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. 47, No. 7, July

2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTSCHAPTERS IN EVERY STATEChartered 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New YorkNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115; phone 212-870-2310; www.agohq.orgThe National Competition...
Ago Chapter News
ALL REPORTS RECEIVED ARE PUBLISHED* Reports (not newsletters) from chapters may be e-mailed to chaptemews@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
Ivan Bozicevic of Croatia has been named the winner of the 2014 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition for his composition "Kyrie eleison." Thirty-five composers from nine countries submitted pieces to the 14th biennial competition. The competition...
AGO National News
Celebration of Brilliant Performer, Church Musician, Teacher, and Friend Raised $40,000 Benefitting the AGO Endowment FundMarilyn KeiserHONOREDby American Guild of Organists at New York City GalaNEW YORK CITY- The AGO presented its tenth annual Recital...
An Apologia upon Retirement
I HAVE LONG sought the essential unities of life, believing that faith and reason, for instance, are necessarily compatible, as are academia and the mundane, theology and science, the ordained priesthood and the priesthood of all believers, scripture...
Anton Bruckner/music as Installation Art: Organ Musicology, New Musicology and Situationality
ANTON BRUCKNER, Herman Jeurissen and Peter Planyavsky. Amsterdam: Orgelpark and VU University Amsterdam, 2012. Orgelpark Research Reports, 1. ISBN (ibook/ epub) 9789081869621; ISBN (ibook/pdf) 9789491588013; ISBN (paper edition) 9789081869683.MUSIC AS...
¡Bravo Grande!
RECORDINGS¡BRAVO GRANDE! David Heller, organist. IV/69 organ of Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Tex. (Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Opus 35, 2006). Fro Organo CD 7218. Zarex.com. This is a fine recital, ranging from Bach to Hancock, expertly...
From the President
Colleagues, instead of writing about lofty things (occasionally) or hospitality issues (frequently), here's a change-up in subject matter that I thought you might find amusing. So, have any of you done something like this? Like slipping "Happy Birthday"...
Herbert Howells, the Teacher
MANY OF US who have taught have had mixed feelings about the vocation. It is a noble one, without a doubt. There is no other process by which humans can pass on their expertise, passion, and skills to a new generation. Unfortunately, to take the time...
Herbert Still Teaches Us
On a recent Sunday morning, I was visiting a nearby Episcopal church, joining the assembly in singing the George Herbert hymn "King of Glory, King of Peace." It was sung well by everyone around me. Then, when the third stanza came, the choir sounded...
His Love Endures Forever: Psalms of Thankfulness and Praise
HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER: PSALMS OF THANKFULNESS AND PRAISE. Gloria Dei Cantores; David Chalmers, James E. Jordan, Sharon Rose Pfeiffer, organists; Elizabeth C. Patterson, director. IV/117 organ of the Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, Mass. (an...
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...
Memorial Union, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana C.B. Fisk Gloucester, Massachusetts
OPUS 91WITH THREE MANUALS and 44 stops, Opus 9 1 is by far the largest instrument C.B. Fisk has ever created for a private home. The vision of Jacques M. Littlefield, the organ stood in a specially constructed concert hall adjacent to the Littlefield...
Musicians in Part-Time Employment
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE CHURCH MUSICIANTechnology is a wonderful tool! It helps us stay organized, puts resources at our fingertips more easily than ever before, helps us connect with family, friends, and colleagues around the world, helps us keep our desks...
National Collection of Dues Begins
In late May, AGO National Headquarters officially began collecting dues on behalf of eleven pilot chapters that agreed to become early adopters of the national dues collection system. Nicknamed ONCARD (Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues),...
OBITUARIES: Paul Marion
Paul Marion, 90 years old, March 13, 2013, in Toledo, Ohio, of leukemia. Born in Neosho, Mo., on September 18, 1922, he moved as a young child to Little Rock, Ark., where he developed his musical gifts. Marion enlisted in the Navy during World War II...
Professional Certification Requirements for 2014
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTSCHAPTERS IN EVERY STATEChartered 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New YorkNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115; phone 212-870-2310; www.agohq.orgPlease check the AGO...
Recitals
Gregory Beem, 2/11/12, St. Mary's Lutheran Church [Möller organ], Kenosha, Wis. Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645. Hopson, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Dandrieu, Quand le Sauveur Jesus Christ (or Bon Joseph, écoutez moi). Langlais, La Nativité...
Revolutionary
REVOLUTIONARY. Cameron Carpenter, organist. "Virtual Pipe Organ" by Marshall & Ogletree of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York City, N.Y. Telare CD-80711 (CD and bonus DVD). Cameroncarpenter.com; http://www2.concordmusicgroup.com/ artists/Cameron-Carpenter.CAMERON...
The Longhorns of Abilene/the Organ at the Met
THE LONGHORNS OF ABILENE. Simon Nieminski, organist. IV/71 Nichols & Simpson organ (2006) of First Baptist Church, Abilene, Tex. (The Shelton Organ). Pro Organo CD 7221. Proorgano.com.THE ORGAN AT THE MET. Simon Nieminski, organist. III/64 Matthew...
VOX HUMANA: Pedal to the Metal
At one time, we "purists" enjoyed condemning Virgil Fox in whatever manner we could. One indictment was, definitely, that Virgil played too fast. Even his partisans would agree tacitly in assertions like, "Virgil can play faster with his feet than most...