AGO Past President John Walker to be Honored at Concert

Organists Marie-Louise Langlais, Eileen Guenther, Henry Lowe and Michael Britt will present a concert honoring organist John C. Walker, immediate past president of the American Guild of Organists, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. They will be playing the church’s 1931 Skinner organ, Opus 839 (IV/45). Three choral works composed in Walker’s honor will also be performed. The program includes works by Jean Langlais, Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé, Bruce Simonds, Robert Hebble, and Joe Utterback. Brown Memorial’s Chancel Choir will perform pieces by Daniel Gawthrop, Alfred Fedak and JoyAnne Amani Richardson. John Walker and JoyAnne Richardson, who … [Read more...]

October 2016 TAO Feature Article

Three Small Pipe Organs Kegg Pipe Organ Builders • Hartville, OH By Charles Kegg The desire of every organist is to play a pipe organ, Mozart’s King of Instruments. With the extensive publicity that large pipe organs can receive, many congregations believe they cannot consider a pipe organ due to limited space or budget. Typical parish churches need an instrument that can support congregational singing, accompany the choir, and play service music and a moderate range of organ literature; organ recitals are rare events. A properly designed and executed pipe organ of modest size can serve these needs well. With this in mind, our firm has spent considerable time developing instruments that are interesting to play, attractive to … [Read more...]

October 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region Springfield, MA, The chapter’s POE was held at Smith College, Northampton, MA, July 10–15. Twenty-six middle and high school musicians participated. —Mary Jeanne Tash Binghamton, NY July 14, six chapter members joined members of the Syracuse chapter and the newly established Ithaca chapter to play and hear the recently installed two-manual, 21-stop Juget-Sinclair (Opus 45) at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Ithaca, in response to an open console invitation by Erik Kibelsbeck (director of music). The organ is built in the French Romantic style of Cavaillé-Coll, and is specifically based on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Pierre de Charenton, France. The organ, tuned in equal temperament at A440, employs … [Read more...]

2015 Pittsburgh Regional Convention Videos Now on YouTube

In the summer of 2015 the AGO Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention in Pittsburgh hosted performances by organists Nathan Laube, Elise Smoot, Marvin Mills, Brian Harlow, Christopher Jennings, and vocalist Marlissa Hudson. The performances, nine in all, were video-recorded and are now available in a playlist on the AGO's YouTube Channel. Totaling more than two hours of performance, these high-quality videos feature the organs of Calvary Episcopal Church, Duquesne University, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral. Narrated by WQED's Jim Cunningham, the videos showcase several impressive examples of church architecture in Pittsburgh. Members of the AGO's Pittsburgh chapter provided logistical and financial … [Read more...]

Church Music Institute Creates eLibrary of over 10,000 Sacred Choral Titles

In 2015, conversations began about the possibility of the CMI eLibrary becoming a membership benefit to members of AGO. Funding was sought and obtained for a pilot project; considerations among the appropriate levels of approval needed within AGO were initiated and completed. In early 2016, a pilot project for CMI and the AGO to offer access to the eLibrary was begun through the national office to chapters in Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Atlanta. Enrollment processes were honed, and access was provided; at this writing, dozens of AGO members and their colleagues are experimenting with the eLibrary as we look forward with hope to offering all AGO members this benefit in 2017. Please read  the full article in the July 2016 issue of … [Read more...]

September 2016 TAO Chapter News

All reports received are published. Reports (not newsletters) from chapters may be emailed to • Include name of chapter, date of event, and city or town in which it took place. • Report recent activities only; do not list future events. • Include names of active participants who are AGO members. • Photos: Only unmodified high-resolution TIFF or JPG files (300 dpi) are acceptable for electronic submissions (send as attachments). • Deadline for this column was July 1 (two months prior to issue date). Northeast Region Greater Bridgeport, CT April 9, the chapter presented a workshop by clinicians Peter and Mary Alice Amidon at the University of Bridgeport, hosted by music faculty member Frank Martignetti. • June 12, … [Read more...]

Atlanta, Georgia hosts one of 8 Pipe Organ Encounter events in 2016

Atlanta, Georgia was the site of a POE directed by Nicole Marane, director of the AGO National Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters. The students were photographed  from the chancel of Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta. A full report of this and other Pipe Organ Encounter events will appear in the December, 2016 issue of The American Organist. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bush Enos) … [Read more...]

September 2016 TAO Feature Article

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Westerville, OH Muller Pipe Organ Company • Croton, OH By Scott G. Hayes and John W. Muller The highlight of Muller Pipe 
Organ Company’s 95th anniversary year was the completion of the new pipe organ for St. Paul the Apostle Parish of Westerville, Ohio, the largest congregation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The music ministry at St. Paul is extensive and includes multiple parish choirs as well as music classes for children in the parochial school. Our relationship with the parish began as the new building was being designed by David B. Meleca Architects. This early involvement afforded the sought-after opportunity for church, architect, and organbuilder to work collaboratively to … [Read more...]

August 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region New London County, CT February 21, the chapter met at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mys­tic. Members were treated to an excellent talk by Simon Holt on "Learning New Organ Music Efficiently." Here are some of the suggestions he gave: ( 1) First, learn the music away from the instrument. What does the mu­sic suggest to you regarding phrasing and articulation? What sections are likely to require ex­tra practice? You can make ini­tial decisions regarding finger­ing, pedaling, and even registra­tion before ever playing a note of the composition. (2) After you begin playing the music, you can decide if you need to take it apart to practice pedal separately, left hand and pedal, etc. (3) When you encounter a difficulty, note … [Read more...]

July 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region Waterbury, CT April 16, a Youth Choir Festival was held at St. Rose of Lima Church in Meri­­den. The event was cosponsored by the Greater Hartford chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Rehearsal began at 10 a.m., and the concert/sharing time was at 2 p.m. The 50-voice choir was directed by Chris Shay and accompanied by Jean Degan (piano), Bill Degan (organ), and John Marshall (percussion). The program included Paul Halley’s Freedom Trilogy. The church sanctuary has three choir lofts that were successfully used for a round, and the church has a 1917 Aus­tin/1982 Foley-Baker pipe organ. —William Degan Merrimack Valley, MA April 3, a workshop titled “The Musicians’ Role in Creating Singing … [Read more...]