louis, June 22–24, 2015. Following dinner, attendees were treated to a masterclass with Msgr. Hans Leitner, organist and vicar at the Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany. On the previous afternoon, Leitner played the opening recital of the 2014–15 Cathedral Basilica subscription concert series, making a U.S. debut. Participants had the opportunity to gain Leitner’s insight into interpretation of works by Bach and Mendelssohn. The evening was delightfully bilingual at its livelier moments, with Horst Buchholz (music director of the Cathedral Basilica) assisting in translation as appropriate. The Peace sanctuary is home to a new II/33 Martin Ott mechanical-action organ. Attendees enjoyed the opportunityto hear and explore the nearly completed instrument.

—William Sullivan
St. Louis Chapter website

Lincoln, NE

The “guts” of the 1973 Schlicker at Christ Lutheran (Lincoln)

The “guts” of the 1973 Schlicker at Christ Lutheran (Lincoln)

September 21, the chapter’s program “Unexplored Venues: An Exploration of Instruments” began at Christ Lutheran Church, where the top of the console of the 1973 Schlicker 18-stop, two-manual tracker had been removed so everyone could see the workings of the organ. Removal of a floorboard between the console and the pipes allowed the tracker mechanism to be viewed as the organ was played. Those attending were fascinated to see the combination of organist, air, and mechanical action producing beautiful music. At the University of Nebraska, members played several Reuter organs, harpsichords, clavichords, and a two-octave portative with one set of bellows; several attendees wished to take the small tabletop instrument home! One room held a beautiful 1887 Hook & Hastings one-manual organ with the blower converted to electricity. The pipes are painted beautifully in several colors, including gold. A pedal clavichord with two manuals drove everyone crazy because the pedal notes don’t line up with the keyboards. It was quite comedic to see experienced keyboardists sit down at the instrument, try to play manuals and pedals together for about ten seconds, then leap off the bench in frustration! Also available to play was the three-stop portable continuo organ built by Bedient Pipe Organ Company, based southwest of Lincoln. The sound of this small instrument is surprisingly full and can easily be used for early chamber music.

Brent Shaw playing the carillon at First-Plymouth Church

Brent Shaw playing the carillon at First-Plymouth Church

The third and last stop of the tour was at First-Plymouth Church, where members played the Ruth Marie Amen two-manual organ, built by Schoenstein in 1996. Some folks also went to the chapel to see the Schlicker two-manual, five-rank organ. The “singing tower” of First-Plymouth was installed in 1931 when the church was built. Forty-eight bells were cast by John Taylor & Co. Foundry in England. The tower is 171 feet tall, and the clavier (keyboard) room is 150 feet in the air. In 1990, 28 of the smaller bells were removed from the carillon and added to the sanctuary organ. Thirty seven bells from the White-chapel Bell Foundry in London, England, were cast and added to the First-Plymouth carillon. The largest bell weighs 4,592 pounds, and the smallest weighs 130 pounds. There’s no elevator to the clavier room, so participants climbed steps, then ascended two sets of cast-iron spiral staircases, then up some wooden steps, and finally onto an iron ladder to get to the level of the bells and the clavier. Seeing the bells up close and actually ringing was thought to be worth the trip! A few folks sat at the clavier bench and played the batons that ring the bells.

—Sinda Dux
Lincoln chapter website

Chippewa Valley, WI

Paul Kosower, Wilma Hovland, Virginia Tubbs, Elaine Mann, Liz Wilson, and Donald Patterson at patriotic/American concert (Chippewa Valley

Paul Kosower, Wilma Hovland, Virginia Tubbs, Elaine Mann, Liz Wilson,
and Donald Patterson at patriotic/American concert (Chippewa Valley

 July 6, with flags waving in the Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the chapter presented a patriotic/American concert with works by Buck, Young, Ives, Reger, and Sousa—beginning with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to celebrate its 200th anniversary. Pictured are members Paul Kosower, Wilma Hovland, Virginia Tubbs, Elaine Mann, Liz Wilson, and Donald Patterson.

—Donald L. Patterson
Chippewa Valley Chapter website

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