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REGION I-NEW ENGLAND
Northeastern Connecticut. Sept. 14, chapter officers were installed by visiting Regional Councillor Cheryl Duerr at the kickoff meeting in Stafford Springs. Pictured are Angela Salcedo (subdean), Mike McCarthy (placement officer), lone Jackman (member at large), Rich Calusine (membership), Cheryl Duerr (regional councillor), Prue Schifley (member at large), Suzanne Mancini (member at large), George Rood (treasurer), Kenneth Woods (dean), and (seated) Lida Miller (secretary).
- Lida Miller
Merrimack Valley, Mass. Sept. 30, the installation service for the chapter's new officers took place at the Congregational Church in North Reading, Mass. Dean Cynthia Arsenault welcomed Bonnie Gibbons and Pat Romeo as members at large and Alain Bojarski as sub-dean. The service included prayers, readings, hymns, and a brief history of North Reading composer George Root presented by committee member Pat Romeo. After the service, attendees enjoyed a lobster bisque supper prepared by the Rev. Dr. Richard Hughes, pastor of the host church, and graciously served by church members. - Jodi Templer
New Hampshire. June 10, the chapter sponsored Colin Lynch in recital at Christ Episcopal Church, Exeter, playing works by Litaize, Alain, Duruflé, Dupré, and Vierne on the church's LivelyFulcher organ. The annual meeting followed at nearby Exeter Inn Restaurant with Region I Councillor Cheryl Duerr installing officers for 2012-13. The new officers are Kevin Lindsay (dean), the Rev. Michael Bradley (subdean), and Philip Becker, Eric Bermani, and Charles Woodbury (executive committee). Also installed were returning officers Charles Blood (secretary), Shirley Boucher (treasurer), and George Bozeman, Nicholas Girgus, and David Wold (executive committee). Outgoing dean Elizabeth Black received a past dean's pin and was honored with a special presentation for her many years of service to the chapter. - Nicholas Girgus
REGION II- NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY
Middlesex, N.J. Sept. 9, the annual dean's picnic was held at the home of Dean Jean Volk. The event provided an opportunity for members to connect, share organ and choir stories, and discuss the chapter's upcoming events. Pictured are chapter members with a 1941 Studebaker that was renovated by longtime member Robert Teller. - Joe Suchocki
Binghamton, N.Y. Sept. 11, Jonathan Biggers played a recital for chapter members and his Binghamton University students at United Presbyterian Church. This was the same recital he performed in July at Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga. The program included works by Craig Phillips, Herbert Howells, J.S. Bach, and Louis Vierne. Following the recital, Biggers joined several members for dinner at a local restaurant.
Sept. 15, David Lenington of the Chemung Valley Chapter planned an organ crawl for members of the two chapters. The first stop was at Houghton Wesleyan Church in Houghton, where Judy Congdon, professor of organ at Houghton College, demonstrated the two-manual, 39rank, mechanical-action James Louder organ, built in 2008. At nearby Houghton College's Wesley Chapel, the three-manual, 61 -rank Holtkamp organ, built in 1961, was played by chapter members and several of Congdon's organ students. After lunch in the college dining hall, the group traveled to Bolivar to hear the Marr & Colton 13rank theater organ at the First Methodist Church. Tim Schramm, a specialist in theater organ performance and a member of the Rochester Chapter, led the group in singing hymns, skillfully employing improvised harmonizations. The final stop was in Friendship, where a twomanual, twelve-rank Steere & Turner organ, built in 1880, was heard. Beside Chemung Valley and Binghamton chapter members, three members from the Rochester Chapter and one from the Chautauqua Chapter participated in the crawl.
Sept. 21, the chapter's annual kickoff dinner was held at the home of Bob and Judy Peterson. New member Emmanuel Sikora played several of his piano compositions, and he, Jean Henssler, and Ellie Rugg performed organ and piano duets. - John Holt
Queens, N.Y. May 6, Scott Montgomery played a recital on the Greenlaw Memorial Organ (Austin/Peragallo) at the Community Church of Douglaston. His program included works by Susa, Mozart, Franck, Bonnet, Demessieux, J.S. Bach, Buck, Widor, and Paine. The recital was cosponsored by the Nassau and Queens chapters and Douglaston Concerts. Members of the two chapters joined for dinner at a local restaurant following the recital.
Baltimore, Md. Sept. 18, following a catered dinner for organists and clergy at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, Tom Leeseberg-Lange, director of music ministry, offered a mini-hymn fest in which he played organ preludes by Charles Ore and Volker Gwinner. John Walker, national vice president and chapter member, presided over the installation of officers: Richard Fitzgerald (dean), Michael Britt (sub-dean), Kitty Allen (secretary), Christopher Schroeder (treasurer), and members of the executive board. - Kitty Allen
Cumberland Valley, Md. Sept. 17, the chapter kicked off its 2012-13 season at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church (Jermaine Cain, host). After the annual music swap and potluck dinner, the meeting began in the sanctuary with a brief overview of Adventism by Pastor Chris Holland. (On September 4, 1991, the former church was destroyed by an arsonist. Construction at a new site was delayed while a large boulder was dynamited, making the new church, dedicated in December 1993, literally "built on a rock.") Mark King reported on his trip to the AGO National Convention in Nashville, and David Loy reported on his experience at Montreat and at the Hinshaw choral-reading session in Durham, N.C. To conclude the meeting, host Jermaine Cain played several selections on the church's three-manual Allen organ, followed by other members in attendance.
- Marilyn Janus
Pittsburgh, Pa. Sept. 24, following dinner at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill (Nathan Carterfette, host), a program titled "What sources tell us about tempo in Bach's music" was presented by University of Pittsburgh professor emeritus Don O. Franklin. Sub-dean Alan Lewis provided musical illustrations for Franklin's suggestions about tempo giusto in Bach's multimovement organ music. The chapter recognized the contributions of Hugh and Alice Young to the Organ Artist Series for the past 34 years and congratulated members who passed certification exams this year: Benjamin Cornelius-Bates, FAGO; Alan Lewis, AAGO; Marty Barstow, AAGO; Ann Labounsky, ChM; Danny Ficarri, CAGO; Jeremy Jelinek, CAGO; and Aaron Sproul, SPC. -Suzanne Gilliland and Alan Lewis
York, Pa. Sept. 30, chapter members enjoyed a "meet and greet" at a local steakhouse. Chaplain Stanley Reep installed officers for 2012-13: Victor Fields (dean), Carolyn Smith (sub-dean), Byron Daudelin (treasurer/ registrar), Ian Shoff (secretary), and Cheryl Huber, Donna Snyder, Jonathan Noel, Kenneth Sanders, Wicky Barnes III, and Ronald Calhoun (members at large). Following dinner, Glenn L. Rodgers, newly elected councillor for Region III, brought greetings and spoke of his goals for the region.
- Jonathan Noel
Lynchburg, Va. Sept. 18, following dinner at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (Betty Spruill, host), chapter members presented practical anthems for use from Epiphany through Transfiguration Sunday and on Ash Wednesday. Presenters included Gordon Betenbaugh, William Greene, Peggy Haas Howell (dean), Raymond Weidner, Betty Spruill, and George Clark. A brief business meeting followed the program.
- Raymond Weidner
Richmond, Va. The chapter recently celebrated the opening of its 2012-13 season with a "Jump Start" session devoted to teaching new ideas for energizing choirs. Conducted by Jeff Riehl of the University of Richmond faculty, the program also included performances of organ works by several past deans as well as a discussion by the builder on the design features of the recently installed Taylor & Boody organ at St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Crystal Jonckman, host director of music and arts). Pictured are chapter officers and committee members for the new year: Steve Henley (dean), Elvin Nicely (handbell festival chair), Agnes French (auditor), Mary Elizabeth Campbell (member at large), Paul Honaker (subdean), the Rev. Elizabeth Yates (chaplain), Donald Traser (treasurer), Mary Stutz (Webmaster), and David Sinden, Kathleen Gambill, Carey Bliley, and Allen Bean (members at large). Missing from the photo is John DeMajo (newsletter editor), who was behind the camera.
- John DeMajo
Birmingham, Ala. The chapter began its new year at the First United Methodist Church (hosts Jim Cook, chancel choir director, and Mark Hayes, music director and organist). Dean Charles Kennedy welcomed Regional Councillor Laura Ellis, who presented the coming changes in the AGO's governance structure, highlighting the services and opportunities available. Justin Westley and Christopher Henley, recipients of this year's Warren Hutton Scholarships, reported on their activities at their respective POE and POE Advanced sessions this summer.
- Sherelyn Breland
Mobile, Ala. June 2, 75 years to the day after the death of Louis Vierne, the chapter presented a recital of Vierne's organ music. Hosted by chapter secretary Paul Hanebuth at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, member performers included Jeff Clearman (treasurer/membership coordinator), George Mims, and Randall Sheets (sub-dean). - Randall Sheets
Miami, Fla. April 21, a "Pedals, Pipes & Pizza" event was held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for beginning piano students in grades 3-8. Ken Willy, the church's director of music and also chapter sub-dean, acted as host and provided light refreshments during the registration. There were approximately 30 participants in attendance, including parents, teachers, and chapter members. All received a copy of Sandra Soderlund's A Young Person 's Guide to the Pipe Organ and heard a performance of Daniel Burton's Rex: The King of Instruments, narrated by Joey Quigley with event leader Robert Heath at the organ. Then the young students were asked to gather around while Heath identified the various parts of the console and its mechanisms, even allowing the students to handle pipes that represented the most prominent families of sound. Since both the organ console and chambers are located in the rear gallery of this large church, the participants were able to be guided through the organ itself before an AGO film of older students playing advanced repertoire was shown. Then, one by one the children brought their piano pieces to the console and, with Heath's help and encouragement, had the thrill of playing the organ. The event concluded in the social hall with pizza, beverages, and cookies. Special thanks to Joanne Schulte and Mihai Preda, who provided publicity for local piano teachers and also took pictures during this successful program. - Frederick Kent
Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 11, following a festive dinner, complete with wedding cake decorated with drawknobs, at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 14 members presented a program of wedding music in the church sanctuary. Four members (Dan Mitchell, Robert Tucker, Albert Ahlstrom, and Mary Ruth Solem) performed their own compositions. Other members performing were Mitchell Weisiger, Tom Alderman, Nick Johns, Randy Elkins, Michael Collier, Cliff Frierson, John Gentry, Bill Callaway, William Coscarelli, and Nick Bowden. Three chapter members (John Beyers, chapter chaplain, Susan Pando, a wedding coordinator, and Michael Morgan, a church musician) participated in a discussion of wedding planning led by Subdean Sue Mitchell-Wallace. Several churches made copies of their wedding policies available for members to examine. Michael Morgan led the group in singing his new text appropriate for weddings, "A Hymn in Praise of God's Love," using the hymn tune "Slane."
Columbus, Ga. Feb. 13, the chapter invited the public to hear possible wedding music at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Preludes were played by Paul Culp, Pat Newton, Ken Bailey, and Michael Snoddy. Rick McKnight and Adleyn Scott, assisted by trumpeter Roger Redden, presented processionals. Adleyn Scott (host) led a discussion based on a questionnaire about wedding fees and contracts. April 16, a session on basic organ maintenance was led by Michael Snoddy in the chapel of Trinity Episcopal Church. Refreshments were served afterward. May 7, following a potluck dinner at the home of Bob and Pat Newton, members gathered in the Newtons' music room for a program performed on piano and the Létourneau organ as a preview of an upcoming chapter concert. August 12, with the cooperation of the Schwob School of Music of Columbus State University and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, the chapter presented a concert of "Music for 4 Hands and 4 Feet" on the Létourneau organ in Legacy Hall. Eleven members, sometimes joined by friendly pianists, played for an audience of 450 in the hall and 50 in the foyer. Two hundred fifty disappointed people were turned away. Visit the chapter on the Web at agocolumbusga.org.
- Ken Bailey
Savannah, Ga. Sept. 10, the chapter kicked off its new season with a dinner meeting at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church. Monica Harper (host) presented a pre-dinner lecture on "The History of Congregational Song" as well as a brief postdinner recital on the church's newly refurbished Noack organ. - Justin L. Addington
Jackson, Miss. Sept. 14, the chapter opened its 2012-13 season with a potluck dinner and members' recital, held at Fondren Presbyterian Church. A business meeting took place during the dinner. The recital that followed was performed by Andrew Thomas, Billy Trotter, Judy Sclater (host), and Glenn Gentry and Benjamin Williams, who performed their own compositions. The chapter especially welcomed student guests from the Jackson Public Schools APAC program. Several of them enjoyed the opportunity for hands-on experience at the organ.
- Carol S. Durham
Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C. Sept. 28, following dinner at the First Presbyterian Church, Dongho Lee, first-place and audience-prize winner in the 2010 AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, played a recital in the sanctuary. A "silent auction" overseen by member Mila Karamuschka was held to help fund further chapter events.
- Roger Petrich
East Carolina, N.C. Sept. 15, John Brock, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, lectured on the works of Georg Böhm at the First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount utilizing the church's two-manual Richards, Fowkes Baroque organ. Brock's presentation included a handout with a time line of Böhm's life and a catalog of his works, several of which Brock played. Brock was extremely sensitive to articulation and registration, providing helpful information on how to interpret Böhm's works as well as how to register them. His research on the topic also included a study of the organs Böhm would have most likely played and composed for.
- Nick Voermans
Wilmington, N.C. Sept. 11, Abigail Van Steenhuyse presented a program on the Alexander Technique at St. John's Episcopal Church (David Heinzman, host organist-choirmaster). Van Steenhuyse, a certified Alexander Technique instructor and violinist, worked with two chapter members to demonstrate this technique, which helps one become more aware of how to move to maximize the relationship between mind and body. Dinner and a business meeting preceded the program.
- Zollene Reissner
Greater Columbia, S.C. Sept. 8, the opening program of the 2012-13 season was held in collaboration with St. Peter's Catholic Church, which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Peragallo organ. Mark Husey, the church's director of music and liturgy, played a recital that included works by Haydn, J.S. Bach, Alain, and Duruflé. Also included in the program were excerpts from Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg, arranged for organ and clarinet by David Clay Matthews in memory of John McElyea (1989-2011). A festive reception was hosted by the chapter following the recital. - Frances Webb
Spartanburg, S.C. Sept. 17, members met at the home of Kym and Susie Mahnke. Dean Pamela Smithey opened the meeting and addressed the business of the chapter. Afterward, Kym Mahnke shared photos of musical sites in Dresden and Leipzig, with emphasis on Bach, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. The first movement of Mendelssohn's Trio in D Minor, Op. 49, was performed by John Malloy (violin), Kathleen Foster (violoncello), and Kym Mahnke (piano). Refreshments followed to conclude the evening.
- Huger Caughman Jr.
Knoxville, Tenn. Sept. 10, Josiah Armes played a "Rising Star" recital at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge. He is the organist and assistant director of music at the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla. He studied with Thomas Murray at Yale University and with David Higgs and William Porter at the Eastman School of Music. In 2009, he won first prize at the AGO Region IV Competition for Young Organists and the following year was heard in the Rising Star recitals at the AGO National Convention. His recital included works by Bach, Hindemith, Franck, Duruflé, and Vierne, as well as one of his own compositions, "Fantasy Variations in E Minor."
- Allison Ensor
Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 10, members met at Belmont United Methodist Church (Gayle Sullivan, host) to celebrate the successful Nashville National Convention. Special guest James Thomashower, national executive director of the Guild, with the assistance of Rhonda Swanson, presented Certificates of Appreciation to chapter members who volunteered, and to committee chairs, major donors, performers, workshop presenters, and various other services. During the chapter dinner and program, Ken Stein displayed photos taken during the convention. Past deans Marsha Scheusner and Michael Velting read kudos received from attendees, guest performers, and artists, and Bill Gray, convention coordinator, commended chapter members for their volunteerism, good fundraising, sustained organization, and hard work. Last, Dean Darryl Miller presented a framed cover photo of the convention program book to Bill Gray in appreciation of his leadership and guidance.
- Lisa Barry
REGION VGREAT LAKES
St. Joseph Valley, Ind. Sept. 16, the chapter opened its program year with a carry-in dinner followed by Vespers at the First English Lutheran Church in Goshen (Tim Schreck, host and chapter sub-dean). After dinner, Dean Kevin Vaughn presented certificates of recognition to members Jane Flora for 45 years of service as organist at Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend, John Long for 40 years of service as choir director at Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend, and Craig Cramer for ten years of service as organist at St. David of Wales Episcopal Parish in Elkhart. Vespers was led by Sr. Nora Frost, chapter chaplain, and sung by the choir of College Mennonite Church of Goshen, Lee Dengler, director. As part of the service, the chaplain installed the 2012-14 chapter officers. - Kevin Vaughn
Southern Indiana. Sept. 10, the chapter sponsored a choral-reading session at Wall Street United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville. The presenters were David K. Lamb, councillor for Region V, and special guest Kevin J. Vaughn, dean of the St. Joseph Valley Chapter. Resources for music selection and worship planning were included in a Music in Worship Reading List prepared by Lamb, who also played several organ solos. A catered dinner for members and guests preceded the reading session. Eric Timerding, music director of die host church, gave the invocation. Dinner arrangements were coordinated by Dean Judith Miller, assisted by treasurer Judy Diekhoff. The meeting was attended by Amy Roth, district convener for Kentucky.
-Judith E. Miller
Grand Rapids, Mich. Sept. 24, following a pizza and salad supper in the parish hall at the Basilica of St. Adalbert, chapter members reconvened in die balcony of the church for the installation of chapter officers by Chaplain Herman Keizer. For the remainder of the evening, members participated in an organ crawl, divided into two sessions. Half of the members remained in the balcony for a demonstration of the 1980 72-rank Wicks organ by Peter Kurdziel. The rest of the group convened at the home of Bill Tufts to hear his 32rank Kimball organ, which was restored and installed by Don Haan and Guy VanderWagen. Chapter members Mark Loring, Eric Strand, and Rhonda Edgington played a variety of compositions to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. By the end of the evening, all members had heard both organs.
- Irene Beethe
Saginaw Valley, Mich. Sept. 21-23, the chapter celebrated the three-day dedication festivities of Memorial Presbyterian Church's (Midland) new Létourneau organ. With the congregation, colleagues Guy Lynch and Adrienne Wiley welcomed the membership to the events. Sept. 29, Tom Wegener, recent dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter, served as chapter liaison at the annual autumn Michigan deans' gathering in Lansing.
- Nicholas Schmelter
REGION VINORTH CENTRAL
Greater Kansas City, Mo./ Kans. August 25, the chapter sponsored a Skills Fair that allowed participants to choose among three separate tracks for professional development. "Organ Basics, Hymn Playing and Registration" was presented by Barbara Adler at the Second Presbyterian Church; at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ted Stewart discussed "Service Playing and Substituting in a Liturgical Church"; and Kevin Vogt led participants through the beginning steps of "Art of Organ Improvisation" at Central United Methodist Church.
In celebration of the chapter's upcoming 75th anniversary (January 1938), the official program year commenced with a hymn festival ("Let All Rejoice Who Have a Voice to Raise") on September 17 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kans. The hymns were led by organist and composer Geoffrey Wilken. Pastor Jeffrey C. Clayton provided scripture readings and commentary between hymns. Choir members were from Southminster Presbyterian Church, Village Presbyterian Church, Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and elsewhere. Melissa Athon (flute) and Ron Stinson (trumpet) added to the accompaniment on selected hymns. Marilyn Lake directed handbell ringers "Bells of Peace" from Southminster Presbyterian Church and the "Heartland Ringers Community Choir." - Norm Kinnaugh
St. Louis, Mo. May 11, following dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood, the chapter's Avis Blewett Award was presented to National AGO President Eileen Guenther, the recitalist for the evening, by Dean Henry Evans. The award, established in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the AGO in Missouri, is given to those who have made a significant contribution to the musical life of the St. Louis area. Avis H. Blewett was a member of the Second Baptist Church. The church had a fine tracker-action Odell organ, and Miss Blewett had occasionally played it as far back as 1883, when the instrument was four years old. In response to a call for a suitable organ to replace the nonfunctioning Kilgen instrument in Graham Chapel at Washington University, she signed a contract with the M.P. Moller Organ Company, requesting that the organ case be carved with the quotation "To Make Undying Music in the World."
Avis Blewett died in 1946 before the organ was completed. In her will, she bequeathed money for the purchase of Blewett Hall on the Washington University campus, as well as funds for the endowment of the university's music department. Dr. Guenther's program included works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Guilmant, Dupré, Sowande, Diemer, and Utterback. Past deans in attendance are pictured with Guenther (back row, far right); they are (front row) Barbara Raedeke, Mary Hitchcock-Reinhart, Henry Evans (dean), Marie Kremer; (back row) Stephen Mager, Robert Hutcheson, Yvonne Sullivan, William (Pat) Partridge, Thomas Pearce, and Kathleen Bolduan.
Sept. 24, following dinner at Hope United Church of Christ in south St. Louis, the chapter launched its 111th year with an ecumenical worship service. The Rev. Dr. Dan Anderson-Little, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, delivered a sermon titled "Cessation of Hostilities: Beyond the Worship Wars," which addressed the creative tension with which both clergy and organists approach the architecture of a worship service and how constructive conflict can lead to unity of purpose. Dean Bill Wade provided welcoming remarks and recognized members who successfully completed AAGO and CAGO certification this year. Music was provided by the Webster University Chamber Singers under the direction of Trent Patterson, a brass quintet from the Musicians Association of St. Louis Local 2-197, organists Andrew Peters, Heather Martin Cooper, Stephen Eros, and soprano cantor Patricia Scanlon. The selections included organ music, anthems, responses, and festive congregational hymn settings by Proulx, Gelineau, Walton, Rutter, Vaughan Williams, and Fleury. At the dinner, Missouri district convener Stephen Mager installed officers for 2012-13: William Wade (dean), Stephen Eros (subdean), and Horst Buchholz (executive committee class of 2015). Executive committee members Kathleen Bolduan and Andrew Peters were installed at the May dinner meeting by National President Eileen Guenther, recipient of the chapter's 2012 Avis Blewett Award.
- William Sullivan
Springfield, Mo. June 11, eleven chapter members met at the home of David and Vicky Claborn for a year-end business meeting, a used-music exchange, and a potluck dinner. Following dinner and a time of fellowship, the program schedule for 2012-13 was approved, the accomplishments of the past year reviewed, and year-end reports presented.
- T. Daniel Hancock
Cimarron, Okla. August 24, members met over dinner at Albawadi Mediterranean Restaurant in Stillwater to plan the year's programs. Sept. 13, the chapter presented Jonathan Ryan in the first Joy Asbury Memorial Recital at the First Christian Church in Stillwater (David Hughes, host director of music). Ryan's performance, made possible by a gift from the estate of longtime member Joy Asbury, highlighted the tonal possibilities of the 1991 Dobson organ. Winner of numerous prestigious organ competitions including the Jordan II International Organ Competition in 2009, Ryan is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists.
- Rebecca te Velde
Alamo, Tex. Sept. 21, the chapter opened its 2012-13 season with a potluck social at the home of Bruce and Ann Johnson. The evening was filled with laughter, great food, and camaraderie. Musical entertainment was provided by members Madolyn Fallis and Mark Marty. During the course of the evening, the schedule for upcoming programs and education classes was presented. Door prizes were distributed, as were symphony tickets to members who brought in a new member.
- Mary J. Hernandez
Fort Worth, Tex. Sept. 9, following a catered dinner and business meeting at Broadway Baptist Church, a duo organ concert was performed in the sanctuary by Ken Cowan and Bradley Hunter Welch. The concert was sponsored by the church, which houses the largest organ in Texas. The event was advertised on the local classical radio station, and that helped bring the audience total to almost 600. Cowan and Welch played repertoire with both of them on the bench of the main console and also with one at the main console and the other at the rear gallery console. A reception honoring the artists followed the concert.
- Edwin Ackermann
Lubbock, Tex. Sept. 13, chapter members met at Jason's Deli to elect officers and plan events for the upcoming year. Elected were Kim Fisher (dean), Clark Haney Wells (sub-dean/reporter), and Darryl Berry (treasurer). Members voted to sponsor the Pipedreams program on the area NPR station. They will attend the rededication of the Holtkamp organ in Hemmle Recital Hall of the Texas Tech University School of Music on September 23, for which the chapter donated funds for the renovation last year.
-Clark Haney Wells
REGION VIII - PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Seattle, Wash. Chapter members kicked off the 2012-13 Erogram year in mid-Septemer by celebrating the installation of a new organ at the Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists. The organ was built by Burton K. Tidwell in association with Ryan Dye of North Pacific Organ & Sound. Dye, Tidwell, and Green Lake Church organist Wanda Griffiths presented the history of the church's organ and the design of the new instrument. The new organ utilizes about 70% of the previously installed Casavant organ, though meticulously rescaled and revoiced. The new instrument includes many digital stops, culminating in 94 ranks, all of which are accessible on a new and beautifully constructed three-manual console. Dye and Griffiths performed several works showcasing the colors of the organ. Following the demonstration and mini-recital, the generous parishioners at Green Lake Church hosted a reception for chapter members.
- Christopher Glenn
REGION IX- FAR WEST
Kern County, Calif. Sept. 24, the chapter held a "Casual Concert" at the First United Methodist Church in Bakersfield. Members participating were dressed appropriately for the music they played. Pictured are Shirley Foster (Hawaiian music), Kathie Riebe (English music), Eric Holderman (American music), Meg Wise (Southern music), Jim Page (Ragtime music), and Phil Dodson (German music). - Shirley Foster
Long Beach, Calif. Sept. 4, members met at the home of Peter Bates for the chapter's annual potluck dinner and program. The program was titied "A Night of Smooth Jazz and a Pig Jig. " Chapter members performing on piano or organ were Margaret Armstrong, Peter Bates, David York, Robert York, and David Feit-Pretzer. - Rebecca Ogle
San Francisco, Calif. Sept. 17, a clergy /musician dinner was held at St. Mary's Cathedral (Christoph Tietze, host music director). At a social hour, new members were introduced and chapter officers were installed. Following a bountiful buffet dinner, the guest speaker, the Rev. Jim Fish, offered humorous and inspirational snapshots of his experiences both as a singer and a clergyman. He expressed the gratitude we all feel that somebody believed in us and challenged us; he said that hymns are the most reliable resource for people in the pews regarding faith, and that a fine instrument is necessary to attract a good organist. He also said that musicians have been given great gifts, and it is incumbent upon them to give in return. To conclude the evening, acclaimed organist Anthony Newman played a full recital that featured two of his own compositions and several major works of J.S. Bach.
- Cheryl Ziedrich and David Hatt
San Joaquin Valley, Calif. Sept. 7, the chapter hosted a reception to honor longtime organist, teacher, mentor, and chapter member Richard "Dick" Cencibaugh as recipient of the 2012 Fresno Arts Council Horizon "Citizen" Award. Chapter members, families, and friends gathered at the Warnors Theatre building in Fresno for the evening event. Sub-dean Catherine Walker led Cencibaugh in a recounting of his years as a leader in the Fresno organ community, where he has been involved in every aspect of the organ from rescue and restoration to maintenance, as well as many years of service as the organist at several churches. He is active in the Fresno Pipe Organ Academy, where he is involved in teaching and mentoring the next generation of organists. A hoard member of the chapter, he also received recognition from San Joaquin Valley congressional representatives as well as the mayor of Fresno. The venue for the reception was significant as Cencibaugh was instrumental in the restoration of the Warnors Theater's historic 1928 Robert Morton four-manual theater organ and currently serves as the staff organist.
- Michael Varias…
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