The American Organist

Published monthly and devoted to organ and choral music, The American Organist is the official publication of the American Guild of Organists. The American Organist provides news, reviews, and information of interest to those in the field and those with an interest in organ and choral music.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, April

A Brief Historical Survey of Organ Music in the Province of Quebec
THE PROVINCE of Quebec has a rich heritage of organbuilders, organs, organists, and composers that has contributed to Canadian music in a substantial way. Perhaps the most obvious evidence of Quebec's religious heritage is the multitude of large churches...
Ago/rcco Chapter/centre News
ALL REPORTS RECEIVED ARE PUBLISHED* Reports (not newsletters) from chapters and centres may be sent to chapternews@agohq.org.* Include the name of the chapter or centre, the program place and date (not day or hour).* An event should be reported one time...
Apparition of the Eternal Church
APPARITION OF THE ETERNAL CHURCH: film by Paul Festa, 2006. DVD, 52 minutes; companion book: O My God: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, 2008 (contains complete script of the film plus still photos and filmmaker's commentary), 134 pages. Both available...
A Selected Bibliography for Ago Certification Preparation
This list of recommended publications relating to preparation for AGO professional certification requirements is provided for the reader's information. In addition to these materials, prospective candidates will find other useful resources supplied by...
Commentary
VOX HUMANAThe Grinch That Steals SpaceWhat happens to our workplaces over the years that leaves them defenseless before the Grinch that steals space? Perhaps a matter of inches, or feet, or yards, it is a truism that none of us ever fits exactly into...
Easy Service Music
The following lists are keyed to the Revised Common Lectionary, the lectionary used today in churches of a number of denominations. In many cases, the readings - especially the Gospels - will be the same as those in the Catholic, Episcopal, and older...
From the Chaplain
Music Born of ResurrectionJoyful is not a word I would use to describe Mark's original ending to his gospel: "So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid" (Mark...
From the Executive Director
2009 Regional Conventions Extend from Coast to CoastWITH THE AGO's 2009 Regional Conventions scheduled to begin June 15, I asked each of the Regional Convention Coordinators to provide me with a paragraph highlighting what makes their event special....
From the President
LISTENING TO MUSIC is a subjective experience; it speaks to us in mysterious ways (and what it says to you may be nothing like what it conveys to me). Just the sound of music can set in motion a complex series of responses that have just been awaiting...
From the President
THE RCCO is now well into its centennial year and enjoying some much appreciated support from organizations abroad, such as the Annual Festival of New Organ Music.The Annual Festival of New Orga n Music (AFNOM) is holding a new music competition alongside...
Grace Notes: A Third Serving!
GRACE NOTES: A THIRD SERVING! Timothy Albrecht, composer and organist. HI/73 Casavant organ (1982) of Glenn Auditorium, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. ACA Digital Recording CM20106. Timothy Albrecht heads the graduate organ degree programs at Emory University...
Inspired Music Ministry
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, anda great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake;...
Johann Pachelbel: Organ Works
JOHANN PACHELBEL: ORGAN WORKS. Matthew Owens, organist. 11/29 Jürgen Ahrend organ (1978) of the Reid Concert Hall, the University of Edinburgh. Delphian DCD34021 ; www.delphianrecords.co.uk. This delightful presentation of free and chorale-based works...
Letters
Opinions expressed in this column are those of the correspondents, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AGO, RCCO, APOBA, or the editors of this journal. Letters accepted by the editor may be published whole or in part. Please send letters...
Louis Vierne: Second Symphony for Organ
LOUIS VIERNE: SECOND SYMPHONY FOR ORGAN. Christopher Houlihan, organist. HI/80 Austin organ (Opus 2536, 1971) of the Trinity College Chapel, Hartford, Conn. Towerhill Records TH-72018. Available at www.towerhill-recordings.com. The playing of the revered...
National Report - April 2009
THE GODFREY HEWITT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDApplications are being received for the 2009 Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $5,000 per year, is administered by the RCCO Ottawa Centre. The Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship...
New Organs
All new organ reports received are included in the New Organs department in the order received as space permits, provided that a complete specification and high-resolution photograph in clear focus have been supplied. Only TIFF or JPG files (at least...
OBITUARIES: Frances Delyle Weller Sutton
Frances Delyle Weiler Sutton, 95 years old, June 1, 2008, in Sanford, N.C. Born October 3, 1912, Mrs. Sutton was a lifelong organist and devout supporter ofthe instrument and its music. She received her first piano lessons from her mother; later, she...
OBITUARIES: Mary Landon Russell
Mary Landon Russell, 95 years old, November 20, 2008, at Sycamore Manor Health Center in Montoursville, Pa. Mrs. Rus- sell was born July 8, 1913, in Williamsport, Pa., the daughter of Ernest Eugene and Jennie Owen Landon. Following gradu- ation from...
OBITUARIES: Michel Boulnois
Michel Boulnois, 101 years old, November 30, 2008. Organist and composer Michel Boulnois was born in Paris, France, on October 31, 1907. When he was eleven years old, his father, Joseph Boulnois (also an organist and composer), died at Chalaines par...
OBITUARIES: Richard H. (Dick) Peterson
Richard H. (Dick) Peterson, 83 years old, January 29, 2009, at his home in Palos Park, 111., 14 years after suffering a debilitating stroke. Besides spending time with Carol, his devoted wife of 53 years, and with other family members, Richard's greatest...
OBITUARIES: Robert E. Fort Jr
Robert E. Fort Jr., January 29, 2009, at Florida Hospital in DeLand, after a fall at his home. Dr. Fort was a native of Ocala, FIa., his family having been pioneers in Marion County. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, the Southern Baptist...
OBITUARIES: Robert Wendell Robe
Robert Wendell Robe, 79 years old, January 24, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. Robert Robe was born July 8, 1929, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Robert William Robe and Alice Marie (Krigbaum) Robe. He graduated from South Zanesville High School and attended Meredith College...
OBITUARIES: Timothy J. Oliver
Timothy J. Oliver, 71 years old, January 5, 2009, at his home in Frankfort, Ky., after a lengthy illness. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 23, 1937, Mr. Oliver earned an AB degree from San Diego State College before moving to Lexington, Ky., to study...
OBITUARIES: Travis R. Powell
Travis R. Powell, 36 years old, January 19, 2009, at his home in Carey, Ohio. Travis was born on May 23, 1972, the son of Robert and Shelby (Marchant) Powell. He earned a bachelor of church music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.,...
Organ Story: The Armley Schulze Organ
DVDORGAN STORY: THE ARMLEY SCHULZE ORGAN. Graham Barber, organist. IV/69 Schulze organ of the Church of St. Bartholomew, Armley, Leeds, England (1866-69; rebuilt in 1905 by J.J. Binns; further rebuilding by John T. Jackson & Son in 1976; full restoration...
Pipings
Material may be submitted via regular mail or e-mail to Todd Sisley, tsisley@agohq.org, Photographs must be in clear focus. Only unmodified high-resolution TIFF or JPG files are acceptable for electronic submissions (300 dpi original size). Do not insert...
Professional Development Forum
THIS COLUMN announces news from the Committee on Career Development and Support and the Committee on Seminary and Denominational Relations. Matters of general interest to members will be discussed and inquiries will be addressed. All questions and answers...
Recitals
Material may be submitted via e-mail to recitals@agohq.org.MAHLON E. BALDERSTON, 11/30, Trinity Episcopal Church [Abbott & Sieker organ], Santa Barbara, Calif. Bach, For Unto Us Is Born; In dulci jubilo. Dupré, In dulci jubilo. Daquin, Noël for Flutes;...
Summer Courses, Workshops, Conventions, Tours, and Festivals 2009
CONNECTICUTGREGORIAN CHANT WORKSHOP, St. Edmund's Retreat, Mystic, May 31-June 5. Sponsored by St. Michael's Institute of Sacred Art. Forali levels of ability; study Gregorian modes, neumes. chironomy, Latin diction, chant in English; daily sung liturgies;...
The Last Page
THE GUILD OF ORGANISTSTO BRING MUSICIANS AND CLERGYMEN TOGETHER.A New and Influential Organization Which Will Improve the Quality and Appropriateness of Church Music.The American Guild or Organists, which recently held its first public meeting and service,...
Westminster Presbyterian Church Minneapolis, Minnesota Dobson Pipe Organ Builders Inc
From the MusicianWestminster Presbyterian Church, in celebration of its 150 years of ministry in downtown Minneapolis, undertook a campaign to address a number of capital needs in both facilities and programs of the church. One area of focus was a series...
Young People's Chorus of New York City
RECORDINGSTRANSIENT GLORY II. Young People's Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director and conductor; Jon Holden, piano; Perspectives Ensemble; Extension Ensemble; Tod Machover, computer; Lila Newman, Eli Bunzel, Mitchell Schor,...