September 2014 Newsletter

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Year-At-A-Glance, SLAGO-Style

As we begin the new Program Year for the Saint Louis Chapter AGO, I am very pleased to highlight the fine program of events that outgoing
Sub-Dean Stephen Eros and his Program Committee have planned. Featured are international artists, past National Guild officers, local
luminaries, 3 new organs, a landmark Kimball, and beloved perennials of the local organ scene.

Our program year will begin Sunday afternoon, 28 September at 5:00 with Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral featuring the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Canon Precentor William “Pat” Partridge. The prelude, played on the lovely Aeolian-Skinner by members of our chapter, will begin at 4:30. The Cathedral is located at 1210 Locust Street in Downtown Saint Louis. A festive reception will follow sponsored by the Cathedral and our Chapter.

Monday evening, 6 October at 7:30, organist Hans Leitner will lead a master class on the new Martin Ott pipe organ at Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Road. Herr Leitner, who will play on the Series at the Cathedral Basilica at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, 5 October, will bring insight into works of the Baroque and German Romantic eras. Those interested in participating should contact the Sub-Dean. Dinner will be at 6:30.

Thomas Troeger of Yale University and past National Chaplain of the Guild will be featured speaker on the Pfautch Lecture series at the Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End, on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 20 and 21 October, at 7:00. The Reverend Doctor Troeger’s talks will focus on “Song that Blesses Earth.” There will be no admission charge.

Friday evening, 7 November at 7:30, a Fund Raiser for next summer’s Regional Convention hosted in Saint Louis will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple in the Central West End. Andy Peters will accompany the silent film comedy “Hot Water” starring Harold Lloyd. Andy will be putting the mighty and seldom experienced Kimball through its paces. This will prove to be a really exciting event! The Chapter will co-sponsor hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction beginning at 6:30. Tickets are $20 per person; those 16 years of age and younger will be admitted free of charge. Please spread the word about this special opportunity to experience the Rite’s beautiful auditorium, stunning Kimball pipe organ, a terrific movie, exceptional musical talent, and great company!

Todd Wilson will teach a Master Class at Christ Church Cathedral Monday evening, 9 February at 7:30. He will explore French and English
repertoire with members and friends of the Chapter. His program at the Cathedral Basilica Sunday afternoon 8 February at 2:30 will be a wonderful opportunity to witness his prowess at handling a large instrument in a rich acoustical atmosphere with ease and artistry. Dinner for the Monday evening event will be at 6:30.

Dr. A. Dennis Sparger, the 2014 recipient of our Chapter’s Avis Blewett Award, is well known to all of us as a local leader in the interpretation of the choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Saturday, 14 March at 10:00 at, we will enjoy Dr. Sparger’s presentation focusing on the Passions of Bach at Centenary Methodist Church. Breakfast will be at 9:00.

Another of our local musical luminaries, Dr. Stephen Mager, will present a program entitled “Taking the Mystery out of Composition” at Bethel Lutheran Church in Clayton on Monday evening, 20 April at 7:30. For all who dream of composing, arranging and perhaps publishing music, this will be an informative evening! Dinner will be at 6:30.

Monday evening, 4 May at 7:30, our Chapter will co-sponsor a recital by the duo-organist team of Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault on the splendid Casavant at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Dinner will be served at 6.30.

Our Chapter’s Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held at the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard. Monday evening, 18 May at 6:30. A Members’ Recital will follow dinner on the church’s new Schantz pipe organ. All are welcome to share their talents.

Finally, as a Prelude to the Regional Convention, Sunday evening 21 June, the Chapter will co-sponsor a recital by Christopher Houlihan at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard. This will, undoubtedly, be a spectacular conclusion to our Program Year as well as a stunning pre-convention event!

Mark Scholtz, Sub-Dean

The Details
Event: Choral Evensong, Cathedral Choir and Prelude by Chapter Members
Location: Christ Church Cathedral
1210 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: Prelude – 4:30pm, Choral Evenson – 5:00pm
Host: Canon Precentor William “Pat” Partridge
Cost: No Charge

From I-64 (points west): Take Exit 39A for 1th Street. Turn Left on 14th Street, then right on Market Street. Take the 2nd left on North Tucker, then left on Locust St. The
church will be on the left.

From (points east—Illinois): Take I-64 toward St. Louis. Merge onto I-70 W via Exit 3B (The new bridge). Keep left when exiting the bridge onto North Tucker. Turn right on
Locust Street.

From the Dean . . .

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
–Henry Ford

It is my hope that the season of summer provided you with opportunities to change your pace and take in some long-anticipated experiences. Conventions and conferences, travel, and some moments of relaxation form us and prepare us to share our gifts more fully during the other three seasons. Now is the time for us to come together for some new beginnings and opportunities to make lives even sweeter through the beauty of our craft.

The chapter program for 2014-2015 promises to enrich us with prayerful worship, excellent recitals and master classes, and pertinent lectures. Thanks go to our Program Committee for making the contacts, setting the dates, and putting things into place for us. Quality presenters and recitalists from near and far will be featured — I am looking forward to taking in what these “celebrities” have to offer. And I am looking forward to deepening my connections with chapter members who join in attending. Another fine year of AGO Chapter events will be crowned with our Chapter hosting the AGO Regional Convention, June 22-24, 2015. Like the Program Committee, the 2015 Convention Committee is to be thanked for the scheduling and detail work already accomplished, and for the wonderful program in place for that Convention. Local ensembles, instruments, and spaces are sure to be appreciated by those in attendance.

We really will “hit the ground running” this fall. Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral is a three-part event: arrive at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy the recital, Evensong is at 5:00 p.m., and a reception follows. The following week, Hans Leitner will fly in from Munich, Germany to play a recital at the Cathedral Basilica and to provide a Master Class at Peace Lutheran Church in South County. On October 20 and 21, hymn-writer Thomas Troeger will speak at Second Presbyterian Church. Truly, this is a good time to live in the St. Louis area!

It is a joy to consider all that we will be sharing in the months ahead. I have always contended that the American Guild of Organists is among the finest sources of continuing education for church organists. Our membership makes such programs possible. Renewing our membership has been happening with the ONCARD system. If that has caused any bumps in the road for you, please persevere as we become accustomed to this new procedure. Thanks for your patience.

J.S. Bach was not the only musician to make use of Soli Deo Gloria; Dr. Bill Wade also made use of that fine closing. I close by expressing my
gratitude for his leadership these past two years, and for working so tirelessly to make our Chapter inclusive and professional, friendly and

Dawn Riske, CAGO


Brent Johnson is (among other things) the Examination Coordinator for our Chapter. This time of year is a super time to consider whether this might be the year for you to work on an AGO Certification. Details are available in the July issue of The American Organist. Plus, you can access the information at Working with a colleague or group to prepare can be a helpful strategy, as well. Our Chapter sponsored examinations for 2/3 of Region 6’s newly certified members, yeah! Congrats to these four, who have gained the Service Playing Certification: Lucas Fletcher, James Threlkeld, Jane Southard, and Audrey Thomas. Here is a note from Jane, who gained certification in the Spring:

“I would like to promote the AGO Certification program. It was an excellent learning experience for me, and I encourage others to do it. Bill Wade arranged for several of us to gather on Saturday mornings last year to explore the various levels and requirements. This was a very supportive group. Playing for them was a helpful step in the preparation
process. I would especially like to acknowledge Andy Peters. I took weekly lessons with Andy from August to April, and he generously shared his knowledge with me in my selecting, learning and polishing the required pieces. Andy’s coaching and my commitment resulted in an excellent score and a great feeling of accomplishment and a big boost in my confidence. I also appreciated Brent Johnson’s professional assistance in recording the exam. This is an excellent program, and I hope others will take advantage of it.”

Jane Southard, SPAGO, Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist, St. Louis

St. Louis 2015 Convention Update

The Regional Convention is nine months away! Registration will be open in early September. Check out the official convention website for the latest information.

Success depends on funding, and we are planning some events this season to raise money and have fun at the same time. Plan to attend the wine and cheese reception, silent auction, and silent movie at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on Friday evening, November 7. We are showing Hot Water starring Harold Lloyd with Andy Peters at the console of the recently restored 1923 IV/56 Kimball organ. More details will follow in the November OPUS.

The chapter’s executive board approved a used music sale with all proceeds going to the convention. The sale will be held at the chapter’s annual banquet in May, 2015. Andy Peters is collecting music ahead of that time. If you have organ music or CDs to donate, you can:

  • Drop it off at Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End (attention: Andy Peters).
  • Drop it off at Andy’s house in the Shaw neighborhood.
  • Hand it to a convention steering committee member next time you attend a chapter meeting.

We are always appreciative of your generous financial support. You can contribute online at or send a check to:
AGO 2015 Regional Convention
Attn: Mike Kaberline, Treasurer
P. O. Box 140159 Saint Louis, MO 63114-0159
Stay tuned and thanks for your support!
Wm. Sullivan, Publicity

And More About the Convention . . .


The programs are planned, recitalists and speakers engaged, venues selected – the basics of the 2015 Regional Convention are falling into place. Yes, indeed, STL AGO is getting ready to host a big event! And the key word is “host.” Turning those plans into a smooth-running event will take a coordinated effort of all Chapter members.

Would you be willing to usher at concerts, drive out-of-town recitalists to practice sessions, staff the hospitality table, set up rooms for
Workshops—all the behind-the-scenes details that will make the convention a success? Watch these pages for a convention jobs list—there is a “host” of opportunities to volunteer.

Martha Shaffer

Convention Brief

The St. Louis Chapter has been hard at work on plans for the regional convention to be held in St. Louis June 22-24, 2015. Performers and workshop presenters include Thomas Murray, Christopher Marks, Anna Myeong, John Behnke, the St. Louis Children’s Choir, James Thomashower, Barbara Harbach, Cliff Hill, and many more.

For Sale

Adler Reed Pump Organ for sale. A beautiful antique instrument In good condition, plays well. Asking
$650.00 or best offer. Email for picture or more information. Here is a link to
very similar organ:

Upcoming Concerts

Friday, September 5—12:30-1:00 pm—Third Baptist Church
Friday Pipes Organ Recital. Stephen Price, Organist. A half-hour of free organ music on the newly restored 72-rank Kilgen/Moller/Reuter pipe organ. Free parking is available behind the church from Washington Avenue. Stephen Price is a graduate student at Indiana University. 620 North Grand, St. Louis, 63103.

Friday, September 5—7:00 pm—St. John Evangelical UCC
Jim Hendricks, Concert Pianist. “Unmatched technical ability and
passion.” People of all ages with diverse tastes in music are sure to enjoy this program. Free will offering. 307 West Clay St., Collinsville, IL (618) 344-2526.

Sunday, September 7—3:00 pm—Historic Trinity Lutheran
175th Anniversary Organ Concert. Norbert Krausz & Wes Kassulke, organists. 812 Soulard St., Saint Louis, , 63104

Friday, September 12—12:30-1:00 pm—Third Baptist Church
Friday Pipes Organ Recital. Jeff White, CAGO, Organist. A half-hour of free organ music on the newly restored 72-rank Kilgen/Moller/Reuter pipe organ. Jeff White is organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis. Free parking is available behind the church from Washington Avenue. 620 North Grand, St. Louis, 63103.

Friday, September 19—12:30 pm—1:00 pm—Third Baptist Church
Friday Pipes Organ Recital. David Harrison Organist
A half-hour of free organ music on the newly-restored 72-rank Kilgen/Moller/Reuter pipe organ. David Harrison is a Master’s Student at
Indiana University. Free parking is available behind the church from Washington Avenue. 620 North Grand, St. Louis, 63103.

Sunday, September 21—8:30 and 10:30 am—Webster Groves
Presbyterian Church
Worship Services. The Chris Talley Trio, Bluegrass and Gospel
Shawn Portell, Director of Music/Sr. Organist and contact: 314-962-9210 x 3211. 45 West Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Friday, September 26—12:30-1:00 pm—Third Baptist Church
Friday Pipes Organ Recital. Scott Montgomery, Organist
A half-hour of free organ music on the newly-restored 72-rank Kilgen/Moller/Reuter pipe organ. Scott Montgomery is Director of Music
Ministries and Organist for Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in
Champaign, Illinois.. 620 N Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, 63103. Free parking is available behind the church from Washington Avenue.

Friday, September 26—5:30-6:30 pm—Historic Trinity Lutheran.
Friday Organ Happy Hours. Matt Palisch organist. Recital 5:30 to 6:00, Appetizers & Drinks 6:00 to 6:30. 812 Soulard St., Saint Louis, 63104

Sunday, September 28—3:00 pm—Webster Groves Presbyterian Church.
Concert–”St. Louis Metro Singers” sings Disney!
Shawn Portell, Director of Music/Sr. Organist and contact: 314-962-9210 x 3211. 45 West Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Sunday, September 28, 2014—4:00 pm—Second Presbyterian Church
“BIRTHDAY BELL-A-BRATION.” The Gateway Ringers present a concert of music celebrating the St. Louis Quarter Millennial. Selections as
diverse as the history of our city include W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” and Scott Joplin’s “Pine Apple Rag.” Auditioned musicians from the St. Louis metropolitan area form the ranks of this premier handbell ensemble. The Gateway Ringers present innovative programming, and are unlike handbell groups you may have seen or heard! Free and open to the public. Andrew Peters, Pastoral Musician. 4501 Westminster Place, Saint Louis, Missouri 63108. 314-367-0367

Sunday, September 28—4:30-5:00 pm—Christ Church Cathedral
Festival Evensong. Opening program of the 2014-2015 Guild season. Organ Recital at 4:30, followed by Evensong at 5:00. 1210 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Friday, October 3—12:30-1:00 pm—Third Baptist Church
Friday Pipes Organ Recital. Dr. Joerg Abbing, professor of organ in Saarbrucken, Germany and the biographer of Jean Guillou. A half-hour of free organ music on the newly-restored 72-rank Kilgen/Moller/Reuter pipe organ. 620 N Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, 63103. Free parking is available behind the church from Washington Avenue.

Sunday, October 5—2:30 pm—Cathedral Basilica
Hans Leitner, world-renowned organist, teacher, and composer.
Ticket orders: (314) 533-7662 or online at
General Admission $15.00. 4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

Sunday, October 5— 3:00 pm—Saint Louis Abbey
Saint Louis Chamber Chorus. Choral Titans: Felix Mendelssohn and Judith Bingham. Mendelssohn: double choir music for the German Liturgy; ‘Mitten wir im Leben sind’ (Op. 23) . Judith Bingham: premiere of new chamber cantata ‘Solomon and Love.’ Ticket information:
636-458-4343, or 500 S. Mason Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Sunday, October 12—3:00 pm—St. Stanislaus Polish Church
Concert, “Voices of the Baltic Coast.” The Bach Society of Saint Louis,
A. Dennis Sparger, Music Director and Conductor, presents rarely heard and enchanting a’cappella music of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in a gorgeous setting. After decades of suppression under communist rule, composers of the Baltic States returned to writing sacred music
following their liberation in 1991. After the concert, audience members are invited to a wine and appetizer reception in the adjacent Polish
Heritage Center. Tickets for the concert and season ticket subscriptions can be purchased online at Ticket prices range from $20-$40. Discounted student rush tickets are available at the door. Financial assistance is provided by the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission. 1413 N 20th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106.

Sunday, October 12, 2014—4:00 pm—Second Presbyterian Church
SILENT MOVIE: SAFETY LAST! 1923 silent film Safety Last! stars cinema legend Harold Lloyd as an earnest young man trying to succeed in the big city so that he can impress his girlfriend. The film’s climax features the famous scene of Lloyd dangling from the hands of a large clock, high above the city’s moving traffic. Organist Andrew Peters provides improvised accompaniment during the film. Free; call 314-367-0367 for more information. 4501 Westminster Place, 63108

Friday, October 24—5:30 pm—7:00 pm—Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
Friday Organ Happy Hours. Silent Movie, Andrew Peters, Organist
5:30-6:30 pm Chili Dinner, 6:30-7:00 pm Silent Movie. 812 Soulard St., Saint Louis, , 63104
West Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Saturday, October 25—8:00 pm—Cathedral Basilica
Cathedral Concerts—Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir. Founded in 1950 by the United Nations’
Ambassador Artist for Peace, Mr. Julian Jouga (1931-2001), the choir is now directed by Mr. Ambroise N’Diong. 15 singers and 4 traditional Senegalese drummers from the heart of Dakar’s most working-class neighborhood interpret Gospel/Negro Spirituals, traditional African songs, and the masses of Mr. Jouga. Ticket prices: $39, $29, $19. Ticket orders: (314) 533-7662 or online at 4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

Sunday, October 26—4:00 pm—Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Concert–Halloween Pipe Screams!! Shawn Portell, organist.
Shawn Portell, Director of Music/Sr. Organist and contact: 314-962-9210 x 3211
45 West Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Open Positions

Section Leaders

St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville is inviting singers to audition for paid section leader positions starting in September, 2014. These
positions will be paid on a per service basis, and will enhance the choir and the music ministry at the traditional Sunday service at 9 am. The
St. Paul Chancel Choir consists of around 25 singers and does repertoire of all style periods, including seasonal larger works, and regularly sings a
cappella repertoire. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30, with occasional additional rehearsals during the year which will be
scheduled well in advance. Required skills: Previous or current formal voice instruction, excellent sight-singing ability, ability to blend cohesively
with the section’s sound, ability to model correct pitch, rhythm, and tone to other singers in a positive and supportive way, experience singing in
choral ensembles. Also needed: Availability for Wednesday night rehearsals from 7-8:30 pm (occasionally longer if near a major choral
presentation); this includes Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and the Sunday call time of 8:15 for the 9 am service, demonstration of
professionalism by example, and solo singing within larger works and as a soloist on occasion. Desired skills: Current college music major, or
minor, or formal academic training in music or music degree(s), ability to lead sectionals vocally or a piano background to assist during
sectionals . If interested, please email a resume to Daniel Fry, Director of Music, at, or call with questions at
618.233.3303, x 118.


Kirkwood Baptist Church is currently seeking a skillful musician to serve as our church pianist and be a part of our music ministry team.
Responsibilities include two Sunday morning services and a 1.5 hour choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings, occasional services and other
music-related activities. A job description is available upon request. The piano is an integral part of the worship life of Kirkwood Baptist
Church. Our sanctuary piano is a lovely and well-maintained 7’ Kawai grand. Beautiful piano music is very much appreciated by our congregation
and the piano has had an important role in our worship services. The required skills necessary for this position are a thorough understanding of
worship, excellent musicianship, excellent accompanying skills, diversity and experience in a variety of musical styles as well as a flexible team
spirit. The desired start date for the position would be September of 2014. If you are interested in inquiring about this position, please contact
Greg Lundberg at 314-965-2349, Ext. 20 or by e-mail or by cell- phone 314-650-9320.


Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO is seeking an organist. Candidate should possess enthusiasm, creativity and sight-reading
ability and who can assist in leading us in a dynamic music ministry that will contribute to deepening the faith journeys of our diverse
congregation. The primary responsibilities of this position include Sunday morning worship and special services throughout the year, such as
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Christmas Eve; weddings and funerals are considered above and beyond the position. The organist will be
responsible for providing traditional, gospel and contemporary music. He/she will report to the Worship Commission and be in consultation with
the pastor for selections. Wicks 2-manual pipe organ. To apply please email a resume and (3) references to: Live auditions will be part of the selection process. We will begin reviewing applications as they are received
until the position is filled.

Director of Music Ministries

Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, Oakville, MO is seeking a part-time Director of Music Ministries to provide inspiring and professional
leadership in the ministry of music, both traditional and contemporary. Responsibilities include: leading and directing the Sanctuary Choir,
providing for a Bell choir, the development of a children’s choir and of ensembles to lead in blended or contemporary and in traditional worship.
This position is expected to require 20 to 25 hours per week. Desired qualities include: A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in music and proficiency in
pipe organ, piano and keyboard. Saint Paul’s is an active congregation of 600 members. Submit resumes and inquiries to