May 2009 Newsletter

THE OPUS May 2009
Volume 25
Number 9
The official publication of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Blewett Award, Annual Banquet Are May Meeting Highlights
The Details
Date: Monday, May 18, 2009
Event: Annual Banquet/Blewett Award Presentation
Location: Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square
(1600 Olive Street)
St. Louis, MO 63103
Time: Dinner . 6:30 p.m.
Program . 7:30 p.m.
Host: J. Christopher Moore
Cost: $10 for dinner
Reservations: Kathleen Bolduan (314-725-1251 or
(Please confirm reservations by Wednesday, May 13.)
Centenary Church is near downtown St. Louis. Use Olive Street for access to
the parking lot on the north side.
From I-64/U.S. 40 East/Westbound: Take the Jefferson Avenue exit. Proceed
north on Jefferson Avenue to Olive Street. Turn right on Olive Street and proceed
several blocks east to the church parking lot on the right.
From I-44 East/Westbound: Take the Jefferson Avenue exit. Proceed north on
Jefferson and follow the directions above.
From the central residential areas: A suggested route is to take Forest Park
Parkway until it becomes Market Street. Once you get to Market and Jefferson,
make your way north several blocks to Olive Street. Then continue east to the
church parking lot on the right.
In May, we will conclude the St. Louis
AGO Chapter.s 2008-2009 program
year with a celebration. We will once
again award the Avis Blewett Award to an
outstanding contributor to the field of
music . Marianne Webb.
Ms. Webb is distinguished university
organist and professor of music at
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. A
native of Topeka, Kan., she received early
instruction in organ from Richard Gayhart.
She studied organ with
Jerald Hamilton at
Washburn University,
where she received the
Bachelor of Music
degree, summa cum
She earned the
Master of Music
degree, with highest
distinction, from the
University of Michigan
where she studied
with Marilyn Mason.
She studied in Paris
with Andre Marchal
through a Fullbright
grant. Additional study
has been with Arthur
Poister and Russell
Ms. Webb has
served on the faculty
of Southern Illinois
University, Carbondale,
since 1965. At
SIUC, she developed
the organ program,
founded the celebrated SIUC Organ
Festival (1966-1980), and endowed a
prestigious organ recital series. She has
also served on the faculties of Iowa State
University and James Madison University.
In 1983, she reestablished the Southern
Illinois Chapter of the AGO, a highly active
chapter that strives to educate and support
organists in Southern Illinois.
Throughout her career, Ms. Webb has
toured the United States and Europe as a
recitalist and clinician.
She has often served as
an adjudicator for
important competitions,
such as the AGO
national and regional
As a member of the
AGO, she has served as
a member of the
National Committee on
Educational Recourses,
Chapter Development,
and Membership Development
and Chapter
In 2008, she was
awarded the Edward A.
Hanson Leadership
Award by the American
Guild of Organists.
This award is given
biennially to individuals
with proven outstanding
leadership in
the AGO and in the
discipline of organ.
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Marianne Webb
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. From the St. Louis Chapter Dean.
POE, Summer 2010. Will You Be on the Volunteer List?
On the Concert Horizon
We have been given a slot to host a
Pipe Organ Encounter in the
summer of 2010. This activity is
technically sponsored by the national
organization, and they plan geographic
locations carefully, shifting them slightly
from year to year to conveniently attract as
many attendees as possible. We had
applied to host in 2009, but were deferred
because they wanted to go with Kansas
City this year. Our slot for 2010 is a sure
thing, we are told. Therefore, I want to get
this project rolling now so that we have the
same stellar results achieved by our
Chapter the last time we held a POE.
This is a 4-5 day event to introduce
teens and young adults to the world of the
pipe organ. The students are given
individual and group instruction on the
rudiments of service playing, organ literature,
history, construction and design.
They give a recital at the end of the Encounter.
The event is not all work, as there
are opportunities for fun and friendship.
The benefits to the students themselves
are obvious. If you were involved with our
last POE, you can attest to their positive
response, the wonderful rapport they built
with the instructors and other event
leaders, and the ongoing friendships they
made with our Chapter. The benefits to our
Chapter are secondary but real: We get
increased visibility through the interest
that the news media have in programs of
this type. We get some new members
(admittedly, some temporary because they
are at some distance from us). We do our
part to develop future interest, vitality, and,
perhaps most important, ensure replacement
organists to follow in our footsteps!
Would you think about stepping
forward to help with this activity? If you
are hanging back waiting to be asked,
shout out! Remember that volunteering
includes not only the willingness to help,
but the willingness to say .Here I am!.
Otherwise it becomes.I dunno, a game of
mind reading or something. It would be
great if we didn.t have to guess at who
might be interested and chase them down!
I think that broadening the base of people
who are actively pitching in to make things
go is a goal of any healthy organization.
As you make your summer plans for
2009, keep in mind . next year at this
time . POE! I.ll be hoping to see your
name on our list to help with the many
opportunities the Encounter generates.
. Chuck Peery
Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Drive,
St. Charles, Mo. Jane Jennings, soprano, and Michael Boschert, baritone, in
concert (Crescendo Concert Series). Pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m. presented by
musicologist Nancy Rubenstein. Tickets – Adult $15; in advance $12; Student
$5 with I.D. Information, 636-724-2507.
Monday, June 1, 8 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd., St.
Louis, Mo. Westminster Concert Bell Choir in concert. The 14-member choir is
composed of students at Rider University, directed by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne.
The ensemble performs with the world.s largest range of handbells . 8
octaves . along with .Basso Profundo. aluminum-case bells, and a 6-octave
set of Malmark Choirchime instruments. Admission $15 and $10. Call 314-
533-7662 or purchase tickets online at
Our celebration begins at 6:30 p.m.
with dinner and the evening.s business.
Fol-lowing the dinner and award ceremony,
we shall move to the church
sanctuary where several of Ms. Webb.s
students will honor her with a musical
tribute on the church.s 1931 Kilgen pipe
organ of four manuals and 77 ranks.
Centenary Church dates back to the
1820s, with the current sanctuary being
constructed in 1869. The church grew in
attendance and membership dramatically
into the early 20th century and gained the
nickname .The Methodist Cathedral..
While other churches were moving farther
west with the population, the Centenary
membership, on New Year.s Eve 1900,
decided to stay in its present location. An
addition was added in 1924, providing
more office and classroom space. Today,
the church conducts a highly-regarded
CARES social services link for the homeless.
Many thanks to all of you for supporting
our chapter throughout the year. I
hope to see you at the final event.
. Henry Evans
Blewett Award, Annual Banquet (continued from Page 1)
St. Louis
American Guild
of Organists
Charles (Chuck) Peery
Henry Evans
Dr. Bill Wade, CAGO
C. Dennis York
Denis J. Doelling
Executive Committee
Class of 2009
Stephen Mager, AAGO, ChM
Ken Rueter
Jeff White
Class of 2010
Brent Johnson
Regina Morris
Shawn Portell
Class of 2011
Cathy Cassy
Fr. Joseph Havrilka
Bill Stein
Committee Chairs
Dr. Barbara Raedeke
Educational Resources
(materials loan) 636-861-7076
Mary Hitchcock-Reinhart, CAGO
Denis J. Doelling
Placement (substitute list/job
notices) – 314-962-4058
Shawn Portell
Professional Concerns
Henry Evans
Dr. Kathleen Bolduan
Membership/Registrar –
Wayne King
OPUS Newsletter Editor
Luella Foster
Advertising Manager
Rene Zajner
Chapter Photographer
Fern and Al Black
Directory Editors
Send address changes or mailing
labels requests to
Al Black
8056 Blackberry Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63130
314-645-6232 or 314-863-0850
Positions Available
Music Director
Clayton United Methodist Church, 101 North Bemiston, Clayton, MO 63105, is accepting
applications for a part-time music director. Complete job description and information
about how to apply can be found at
Clayton United Methodist Church, 101 North Bemiston, Clayton, MO 63105, is accepting
applications for a part-time organist/pianist. Complete job descriptions and information
about how to apply can be found at
Delmar Baptist Church, 1001 Municipal Center Drive, Town & Country, MO 63131 (near
Hwy. 40 and 270), seeks an organist/pianist. Duties include playing for one Sunday
morning service year round plus Wednesday evening choir rehearsal for 9 months.
Extra services during Advent, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. Music in a broad range of
styles, including classical European, American hymnody, and contemporary choruses.
Contact Marsha Hussung, minister of music (314-432-1960 or
Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, 14820 Conway Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017, seeks an
organist. Primary duties include playing for two traditional services each Sunday (8:30
a.m. and 11 a.m.), seasonal services, and serving as accompanist for the chancel choir,
which rehearses Wednesday at 7 p.m. 35-rank Reuter pipe organ which was built in
1969 and was updated/restored in 2003. For more information, contact Lynn Packwood
(636-532-3486, ext. 715). Resumes may be sent to the church, ATTN: Organist Search.
(See St. Louis Chapter Web site . . for more listings.)
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