|Newsletter of the American Guild of Organists
Evansville, Indiana Chapter
We had 18 students participate in Pedals, Pipes and Pizza on President’s Day, February 20th at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The students had the opportunity to play on the three manual Wicks Organ at St. Mark’s, an Estey field organ loaned to us by David Motz and the Francile McGary portative pipe organ built by John Schreiner and loaned to us by the University of Evansville. Many thanks to Tom Drury, Helen Reed, Neal Biggers, Zach Guenzel, Matt Vanover, Jenni Taylor and Tricia Clark for volunteering. We also appreciate the printed flyers and the generous use of their space from St Mark’s Lutheran. We were pleased to have a visit from Andrew Yeager of FM88.3 who spent the morning with the students and produced and aired a news segment of the event.
Dr. Delbert Disselhorst, professor of organ at the University of Iowa, presented a Master Class on February 25th in which UE students Karol Farris, Zach Guenzel and Matt Vanover performed. It was sponsored by the University of Evansville Organ Series. Dr. Disselhorst presented a Concert on February 26th as part of the ongoing Organ series at Methodist Temple.
Dr. Rudy Zuiderveld performed an organ concert as part of the Make a Joyful Noise Concert Series at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Evansville on March 5th.
The Evansville Chapter held the Dufford Organ Scholarship Audition on March 18 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. For the first time in several years, there were two young people entered, both of whom turned in strong performances. The first place award of $300 went to Jenna Freudenburg, who is a freshman at Signature School in Evansville. Her organ teacher is Robert Nicholls, and she has been studying about a year. Rachel Bennett, a sophomore at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, received the second place award of $200. She has studied organ with Dr. Douglas Reed for the past six months. The Dufford Scholarship honors the memory of the late Mamie E. Dufford, who founded the Evansville AGO chapter in 1961 and was an active member for many years. Jenna also received the Mararuth Mallett Scholarship awarded by St. Mark's Lutheran Church in honor of Mararuth Mallett, long-time organist at St. Mark's and an Honorary Life Member of the Evansville Chapter. Judges for the event were chapter members Margaret Kimberling and Beverly Lacy. Thank you to everyone who has helped to encourage these and other young musicians to play the organ. We look forward to hearing both Jenna and Rachel perform at future AGO chapter meetings. - Helen Reed, Education Convener
For many years, the Evansville Chapter has sponsored an annual fund-raising event to benefit the Mamie Dufford Scholarship Fund. This year we are again having an UN-Fundraiser fundraiser. We would appreciate a donation, so that we may continue to provide the opportunity and encouragement for our young people to further their organ study. Please send donations made out to Evansville AGO to Jenni Taylor, 924 Nottingham Ct., Evansville, IN 47715.
The University of Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists played a wonderful concert on the Casavant Freres Organ at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg, IN on Sunday, March 26th. Matt Vanover, Karol Farris, Zach Guenzel and Patrick Ritsch shared their talents. Harpsichord music was played as well, including the Allegro from “Concerto in a minor for Two Harpsichords” played by Matt Vanover and Dr. Douglas Reed. Dr. Reed, the students’ professor at UE gave some background on the pieces as well as playing four selections. Enclosed you will find the UE Chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ order form for their CD recording “Toccatas... and More.” From hearing this concert that included some selections from the CD, it will be uplifting and enjoyable! Plan now to attend the special release concert of the new CD on Saturday, April 29th in Neu Chapel at 7:30 PM.
Dr. Douglas Reed will perform a faculty harpsichord recital on Sunday April 9th in Wheeler Concert Hall at the University of Evansville at 4:00 PM. He will be joined by harpsichordist, Helen Reed, for the rarely-heard L'Apothéose de Lulli by Francois Couperin and J.S. Bach’s Concerto in C Major, both works for two harpsichords.
Professor William Hemminger will narrate the Couperin piece. L’Apothéose de Lulli is an entertaining “program piece” which deals with the argument in 17th century music circles about whose musical style was superior...the French or the Italian. It is highly likely that the rarely performed Couperin work will receive its Evansville premiere on April 9th.
Brilliant young organ virtuoso, Vincent Dubois will perform on Friday, April 21st at Salem UCC, 202 E 4th St. in Huntingburg, IN at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 23rd at First Presbyterian Church, 609 SE Second St. in Evansville, IN at 4:00 PM The Evansville concert is co-sponsored by the Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the University of Evansville Organ Series.
Mark your calendars for Monday, May 8th at St. John’s East, 7000 Lincoln Ave. in Evansville, IN for dinner at 6:00, meeting at 7:00 and for the Installation of Officers of the Evansville Chapter of the AGO at 7:30. Mark Hatfield has invited us to rehearse with their choir at 5:30, if we would like to sing with them for the Installation Festival Service. Please RSVP by May 3rd to firstname.lastname@example.org or 490-3538 for dinner reservations. The fee is $10.
The Executive Committee is considering the possibility of sponsoring a Pipe Organ Encounter in 2008. Substantial money is available to support this endeavor. Areas for volunteers include: Director, Secretary/Registrar, Treasurer, Services Coordinator, Facilities Coordinator, Faculty Coordinator, Publicity Coordinator, Funding Coordinator, and Scholarships. Please contact Dr. Douglas Reed with ideas and your willingness to help.
Dean Parker William Barrett
7804 Oarsman Jct. 658 Southfield Dr.
Evansville, IN 47715 Evansville, IN 47715
812-629-8108 (cell) 812-204-3823
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