St. Louis Chapter
Chapter Contacts
Dean
Dawn Riske, CAGO - dean@agostlouis.org
Sub-Dean
Mark Scholtz - subdean@agostlouis.org
Secretary
Cathy Cassy
Treasurer-Registrar
C. Dennis York
Auditor
Denis J. Doelling

Executive Committee
Class of 2015

Kathleen Bolduan
Horst Bucholtz
Andrew Peters
Class of 2016
Suzanne Manelli
Stephen Eros
Rene Zajner
Class of 2017
Mary Beth Wittry
Phillip Brunswick
Jeff White, CAGO
Past Dean
Dr. William Wade

Committee Chairs Educational Resources
Dr. Barbara Raedeke (materials loan) 636-861-7076
Historian
Mary Hitchcock-Reinhart, CAGO
Placement (substitute list/job notices)
Denis J. Doelling 314-962-4058 dcdoel@charter.net
Professional Concerns
Shawn Portell spp@wgpc.org
Programs
Mark Scholtz
Membership/Registrar
Brent Johnson
OPUS Newsletter Editor
Nancy Barbee opusSLAGO@gmail.com
Chapter Photographer/Webmaster
Rene Zajner
Media Relations
William Sullivan, AAGO
Directory Editors and Hospitality
Fern and Al Black

To add your events to the events calendar, email events@agostlouis.org.

Send mailing labels requests to:
Brent Johnson
6622 Michigan Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111-2805
314-496-1278
brent@brentmjohnson.net
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Welcome to the

Saint Louis Chapter

of the

American Guild of Organists!


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Our Purpose is to . . . .
  • promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles
  • encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music
  • provide a forum for mutual support, inspirational education, and certification of Guild members.
Todd Wilson (center), along with participants in the "MasterClass", held at Christ Church Cathedral - Monday, February 9, 2015.  Brent Johnson (L), Tim Jansen (foreground), Todd Wilson (C-rear), and Ben Blasingame (R).

Todd Wilson (center), along with participants in the “MasterClass”, held at Christ Church Cathedral – Monday, February 9, 2015. Brent Johnson (L), Tim Jansen (foreground), Todd Wilson (C-rear), and Ben Blasingame (R).

 The AGO has 20,000 members in 348 chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Korea and Argentina.

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2014/2015

Calendar of AGO Saint Louis Chapter Events

» come, and discover us at any of these events «

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 (morning; breakfast) — Dr. A. Dennis Sparger, the 2014 recipient of our Chapter’s Avis Blewett Award, is well known to all of us as a local leader in the interpretation of the choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Saturday, 14 March at 10:00 at, we will enjoy Dr. Sparger’s presentation focusing on the Passions of Bach at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Breakfast will be at 9:00.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED

Due to a “St. Patrick’s Day Race” in downtown St. Louis, we have changed the location from Centenary United Methodist Church, and the new location is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Location (Google Maps):  https://goo.gl/maps/MLRng

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Add to Calendar 03-14-2015 09:00:00 03-14-2015 11:30:00 11 AGO Saint Louis Presents-Dr. A. Dennis Sparger speaks on the Passions of Bach Dr. A. Dennis Sparger, the 2014 recipient of our Chapter’s Avis Blewett Award, is well known to all of us as a local leader in the interpretation of the choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Saturday, 14 March at 10:00 at, we will enjoy Dr. Sparger’s presentation focusing on the Passions of Bach at Centenary Methodist Church. Breakfast will be at 9:00. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2030 Union Road, St. Louis, MO 63125 AGO Saint Louis http://www.facebook.com/AGOStLouis false MM/DD/YYYY

Monday, April 20, 2015 (evening; dinner) — Another of our local musical luminaries, Dr. Stephen Mager, will present a program entitled “Taking the Mystery out of Composition” at Bethel Lutheran Church in Clayton on Monday evening, 20 April at 7:30. For all who dream of composing, arranging and perhaps publishing music, this will be an informative evening! Dinner will be at 6:30.

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Add to Calendar 04-20-2015 18:30:00 04-20-2015 21:30:00 11 AGO Saint Louis Presents-Dr. Stephen Mager speaks on “Taking the Mystery out of Composition” Another of our local musical luminaries, Dr. Stephen Mager, will present a program entitled “Taking the Mystery out of Composition” at Bethel Lutheran Church in Clayton on Monday evening, 20 April at 7:30. For all who dream of composing, arranging and perhaps publishing music, this will be an informative evening! Dinner will be at 6:30. Bethel Lutheran Church, Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63105 AGO Saint Louis http://www.facebook.com/AGOStLouis false MM/DD/YYYY

Monday, May 4, 2015 (evening; dinner) — Chapter co-sponsor’s a recital by the duo-organist team of Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault on the splendid Casavant at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Dinner will be served at 6.30.

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Add to Calendar 05-04-2015 18:30:00 05-04-2015 21:30:00 11 AGO Saint Louis Co-Presents-The Chenaults in Recital, on the Casavant Chapter co-sponsor’s a recital by the duo-organist team of Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault on the splendid Casavant at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Dinner will be served at 6.30. First Presbyterian-Kirkwood, East Adams Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122 AGO Saint Louis http://www.facebook.com/AGOStLouis false MM/DD/YYYY

Monday, May 18, 2015 (evening; dinner) —

Our Chapter’s Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held at the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard.   Monday evening, 18 May at 6:30.

Thomas Herzer, Kantor of the famous Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, is touring the United States early this year to raise money for the relocation and rebuilding of a chancel pipe organ in the Castle Church (think Martin Luther in 1517 and his 95 Theses, as Europe prepares its 500th anniversary celebration of Reformation in 2015).

After six concert events east of the Mississippi, Herzer will present a final concert here in St. Louis May 18, 2015, following the American Guild of Organists’s 6:30 p.m. dinner meeting. The recital commences at 7:30 p.m.

The AGO has opened the free concert to the public. Herzer will play the newly­renovated organ at Historic Trinity  Lutheran Church, 1805 South Eighth.

Thomas Herzer was born in St. Ingbert, Saarland, in 1976 and completed training as a part­time church musician in the Palatinate state church in 1997. Herzer began studying at the Evangelical School of Church Music in Halle (Saale) and spent an influential year of study in the United States at the University of Nebraska­Lincoln and a community internship at the Catholic St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2003, Thomas Herzer completed his studies in Halle, and since then has worked together with his wife, Sarah Herzer, at Lutheran Theological Seminary and at the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Their duties include the musical education of the men and women vicars of four East German state churches, as well as the management of the Castle Church’s music regular services and concerts.

Trinity’s historic pipe organ was built by the Pfeffer Organ Company for the opening of Trinity’s original church in Soulard in 1864. It was remodeled by the Kilgen Organ Company after the cyclone of 1896 into a more romantic instrument. The Schantz Company, Orville, OH, restored about 20 of the older ranks and added many new voices as well, widening its range and making the Trinity organ one of the largest church organs in the area.

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Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, founded in 1839 is one of 14 founding parishes of today’s Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, headquartered in Kirkwood, MO. It’s second pastor, Rev. Dr. C.F.W. Walther was the Synod’s first president, as well as president of the early Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Trinity also founded the forerunner of today’s Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis. Walther, a theologian, composer and hymnist, is said to have played the original Pfeffer organ, some of which ranks remain today. Today Trinity is a large, active and diverse parish, serving the homeless in Soulard.

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Add to Calendar 05-18-2015 18:30:00 05-18-2015 21:30:00 11 AGO Saint Louis Annual Dinner and Meeting Our Chapter’s Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held at the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard. Monday evening, 18 May at 6:30. A Members’ Recital will follow dinner on the church’s new Schantz pipe organ. All are welcome to share their talents. Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard Street, St. Louis, MO 63104 AGO Saint Louis http://www.facebook.com/AGOStLouis false MM/DD/YYYY

Sunday, June 21, 2015 (evening; no dinner) — as a Prelude to the Regional Convention, Sunday evening 21 June, the Chapter co-sponsor’s a recital by Christopher Houlihan at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard. This will, undoubtedly, be a spectacular conclusion to our Program Year as well as a stunning pre-convention event! The recital will be at 7:00 p.m.

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Add to Calendar 06-21-2015 19:00:00 06-21-2015 21:30:00 11 AGO Saint Louis Co-Sponsors – Christopher Houlihan in Recital @ Historic Trinity As a Prelude to the Regional Convention, Sunday evening 21 June, the Chapter co-sponsor’s a recital by Christopher Houlihan at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard. This will, undoubtedly, be a spectacular conclusion to our Program Year as well as a stunning pre-convention event! The recital will be at 7:00 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard Street, St. Louis, MO 63104 AGO Saint Louis http://www.facebook.com/AGOStLouis false MM/DD/YYYY

 

AGO Saint Louis Program Highlights 2013 2014 from AGO St. Louis on Vimeo.

About our Chapter

» The chapter now known as the Saint Louis Chapter #633 of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) was originally chartered as the Missouri Chapter on October 23, 1911. In February of 1955, we officially became the Saint Louis Chapter. Saint Louis was privileged to host the 1948 AGO National Convention. The 1948 Convention was the first post-war convention and was organized largely by Dr. Howard Kelsey, former Washington University professor in the Department of Music in Arts and Sciences.

» Dr. Kelsey served as the University organist at Washington University for more than 30 years. During that time he established one of the naation’s first programs in historical performance practice as well as a nationally acclaimed program in organ. He supervised two-dozen PH.D. students, over a dozen Fulbright scholars, and scores of master’s degree students. He helped many of his students secure positions at major churches and universities across the United States and abroad.

» Mid-Winter conclaves were held in Saint Louis in 1956 and 1975. In 1985, Saint Louis was the site for an AGO Regional Convention. Saint Louis has also hosted two Pipe Organ Encounters (2006 and 2010.) The Saint Louis chapter has been selected as the site for the 2015 North Central Region Convention. Andrew Peters, pastoral musician at Second Presbyterian Church in Saint Louis has been selected as the convention coordinator.

» Our Chapter welcomes in membership anyone interested in organ and choral music. All are welcome without regard to his/her proficiency, experience, employment status or age. As we move into our second century, we welcome your participation, solicit your ideas and suggestions, and invite you to visit a meeting and program and join us in our love of organ and choral music. Our goal is to encourage individual expression, abolish the barriers of elitism and expand our chapter’s relevance to all of its members. I encourage you to be vocal about your observations and help us be responsive to and inclusive of all our members.

» As the Dean, I welcome you and look forward to seeing you at a meeting or program very soon. «

Soli Deo Gloria, Dawn E. Riske Dean, Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists e-mail:   dean@agostlouis.org

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