|American Guild of Organists
Evansville Chapter Newsletter
Trinity College, Cambridge Choir
Sunday, September 17
Our September meeting will be a concert by the world-renowned choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, England The concert will include a variety of music both accompanied and a capella. The Evansville Chapter has made a substantial contribution to the Sacred Arts Series of First Presbyterian Church in order to help support this event, which is of central importance to the mission of our chapter.
Due to the nature of this event, a chapter business meeting will not be held
PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY (no later than 6:15 CDT) to obtain a seat. If you
have questions about the event, call Robert Nicholls, Director of Music at
First Presbyterian Church: 812-423-6297.
Our Summer Organ Social was a feast... for both the tummy and the eye. A group of around 35 people gathered for a scrumptious meal of carry-in dishes augmented by Shyler's BBQ. Following the meal, David Motz showed selected 3D slides of his recent trip to England and Scotland After this visual feast, David answered questions about the 3D photographic process.
Thank you to Neal Biggers, Sub-Dean, for making arrangements for the meeting, and to David Motz for sharing his spectacular art with us.
Francile McGary Portativ Organ to be dedicated September 19
The McGary Family of Newburgh, Indiana has provided a generous gift to the University of Evansville Department of Music for the building of a portable pipe organ. The new organ is a memorial to Francile MacDonald McGary (1925-1997) who graduated from Evansville College Department of Music as a piano major in 1946.
The portable (portativ) organ was built by John Schreiner of Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Schreiner worked for several years with the eminent C. B. Fisk Organbuilders of Gloucester, Massachusetts before establishing his own workshop. The portativ is built to the design of another eminent American organ builder, John Brombaugh of Eugene, Oregon. The instrument contains 153 pipes housed in an oak cabinet with decorative panels of walnut carved to depict walnut branches and leaves by Morgan Pike, sculptress of Gloucester, Massachusetts
The new organ will be dedicated in a series of concerts during the 2000-2002 academic years.
|The series will include the following performances:
September 19. Dr. Douglas Reed, organist, Wheeler Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.
November 10. Two's Company: Bach's Double. Music by Johann Sebastian Each for two portativ organs, two choirs, and two keyboard dues. Performers will include AGO members Diane Earle, Margaret Kimberling, Robert Nicholls and Helen Reed
March 20. Charlie McGary performing on clavichord, Italian harpsichord, French double harpsichord, and portativ organ.
National Improvisation Winners Announced
The following item is from a press release by the national office of the American Guild of Organists.
New York, August 11:
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS NAMES PRIZE WINNERS IN NATIONAL COMPETITION IN ORGAN IMPROVISATION NEW YORK CITY
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is pleased to announce First, Second, and Third Prize winners in the National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI), held in Seattle, Wash. in conjunction with the AGO National Convention, July 2-6:
JUSTIN H. BISCHOF First Prize provided by the Holtkamp Organ Company,
JUSTIN H. BISCHOF, a native of Toronto, Ontario and resident of New York City, is a graduate of Loyola High School in Montreal (1985), and completed the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the Manhattan School
|of Music, where he was a student of John Walker and McNeil Robinson.
ERNEST C. OELKERS, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and resident of Lawrence, Kans., studied organ, piano, and harpsichord with Richard Grieg, Conrad Crimes, and Lawrence Ritchey. Mr. Oelkers received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1996. He is currently pursuing graduate study in music at the University of Kansas.
ROBERT NICHOLLS aago, a native of England and resident of Evansville, Ind, began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey under the direction of Simon Preston. Following secondary education as a music scholar at the Oundle School, he was admitted to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, as a choral exhibitioner. After completing his bachelor of arts degree, he remained in Cambridge to sing with the choir of St. John's College under the direction of Christopher Robinson. In 1996, Mr. Nicholls joined the staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Evansville, Ind, and is currently director of music at the church. He now holds the master of arts degree from Cambridge University, and is actively involved with the RSCM in America program.
The AGO NATIONAL COMPETITION IN ORGAN IMPROVISATION seeks to further the art
of improvisation by recognizing and rewarding superior performers in the
field. The competition was open to all members, regardless of age, of the
AGO or Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO). Seven Semifinalists were
selected from the Preliminary, Tape Round; three were chosen for the Final
Round For both the Semifinal and Final Rounds, each competitor was required to
(1) improvise, in any form, based on a given free theme; and (2) improvise in
the form of a Theme and Variations, based on a given hymn tune, chant, or
chorale. Judges for the Semifinal and Final Rounds were Bruce Neswick,
David Hurd, and Susan Ferre.
MT. PLEASANT CHURCH
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
BETHEL UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
17 TRINITY COLLEY, CAMBRIDGE
19 DOUGLAS REED, organist
14 PROGRESSIVE RECITAL and Moonlite BBQ Dinner
10 TWO'S COMPANY:
17 JAMES DIAZ, organist
Church Music Clinic at the
1-4 p.m. Choral
A large display of keyboard music will be provided. For more information call the Church Office.
SACRED MUSIC INTERNS APPOINTED
Two University of Evansville organ students have been appointed to new intern-ship positions at local churches for the fall semester, 2000.
Luba Tkachuk will serve as intern at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Lynn Renney Director of Music.
Steven Roby will intern at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Henderson, Neal Biggers, Director of Music.
Both students will participate in all aspects of the sacred music programs at the churches. They will also serve as Neu Chapel Organ Scholars at the University of Evansville.
The new Internship Program strives to benefit both sacred music students and
|Benefits for the students and the University of Evansville include:
1. Students can learn a great deal of practical knowledge from
being involved in a well-developed sacred music program.
Benefits for local churches include:
1. Students can provide assistance with the Sacred Music program of a church with only a modest financial commitment by the church.
2. The Sacred Music Practicum