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. 46, No. 7, July

A Digital Strategy for the AGO
The social media network Linkedln is home to a number of groups that have lively discussions online about a wide variety of topics. One of these groups is called "Organists and the Organ (Musical Instrument)." This group is for "musicians who play the...
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...
A Legacy of Love: Four Generations of Organ Philanthropy
The arts and REUGious entities have depended on the generosity of patron families since before the Medicis ruled Florence. Today, cultural philanthropy remains essential, especially in the creation and preservation of organs and their surroundings. Through...
Apoba
LuxuryMost musical instruments (violin, clarinet, trombone, guitar, et al.) are capable of wide variations in the sound they produce - several octaves of pitch change, range of dynamics, and changes of tonal character depending on the ability of the...
British Church Composer Series-11: Francis Jackson
BRITISH CHURCH COMPOSER SERIES11: FRANCIS JACKSON. The Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore, conductor; John Scott Whiteley, organist. IV/106 organ of York Minster (Hill, 1832; rebuilt by Walker, 1903; rebuilt by Harrison & Harrison, 1916, 1931; rebuilt...
Choral Old and New
Here is a marvelous potpourri (or gallimaufry, if you prefer!) of anthems for many seasons of the church year.PRAYERS OF KIERKEGAARD, Michael Cox (Walton HL08501811), TTBB a cappella. This is a piece set in a chant-like style using words of Seren Kierkegaard...
Dieterich Buxtehude
DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE. Rui Paiva, Órgào da Sé Catedral de Faro. 11/39 organ of the Faro Cathedral, Portugal (Johann Heinrich Hulenkampf, 1715-16; restoration and enlargement by Pasqule Gaetano Oldovini, 1767; restoration to 1767 condition by Dirk Flentrop,...
From Classical Guitarist to Part-Time Organist and Choir Director
ILOVE church music, and it was the reason I became a musician. It's a wonderful opportunity to be able to praise God and serve the church. However, instead of church-music studies, I chose to be a professional classical guitarist because I love its sound...
Grand Chorus: Academy Students Play Historic and Important Organs South of the Thames
GRAND CHORUS: ACADEMY STUDENTS PLAY HISTORIC AND IMPORTANT ORGANS SOUTH OF THE THAMES. Multiple organs and performers. Royal Academy of Music RAM032 (CTRS 1024); 2 CDs. For complete details and purchase, go to Ram.ac.uk/SSLSO. This fascinating, illuminating...
How Can We Help to Continue the Legacy of Organ Playing in Our Churches?
In my conversations with clergy of various denominations, two questions I often hear are "Where are the new organists coming from?" and "How can we help to continue the legacy of organ playing in our churches?" One answer may surprise you: the church...
How Shall I Begin?
The first words, the first notes. Music and literature have so much in common. How does one begin a work of literature? What words, what idea, what image? "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." What could be more impressive, expansive,...
Inleiding Tot De Orgelbouw
BOOKS INLEIDING TOT DE ORGELBOUW, ed. Teus den Toom. 7th rev. Commissie Orgelzaken voor de PKN and Leeuwarden: Boeijenga Music Publications, 2011. 112 pp., ill. ISBN 9789070425869. euro20. Available from the publisher at Zuidvliet 8, 8921 BL Leeuwarden,...
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...
Managing Your Career (and Yourself as Well): A Workshop Developed for the Boston Poe Advanced, 2011
You've found your passion in the organ. You've taken countless classes in theory, history, improvisation, and transposition. You might have even spent the required 10,000 hours experts say it takes for mastery. How do you translate it all into a successful...
Music Received
HANDBELLSAway in a Manger, arr. Anna Laura Page. 3-5 octave handbell choir. Beckenhorst HB430, $3.95.Catalonian Carol, arr. Ronald Kuffmann. 3-5 octave handbell choir. Beckenhorst HB426, $3.95.Christmas Trilogy, arr. Janet Linker and Jane McFadden. 3-5...
OBITUARIES: Gary Lee Zwicky
Gary Lee Zwicky, FAGO, 77 years old, April 8, 2012, at his home in Belmont Village, Oak Park, 111., following a hard-fought battle with Parkinson's disease. Born June 18, 1934, in Oshkosh, Wis., to George and Bessie (Widmer) Zwicky, he married Elaine...
OBITUARIES: Gregory Larsen
Gregory Larsen, 64 years old, March 10, 2012, in Denver, Colo., from cancer. Born in Jacksonville, FIa., he grew up in Faribault, Minn., and took an interest in music early - his sisters remember waking up early to the sounds of a ten-year-old playing...
OBITUARIES: Jacqueline Englert-Marchal
Jacqueline Englert-Marchal died on April 21 at the Hôpital Pompidou in Paris, France, after a long illness. She was 90 years old. The daughter of the famous French organist and teacher André Marchai (1894-1980), she accompanied her father, who was blind,...
OBITUARIES: Sally Cherrington-Beggs
Sally Cherrington-Beggs, 52 years old, March 17, 2012, after a three-year battle with cancer. Born in Allentown, Pa., on August 20, 1959, she graduated first in her class at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa. She received both MM and DMA degrees...
Organ Music from Beverly Minster
RECORDINGSORGAN MUSIC FROM BEVERLY MINSTER. Alan Spedding, organist. IV/77 organ of Beverly Minster, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (Johann Snetzler, 1769; rebuilt by IUIl, 1885; Arthur Hill case erected in 1916; rebuilt by Hill, Norman & Beard,...
Pennsylvania Northeast Ago Chapter Hosts Successful "Pedals, Pipes & Pizza"
There was a spirit of excitement and wonder as families and individuals who signed up for the March 25, 2012, "Pedals, Pipes & Pizza" program entered St. Mary's Church in Wilkes-Barre. This event, which was suggested at an August 2011 board meeting...
Pipings
Material may be submitted via regular mail or e-mail to Pipings ©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 digital...
Pops for Kids Celebrates 20 Years
POPs for KIDs, the Children's Pipe Organ Project of the Wichita (Kans.) AGO Chapter, celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 23, 2011, with a Gala Birthday Concert at the First United Methodist Church. Principal recitalist for the event was POPs for...
Presenting an Education Program about the Organ for Very Young Students
ORGANISTS ARE often concerned about declining interest in the pipe organ among young people in our part of the world. I have always been of the opinion that this decline can be remedied, and that we can take an active role in this. While simply playing...
Recitals
Material may be submitted via e-mail to recitals@agohq.org.KEVIN BAILEY, with Mary Levar, flute, Timothy Schmidt, bass, and Neil Bubke, organ, 4/29/12, United MeÜiodist Church, Whitefish Bay, Wis. Gawthrop, Exultóte. VivaldiBach, Concerto in d, BWV 596....
Secular or Sacred: Selected Popular Elements in Organ Music Part II
Part I of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue.POPULAR ELEMENTS IN ORGAN MUSICThe ChoraleThe chorale took a central place in the church of Luther's Reformation, being elevated to liturgical status. On the one hand, it provided "the congregation,...
Suggestions from Sheila
Practical Organ Music for WorshipMusic of Personal Commitment and ServiceDraw Us to You, setting by Michael Burkhardt Five Easter Season Hymn Improvisations, Set 1, MorningStar Music Publishers MSM-10-403; 1990). Tune: "Ach Gott und Herr."This pastoral...
The Healing Power of Music from a Music Therapist's Perspective
As musicians, we have all experienced the power of music in our lives, and in our jobs we strive to minister through music, which in and of itself can help to nurture those we serve. While there are countless anecdotal examples of the healing power of...
The Organist's Bookshelf
Bach, ed. Yo Tomita. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, xxxvii, 574 pp. ISBN 9780754628910.De Brahms à Mahler et Strauss: Ie postromantisme allemand, Brigitte FrançoisSappey. Paris: Fayard. 263 pp. ISBN 9782213655925.Choral Music: A Research and Information Guide,...
The Power of Partnership
The Power of Partnership was to be the title of my book that has just been published, on the subject of clergy-musician relations. In the process of writing, the title was changed to Rivals or a Team, but the concept of partnership remains a powerful...
Tympano, Choro & Organo: Liber Festivus in Honorem Jan Boogaarts
TYMPANO, CHORO & ORGANO: LIBER FESTIVUS IN HONOREM JAN BOOGAARTS, ed. Henk Rijkers and Jeroen Boogaarts. Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2009. 304 pp., ill. ISBN 9789057305795. Jan Boogaarts is a noted Dutch church musician, scholar, and organist. On the...
UK Report
THRE is an old joke that goes, "How many Cambridge academics does it take to change a lightbulb?" Answer (uttered with wide-eyed incredulity): "CHANGE ... ?" This ancient university preserves many charming traditions and can at times proceed quite cautiously...
VOX HUMANA: The Essence of Deep Conversation
RECENTLY, while preparing a talk about Olivier Messiaen, I sought some analytical thought that went beyond the descriptive information provided by the composer himself and more or less echoed by others. Was there, anywhere, a body of deep methodical...