February Flourish


 – happening FEBRUARY 2019 –

Dawn Riske, our January Jubilee Director, writes in the November 2017 copy of The Opus – “Hope your autumn is full of beautiful music making and rich worship experiences.   The January Jubilee team is excited to see the great weekend planned for January 26 and 27, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Road in south Saint Louis County.  The 7:00 p.m. Friday evening concert on the Martin Ott organ will be of the highest quality.  Working with our recitalist, Mark Pacoe, has been, well, fun !”

The Opus is the official publication of the Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  You can view a complete copy of Dawn’s letter online, by navigating to The Opus and retrieving the November 2017 issue.

Well !  Fun !  YES !!  January Jubilee 2017 is set for our chapter, and we hope to see you and many others participating.  Our entire schedule is mapped out (see below).  We have a full slate of publicity in the works.  Make sure you like our Facebook page to keep in the communications loop.

What is in this Day of Jubilation for participants?  Meeting the needs of part-time organists and musicians in churches and synagogues, a major goal is to reach out to musicians who are not currently experiencing the support and camaraderie of the American Guild of Organists.  The entire registration cost of this event is $25, which includes lunch, and offers so much information – read on for the schedule.  Musicians who attend qualify for a six-month complimentary membership in our chapter (there are qualifications – namely, that one has never been a prior member).  New members also are teamed with a “friend” – a Guild member who will “walk with you” as you become more comfortable with our organization.

This day promises to be spectacular – having you there will make it “more so” !

January Jubilee 2018 – Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Peace Lutheran Church – 737 Barracksview Road – Saint Louis, Missouri 63125

Schedule (subject to revision)

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Friday, January 26                    Recital featuring Mark Pacoe

7:00 p.m.                                    Concert Organist and Parish Musician, New York City, NY

Organ: Martin Ott, Opus 114, two manual with tracker action

Donations will be accepted to defray expenses (free-will/retiring offering)


Saturday, January 27               Workshops, Presentations, and Networking


7:00-8:00 a.m.                           Exhibitor set-up



8:00-8:45 a.m.                           Registration, snacks, visit Exhibitors at the Music Display

Commons and Gym


8:45-9:05 a.m.                           Welcome by Jubilee Director Dawn Riske

Sanctuary                                    Opening Remarks and Introduction of Presenters by Chapter Dean

Mark Scholtz

Work by featured artist Mark Pacoe


9:15-10:15 a.m.                         WORKSHOP SESSION I

Session A                                    Pipe Organ:  Getting the Job Done:  The Part-time Church

Musician and Organist – Pacoe

Session B                                    Digital Organ:  Taking the Mystery Out of the Organ – Evans

Session C                                     Handbells: Handbells 101: How, Who, What, Why (The Basics) –


Session D                                    Choral:  Working with Older Adult Voices – Aldrich

Session E                                     Other: “Techniques for Traditional and Facebook Social Media”- Zajner


10:15-10:30 a.m.                       Break


10:30-11:30 a.m.                       WORKSHOP SESSION II

Session A                                    Pipe Organ: Tips, Techniques and Repertoire – Brunswick

Session B                                    Digital Organ: Making the Transition from Piano to Organ –



10:30-11:30 a.m.                       WORKSHOP SESSION II (cont.)

Session C Handbells:  Found Some Handbells in the Closet, Now What? (Building and Maintaining a Handbell Program) – Peery

Session D Choral:  Children’s Choir: The Importance of Musicals in a Children’s Choir Program – White

Session E                                    Other:  Musician-Clergy Relations and Conflict Resolution / Panel

– Scholtz, moderator


11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.               Lunch

Gym                                             Mark Pacoe shares his story (20 minutes)

Chapter welcome, introduction to Guild Friend program

Drawing for prizes

Visit Exhibitors at Music Display


1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.                  WORKSHOP SESSION III

Session A                                    Pipe Organ:  Service Playing for the New, Beginning, or Substitute

Organist – Pacoe

Session B                                    Digital Organ:  Organ Music and Repertoire for Smaller Organs –


Session C                                    Handbells:  Handbells 201: More Than Just Ringing (Moving

Toward Handbell Musicianship) – Peacock

Session D                                    Choral:  Beyond the Anthem: Other Roles for Choir in Worship –


Session E                                     Other: “Beyond Facebook: Setting Pistons for the Web”- Sinden


2:00-2:15 p.m.                           Break


2:15-3:15 p.m.                           WORKSHOP SESSION IV

Session A                                    Pipe Organ: Yes! You Can Improvise! – Buchholz

Session B                                    Digital Organ:  Choosing the Right Stops for the Right Sound –


Session C                                     Handbells: Ringing More with Less (What to Do with Less than a Full Ensemble)             – Peery

Session D                                    Choral: The Building Blocks of a Youth Choir Program  – White

Session E                                     Other:  Songs of Justice, Works of Mercy – Riske


3:20-3:30 p.m.                           Closing remarks and closing hymn



3:30-4:00 p.m.                           Visit Exhibitors at the Music Display


Session Locations        A – Sanctuary (Balcony)                       B – Former Sanctuary

C – Meeting Room Behind Gym     D – Music Room (Lower Level)

E – Conference Room

Workshop Presenters


Pipe Organ:      Mark Pacoe, Director of Music for St. John Nepomucene and St. Frances Xavier

Cabrini on New York City’s East Side and Roosevelt Island in Manhattan; New

York Archdiocesan Music Commission Member

Phillip Brunswick, Organist and Choir Master, Grace Episcopal Church,

Kirkwood, MO

Dr. Horst Buchholz, Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral Basilica and Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Director of the Symphony Orchestra at Washington University in University City, MO

Digital Organ:  Dr. Kathleen Bolduan, retired Professor of Music at Washington

University and organist at Centenary United Methodist Church, St. Louis, MO

Travis Evans, Music Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, and on

the faculty of Lindenwood University, St. Charles Community College and

University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO

Handbells:        Anne Peacock, Ministry Assistant and Carillon Ringers Director at Ladue Chapel

Presbyterian Church, Ladue, MO

Chuck Peery, Director of Gateway Ringers, employed at MorningStar Music

Publishers, composer and organist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster

Groves, MO

Choral:              Dr. Nicole Aldrich, Director of Choral Activities at Washington University and

Music Director at University United Methodist Church, University City, MO

Kathy White, Children and Youth Vocal Music Director at Kirkwood United

Methodist Church, Kirkwood, MO

Other:               Dawn Riske, Lutheran Deaconess and Director of Music Ministries at Christ the King Church in University City, MO

Mark Scholtz, current Dean of the AGO Saint Louis Chapter, Organist and Director of Music at St. Timothy Episcopalian Church, Creve Coeur, MO

David Sinden, Author of blog “All Things Rite and Musical,” Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, MO

René Zajner, Photographer and Social Media Coordinator of the St. Louis

Chapter of the AGO, Choir Director and Organist at Our Lady of Providence

Church, Crestwood, MO

Panel:               Rev. Dr. Sarah Fredriksen McCann, Pastor

Jim Threlkeld, Director of Music

Hope United Church of Christ, Saint Louis, MO

Rev. Dr. Johanna McCune Wagner, Pastor

Dr. Bill Wade, Director of Music

Trinity Presbyterian Church, University City, MO


Pipe Organ: II/31 Martin Ott (2014) mechanical action

Digital Organ: Johannes

Music Display: Midwest Sheet Music