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. 45, No. 6, June

Ago Chapter News
ALL REPORTS RECEIVED ARE PUBLISHED* Reports (not newsletters) from chapters may be e-mailed to chapternews@agohq.org.* Include the name of the chapter, the program place, and date (not day or hour).* An event should be reported one time only, and soon...
Ago/ecs Award
ALAN SMITH has become the first British composer to win the AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition. The 2012 competition called for an anthem for SATB choir and organ suitable for Advent. The winning piece is titled "There Is a Flow'r," set to...
Canadian International Organ Competition in High Gear This Fall
THIS FALL, organ music enthusiasts will converge in Montreal to attend the only international organ competition in the Americas in 2011. The second edition of the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) will take place in Montreal between October...
Commentary
VOX HUMANAWorkshop SeasonEARLY SLIMMER. What a time! The semester is done. The "choir season" winds down. Those social events demanding short sleeves and no ties heckon. There is time to refresh the brain, time to catch up on reading, time to gain some...
Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt
CONVERSATIONS WITH JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT, Donald NaIIy. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2010. 195 pp. ISBN 9780810869769. $40. This book is, as the literary critics say, a quick read, but it is well worth reading for the inspiration derived. One can easily...
Cover Feature Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman la Crosse, Wisconsin Noack Organ Co. Georgetown, Massachusetts
From the Director of Music and OrganistIn January 2003, I approached thenBishop Raymond Burke about the need to replace two organs at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. The instruments, hoth built by Möller, had been installed in the cathedral...
From the Chaplain
Salutary HarmoniesIN MY March column I reflected on the dialogue between music and language: how music sets the human imagination to work as it creates meaning out of sound, and how language uses a multitude of analogies drawn from music to describe...
From the Committee on Musicians in Part-Time Employment
Wende// Obetz is a retired psychiatrist who has served his church as a part-time musician for most of his professional life. He has built a three-manual digital Hauptwerk organ in his home. When I asked him if he would respond to questions for this column,...
From the Executive Director
2011 Regional Conventions Are Bursting with TalentIF YOU ARE still uncertain about which Regional Conventions you will attend this year, these brief summaries of the programming and featured events for each convention may help you decide. Special thanks...
From the President
I HAVE been teaching several classes on Parts II and III oí Messiah - and reading the newspaper. And I find such amazing and profound similarities between these documents. Newspapers around the country and around the globe describe fighting in Egypt,...
George Wm. Warren: Bridging the Sacred and Secular in Nineteenth-Century American Music
BOOKSGEORGE WM. WARREN: BRIDGING THE SACRED AND SECULAR IN NINETEENTHCENTURY AMERICAN MUSIC, Thomas Nelson. Albany Institute of History and Art. 58 pp. ISBN 9780939072187. Available from the Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany,...
"Grow the Guild" Benefits Chapters, National ... and You
BY NOW YOU have probably seen ads in previous issues of this magazine announcing "Grow the Guild," a grassroots effort to strengthen the American Guild of Organists' membership nationwide by empowering local chapters to focus on recruitment and retention....
Improvisation Initiatives Getting It Together: A Conference on Improvisation and Organ Pedagogy
THE SUBJECT OF improvisation has become a popular one for discussion throughout our profession over the past several years, and yet, improvisation continues to frustrate, mystify, and even frighten many organists today. It is this sense of fear that...
Letters
Opinions expressed in this column are those of the correspondents, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AGO, APOBA, or the editors of this journal. Letters accepted by the editor may be published whole or in part. Please send letters to...
Missa Da Tromba
MISSA DA TROMBA. Jan Fredrik Christiansen, trumpet; Terje Winge, organ. II/ca. 38 Ryde & Berg organ (2004) of Lillestr0m Church, Norway. 2L (Lindberg Lynd AS) 2L52SACD. Web sites: 2L.no and Lindberg.no. This recording offers superbly performed works...
Multum in Parvo
MUCH OF THE history of the American pipe organ is focused upon very large instruments. Admittedly, a builder's abilities can easily be showcased through a magnum opus. However, American builders have made a market through very small, "portable" organs....
Namen Gottes
NAMEN GOTTES. Organ Works of Jörg Herchet. Gary Verkade, organist. HI/82 Grönlund organ (1987) of Lulea Cathedral, Sweden. Gema VKJK 0811 (2 CDs). Born in Dresden in 1943, Jörg Herchet was raised in the conflicting environment of the Communist German...
New Edition of Bach's Complete Organ Works
NEW EDITION OF BACH'S COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: THE COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS. Series I: Vol. 8, Ciavier-Übung III. 136 pp. Colfax, N. C.: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010.There is perhaps no editorial project in the organ music repertoire as...
Organ Music
ALL GLORY, LAUD, AND HONOR: ORGAN EXPRESSIONS FOR PALM SUNDAY THROUGH EASTERTIDE. Lorenz 70/1747L, $15. A collection of pieces that go back to 1975 are assembled here by Michael Shea. One volume will take care of many seasonal needs. There is even an...
Pipe Organs of the Rich and Famous Charles Gounod
FEW MUSIC LOVERS know that Charles Gounod was a church organist for several years - at the beginning and end of his career - or that he composed nine original organ works, and yet they associate him with the organ because of the Church Scene in Faust....
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...
Positions Available
Listings are free of charge. Closing 15th of second preceding month. No Box service. Inclusion of information in this column does not imply endorsement by the AGO, its committees, or local chapters. Salaries do not necessarily represent current compensation...
Recitals
Material may be submitted via e-mail to recitals@agohq.org.TIMOTHY LEE BAKER, 11/21/10, Church of the Holy Spirit [Schantz organ], Louisville, Ky. Mendelssohn, Sonata No. 6 in d. Bach, Vivace (Trio Sonata in G, BWV 530). Bridge, Adagio in E. McCabe,...
SUGGESTIONS FROM SHEILA: Practical Organ Music for Worship
ORGAN MEDITATIONSA Meditation, Simon Lesley (Swing Gently: Music for Manuals in the Style of Spirituals and the Blues, Kevin Mayhew MAYHE00594; 2002). "A Meditation" is a cool piece written for two manuals, to be played with a gentle swing at the suggested...
The Last Page
The Swell PedalRules for Use of the Swell Pedal1. Never use the Swell pedal unless the proper expression of the music demands a crescendo or diminuendo or sforzando.2. Never sacrifice the proper performance of a pedal passage for the sake of using the...
The Organist's Bookshelf
All About Chords: A Comprehensive Approach to Understanding Contemporary Chord Structures and Progressions, Elvo S. D'Amante. Orinda, Calif.: Encore Music Pub. Co. xviii, 128 pp. ISBN 9781568584072.Ancient Greek Music: A New Technical History, Stefan...
U.K. Report
A FEW WEEKS ago, I was involved in organizing a memorial celebration for my late organ teacher. Most readers will be familiar with the name David Sanger and probably also with the tragic circumstances of his death last year. His funeral was a private...
Your Gift Will Make a Crucial Difference!
AGO Giving OpportunitiesA Message from Calvert JohnsonTreasurer/Councillor for Finance and DevelopmentAJTHOUGH THE AGO has made significant cuts to the operating budget, and budget managers are all keeping expenses down, our work is affected by a drop...