Evansville A.G.O.
Photos and Past Events


Vespers/Service of Installation
May 7, 2018
St. Lucas UCC
May 2018
                    Installation service, officers and players

Pedals, Pipes & Pino, March 2018
St. Boniface Catholic Church, Evansville
Pedals, Pipes &
                    Pino March 2018

Pedals, Pipes & Pizza: February 2018
University of Evansville
Pedals, Pipes &
                    Pizza 2018

Choral Reading Session: Commissioned Works
September 30, 2017
Methodist Temple
Methodist Temple choral
                    readings session

Installation Service
May 9, 2017
St. John's UCC
Installation service May 2017

Organ Crawl to Indiana University/Bloomington
March 11, 2017
Bloomington Organ Crawl March 2017
Bloomington organ crawl group

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
February 11, 2017
(Helen S. Reed, Coordinator)
Pedals, Pipes and
                    Pizza 2017

Giesecke Organ Unloading
July 7, 2016
Giesecke organ unloading

Mt. Vernon Bicentennial Celebration
June 11, 2016
Mt. Vernon June 2016

Festival Service
May 9, 2016
University of Evansville, Neu Chapel
Installation Service May 2016

Organ Plus Concert
March 6, 2016
St. Mary Catholic Church, Evansville
Organ Plus, March 2016

Kirk Rich in Recital
February 21, 2016
First Presbyterian Church, Evansville
Kirk Rich Recital

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza, October 2015
PP&P 2015

Choral Workshop, September 2015
Choral Workshop, Sept. 2015

Summer Social, August 2015
August Social 2015

Installation Service at Emanuel Lutheran
following Dinner at Turoni's
May 4, 2015
Installation at Emanuel Lutheran, 2015

Dinner at Turonis, May 2015

Premier Concert of Commissioned Piece by William Bolcom
with The American Brass Quintet and Douglas Reed
April 10, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville
Premier Concert April 10, 2015
Photos by Robert Nicholls, Chairman of the Bolcom Commission Planning Committee

Premier Concert with performers, etc.

The ABQ workshop with local students.
American Brass Quintet workshop with Evansville area students.

Pre-concert social at Kirby's
Pre-concert social gathering for supporters, performers, composer and organizers at Kirby's.

The Reeds.

Assistants at the organ
Organ assistants James Wells and Rachel Bennett

2015 Bach-a-thon
Neu Chapel, University of Evansville
March 1, 2015
2015 Bachathon

February 2015 Meeting:
 Visit to Temple Adath B’nai Israel

AGO group at
                      Temple Adath B'nai Israel

Historic Organ Concert
St. Boniface Church, Fulda, Indiana
November 9, 2014
Performers at Fulda

Boo in Boonville 2014
Main Street United Methodist Church, Boonville
Boo in Boonville

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
October 25, 2014
St. John's UCC, Boonville

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

Aldersgate Anniversary
September 21, 2014
Aldersgate anniversary: performers.

Summer Social
August 2014
Summer Social, members at St. Margaret's
                      Chapel in Henderson.

Service of Installation
May 5, 2014

St. Lucas United Church of Christ, Evansville
Evansville chapter at May 5, 2014 installation

Officers at installations service, May 5 2014

Historic Organ Concert
First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon, Indiana
April 6, 2014
Chapter members attending the
                            historic organ concert in Mt. Vernon.
Four performers at historic organ
                            concert.Congregational singing at historic
                            organ concert--full church!

2014 Bach-a-thon
2014 Bach-a-thon collage: performers at
                        First Pres
March 9, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church

Improvisation Workshop with John Schandt
Improvisation workshop with John Schandt and

John Schandt leading inprov workshop
Saturday February 20, 2014
At First Presbyterian Church in Evansville.

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza 2014
Pedal Pipes and Pizza 2014 participants
                        and leaders
Saturday February 20, 2014
at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Henderson, KY

Winter Social: January 2014
Winter social, January 2014,
Graciously hosted by Jennifer Taylor in her home.

Certification Workshop
October 21, 2013
Presenter: Helen Skuggedal Reed
Certification workshop participants.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Favorite Voluntaries
: Mark X. Hatfield
September 23, 2013
Favorite Voluntaries, led by Mark Hatfield
St. Mary Catholic Church, Evansville

Installation Service
May 6, 2013
May Chapter Event 2013
First United Methodist Church, Henderson KY

Bach-a-thon 2013
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
April 20, 2013

                        Shelley H. at the organ Bachathon, Jonathan H.
                        at piano
Bachathon, Joanna F. singing Helen S.R. and Robert
                        N., keyboard concerto
2013 Bachathon Matthew and Jessica V.
                        Donna S. Henderson Singers Bachathon, Mark at the
First Singers of FUMC Henderson KY
Afternoon performers.

RCYO/Quimby Chapter Competition
April 6, 2013
Trinity United Methodist Church, Evansville IN

Local RCYO participants
Competitors (front row): Rachel Bennett, Joe Luegers, Robert Elliot Stubbs
Judges: Neal Biggers, Robert Bozeman, Dr. Michael Messina

Pedals, Pipes and Tacos (for Adults)
March 15, 2013
St. Anthony's Catholic Church

Pedals, Pipes and Tacos, March 2013 at
                        St. Anthony's Church

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
March 9, 2013
University of Evansville
Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
                        2013 at Neu Chapel, UE.
Co-sponsored with the University of Evansville Chapter of the A.G.O.
Workshop, led by Matthew Vanover
February 25, 2013
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Evansville

                        Paul's Lutheran Church and Matthew.

Approximately twelve members and guests of our chapter participated in Matthew's inspiring workshop
entitled Organ for Pianists, Piano for Organists.

Epiphany House Party 2013
Hosted by our dean, Neal Biggers.
Epiphany party 2013

Epiphany party 2013 b

Historic Organ Program
St. Pius Catholic Church in Troy, Indiana
November 4, 2012
Troy, IN, St. Pius Church

                        of the Opera program and photo of Robert.

David Briggs Recital
First Presbyterian Church, Evansville
September 23, 2012

David Briggs recital reception, Sept.

Concert and Installation
St. Mary Catholic Church, Evansville
May 7, 2012
May 2012 Concert-Installation
Sound Clips from the Concert:
Dupre: Placare Christe Servulis, with Henry Mauer, Organ
Callahan: Adoro Te Devote, with Rachel Bennett on horn and Kevin Ellerbusch on organ
Peeters: Aria, with Tim Groulx on trumpet and Robert Nicholls on organ
Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria, with Jonathan Hauke on organ and Karen Morris, soprano
Hymn Setting by Erik Meyer, with Neal Biggers on organ
Also participating: David Lamb, Tammy Gieselman and Dan Wilkinson

Recital and Dinner in Honor of
Dr. Douglas Reed's Teaching Career
April 22, 2012
Dinner in honor of Doug Reed.

Students' table at dinner in honor of Doug

Four guys at recital in honor of Doug

Service Playing Workshop
Robert Nicholls, Presenter
March 19, 2012
at Trinity United Methodist Church in Evansville

Service Playing Workshop, March 2012

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza 2012
February 18, 2012
First Christian Church in Owensboro, KY
Students at the 2012
                        Pedals, Pipes & Pizza in Owensboro KY.

Pedals, Pipes and Pinot
February 10, 2012
Church of Our Redeemer, Lutheran

Pedals, Pipes and Pinot, February 2012

Organ Tuning & Maintenance Workshop
at the University of Evansville
January 23, 2012
Robert Nicholls, Presenter

Organ tuning workshop at UE Student tuning at AGO
                        tuning workshop.
Student tuning pipe at organ tuning
                        workshop at UE.

Historic Organ Recital
November 2011
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Poseyville, IN

Poseyville: St. Francis Church, performers
                        at historic organ recital Nov. 2011

Semi-Centennial (50th) Installation Service
May 2011
                        officers and charter member, May 2011
2011-2012 Officers, and charter member Mrs. Lucille Werzner

Installation service, May 2011
Chapter members participate in the installation service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Evansville.

Historic Organs Recital
April 10, 2011
Historic Organs Recital at St. Anthony's,
Performers (left to right) Kevin Ellerbusch, Helen Skuggedal Reed, Matthew Vanover, Carolyn Adams, Neal Biggers, Robert Nichols, Dan Wilkerson, played at First Avenue Presbyterian Church (below) and St. Anthony's Catholic Church (above), both in Evansville.
First Ave. Presby Church
Click here to hear a hymn led by Robert Nicholls
on the eleven-rank Kilgen at First Avenue Presbyterian.
Go to the respective organ pages to hear more selections from the recital:
First Avenue Presbyetian, St. Anthony's

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza 2011
Pedals, Pipes and Pizza 2011
Seven young piano students along with parents and teachers joined Guild members Matthew, Kristin, Barbara, Neal and Evalyn on March 26 at the Presbyterian Church of Henderson for a fun and educational Saturday morning.

Evansville POEA Graduates Recital #2
March 27, 2011
POEA Graduates Recital March 2011: Katie
                          and Katelyn
Katelyn Emerson (Oberlin), Katie Minion (Maranatha Bible College)
First Presbyterian Church, Evansville

Evansville POEA Graduates Recital #1
February 13, 2011
POEA Graduates Recital, Fegb. 2011
Bryan Anderson and Weston Jennings, Guest Recitalists
First Presbyterian Church, Evansville

50th Anniversary Party for our Chapter
January 9, 2011
Evansville AGO January 2011 social
Kristin Jones graciously hosted us in her home, and prepared a special cake in honor of the occasion.
Following a meal of Kristin's chili and potluck side dishes, some of the minutes of the first few meetings of the chapter were read and discussed.  Members then shared some joys and concerns we face in our work today.

Boo In Boonville
Halloween Day 2010
Performers in Boo in Boonville, Halloween
                        Day 2010
                        in Boonville concert, piano and violin duet
Hundreds of trick-or-treaters and family members heard us play either inside the Main Street United Methodist Church, or in the church yard (where food was served by the church) and the main town square through loud speakers.
                          in Boonville concert, Matthew Vanover at
Players included guild members Kristin Jones, Helen Skuggedal Reed, Michael Salazar, Jenni Taylor, Matthew Vanover and Neal Biggers, plus a couple of other musicians from Boonville. Other guild members were present in the audience.

End of Summer Social, Dinner, Evening Prayer Service
September 10, 2010
September 2010 meal and prayer service.
St. Margaret's Chapel, Henderson KY

Spring Meeting, Dinner and Installation Service
May 3, 2010
May dinner
Graciously hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Henderson
Meeting led by Robert Nicholls, Dean
Installation service
The new executive committee was installed in a service of organ music, hymns and psalms, and an inspiring talk by the Rev. John Guthrie of the host church.

Reception for Douglas Reed's Faculty Recital
March 16, 2010
Doug Reed's recital reception, March

Doug Reed's Recital reception
                              (crowd) Doug Reed's recital reception, table

Pilcher Organ Centennial Concert in Owensboro
January 24, 2010
Performers at Owensboro Central
                              Presbyterian Centennial Concert
More than ninety people attended the concert (see players above) on the historic Pilcher organ, and the reception provided by the members of Central Presbyterian Church.  See our organ page for Central Presbyterian for sound clips from the concert.

Dual Chapter Event at St. Meinrad
Organ facade at St. Meinrad
With the Southern Indiana Chapter, November 21

Tinker Memorial Concert
November 8, 2009

Members of our chapter provided a reception of cookies and apple cider following this concert honoring the memory of Milton Z. Tinker, an early founder of music education in Evansville.  The concert was at the University of Evansville and featured university keyboard students and the Signature School orchestra.  Guest Jeff Lyons and Douglas Reed talked about the Tinker Memorial Organ at the coliseum downtown and demonstrated some of the pipes from the organ.

A Presentation on "Global Christian Song"
by Dr. Douglas Reed
, September 14
                    Reed      Philip
Masterclass and concert by Philip Scriven, October 17/18

Summer Social 2009

An enjoyable evening was had by all at our summer social at the home of Kristin Jones, August 23, 2009.  Robert Nicholls reported on the upcoming season and presented a slideshow of the POEA.  We held some of Kristin's husband Wayne's historic instruments for our photo.


POEA 2009 after Roth concert in
Pictured above are participants in the POEA 2009 organized by the Evansville Chapter and the University of Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  Shown are participating students, faculty and chaperones, with Daniel Roth and Phyllis Menke in the pulpit at the Huntingburg United Church of Christ following Daniel Roth's wonderful concert on Wednesday evening.  The Phylllis and Robert Menke Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation sponsored the concert.  The students and wider community also were inspired by concerts on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings by the POEA faculty.

Schwandt's class O'Neill's Keyboard
          Harmony Class
Roberta Gary's
          class Tarrant's Class
Classes in improvisation by John Schwandt, keyboard harmony by Douglas O'Neill,
body-mapping by Roberta Gary and masterclass teaching by Jeremy David Tarrant. 

Organ building
Organ building class with organbuilder Michael Rathke.

harpsichords keyboard lab
Classes on the University of Evansville harpsichords and in the keyboard lab.

Class with
          Douglas Reed
Instruction by POEA Faculty Coordinator Douglas Reed.

Organ lessons were given throughout the week by all faculty members.
Masterclass with
          Janette Fishell at St. Meinrad. Masterclass with Jay Peterson at
          St. Meinrad.
James David
          Christie teaching at St. Meinrad. Group in chancel at St. Meinrad.
Masterclass teaching by Janette Fishell, Jay Peterson
and James David Christie at St. Meinrad Archabbey.

POEA group
          Thursday evening
POEA 2009 participating students, University of Evansville student chaperones,
 and Thursday evening's local performers Thomas Drury, Helen Reed and Robert Nicholls.

Students carrying
          small Rathke organ outside Students carrying
          small Rathke organ inside.
Rathke organ
Display organ refurbished by Michael Rathke,
temporarily housed at the University of Evansville
and used for teaching and practice during the POEA 2009.

          practicing on the Noack at UE. Student
          practicing on the Fisk at UE.
Twenty organs around Evansville were available for student practice each day.

Welcome Meal Welcome meal, students
Meal Meal 2
Covered-dish dinner with delicious dishes provided by the Evansville A.G.O. Chapter.

Student recital at Trinity Methodist Church
Student recital at Trinity Methodist Church on the last day.

Tinker organ pipe
          display Tinker organ bass pipes
Pipes from the Tinker Memorial Organ of the Evansville Coliseum were on display
in the lobby of Wheeler Concert Hall at the University of Evansville during the POEA 2009.

 Click here for our POEA page with a detailed description of the 2009 POEA in Evansville, Indiana.

Pipe Organ Spectacular
October 19, 2008
Methodist Temple
Pipe Organ Spectacular, Oct 2008

Additional photos welcome, send to nealbiggers@yahoo.com.
Thanks goes to Matthew Vanover, and other AGO members, for providing many of these photos.

For upcoming events, see our Program Calendar page.

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