AGO Taiwan Chapter Sponsors Organ Competition

The American Guild of Organists Taiwan chapter sponsored the country's first organ competition on July 20, 2104. , Six finalists were 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. First-prize  was awarded to Esther Yu; second prize went to Kyle Lee, and third prize and audience prize went to Yung Hsien Lee. … [Read more...]

Carl G. Harris Jr.: Trailblazer in Choral Music

By Roy L. Belfield Jr. Note: This article originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of The American Organist For 42 years, Carl G. Harris Jr. was the consummate choral conductor. His versatility as a musician too was masterful, and a matter of record. I met Harris in 1979, when he was a professor of music and choral director at Virginia State College (now University) in Petersburg, Virginia. A skilled organist, he was my first organ teacher, from 1980 to 1985. He became my mentor and longtime friend. Our close relationship afforded me an exclusive opportunity to reflect with him on his extensive career as choral conductor, music educator, organist, pianist, accompanist, lecturer, and church musician. Throughout his 57 years of … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News West Region

Long Beach, CA 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 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 … [Read more...]

2015 Gala Tickets Short Form

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December 2014 TAO Chapter News Southwest Region

Albuquerque, NM September 13, the chapter opened the season with an organ crawl. It began downtown at First United Methodist Church, where Dan Cummings (music director) introduced featured guest organist Joyce Jones from Waco, Texas, who provided wonderful insight into the organ and gave a mini-recital for the 25 attendees. The following day, Jones gave a recital, attended by many Guild members. The next stop was at First Presbyterian Church, to hear New Mexico’s largest four-manual M.P. Möller organ played by James Yeager. This instrument was designed in the American Classic style by Ernest White and Goodsell Slocum in 1955 and consists of more than 3,000 pipes! Yeager encouraged members to try their skills on the organ. A New … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News North-Central Region

Wichita, KS Sept. 7, chapter members and friends met at the Church of the Brethren. The evening began at the Scholarship Library, in its new location. All of the music from the files was pulled out for attendees to purchase. There were lots of hugs and greetings as members arrived to look through the stacks of music. The crowd then gathered in the fellowship hall. Marlene Hallstrom shared information about changes at the national level, and Lynne Davis spoke of highlights at the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston. Debbie Lynch and Christopher Shaw updated those present about changes on our local board. A potluck meal was enjoyed by all, followed by a glance at the program year given by Shaw. Ken Rodgers, from the Hutchinson AGO … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News-Great Lakes Region

East Central IL, September 13, the chapter hosted a Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza event for eight young people ages 11–17. They toured, listened to, and played the 1921 Wurlitzer at the newly renovated Virginia Theatre, and the 48-rank 1965 Casavant at First United Methodist Church, both in downtown Champaign. Also, staff at the nearby Buzard Pipe Organ Builders took participants on a tour of their facility, including their renovation and new organ projects. After a pizza supper, the group was treated to a performance by theater organist Mark Gifford at the Virginia Theatre, including the accompaniment of a Buster Keaton silent movie. —Carolyn Pater East Central, IL AGO Chapter Website Cherry Capital, MI September 7, … [Read more...]

New Haven to Host 2015 Northeast Regional Convention

Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and Yale's Woolsey Hall are three of the venues where concerts will be performed during the Northeast Region's 2015 Convention. New Haven, Connecticut is the host city. Featured artists include Diane Meredith Belcher, Peter Richard Conte, Ahreum Han, Martin Jean, Thomas Murray and Scott Perkins. Choirs include the Elm City Girls' Choir, Trinity Choir of Men and Boys, and the Choir of St. Paul's, Fairfield, CT. The convention runs from June 28 through July 1, 2015. Additional information is available here: 2015 Northeast Region AGO Convention … [Read more...]

2015 AGO West Regional Convention features the Spreckels organ

The  San Diego AGO chapter is hosting the 2015 West Regional Convention. San Diego is home to the fhe famous Spreckels organ, one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs. This unique treasure is turning 100 this year. Other convention highlights include an organ master class by Douglas Cleveland, a workshop on improvisation by John Karl Hirten, and a discussion of communications and marketing for organists led by Matthew Burt. Other venues will include St. Paul's Cathedral, Clairemont Lutheran Church, St. Brigid Catholic Church, Balboa Park Village Church, San Dieguito United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of San Diego, All Souls' Episcopal Church, Paradise Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Point Loma … [Read more...]

January 2015 TAO Feature Article

Zion Lutheran Church of the City of Baltimore is located directly across the square from City Hall, just a short walk from the celebrated Inner Harbor. This historic German congregation was founded in 1755 and obtained its first instrument from the celebrated Pennsylvania organbuilder David Tannenberg, who was paid £375, or $600 in “Pennsylvanisch money”—roughly three times the pastor’s annual salary. The original receipt survives today. Regrettably, the Tannenberg instrument was lost to a fire in March 1840 and was replaced with a Henry Knauff instrument of two manuals and 30 stops, which was rebuilt in 1924 by M.P. Möller. In 1959, a new Möller of three manuals and 29 ranks was installed in the newly built west gallery chambers. … [Read more...]