March 2018 TAO Cover Feature

Christ Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fisk Opus 150 By Charles Nazarian View an enlarged cover View the Stop List  There may be no city in America more aware of its history and with more passion for architectural preservation than Philadelphia. The Christopher Wren-inspired Christ Church, once attended by four of our nation’s founding fathers, is located in the heart of the Historic District and encompasses the burying ground where Benjamin Franklin lies. Its airy interior is illuminated by arched, multi-pane windows, graced with an elegant barrel-vault ceiling, and composed of handsome Palladian features that visually express the birthplace of our democracy in the ideal proportions of Greco-Roman architecture. At the center … [Read more...]

ONCARD Improvements

Welcome to the ONCARD blog. Please use this space to offer suggestions for improvements to ONCARD. Headquarters will start sending out renewal letters for the 2018-2019 dues year in April. Please let us know of any suggestions you have for new reports or other functionality. Use the comments section below to add in your suggesti0ns. You can also review and comment on suggestions that other members have made. Thank you for helping us improve ONCARD. … [Read more...]

Christopher LaRosa’s Award-winning Monument Premieres at IUP on March 4, 2018

The Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee at Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites you to the world premiere of Monument by Christopher LaRosa.  Monument will be performed on the Porgorzelski-Yankee organ by Dr. James Kibbie, Professor and Chair of Organ and University Organist at the University of Michigan. The performance is scheduled for 3:00 PM– 5:00 PM in the DiCicco Hall, Room 121 Cogswell Hall on the IUP campus.  A discussion with the composer will precede the concert at 2:00 PM. Update: A recording of the concert  is available on YouTube   … [Read more...]

Mid-Atlantic: Pianists on the Organ – What to Play When You’re Just Starting

Hello all from the Mid-Atlantic! Our post this month in our continuing series on the transition from piano to organ comes from Tom Robak. There's a lot that pianists can play on the organ even before they acquire lots of pedal technique. Here are some categories of pieces that will be useful to a pianist: General “keyboard music” that is written for any or multiple keyboard instruments Organ music for manuals only Harpsichord/clavichord repertoire Organ music with minimal pedal Music for harmonium/reed organ You can do a lot of your own research by scoping out IMSLP and other repositories of free sheet music, as well as your local music libraries. To get you started though, here are some of my suggestions that might … [Read more...]

Southeast: Professional Development at the Organ

This month from the Southeast, managing different jobs under one title by Christopher Henley! Be sure to check out the other resources on our region's site as well; we're not just a blog! Southeast AGOYO Blog … [Read more...]

North Central: French Organ Music

Greetings from the North Central AGOYO! I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start. Here are some thoughts on organ music from France. The implications of the French Revolution and organ innovation by Cavaille-Coll are mentioned as two distinguishing forces that separate the earlier repertoire and instruments of the French Classic from their Romantic successors. A list of prominent composers from each period is also given. The French Classic instrument pictured is the 1714 Boizard organ at Abbaye Michel-en-Thierache, and the French Romantic instrument is the famous 1862 Cavaille-Coll organ at Saint-Sulpice, Paris. Of all the national schools which comprise the organ’s literature, the contributions of France are among the … [Read more...]

Mid-Atlantic: Transitioning from Piano to Organ

Greetings from the Mid Atlantic AGOYO! Continuing in our series on transitioning from piano to organ, here is an article written by one of our board members, Peter Bayer, about pedal technique. The Pedal of the Organ is another keyboard like a manual, but instead of having two hands wherewith to play it, one has two feet. The two feet generally work best if they are treated as a unit, as if they were one hand with two fingers. The primary motion of the feet should be a pivoting motion from the heels, while the legs above the heels remain relaxed, only coming into motion in order to facilitate large movements. Therefore, good posture is of utmost importance for good pedal technique. The back must be straight, and one must sit … [Read more...]

West: Keeping up Skills During Less Busy Times of the Year

Hello from the West to all! I know we are all looking forward to the warm temperatures which summer brings. Have you stopped to consider, “What shall I do in the summer to keep up with my organ skills?” Well, here are a few options that may help you in your skill-keeping: There are summer conferences occurring which can help us in our upkeep. Of course, there is the AGO National Convention, being held in Kansas City, MO, from July 2 to July 6. Currently, until March 31, the price is $250.00. Visit http://www.agokc2018.com/ to find out more information. You could also compete in competitions, which should give you ample reason to practice. You can visit https://www.agohq.org/competitions-active/ to check out a listing of active … [Read more...]

January 2018 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Waterbury, Conn. Oct. 14, the chapter held an anthem reading session. Several members brought some of their favorite choral anthems to share. They also accompanied and directed the choir, made up of the other participants plus some invited choir members from local churches. A wide variety of anthems was presented, and some were by local composers. Participants also received a listing of the anthems and ordering information. This event was held in the chancel of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury, where the grand piano, Austin chancel organ, and McManis gallery organ were all used. Registrar and Treasurer Michael Petruzzi coordinated the event. —William Degan Cape Cod and the Islands, Mass. The chapter held its … [Read more...]

February 2018 TAO Cover Feature

Shandon Presbyterian Church Columbia, South Carolina Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders by Tomasz Lewtak View an enlarged cover View the Stop List  Building a three-manual tracker instrument is exciting and challenging. In the case of Shandon Presbyterian Church, the greatest predicament stemmed from the limited space in which the sizable organ is placed. All 3,075 pipes, including the full-length 16'´reed and open 16' Contre Viole, had to be fitted within a 135- square-foot area. It nearly put us beyond our comfort zone, as we realize the importance of accessibility to all pipes and internal components. The solution came with many hours of creative design. The end result is tight, but comfortable. Rather than provide obvious … [Read more...]