The Opus - Oct 2013 - PDF file
THREE EVENTS—RECITAL, MASTER CLASS, AND WEBSTER UNIVERSITY SINGERS
We have three outstanding events in October that are sure to spark everyone’s interest. On Friday, October 11th at 8 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral Concerts will host a recital by English international concert organist, Jane Parker-Smith, as the opening event of the 20th anniversary season.
Ms. Parker-Smith is internationally recognized by critics and public alike for her musicianship, virtuosity, entertaining programs and electrifying performances. An innate interpretative ability, prodigious technique, and flair for tonal color are all hallmarks of her playing. Her program can be found online at www.cathedralconcerts.org.
Ms. Parker-Smith will give a master class the following day (Saturday, October 12th) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Third Baptist Church. If you haven’t experienced the new organ at Third Baptist, you’re in for a real treat! The new organ has joined the ranks (ha...ha...ha...) of the finest instruments in the city. The console is comfortable and was very well designed. If you can’t attend the master class, there will be another chance in November to see the Third Baptist organ. You could also check out the Friday Pipes concert series at www.third-baptist-organ.org. Brent Johnson has been hosting local organists to play Friday afternoon recitals every week at 12:30. The master class will include Travis Evans (Master’s student at Webster University, Director of Music at King of Kings Lutheran), Brent Johnson (Third Baptist), and yours truly.
The last program scheduled for October is presented by Dr. Trent Patterson and the Webster University Chamber Singers. The program will be held at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. We will have the privilege of seeing the renovated Gress-Miles organ. I haven’t personally seen the organ since its renovation, but Shawn Portell has been very excited that the chapter would be able to see the fine work done on the organ. We’ll even have a chance to play it before or after the program!
Dr. Patterson will bring along the Chamber Singers from Webster University to assist with the demonstration. The Webster University Chamber Singers, an auditioned ensemble of 22 singers, performs advanced choral literature from all historical periods, many world cultures, and styles. Throughout each season, this choir joins the Concert Choir to present major choral/orchestral works. The choir often represents the university at community functions and embarks on a tour every semester. This year, the Chamber Singers have been selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators’ Association (MMEA) and the Southwest Division Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA).
The presentation will focus on techniques for developing a healthy vocalism from amateur choristers in your church choir. Based on the philos-ophy that a choral director must first and foremost be a choral teacher, this session will demonstrate teaching strategies and approaches that will assist amateur singers in finding their most beautiful sounds for ensemble singing. The Webster University Chamber Singers will perform short musical excerpts to illustrate various concepts used by Dr. Patterson with church and non-auditioned choirs.
Dr. Patterson is the Director of Choral Studies and Music Education at Webster University and the Choirmaster at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. Dr. Patterson is beginning his fourth successful year in the music department. He has extensive experience as a conductor and music educator in secondary public school and university choral music programs in Florida, Michigan, California, and Iowa. He has served as conductor of community choirs, festival choirs, chamber opera, and church choirs. Dr. Patterson is an active adjudicator and clinician for choirs in the St. Louis area and for music festivals and contests throughout the country. His D.M.A., with a dissertation topic “Charlene Archibeque: An Iconic Figure in American Choral Music” is from Michigan State University. Patterson received a Bachelor of Music in choral music education from The Florida State University and a Master of Arts in choral conducting from San José State University. His primary conducting teachers are David Rayl, Sandra Snow, Jonathan Reed, Charlene Archibeque, and André J. Thomas.
You might remember that Dr. Patterson was supposed to present a program for us last spring but had to cancel due to the birth of his son, Benjamin Tyler Patterson. Baby Benjamin is almost 5 months old, and is the light of Trent and Heather’s life. Dr. Patterson, his wife, soprano Heather Patterson, and Benjamin reside in South St. Louis in the Tower Grove neighborhood.
From the Dean...
Organists at the Crossroads
The title of this article is derived from the theme of this year’s Jacobs School of Music Fall Organ Conference and Inaugural Festivities: “An Organ at the Crossroads.” I enjoyed a great opportunity to attend the inaugural events of Indiana’s newest organ, The Webb-Ehrlich Great Organ of Alumni Hall, C. B. Fisk, Opus 91. The instrument was built in 1987 for the private residence of Jacques Méquet Littlefield, Portola Valley, California. Following his death, several fortuitous events led to its relocation and installation in the Alumni Hall of the historic Memorial Union.
However tempted I may be to pontificate about the similarities of the intersection of life, death and rebirth with the crossroads of an instrument’s translocation and rebirth, I shall refrain. Nevertheless, as I walked among the students and observed the necessary accoutrements of student life in 2013, it was impossible for me not to compare academic life today with that of my undergraduate years. Briefcases have been replaced with backpacks, water fountains are equipped with a spigot for filling individual water bottles with filtered water, study desks must be accessible to Wi-Fi and charging stations, headphones adorn the ears of most students as they multitask with their laptops, Ipads, and/or cell phones. I was also impressed with the collegial nature of students in the organ department. No overt hostility, petty jealousy, or mean-spirited teasing was observed. It is refreshing to watch talented musicians who celebrate each other’s abilities and offer support when failure happens.
Providing support for our colleagues during both success and failure in our places of employment and in our professional lives is a lesson to be learned from the students I met. Over the last several months, I have become aware of crossroads some of our members have been forced to face, not of their own desire or decision, but at the hand of change over which they had not control. How can we as a Guild be best prepared to assist our colleagues during times of unexpected transition? For good or ill, the American Guild of Organists has discontinued the use of the Grievance Procedures and, as of July 1, 2013, they are no longer available for AGO members. This intensifies the importance that we have as fellow organists to reach out to each other to offer a listening ear or a hand of support. We can also equip ourselves with an acute awareness of the changes facing our membership and Guild.
In a recent observational survey of 57 advertised organist and/or director of music jobs, I became aware of emerging trends among open position notices. My survey was for 60 days and of only one abstracting source of open positions. Though it was not intended to be statistically representative of all open job listings or generalizable beyond the sample, I believe there may be some useful trending information to glean:
For those who find themselves at the crossroads of seeking new employment, begin to prepare yourself for a job market that may have shifted away from the familiar. Take advantage of opportunities to develop new skills and pursue evidence of continuing education. Consider getting one of the AGO certifications. Please, reach out to your colleagues in the Guild for support and know that we are here to help you get through these very emotionally challenging and economically threatening times.
Dr. Bill Wade, CAGO
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Saturday, October 5—7:00 p.m. Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
October 6,—4:00 p.m. Webster Groves Presbyterian Church Concert, Ugandan Orphan Choir (World Communion Sunday) 45 West Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 Contact: Shawn Portell, Director of Music Ministries, Sr. Organist 314-962-9210 x 3108
Friday, October 11—8:00 p.m.Cathedral Basilica
Sunday, October 13—2:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral
Sunday, October 20--2:00 p.m Christ Church Cathedral
October 27—4:00 p.m. Webster Groves Presbyterian Church Concert, St. Louis Gateway Ringers 45 West Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 Contact: Shawn Portell, Director of Music Ministries, Sr. Organist 314-962-9210 x 3108
Sunday, October 27—4:00 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, October 27—5:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral
Sunday, November 3—10:15 a.m.
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Friday, November 8—8:00 p.m. Cathedral Basilica
Sunday, November 17—4:00 p.m. Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 17—5:00 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 3--2:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral
Sunday, November 10--2:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral
Saturday, November 16--7:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral
Sunday, November 17--2:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral
Sunday, November 24--4:00p.m. Christ Church Cathedral
SINGERS AND SECTION LEADERS
Minimum Education requirements: A professional or baccalaureate degree in music is desirable, but not required. The individual must have a minimum of three years' experience in directing and playing music for chapel/religious services and special programs.
This position involves contact with children under the age of 18. Therefore, a contractor background check is required as directed by DoDI 1402.5, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services.
Point of contact for submissions is Staff Sgt. Todd Vetter (618-256-3303). Sealed Bid Submissions are due to Chapel POC by close of business Sept. 25. Interviews will be held at Scott Chapel One by appointment, and no later than Sept. 26. Selection will be based on Best Value.
According to the newsletter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, St. Louis Chapter, because of sequestration, the U. S. Air Force Band of Mid-America is available for local concerts. The band, based at Scott A.F.B. in Shiloh, IL, is made up of EIGHT ensembles, from a concert band to a number of smaller ensembles with a variety of musical styles from traditional to contemporary.
Best of all, performances are available AT NO CHARGE to community organizations, including churches as well as schools for educational outreach.
For more information and to request a booking, visit their web page: www.bandofmidamerica.af.mil.
The editor thanks Rene Zajner for bringing this opportunity to the attention of readers of The Opus.