May 2010 Newsletter

The Opus – May 2010 –PDF File

Banquet, Avis Blewett Award Highlight May .Social. Meeting

Event: Award Banquet, Installation of Officers
Location Westminster Presbyterian Church
5300 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

Time: 6:30 Dinner
7:30 Program
Host: Rick Burk
Cost: $10 for dinner
Reservations: Kathleen Bolduan (314-725-1251
Please confirm reservation by Wednesday, May 12
Directions: From I-64/U.S. Route 40 and I-44 East/Westbound: Exit at Kingshighway North. Go north
on Kingshighway to DelmarBlvd. Turn left on Delmar Blvd. estminster Presbyterian
Churchis several blocks west on the left.Parking is available in a lot behind the church off
Delmar Blvd.

May marks the end of the St. LouisAGO Chapter.s 2009-2010program year. We will meet atWestminster Presbyterian Church for anevening focusing on several events. Dinnerwill be served at 6:30 p.m. Following dinner,there will be an installation of incomingofficers and the Avis Blewett Awardceremony.

This year, theBlewett Award is beingpresented to corecipientsKaren andJohn Romeri. John isdirector of music andorganist at the St.Louis CathedralBasilica where he andKaren have servedsince 1992. He is alsothe director, office ofsacred music, for theArchdiocese of St.Louis as well as artisticand executive directorof St. Louis CathedralConcerts. He is asought-after clinician,often giving choralworkshops throughoutthe country and isa past dean of the St.Louis AGO chapter.Karen is assistantmusic director at theBasilica. She assistsJohn in all aspects ofthe Cathedral music program, as well asleading a busy handbell program. The AvisBlewett Award is given in recognition ofcontributions the Romeris have made tothe greater St. Louis musical community.

The evening will conclude with a play,The Old Organist, by Henry Arthur Jones(1851-1929). The author was a prominentEnglish playwright in his time and acontemporary of Shaw and Wilde. Thisdomestic drama/comedy finds a venerableblind organist terminated after 25 years ofservice due to his .innocently priminghimself . with drink before playing hisservice voluntaries. He is, without knowingit, succeeded by his daughter.s fianc andtheir conversationsprovide part of theplay.s comedy. Theplay will be presentedunder the direction ofNorbert Krausz. Thecast includes Ron Hall,Bill Stein, Max Tenneyand Vicki Carmichael.Musical accompanimentwill be providedby Andy Peters.

Our annual banquetmeeting is the event of thechapter.s programyear. If you are aregular attendee, welook forward to seeingyou again. If youhaven.t attended anAGO chapter meetingrecently, please comeand let us welcomeyou. Many thanks to allwho have supportedour diverse programsthis year.

. Henry Evans

From the St. Louis Chapter Dean…

As My Term Ends, I Can Say It Was a .Godsend.

The June OPUS issue will be centered on news aboutthe Pipe Organ Encounter, so this might be my lastchance to write a column. I have enjoyed my twoyears as Dean, probably more than you know, andwanted to explain why.

I feel quite lucky that I got to do it at all. With thedeparture of Paul Vasile for the Big Apple and thedisruption of the normal procedures of ascendancy, itwas a total fluke that I became Dean. For me, havingmoved here and beginning to despair at making friendsand fitting in, this chapter was a Godsend. I haveenjoyed meeting all of you and working with theExecutive Committee. The previous Dean, MarthaShaffer, couldn.t have been kinder or more supportive.

I think the Exec Comm members think I.m jokingwhen I say that I consider Wayne King .my handler.. Butthe many times he.s said .Consider doing this:. or .Areyou sure you want to do that?. have been very muchappreciated. He knows about past practice and thepeople of the chapter and has been of immense help.And this is beyond the call of duty in his official role aseditor of The Opus, which is demanding enough.

These columns have been a struggle; they seem tocome around so fast that I.m never ready and neverknow what to say. So I appreciate those of you who.vesaid you read them and got something out of them.

With Henry Evans and Bill Wade and a very strongand compassionate Executive Committee, I haven.t adoubt that the best is yet to come. Andy Peters and theP.O.E. committee will, with all of your help, provide asummer to remember. And our chapter will continue togrow in membership, in fellowship, and in musicianship.

. Chuck Peery

Nature Plays Havoc with Dedication, Program

When the planning began last fall, whowould have contemplated that a volcano.seruption would prevent the chosen organistfrom traveling to St. Louis from Englandfor the inaugural recital on the new Juget-Sinclair organ at St. Mark.s EpiscopalChurch. With Clive Driskill-Smith .ashed England, the church turned to Dr. JanetteFishell of Indiana University to step inat the last minute. With but five hours ofpractice on the organ, Dr. Fishell amazedand pleased the audience of 250 with theorgan.s delightful voicing.

Dr. Fishell had to return to her universityduties on Monday, leaving a .blank. inthe AGO Chapter.s planned meeting at thechurch on Monday. Enter Barbara Owen,serving as the church.s consultant andherself a noted organ historian, whooffered her program on .250 Years ofAmerican Organbuilding.. Builder StephenSinclair also spoke about how the neworgan was conceived.

Pipe Organ Encounter Update


At the end of April, POE enrollment had climbed to 14 students.We will be welcoming attendees from Chicago, Kansas City,South Dakota, Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and, ofcourse, St. Louis. With another month left before the event, it isanticipated that full enrollment will be achieved.

Public Recitals during POE Week

During the week of June 13-18, there will be several organrecitals to which the Chapter membership and the general publicare invited. Please mark these on your calendar and plan to attendone or all. The student recital is especially interesting.

  • Monday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church..Organ Plus.. Andrew Peters, organ; Charlene Clark, violin; TammyCampbell, soprano; St. Louis television celebrity Julius Hunter,narrator.
  • Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. St. Mark.s Episcopal Church.Guest recitalist Michael Unger. He is the most recent winner of theAmerican Guild of Organists. National Young Artists Competitionin Organ Performance (NYACOP). A doctoral student at the EastmanSchool of Music, Unger has also won first place in the 2008Musashino International Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan, andin 2009 won second prize in the International Schnitger OrganCompetition in Holland. He presently serves as visiting director ofmusic at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Thursday, June 17. 7:30 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral. Guestfaculty recital . Michael Bauer, Douglas Cleveland, Carla Edwards,Wilma Jensen and Christopher Marks.
  • Friday, June 18. 10:30 a.m. First Congregational Church. POEstudent recital.

A complete schedule of all POE activities will be included in aspecial June issue of The OPUS.

POE Volunteers

Please consider being a volunteer during the POE. You willfind it a most rewarding experience. Your contribution of time willbe greatly appreciated by the staff and, most especially, thestudents. Particular needs are for assistance with transportationand lesson/practice monitors. A volunteer enrollment form hasbeen included in the last two OPUS issues. Why not dig one out, fillout and return the form! Or contact POE Director Andrew Petersat 314-367-0367

Last But Not Least.

We continue to seek tax-deductible contributions to supportthe POE. See the form on the next page. Your gift will be very helpful.

Your gifts will help offset POE expenses.

There are many costs involved in running a POE. Registration fees primarily cover the housing and some meals for the students while here. Further costs for the week include bus transportation (bus fees range from $75-$140 per hour), a recital by
a guest organist (fees range from $2,000-$3,800), travel reimbursement or our guest faculty, and many other costs. Also, contributions may provide scholarship assistance for some potential students. All contributors will be acknowledged in The OPUS newsletter and in recital programs during the POE.

Thank you to the POE Contributors so far!

Guest Recitalist Sponsor
Juget-Sinclair Organ
Building Company


Carroll Hanson
Martin Ott
Barbara Wick
Andy Wolff


Kathleen Bolduan
Luella Foster
Marianne Webb
Martha Shaffer
Cathy Cassy
Bruce Ludwick
Andrew & Christine Peters
Michael Bancroft
Cornelia Tolbert
Use the links below to donate via PayPal:

Or to send a donation by mail,Download and print a donation form here.

On the Concert Horizon

Friday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.Hettenhausen Performing Arts Center, McKendree University, 701 College Road, Lebanon, Ill. .Give My Regards to Broadway.: popular hits from the Broadway stage. The Masterworks Chorale and Children.s Chorus, Dr. Stephen Mager, conductor. Admission $25/15.

Friday, May 7, 8 p.m.Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. Chanticleer male vocal group. Tickets $37, $27, $17. Information 314-533-7662;www.cathedral

Saturday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.Hettenhausen Performing Arts Center, McKendree University, 701 College Road, Lebanon, Ill. .Give My Regards to Broadway.: popular hits from the Broadway stage. Refreshments included. The Masterworks Chorale and Children.s Chorus, Dr. Stephen Mager, conductor. Admission $20/$15.

Sunday May 16, 2 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5300 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis,Mo. The church.s Minister of Music, Rick Burk, will play an organ recital including worksby Bach, Buxtehude, Langlais, Schroeder, Brahms and others. Free. Information 314-367-0900.

Sunday May 16, 3 p.m.Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2030 Union Road, St. Louis, MO63125. .So Much to Sing About. hymn festival. Participating churches include GethsemaneLutheran, St. Mark.s Lutheran, St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran and ChristLutheran. Jeff White, Dawn Riske, and Ella Rothgangel will play the 27-rank Zimmerorgan; Diane Drollinger will direct the combined choir. The singing will be enhanced withbrass, woodwinds, percussion, and handbells. A freewill offering will be taken to benefitWorld Relief.

Sunday, May 23, 10 a.m.(worship service), Webster Groves Presbyterian church, 45 West Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo. .Are We There Yet?. children.s choirs musical by Tom Long and Allen Pote. Information 314-
962-9210, ext. 3108.

Sunday May 23, 2:30 pm Memorial Presbyterian Church, 201 South Skinker Blvd., St.Louis, Mo. Organist and St. Louis native Ric Jaeggi in recital on the 1931 Aeolian pipe organto dedicate the completion of phase one of its renovation. Prior to the recital, a plaquewill be presented to the church by the Organ Historical Society recognizing the organ asan .instrument of historic merit, worthy of preservation.. Doors open at 2 p.m. Free.

Sunday, June 27, 3 p.m.St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B Street, Belleville, Ill. 25th annual patriotic concert. Freewill offering.

Positions Available

Section Leaders
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63124. Section leader positions for soprano I, soprano II, tenor and bass/baritone are available, beginning in September 2010. Rehearsal Thursdays from 7:30-9:15 p.m. and service on Sundayat 11a.m. (sing for 2 services once a month). Pay is $38 per call. Contact David Erwin(DErwin@laduechapel.orgor 314-993-4771, x3121) for more information, or to schedulean audition.

Saint James the Apostle American Anglican Church, Ambruster-Donnelly Chapel, 6633 ClaytonRoad, Clayton, Mo., seeks an organist. Duties consist of playing for 10 a.m. Sunday, 9 p.m.Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday and 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve services.The small two-manual Kilgen pipe organ is played from the loft for an average of 18 delightful and dedicated members. We have been a congregation for over 20years. There is no choir. We use the Hymnal 1940 of the Episcopal Church for the liturgicalmusic, chant and two hymns (chosen by the music committee). We enjoy preludes,music during the offertory and the Holy Communion, and postludes. A music studentwould be considered. Position available June 6. For information, contact Patricia Bishop(314-973-3354) or Carol Spratley (636-274-6052).

Zoar United Church of Christ, 9103 D Road, Columbia, IL 62236, has an immediate openingfor an organist on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Duties include playing organ/piano at single Sunday morning service. Choir accompaniment may be needed on specialoccasions. Send resume plus several references or direct questions toZoar160@htc.netor 618-939-8479.