September 2011 Newsletter

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Centennial Year Begins with Guild Worship Service

Date: Monday, September 26, 2011
Event: Guild Service
Location: Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
9450 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
Time: 6:30 dinner
7:30 Program
Host: David Erwin
Cost: $10 for dinner
Reservations Kathleen Bolduan (314-725-1251 or
(Please confirm reservation by Wednesday, September 21)
Driving Directions:
From I-270 (north or south-bound)

The church is located at the intersection of Union Road and Reavis Barracks Road. From anywhere, take I-55 to the Reavis Barracks exit. From the intersection of Lindbergh and Union Road (at South County Shopping Center) proceed two miles north of South County Center on Union Road.
From I-64/U.S. Route 40 west-bound
Take Clayton Road exit (28C). Turn right on Clayton Road. Go east approximately .5 mile to Ladue Chapel.
From I-170 south bound
Exit at Brentwood Blvd.-South (Exit 1-D). At first intersection, turn right onto Clayton Road. Go west 1.9 miles to Ladue Chapel.
Handicapped accessible at northwest entry or at north entry on west side.

The 2011-2012 program year marks our chapter’s 100th anniversary! Originally chartered on October 23, 1911 as the Missouri Chapter, we became the Saint Louis Chapter in February, 1955. It is appropriate that we celebrate the kick-off of this centennial year with a worship service. Dr. Kimberly B. Long, Assistant Professor of Worship and Coordinator of Worship Resources for Congregations, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia will be our guest worship leader and speaker. Kimberly Bracken Long is Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. A Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church (USA), she has served congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is the au-thor of The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2009), and The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011), as well as numerous articles and sermons. A speaker, preacher, worship leader, and teacher at worship conferences around the United States, Long also served as editor of the quarterly journal, Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts from 2005-2011. She holds degrees in music from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and the University of Maryland, the M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Dr. Long described how she made the transition from music to theology:

As for the transition from vocal performance to theology – I guess you could say I was yanked away. I loved my musical studies and thought I could make a decent career out of singing and teaching in some big city. My teachers were encouraging me to do a DMA and go into uni-versity teaching. Then halfway through my pregnancy with my second child, something happened to me. I was reading a rather dry book for a Presbyterian church’s new members’ class when without warning, I heard a voice that said (not very poetically, but unmistakably), “I want you to go to seminary.” I found myself on my knees, weeping. The next day I chalked it up to hormones and brushed it all aside. But I didn’t forget about it, and I enrolled in seminary when my sons were 1 and 3. Within a few weeks I knew I was being called to the ministry. After ten years as a parish minister, I felt a similar call to further study and the urge to somehow be part of the renewal of worship in the Presby-terian church. I have been blessed to be able to do that, and to be part of wider ecumenical movements as well. In the end, I see that God has woven all the strands of my life together. My musical background is invaluable as I teach about worship, and a singer’s training has some things in common with a preacher’s formation as well.

The September 26, 2011 wor-ship service will be at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Road Saint Louis, Missouri. Our hosts for the evening are David Erwin, Director of Music Ministry at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church and Robert Lehman, Organist and Choirmaster and Mark Scholtz, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, The Church of Saint Michael and Saint George. There will be a catered centennial celebration dinner at 6:30 PM and the worship service will begin at 7:30 PM. The choirs of St. Michael and St. George and Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church will pre-sent anthems by J. Aaron McDermid and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Organ voluntaries will feature music by previous St. Louis Chapter member and 1990 Avis Blewett Award recipient Ronald Arnatt and Alexandre Guilmant (2011 is the centennial of his death). For those joining us for dinner, parking is available on the West side of the church. En-ter one of the doors from the parking lot. The dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

— Dr. Bill Wade, CAGO

From the St. Louis Chapter Dean…


Welcome to the 2011-2012 season during which we will celebrate the centennial year of our chapter. There have been many achievements by the chapter and by its members. Since 1986 our chapter has presented twenty-four Blewett Awards to out-standing contributors to musical life. Additionally, Honor Awards have been made to recognize deserving candidates. Among the world-class recitalists our chapter has sponsored for recitals in the Greater St. Louis area have been Gillian Weir and Peter Hurford. The St. Louis Chapter has hosted con-ventions, competitions, and two suc-cessful Pipe Organ Encounters. Most importantly our chapter has sought to educate and support local organists, choir directors, and music enthusiasts. Because of these endeavors we can be proud of our rich history. Please join us in this year’s centennial cele-bration as we continue to write our history. The best is yet to come!

— Henry Evans

Memorial Program Notice

In Memoriam: September 11, 2001. A concert to embody courage, compassion, faith, hope and peace ten years later. The Gateway Brass Quintet and organist David Erwin will perform works by Bach, Barber, Dupré, Widor and others. Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Road, Ladue, Missouri 63124. 314-993-4771 x3121. Freewill offering.

Nunc Dimittis

St. Louis musician and theologian, Robert Bergt, whose work and reputation are known around the world, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the age of 81. He was music director and conductor of the American Kantorei and artist-in-residence at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan, an accomplished musician; four children, Jonathan, Philip (Iris), Marsha (Peter), and Joel (Mieko); and six grandchildren.

Rev. Bergt founded the American Kantorei in 1968, the first group of its kind in the United States. The Kantorei is a highly skilled choral and instrumental group that has performed in a variety of settings in St. Louis and beyond. Bergt served Lutheran congregations in Illinois and Missouri and was music director, conductor, and instructor at Concordia Seminary and numerous colleges and Universities.

A memorial concert is being planned for September 25 in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary. The family has asked that memorial gifts be given to Concordia Seminary for the future of Bach at the Sem.

2011/2012 Programs At-A-Glance

2011 2012
Monday, Sept. 26 — Guild Worship Service. Venue is Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, October 23, 5:00 p.m. — Recital celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Mander organ at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will feature organist Gail Archer.
Monday, October 24 — Presentation about historic European organs by Gail Archer at the regular Chapter meeting.
Monday, November 28 — Members Recital “The Organ Plus One,” featuring significant literature for organ and instrument or voice.
December — Happy Holidays to all. There will not be a December meeting.

Joy to the World!

Monday, January 2 (time t.b.a.) — Holiday Survivors and Epiphany social gathering at the home of Bill Wade and Mike Kaberline.
Sunday, January 22, 2:30 p.m. — Recital by Gerre Hancock at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.
Monday, January 23 — Masterclass with Dr. Gerre Hancock for the regular Chapter meeting. Cathedral Basilica.
Monday, February 27 — Recital by Jan Kraybill (Community Church of Christ, Independence, MO). First Church of Christ Scientist, St. Louis.
Monday, March 26 — Recital by David Pickering (Kansas State Uni-versity). Trinity Presbyterian Church, University City, MO.
Saturday, April 21 (time and venues t.b.a.) — Organ crawl featuring organs in Belleville, IL.
The May 21 Annual Meeting, Banquet and Avis Blewett Award Presentation featuring the AGO National President, Eileen Guenther, returning to her hometown, Kirkwood, MO. First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Organ recital, 8:00 p.m.
All regular meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Chapter News Briefs

  • Congratulations to Phil Rowland who celebrated 30 years as minister of music at Central Presbyterian Church on August 7, 2011.
  • Stephen Mager has been named District Convener of the AGO for the State of Missouri, succeeding Henry Glass.
  • Henry Glass has recently retired from his position at University United Methodist Church and has accepted a position at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Sanibel, Florida.
  • Andrew Peters, Second Presbyterian Church, was awarded second prize in the first ever Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition.
  • In May, as part of the thirty-year anniversary of William “Pat” Partridge’s tenure as Canon Precentor at Christ Church Ca-thedral, he was honored with a letter of congratulations from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The letter was read at Evensong by the Very Reverend Michael D. Kinman.
  • Dennis York recently celebrated his fiftieth anniversary as organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was honored with a gala reception, and the Belleville News-Democrat ran a congratulatory article.

Positions Available

Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, IL has an opening for an accomplished organist/pianist. The job requires that the applicant be committed to play 3 Sundays per month, play all applicable evening services and attend weekly choir practices. Applicants should be accomplished in playing traditional, liturgical hymns. Interested parties should con-tact Stacie Wachtel, Senior Warden at 309-533-1122 or e-mail her at for a detailed complete job description. A resume with references is requested.

Organist/Choir Director
Calvary United Church of Christ, 2501 Hartland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63114, is seeking a part-time Organist/Choir Director. We have one church service on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with a few additional services during the year. We are looking for a partner in ministry who will provide music to enhance the worship experience and direct a small choir. For a complete job description or more information, call 314-429-7464. Resumes may be sent to the church address.

On the Concert Horizon

Sunday, September 11, 2011 – 3:00 p.m.
“REQUIEM” SING A LONG – A Tribute on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. ‘PAUSE TO REMEMBER’ Gabriel Fauré (John Rutter edition) Janet Spencer, organ; Ayako Watanabe, harp; Norbert Krausz, conductor. All choral voice parts welcome to participate. Scores provided or bring your own. St. Paul UCC Sanctuary, 115 West, ‘B’ Street, Belleville , IL 618-233-3303 Public welcome to sing or attend as audience.

Friday, September 16 — 7:30 p.m.
Organ Recital, Robert Raymond Works of Bach, Dubois, Peeters, and Vierne. 1st Presbyterian Church, 237 N. Kansas St., Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Friday, September 23 — 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul Series CORNET CHOP SUEY in concert — Jazz, Dixieland, Big Band Instrumental Ensemble. Public invited to attend. Freewill offering. St. Paul UCC Sanctuary, 115 West ‘B’ Street, Belleville, IL 618-233-3303

Sunday, September 25 — 3:00 p.m.
Joshua Zink, baritone & John Wustman, piano St. John United Church of Christ, St. Charles, MO 636-946-0310

Sunday, October 16 — 3:00 p.m.
Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass in C major, K. 317 and Exsultate Jubilate, The Masterworks Chorale, Dr. Stephen Mager, conductor Guest soprano, Stella Markou Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois Ticket and venue information at

Wednesday, October 19 — 8:00 p.m.
St. Louis Cathedral Concerts Westminster Cathedral Choir, “O Magnum Mysterium” Cathedral Basilica Tickets, $39, $29, and $19

Friday, October 21 — 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul Fine Arts Series DEBORAH ENGELSDORFER KASTEN, soprano with NORBERT KRAUSZ, piano in ‘An Elegant Evening of Music For Soprano’. Freewill offering. St. Paul UCC Sanctuary, 115 West ‘B’ Street, Belleville , IL 618-233-3303.

From your Opus newsletter editors:

Henry Evans and Nancy Barbee have agreed to co-edit the Opus for the 2011-2012 year. We are delighted to tackle the challenges inherent in this task. We welcome new items from all members. In fact, without member input, there will be little to write about. Making the Opus interesting is up to all of our membership! Page 2 of this issue provides the e-mail address dedicated to Opus copy submission.

“Upcoming Concerts” are your opportunity to advertise to a wider audience. We invite members to write articles for the Opus. Too often we have ideas or opinions and fail to share them with others who have a passion for music of the church.

We would like to have a section for “letters to the editor.” All we need is some letters!

-Henry and Nancy

About Powder . . .

The great contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink was Czech by birth and German by musical training but American by cultural adoption; she must have been one of the few public figures to have sons fighting on both sides in World War I. Schumann-Heink was hefty, loveable, and a superb artist—but in this vignette, passed from buff to buff over the years, she is simply a woman with a German accent in that great American invention, the drugstore.

“I’d like some powder, please,” she told the clerk.
“No. Vimmen’s.”
“And would you like it scented?”
“No, I vill take it vit me.”