The Opus - April 2012 - PDF file
Belleville Organ Crawl, Saturday, April 21st
I hope you will be able to join us for our April event on Saturday, April 21, 2012. We are planning an organ crawl to visit several instruments in Belleville, IL. The organs and organists will be available at each location to tell a little about the instrument’s history and demonstrate some of its features. Specification lists will be available on the morning of the crawl.
Transportation was originally planned to be provided. The expense of that endeavor proved to be more expensive than practical. Therefore, you should contact your friends and plan to carpool to the locations on the itinerary. Please plan to be there a few minutes before the scheduled time. Wear comfortable shoes (bring your organ shoes if you want to play), come prepared to have an enjoyable morning and enjoy some informal time with your AGO colleagues and these interesting instruments!
The current itinerary is:
1303 Royal Heights Road
Belleville, IL 62223
(618) 233 – 0295 - Church Phone
Host: Eric Bigalke, CAGO
Organ: Moller/Martin Ott 1989, II/28
Chapel Organ: Martin Ott: 2007, I/11
Travel Time to next venue: 10 min.
1201 Lebanon Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
(618) 233-3500 – Church Phone
Host: Scott Pluff
Organ: Wicks, Opus 4451: 1964/2007 III, 30 pipe ranks/ 45 digital stops
Travel Time to next venue: 5 min.
105 East D. Street
(Corner of North High and East D Street)
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Host: Nancy Ypma, PhD
Organ: John-Paul Buzard Opus 19, 1998, II/33 ranks
Chapel Organ: Wicks Organ Company, 1938/2000
11:45-1:00 PM Lunch in downtown Belleville. Location to be determined that day. (Plan to pay for your own meal.)
Belleville IL 62220
618-233-3303 – Church phone
Host: Norbert Krausz
Organ: Schantz, 1991, III/49
— Dr. Bill Wade, Sub-Dean
From the St. Louis Chapter Dean...
Celebrate March Madness
Celebrate our chapter by casting your ballots for new officers. AGO chapter elections are run much in the same way as our state and national elections, and they offer the opportunity and the right to vote. In this election year I have been watching the caucuses and primaries with intense interest, taking note of what this candidate stands for and what that candidate has promised. I take an intense interest because the naming of a candidate, and ultimately the presidential election, will shape the future of our country. Because we live in a democracy, all of us play big roles in the election.
The future of our AGO chapter will be determined by the outcome of YOUR votes in our election. Your ballot, along with summaries of candidates’ qualifications, is enclosed in this edition of the Opus. Please take time to read the biographies and exercise your right to vote by filling out the ballot and returning it as instructed.
RAINY SUMMER DAYS AND THE CHOIR IS NOT IN SESSION—WHAT TO DO?!
Henry Evans, while surfing YouTube, discovered historical film footage of famous organists per-forming on renowned instruments. You can imagine his excitement at finding a film short of Louis Vierne playing Bach on the organ at Notre Dame Cathedral. On further exploration, he found recordings by British organists: Herbert Sumsion, Harold Darke, and Alec Wyton. The dean of Canadian organists, Healey Willan is featured performing in at least four short clips.
On the lighter side, there are theatre organists: Jesse Crawford, Lew White, Ann Leaf and many others. Most exciting was St. Louis’ very own Stan Kann had a number of clips.
Another treasure was a video tribute to Alexander McCurdy by his grandson Eric Shultz who interview many of his former students from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Westminster Choir College, including Joan Lippincott, John Weaver, James Litton, John Binsfeld and Michael Stairs.
Use your imagination! Who is your favorite twentieth century organist or composer? Everyone can learn something about interpreting a composer’s works by hearing the composer performing that work.
YouTube is not just for kids! Happy YouTubing!
- Nancy and Henry
Southern Illinois Chapter presents David Enlow
On Friday, April 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium, SIUC, the Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is presenting David Enlow in concert in the chapter’s annual subscription series.
Mr. Enlow is organist and choirmaster of Church of the Resurrection, New York City and a member of the organ faculty at The Juilliard School. Mr. serves as Sub-Dean of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
He holds degrees from The Julliard School where he studied with John Weaver and Paul Jacobs. He also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and with John Tuttle in Toronto.
He is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, where he won the S. Lewis Elmer prize. He is also an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, where he won the Barker Prize. He has won first prize in several competitions including the Arthur Poister Compettion and the Albert Schweizer Organ Festival USA.
November 20, 2011 marked the release of Mr. Enlow’s debut recording, Pater Seraphicus, a three-disc set of the major organ works of Cesar Frank at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square, on the Pro-Organo label.
His program at Shryock includes the works of Bach, Franck, Mozart, Schumann, and Vierne
Is this the year when you are ready to test for certification with the American Guild of Organists? Perhaps you would like to take the examination for the Service Playing Certificate. That test may be taken any time before April 29. Maybe the Colleague exam is the right level for you: CAGO tests are May 11 and November 16, 2012. The Choir Mas-ter Examination is set for June 6, and those testing for Associateship andFellowship will test on June 7 and 8.
There is at least one member of the AGO taking an exam this coming year—why not join in? Examinations are open to members and non-members. Contact Dawn Riske with any questions, email@example.com, (314)397-2651. For more details and a complete listing of requirements, see the July issue of The American Organist or look online at agohq.org.
March 25 - 10:15 am
Sunday, March 25 – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday March 25 — 4:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday, April 5 — 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 8 — 10:15 a.m.
Friday, April 13 — 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 — 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 — 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 – 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Friday and Sunday, May 18-20, 2012 — 7:30 p.m.
May 20, 2012 – 10:15 a.m. Worship Service.
Saturday, May 12, 2012 — 8:00 p.m.
Home and/or Pipe Organ for Sale
6948 Delmar Boulevard, University City. 2-manual, 5-rank Kilgen, approx. 1925.
2012 Candidates for the offices of Dean and Sub-Dean
Dr. Bill Wade, CAGO is organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri. He has served the AGO in the capacity of Sub-Dean and as a member of the Executive Committee. He is a retired family physician. He is presently studying with William “Pat” Partridge at Webster University.
Stephen Eros is organist at St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Belleville, Illinois. He is studying for the Bachelor of Music degree at Webster University where he is the student of William “Pat” Partridge.
2012 Candidates for The Executive Committee—Term July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015
Kathleen Bolduan is in her fourteenth year of service as Organist and Choir Director at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Both of her graduate degrees are from Washington University, where she taught for 36 years in the Department of Music. Over the course of a 58-year career, she has served churches of various denominations as organist and choir director. She served as Dean of the St. Louis Chapter of the AGO from 2000-2002, as Registrar from 2002 to 2010 and on various committees.
Dr. Horst Buchholz is Artistic and Executive Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts and serves as Director of Sacred Music for the Cathedral Basilica and Archdiocese of St. Louis. He received his first musical training in a boys choir in his native Germany and graduated with degrees and diplomas in organ and church music from the University of Arts in Berlin. After studies in conducting in Bloomington, Indiana, he was awarded the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Buchholz has been active as conductor, organist, and educator in the USA, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Japan, and throughout Europe. Prior to his appoint-ment in St. Louis, he was Director of Music and Cathedral Organist in Denver. He was also conducting professor at the University of Denver and Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, which named him Conductor Laureate. Most recently he served as organist & choirmaster at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, where he was also Artistic Director of the Trinity Chamber Orchestra and Music & Art @ Trinity with its weekly concert series. He is Vice-President for the Church Music Assn. of America.
Bob Chamberlin is Professor of Music and Director of Music Theory and Musicianship at Webster University. He serves as organist at Webster Groves Christian Church. Prior to his appointment at Webster Groves Christian Church, Bob was organist at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in St. Louis. As a composer, Bob’s works have been performed throughout the United States, Cana-da, The Netherlands, and Poland. Bob spent the summer of 1977 learning how to perform on the 31-tone-per-octave pipe organ in Harlem, The Netherlands. Bob is an active member of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is com-pleting his third year on the Executive Board.
Andrew Peters is Pastoral Musician (Organist-Director of Music) at Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End of St. Louis. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the Cleveland Institute of Music and has studied with Doug Cleveland, Carla Edwards, John Ferguson, and Todd Wilson. He has placed in multiple organ competitions including the John Rodland Competition, Ottumwa National Undergraduate Competition, the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, and most recently the Rodgers North American Organ Competition. He served as Executive Committee member and later Dean of the Nashville AGO Chapter. He directed the 2010 St. Louis Pipe Organ Encounter and is currently a member of the national AGO’s Committee for the New Organist.