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REGION I- NEW ENGLAND
Bangor, Maine. May 15, a members' recital was held at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Blue Hill. Joan Kroehler sang two of Dvorak's Biblical Songs in memory of longtime member Fred Jones. Organists participating were Lorna Russen, Brian MacFarland, Clayton Rogers, Gena Churchill, Gerald Wheeler, Barbara Smith, Kay Eames, Anne Small, Catherine Bruno, Carlton Russell, Douglas Beck, and Julia Morris-Myers. Following the recital, the slate of officers for 2011-12 was presented and approved: Carlton Russell (dean), Julia Morris-Myers (sub-dean), Kay Eames (secretary), Brian MacFarland (treasurer and registrar), Alice Mummé (newsletter editor and senior adviser), and Jane Schroeder and Barbara Smith (executive committee members at large). - Carlton T. Russell
New Hampshire. Jan. 22, Barbara Owen, noted organist and musicologist, presented an audiovisuallecture titled "The Boston Classicists and Organ Music in the Gilded Age" at Rye Congregational Church. Host music director David Wold assisted. Owen traced the history and music of "First Generation" New England organ composer Dudley Buck (1839-1909) to that of "Third Generation" Amy Cheney Beach (1867-1944). A box lunch concluded the morning event.
- Nicholas Girgus
Vermont. May 22, a members' recital was held at the Wilder Center in Wilder, Vt., on the newly restored Geo. Stevens organ (c. 1848). Formerly the Congregational Church, the building is now privately owned. While the building was being restored, the organ was discovered behind a wall that had concealed it since about 1950. Performers were Marilyn Poison, Robert Lee Adams, Lubbert Gnodde, and John Atwood. - Marilyn Poison
REGION II- NEW YORKNEW JERSEY
Metropolitan New Jersey. April 4, following dinner at the Church of St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville (Andrew Moore, host organist), Crescenzo Fonzo, director of music at St. Anthony Church in Paterson, presented a program on the life and music of Jehan Alain in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. In addition to showing several slides of Alain's writings, organist Brian Harlow played Alain's Litanies.
-Yvonne L. Sonnenwald-Melin
Monmouth, N.J. May 1, scholarship auditions for the chapter's POE for young pianists were held at Christ Episcopal Church in Middletown. A full-tuition scholarship was awarded to Emily Graf of Fair Haven who will attend the Delaware POE for Teens. Graf is a piano student of Diane Dollak in Oceanport and is a junior in high school, where she is an honor student and a member of many service organizations and the track and field-hockey teams. She also volunteers for community organizations and is active in the music program at her church. She has passed the National Guild of Piano Teachers' auditions for the past seven years. Shirley Norby and Camille Thompson chaired the POE event for the chapter.
- Shirley Norby
Binghamton, N. Y. May 5, five chapter members traveled to New York City for Jon Gillock's dedicatory recital on the Mantón Memorial Organ at the Church of the Ascension. May 6, members met at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Binghamton for a presentation by Jonathan Biggers, consultant for the church's 2006 James Louder mechanical-action organ. Dr. Biggers explained the organ selection and building process and demonstrated registration possibilities on the 13-rank instrument. March 26, members attended an afternoon performance of Bach in Leipzig at the Cider Mill Playhouse and followed with dinner at a nearby restaurant. - Polly Wendung
Queens, N.Y. The chapter collaborated with the Nassau Chapter, Douglaston Concerts, and the Community Church of Douglaston to complete a year of celebratory events featuring the church's newly refurbished Greenlaw Memorial Organ. The 1928/68 Austin was provided with a new console ana additional stops, and was brought up to modern standards by tne Peragallo Organ Company. Feb. 6, Katherine Meloan played a recital of works by Gigout, J. S. Bach, Sweelinck, Jongen, Rogg, and Widor. March 6, an Organ Plus concert featured the organ as an ensemble instrument. Gerald Anders (organ) and Myers Mason (piano) played compositions by Demarest, J.S. Bach (arranged by Biggs), KargElert, and Bédard. John Buckel (organ), and Kenneth Ohia (flute) performed music of Chaminade (arranged by Callahan) and Mercadante. They were joined by soprano Kimberly Iannuzzi, who sang Bishop's "Lo, Hear the Gentle Lark." Henry Devries (organ) and Scott Hoefling (saxophone) played a work by Bédard, and Deborah Jenks (organ) and Alexander Jenks (trombone) played a piece by Guilmant.
April 22, Gerald Anders (organist and conductor) and John Buckel (organ) were joined by Kimberly Iannuzzi (soprano), Julia Partyka (mezzo-soprano), Reuven Aristigueta (tenor), Jeff Morrissy (bass-baritone) and a combined church and community chorus for a performance of The Seven Last Words by Théodore Dubois. May 1, Joe Utterback played a program of his works and jazz standards on both piano and organ. The Nassau and Queens chapters were pleased by the large audiences for the concerts, including the opening "Pedals, Pipes, Pizza, and Pumpkins" Halloween program with David K. Lamb. - Gerald Anders
Suffolk, N. Y. April 2, the Suffolk, Nassau, and Queens chapters, in conjunction with the New York Theatre Organ Society and Chaminade High School, presented two Harold Lloyd silent film comedies, Ask Father and Girl Shy. Screened at the school's Darby Auditorium, the films were accompanied by Bernie Andersen on the Austin/Morton theater pipe organ.
- Paul Elsener, Claire Klein, and Vincent Alukonis
REGION III MID-ATLANTIC
Southern Delaware. The chapter opened its year with an improvisation event at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. David Herman of the University of Delaware was an informative and inspirational clinician, emphasizing learning, sound, the control of time, contrasts, language and grammar, and architecture and form, as well as specific techniques. Pictured are Stephen Klyce, Bruce Horner (treasurer), Melanie Leinbach, T.J. Thomas, Sally Waugaman (registrar), David Herman, Jane Locke (dean), Kevin Chamberlain (secretary), Bill Pritchett, and Tom Richardson.
- Jane Locke
Potomac, Md. May 16, members met at Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring for a program titled "It's Not Rocket Surgery (everything you ever wanted to know about the pipe organ but were afraid to ask)." Gerald Piercey, president of Lewis & Hitchcock Organ Builders, spoke on topics that ranged from organ history to emergency organ service on Sunday morning, registration, and programming. A special part of the program was devoted to the reading of the Prairie Home Companion version of Acts 29.
- David McCahan
Southern Maryland. Sept. 19, 2010, an organ crawl coordinated by Sub-dean Stephen Hunt was held in the Chinatown district of Washington, D.C. The group first visited the 1893 George S. Hutchings organ at St. Mary, Mother of God Church. They were warmly greeted by Don Clark, who has served as the church's organist for 40 years. Next, members saw and played the 1879 Steere & Turner organ at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Stephen Hunt, owner of Central Pipe Organ Service, takes care of these historie tracker instruments. The crawl ended with lunch at a Chinese restaurant.
April 2, a "Pedals, Pipes & Pizza" event was held at Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish, in La Plata, Md. Piano students of members of the Music Teachers Association of Charles County displayed curiosity and enthusiasm as they moved from one activity to another. Paula FitzGerald checked in the students as they arrived and gave them name tags , which had been prepared by Cheryl Dolinger. Sub-dean Stephen Hunt opened the event with brief remarks about the pipe organ and its various components and passed around pipes and a cone tuner for the students to examine. The students were then divided into four groups. Members of each group had a chance to play their prepared pieces on the church's pipe organ with registration assistance from Angela Garvey. Under the supervision of Barbara Graham, they saw the pipes up close and received instruction in basic pedal technique from Dean Susan Yoe, who had set up a full-sized pedalboard in the choir room. The event ended with pizza and beverages. - Angela Garvey
Chambersburg, Pa. May 14, the chapter joined with the Cumberland Valley Chapter (Hagerstown, Md.) at Mercerburg Academy for its annual end-of-the year banquet and election of officers. The program, titled "Organ Plus," included members from both chapters sharing their talents in a variety of music. Participating were Clair Johannsen, Ferree LeFevre, Carolyn Kerlin, Joy Ross, James Brinson, Mark King, and Mary Lou Eisenhower. Following the program, an elegant dinner was served to members and their guests. Officers elected for the Chambersburg Thom Robertson (sub-dean) (Northern Virginia)
Chapter included Carolyn Kerlin (dean), Philip Shuman (subdean), John Wingert (treasurer), Helen Wingert (secretary), and Ann Herman and Wayne Mowrey (members at large).
- Helen Wingert
Harrisburg, Pa. May 10, chapter members met at the home of member Karen Appel and her husband, Bob Wigand, for the annual banquet, chapter meeting, and installation of officers. Following a buffet dinner prepared by the hosts, a business meeting took place, with reports from board members and committee chairs, including an informative one from Shirley King, coordinator of the upcoming Region III Convention, which will be held in Harrisburg. Several members of the steering committee spoke about their responsibilities in the coming weeks and suggested how chapter members could be of help in volunteering at the various sites and functions. The evening concluded with the installation of officers for 2011-12 by Fr. James Lease, the chapter's chaplain. Serving for the coming year will be Ralph Kneeream (dean), Robert Lan (sub-dean), Kenneth Walker (secretary), Brian Rice (treasurer), Josephine Freund and David Messner (auditors), and Ellen Hunt, Beth Palmer, and Brian Rotz (board members at large for 2011-13).
- Mary Jane Nelson
Pittsburgh, Pa. May 1, the chapter's Organ Artists Series presented John Schwandt in recital as the last event of the 2010-11 season. In addition to theater and classical compositions, Schwandt, who teaches at the University of Oklahoma, accompanied two silent films. - Jon Danzak
Reading, Pa. May 15, the annual members' recital, a fund-raiser for the chapter's Young Organist Scholarship Fund, was held in Pottsville. The recital took place in four churches in downtown Pottsville on four unique organs. Howard Mitchell served as Pottsville liaison for the event, coordinating with the chapter executive committee to work out logistics for the day. Hosting the event were Trinity Lutheran Church (Michael Kienner, organist), First United Methodist Church (Francis Portland, organist), United Presbyterian Church (Kathy Zimmerman, director of music), and Trinity Episcopal Church (Cora Gamelin-Osenbach, organist). Current Young Organist Scholarship recipient Daniel Kleinhenn performed, along with past scholarship recipients Joseph Oros and Gregory Piszczek. Also participating were Teresa Kissling, Dean Marjorie Fitz, former deans Lee Ferrier and Michael Baal, and the host organists. Following the final performance at Trinity Episcopal Church, those in attendance enjoyed a reception with refreshments sponsored by Patrick J. Murphy and Associates.
- Joyce Maurer
Northern Virginia. May 9, chapter members enjoyed their annual progressive dinner, an evening of musical delights and a bountiful buffet supper with desserts at two separate venues. The first courses were served at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria. Program host and director of music Paul Stetsenko discussed and led a Bach Vespers-style service. Candles, incense, sung scripture, cantor-led singing of ancient hymns, and Bach organ chorales were all woven together. The piano was also played by Dr. Stetsenko during his opening and closing fantasies and fugues. Members then journeyed two blocks to Trinity United Methodist Church to enjoy desserts after a mini-concert of organ duets and solo pieces played by Thom Robertson and Tim Smith. To conclude the evening, Trinity host Linda Cancellieri invited all in attendance to tour the newly renovated choir room and the sanctuary.
REGION IV- SOUTHEAST
Central Florida. In April, the chapter sponsored a showing of the 192 7 silent film King of Kings, accompanied by organist David Briggs. This event was hosted by the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Orlando (Canon Ben Lane, director of music). - John F. Reilly
Miami, FIa. May 15, the chapter's Guild service took place at St. Stephen's Church in Coconut Grove. The order used was that of Evening Prayer, Rite ?, Book of Common Prayer, the service music was chosen from TAe Hymnal 1982 to allow optimum congregational participation. The host church choir, under the direction of organist-choirmaster Dan Hardin, sang the two evening canticles and the anthem "At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners," composed by Lee Hoiby (who died earlier this year). Before final prayers, Dean Christopher Harrellin announced the names of the two persons nominated for the executive committee, and Betty Rice and Joanne Schulte were approved by acclamation. Following the postlude, a reception was held in the breezeway. - Frederick Kent
Pensacola, Fla. May 1, the chapter held a choral festival at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Marjorie Sanders, organist, and Wayne Millet, director of music). Participating churches included Mount Zion Baptist Church (Yelena Banks, director and chapter dean), Cokesbury United Methodist Church (Phil Igney, director of music, and Sandra Durr, organist and music associate), and the host church. Each choir sang two selections. Also included in the program were piano-organ duets played by Christine Dodd and Roy Hoobler and a handbell solo rung by Danny Lyons. The concert concluded with the combined choirs singing an anthem directed by Jim Greunke.
- Phil Igney
St. Petersburg, FIa. May 3, the final event of the program year was held at Holy Family Catholic Church. The evening began in the newly renovated sanctuary with a prayer service led by host organist Robert Todd, Richard Waterman, Louise Yardumian, and two student members, Lauren Wittine and Michelle Klima. Wittine, this year's scholarship winner, played the postlude; Klima was the cantor. Following the service, a catered dinner was served in the church hall.
- Annette and Charles Sims
Sarasota-Manatee, FIa. The chapter's annual year-end banquet and installation of new officers was held at St. Armand's Key Lutheran Church. The guest speaker was Dr. Paul Westermeyer, eminent musician and theologian of Luther College, St. Paul, Minn., who spoke passionately of clergy-musician relationships. Pictured are new officers David Stasney (dean), the Rev. Read Heydt (chaplain), Jane Lautner (board member). Linda Petersen (secretary), and Matthew Wood (sub-dean); not pictured are Roy Roberts (treasurer), and Michael Wittenburg (board member). - Roger Roszell
Northeast Georgia. March 19, following a business and planning session in the choir room at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Athens (Dean Letitia Colglazier presiding), past dean Ivan Frazier presented a program in the organ loft on the life and music of Louis Vierne. Light refreshments were provided in the choir room following the meeting. Pictured are (front row) Ivan Frazier, Cynthia Collins, Letitia Colglazier (dean); (back row) Lalla Tanner, Ray Martin, Adele Hitchcock, John Corina, and William Coscarelli (not pictured: Jolene Davis).
- Ivan Frazier
Lexington, Ky. Feb. 12, Marlon Hurst, director of music and arts at the First Presbyterian Church, and Dean Clif Cason, organist at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, led a discussion on acoustics in sacred spaces. Members met at both church sites, where recent renovations have completed for both organs and in the two sanctuaries. Subjects discussed included "Can Music and the Spoken Word Coexist?" and "Sound Engineers: Friend or Foe?" Hurst and Cason spoke about physical considerations such as flooring, pew and wall surfaces, and sound systems. They also reflected on the building committee process and whether or not specific renovation choices were successful. March 26, the chapter's annual Bach Marathon was held at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. Chapter members opened the twelve-hour event by performing the Schübler Chorales, the chorale partitas, and the canonic variations, along with miscellaneous chorales. Performers included Clif Cason (host organist), Mark de Alba, Abigail Gill, Lisa Hall, Bonnie Harstad, Roland Herzel, Jane Johnson, Maria LeRose-Herndon, John Linker, Glenna Metcalfe, Jungjoo Park, Shi-Ae Park, Wesley Roberts, Schuyler Robinson, Mary Anna Stepp, Neva Thompson, Dorothy Tice, Loren Tice, and Rob Vanover. Rounding out the day's performances were vocalists, instrumentalists, and ensembles from area schools and churches. - Larry Sharp
New Orleans, La. May 9, chapter members met at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church for the annual member/student recital. Following a robust meal, recitalists Robert Zanca, Anthony Centanni, Danny Gamble, Carol Britt (with student singers), Rob Rouquette, Arthur Ghere, Joel Bevington, and Max Welch (student of Marcus St. Julien) played a program of music by Bach, Böhm, Franck, Praetorius, and others on the sanctuary Austin organ. The chapter continues to prosper under the leadership of Dean Carol Britt. -Greg Nussel
Jackson, Miss. April 8, composer and organist Len Bobo presented a program of sacred music in the picturesque Woodworth Chapel of Tougaloo College. He was assisted by soprano Rebecca Wascoe, baritone Gregory Wascoe, and oboist Devon Morton. Included were settings of "O WaIy WaIy," "What Child Is This?" (an original setting), and "The Lord Is My Shepherd" from Bobo's recent composition "Requiem" for orchestra, soloists, and chorus.
- Susie Cook
Charlotte, N.C. May 10, Providence United Methodist Church hosted the chapter's annual Guild dinner, Evensong, and installation of officers. The dinner was served in the church atrium. Evensong included several anthems sung by the 50-member chancel choir, directed by Adam Ward and accompanied by Robert Ivey. The newly elected officers were installed by District Convener Kyle Ritter. - Gay Pappin
Wilmington, N.C. March 15, the chapter presented organist/harpsichordist David Heinzman in recital at the First Christian Church, featuring the beautiful Sabatini & Son French double harpsichord built in 1980. Playing works of Farnaby, Frescobaldi, Telemann, Daquin, Couperin, Scarlatti, Bach, and Handel, Heinzman displayed ebullient humor in sharing a wealth of information with the audience. Dinner and a business meeting preceded the recital.
- Zollene Reissner
Knoxville, Tenn. May 2, the annual student recital was held at St. James Episcopal Church, with Karl Jacob as program chair and Nancy Wells, the church's music director and organist, as host. The performers included highschool students, college undergraduate and graduate students, a physician who specializes in family practice and occupational medicine, and the provost of nearby Tusculum College. The teachers represented were Joan McGinnis, Ryan Garber, Joy Fournier, James Winfree, Brenda Goslee, and John Brock. The students and their teachers were J. French Bradley (McGinnis), Taylor Moorefield (Garber), David Uhrig (Fournier), Kimberly Estep (Winfree), Deborah Cain, Melissa Sandling, Don King, Ericka McCarty, Kevin Robertson, and Frederick Pogue (Goslee), and Andrew Morehead, Hughes Miller, Grant Story, Carolyn Craig, and Simon Hogg (Brock).
- Allison Ensor
Memphis, Tenn. April 4, Jon Johnson, dean of the Nashville Chapter and associate organistchoirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, played a recital at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis as part of a recital exchange between the two chapters. Past dean Kristin Lensch, organist-choirmaster of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Collierville, will represent the Memphis Chapter by playing a recital for the Nashville Chapter in September.
- David Perry Ouzts
Nashville, Tenn. May 2, the chapter's Guild service and installation of officers took place at the First Presbyterian Church. The theme and sermon charge for organists, "As Wise as Serpents, As Innocent as Doves," was delivered by guest preacher Michael Williams, senior pastor of West End United Methodist Church in Nashville. Assisting clergy were Stuart Gordon and Kara Hildebrandt. The musicians included Raphael Bundage and Carol McClure, choir directors; Rhonda Swanson, organist; Daphne Garey and Chris Simonsen, soloists; Gary Armstrong, trumpet; Alison Warford, violoncello; and Clara Warford, harp. The new officers, installed by outgoing dean Tom Moody, are Jon Johnson (dean), Darryl Miller (dean-elect), Lisa Barry (secretary), James Jordan (treasurer), and Shannon Arnett, Melvin Potts, and Jackson Schoos (new executive committee members).
- Lisa Barry
Northeast Tennessee-Southwest Virginia. May 17, after a meal at the First Baptist Church in Bristol, Va., members and their guests joined the congregation in the nave for a hymn festival based on the Apostles' Creed. In addition to hymns, the service included relevant scripture and prayers. Each hymn was preceded by a portion of the Creed, recited by the congregation. Each of the four member organists participating selected pieces based on the hymn tunes to use as preludes, introductions, and alternative accompaniments. Participants included worship leader and past dean Steven Fey, board member at large Sandra Smith, organists Eric Hicks, Robert J. Greene Jr., David Runner, Joy A. Smith-Briggs, and soloist Larry Brandenburg.
- Joy A. Smith-Briggs
REGION V- GREAT LAKES
North Shore, 111. March 18, James David Christie played a recital on the Martin Pasi organ at Winnetka Congregational Church; the event was cosponsored by the chapter and the church. The program, which included music by Gherardeschi, Böhm, Langlais, and Alain, among others, was followed by a festive reception. The following day, Christie conducted a masterclass at the church. Participating were Kaethe Wright-Kaufman, Martha Sliva, Allison Boccia, and Katie Minion playing works by Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Alain.
- Joyce Robinson
Southern Indiana. May 24, the chapter sponsored Canadian organist Michael J. Dirk in recital at the First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville. (The organ, built by Schantz, was featured in the October 1995 issue of TAO.) The program included works by Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Bédard, Eben, and Vierne. Dirk, who studied with Ed Norman and Denis Bédard while enrolled at the University of British Columbia, was the last organ graduate at the university. In 2009, he graduated from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with a master's degree in organperformance, studying with Clyde Holloway. The recital was arranged by Dean David K. Lamb. Sub-dean Judith E. Miller gave the welcome and announcements. Treasurer Judy Diekhoff and member Roger Hott assisted. - Judith E. Miller
Grand Rapids, Mich. March 21, following dinner at Mayflower Congregational Church, members adjourned to the sanctuary to hear organbuilder James Lauck lecture on "The Voicing of Organ Pipes: Voicing 101." During his informative presentation, he utilized several pipes he prepared to demonstrate pipe scaling, voicing, and troubleshooting. He also provided attendees with a concise explanation of some basic terminology used by organbuilders. Host Jonathan Tuuk, the church's organist and director of music, and saxophonist Ed Clifford played Winter Comes by local composer Jack Normain Kimmel and Winter's Dream by Paul Halley. Mr. Tuuk also played Solemn Melody by Sir Walford Davies, and concluded with an improvisation that showed the resources of the Tellers/Lauck organ. - Irene Beethe
Akron, Ohio. April 9, a "Pedals, Pipes & Pizza" event was held at Fairlawn Lutheran Church. Thirteen local piano students, grades 3-12, enjoyed a performance of Daniel Burton's Rex: The King of Instruments, a pipe show, an organ crawl, Organ Jeopardy, and a teachers' recital, all before a lunch of pizza. After lunch, the students were divided into groups of two for hands-on lessons with chapter organists, followed by a student recital. This event was organized by Dawn Bradley Filler and host organist Gary Pinter. Teachers for the day included Dawn Filler and James Storry at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Lynn Frey at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, Daniel Fortune and Barbara MacGregor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and Mary Ragna Yetter at Faith Lutheran Church. The chapter also announced its first organ scholarship recipient, Mario Buchanan, a local highschool student studying with member Karl Harsney.
- Dawn Bradley Filler
Cleveland, Ohio. May 15, the chapter's annual dinner and installation of officers took place at Rocky River United Methodist Church. Past dean Michon Koch installed the new officers: James Riggs (dean), Cliff Hill (subdean), Leah Hottel (secretary), Dave Powers (treasurer), and Betty Meyers, Tim Hemry, and Jack Mitchener (executive committee). After dinner, members enjoyed a concert played by past dean Carol Neff and Carmen Massaro. - Michon N. Koch
REGION VI- NORTH CENTRAL
Greater Kansas City, Mo./Kans. April 11, St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Kansas City, Mo., was host to the chapter and guest recitalist Robert Parris. Dr. Parris is from Macon, Ga., where he is the Charles B. Thompson Professor of Music and university organist for the Townsend School of Music of Mercer University. He is also choirmaster and organist of Christ Church in Macon. Dr. Parris opened his recital with his composition "Sonata JJ," dedicated to his teacher Samuel Adler. He continued with a Fantasia from a Baroque manuscript discovered in 2004 by Dutch musicologist Peter Dirksen. Musicologica! study of the manuscript attributes the work to Buxtehude. Other works included Bach's E-minor Prelude and Fugue (BWV 548), a transcription (by Thomas Baugh) of the Fileuse movement from Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, and Reubke's Sonata on the 94th Psalm.
May 1, the chapter's 32nd Bachathon took place over five hours at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City, Mo. The event was planned and coordinated by Claudette Schiratti. During the event, audience members and performers had the opportunity to meet each other in the cathedral common room at the "Bachathon Café." The Bachathon began with a performance by the Village Presbyterian Church Choir (Prairie Village, Kans.), Mark Ball, music director, with soloists Lauren Perren (soprano), Jay Carter (countertenor), Jonathan Thomas (tenor), and Thomas Marks (bass), accompanied by chapter member and Village Presbyterian organist Elisa Williams Bickers and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium. During the break before each hour, the audience was treated to performances by the Strolling Strings from the Kansas City Talent Education Studio. Suzuki string students of Beth Titterington included Mariana Alvey, Isadora Comens, Ryan Conley, Anna Cooper, Julia Cooper, Genevieve Frank, John Frank, Jude Frank, Leila Hao, Hamp Henning, Nelle Henning, Lily Jiang, Eliza Schow, Emme Schow, Allie Siegwald, Annie Sinsel, Ellie Sinsel, and Liz Whitney.
Other performers and groups included former dean Sharon Hettinger, organist of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (Kansas City, Mo.), assisted by Allison Fikejs (soprano), Christina Cutcliffe (alto), Mark Burroughs (tenor), and Brad Cutcliffe (bass); member John Davies, organist of the Community of Christ Stone Church (Independence, Mo.); Valley View United Methodist Church Choir (Shawnee Mission, Kans.), Patrice Sollenberger, director, with soloists Pam Williamson (soprano), Matthew Gladden (tenor), and Hugh Naughtin (baritone), accompanied by member Jonathan Grégoire (student of James Higdon at the University of Kansas); member Ray Smith, organist of Colonial Presbyterian Church (Kansas City, Mo.); member David Pickering, organist of First Presbyterian Church (Manhattan, Kans.) and assistant professor of music at Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kans.); Musica Vocale, Arnold Epley, conductor, with soloists Jay Carter (tenor) and Douglas Maag (bass), accompanied by the Kansas City Baroque Consortium and Jan Cohick (organ continuo); and former dean Jan Kraybill, principal organist at the Community of Christ Headquarters (Independence, Mo.) and AGO Region VI Councillor.
- Norm Kinnaugh
Springfield, Mo. May 23, the chapter held its annual members' recital in Ellis Recital Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. Dean Jeremy Chesman, university carillonneur and assistant professor of music, was the host. Performing on the program were Dee Dee Blankenship, Mark Bowdidge, Jeremy Chesman, Vicky Claborn, and Monte Gann. - Mark A. Bowdidge
REGION VII- SOUTHWEST
Albuquerque, N.Mex. May 15, the chapter presented Daniel O'Connor in recital at St. Luke Lutheran Church (Frederick Frahm, host). The program included works by Buxtehude, Tunder, Bach, Branms, Mendelssohn, Barber, and Respighi. Winner of the Region VII Young Organists Competition, O'Connor also performed at the 2010 National Convention in a "Rising Stars" recital. He is a student at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., where he studies with Kathrine Handford.
- Craig Smith
Tulsa, Okla. March 22, following dinner at the Bernsen Center of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tulsa (Dean Ron Pearson, host), an exchange recital was performed by Chérie Wescott from the Oklahoma City Chapter. The program included works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Bossi, Parry, and Clokey. March 12, the winners of the chapter's AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists, held at Boston Avenue Methodist Church, were Joseph Lindsay (first place) and Rachel Foster (second place). Both students study organ at the University of Oklahoma. Lindsay will compete with the winners of the other chapter-level competitions in Region VII at the Regional Convention in Oklahoma City. April 26, members enjoyed a party at the home of Sub-dean Susan Panciera and her husband, Joel, to conclude events for the current year. - Thomas Starnes
Dallas, Tex. May 9, the chapter's end-of-the-year banquet was held at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson. The evening included a performance of the one-act play The Old Organist by Henry A. Jones (1878). The play was produced, directed, and performed by University of Texas-Dallas Arts and Humanities faculty and students. AGO scholarship recipient Laura Myers performed a Wesley work as the opening piece for the play. Pictured are Kathryn Evans (the play's producer and director and head of vocal and choral music at the University of Texas in Dallas), Ruben Rosales (as Michael Kinsman, late blind organist of the parish church), Emily McCoy (as Jenny Kinsman, Michael's daughter), Eli Aalderink (as Frank Seaton, the new organist), and Basel Musharbash (as Mr. Muggins, the bailiffs man).
- Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg
Fort Worth, Tex. May 6,45 members and guests attended the chapter's final event of the season, held at the Star Café in the historic stockyard district of Fort Worth. The restaurant, owned by a chapter member, has an excellent view of its narrow street, where real cowboys on horses trotted past buildings that looked as though they belonged on a western movie set. Following happy hour and dinner, Dean Candace Bawcombe presided over a business meeting. Michael Bedford, Region VII councillor, who drove from Tulsa, OkIa., for the event, congratulated the chapter on its successful Pipe Organ Encounter in July. To conclude the evening, National AGO President Eileen Guenther spoke on the topic "Music Does Matter."
- Ed Ackermann
REGION VEDI- PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Seattle, Wash. May 23, William Little, professor emeritus of organ and music at the University of Virginia and author of Mendelssohn and the Organ, was the guest speaker for the chapter meeting held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. The meeting began with a performance of Mendelssohn's Sonata in A Major played by Christopher Glenn, director of music and organist at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church and a chapter board member. After an introduction by Carole Terry, professor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Washington, Little spoke about Mendelssohn's life, his editions of Bach works, and his development as a composer.
- Willoughby Ann Walshe
Spokane, Wash. April 3, ChristoE her Nelson, organist at Messiah utheran Church, played a recital celebrating the church's 60th anniversary. The program was based on hymn preludes for the Church Year. Twelve hymn preludes, some harmonized by Nelson, were presented, including Karg-Elert's Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying, J.S. Bach's Out of the Depths I Cry to You, and Charles Ore's Now the Silence. May 5, the annual members' recital was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The performers were Mark Haberman, Nisha Coulter, Christopher Nelson, James Tevenan, Anders Forsman, Kent Brocklebank, Robert Carr, and Byrl Cinnamon. A reception followed.
- Vince Roland
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Central Arizona. May 15, the chapter presented Marsha Foxgrover in recital at Chaparral Christian Church in Scottsdale. Her program included works by J.S. Bach, DeLamarter, Barber, Vierne, Bovet, Alain, Dupré, Gates, and Pamela Decker (who was in attendance for the performance). A special presentation was made to member Virginia Harmon in recognition of her 25 years of service as a chapter board member and 20 years as chair of the annual organ marathon, which has provided scholarship funds for young organ students. The presentation included a certificate of commendation from AGO President Eileen Guenther and an honorary lifetime membership in the chapter.
- Michael Heap
Southern Arizona. April 17, the chapter presented "Liszt 200 Celebration" at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt. The program began with Liszt's rarely performed sacred choral work Via Crucis (The Way of the Cross), sung by St. Philip's Canterbury Choir, directed Dy Garmon Ashby, with Jeffrey Campbell at the organ. This was followed by a lecture delivered by Jay Rosenblatt, renowned Liszt scholar at the University of Arizona. His topic, "The Sacred in Liszt," included a discussion of the pieces performed on the Erogram. The audience then eard two monumental Liszt organ works performed on the church's III/47 Holtkamp organ. Jeffrey Campbell, organist at St. Philip's, played the Fantasie on B-A-C-H, after which Pamela Decker, University of Arizona organ professor, played the Fugue on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam. A reception in the church courtyard followed the performance.
- David Horr
San Francisco, Calif. May 7, David Higgs conducted a masterclass at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley. Participants Nahri Ahn, William Rehwinkel, Alan Montgomery, Jane Rosenblum, Natsuko Murayama, Jim Armstrong, Katya Kolesnikova, David Dehner, and Angela Kraft Cross were treated to historic tidbits, such as a recent revelation that Buxtehude 's free works were likely representing biblical stories. Higgs also spent time working on artistic approaches to performances, including ways to improve concepts of strong and weak beats in Baroque music, interpreting recitative lines by breaking them down into musical figures, and time relationships netween the three sections of Bach's Fugue in ?-flat. The following day, he played a recital at St. Mark's, cosponsored by the church in celebration of the 25th season of the Second Sunday Orfan Recital Series. The host for oth events was Dean George Emblom, director of music at St. Mark's. - John Hirten
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