Chapter Events

Michael Barone's 35th Anniversary Celebration of Pipedreams

Sunday, September 23, 2018

2:00 PM Meet & Greet Michael Barone
(open to the public)

3:00 PM Performance
Reception follows


Wooddale Church
6630 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

followed by a members-only event:

6:30 PM Members’ dinner and program (Paid registration required by Sept. 14)
Redstone American Grill
8000 Eden Road
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344

In conjunction with the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Minnesota Public Radio salutes Michael Barone on the 50th anniversary of his employment by MPR and the 35th anniversary of his nationally-syndicated PIPEDREAMS broadcast.

Join us at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie for a special meet-and-greet with Michael Barone (2:00 PM) before the performance event (3:00 PM) of varied and colorful music featuring on the largest pipe organ in Minnesota followed by a reception.

Guest soloists include:

Raymond Johnston (St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis)

Kathrine Handford (Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin)

Jessica Park (University of St. Thomas Chapel)

Robert Vickery (Holy Childhood RC Church, Saint Paul)

Jacob Benda (Nativity Catholic Church, Bloomington)

David Cherwien (National Lutheran Choir/Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis)

Melanie Ohnstad (Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis)

Catherine Rodland (St. Olaf College, Northfield)

Michael Unger (University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ohio)

Repertoire includes works by Minnesota composers Stephen Paulus, Paul Manz and Richard Proulx; Thomas Kerr, Calvin Taylor, Mary Beth Bennett, Robert Hebble and Daniel Gawthrop; and the Minnesota premiere of two new preludes and fugues by Henry Martin (Rutgers University, NJ), part of a 24-piece cycle commissioned by PIPEDREAMS.

The reception and performance are open to all with totally free admission.

At 6:30 PM, following the performance, TCAGO members may attend the dinner and program at Redstone American Grill with a PAID REGISTRATION for the dinner. We will hold our annual meeting and the program will feature guest speaker Haig Mardirosian. Seats are limited to 60 participants; $30 paid registration deadline is Friday, September 14.

Registration is required for the TCAGO members’ dinner (online or contact - 612-578-8058).

Pipedreams Scholarship Auditions

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10:00 AM

Cross View Lutheran Church

6645 McCauley Trail W.

Edina, MN 55439

The TCAGO Pipedreams Scholarship was established by the chapter to honor the significant contributions Michael Barone has made to the organ world. The scholarship will be directed toward young students wishing to either begin or continue organ studies. The students are not required to have any previous organ experience.

Application forms are due Monday, October 8, 2018. Please see the Scholarships page for the application form and other details.

Celebration of newly-restored Aeolian-Skinner organ 

Friday/Saturday, October 12/13, 2018

Northrop Auditorium
University of Minnesota

Minnesota Orchestra, with music director Osmo Vänskä, and organist Paul Jacobs

Celebration of the newly-restored Aeolian-Skinner organ in Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota

Program includes:

World premiere of piece for organ and orchestra by John Harbison

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

This is a ticketed event.

TCAGO members receive a discount.
Please visit the Member Discount page f
or instructions.

Introduction to the Northrop Organ

Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:30 AM
Northrop Auditorium
University of Minnesota
84 Church Street SE

As part of the inaugural weekend and in conjunction with the Minnesota Orchestra’s concerts, an Intimate Introduction to the Northrop Organ that will provide a special opportunity to additionally explore the sonic resources of Minnesota’s newest old pipe organ, the University of Minnesota’s 108-rank 1932-35 Aeolian-Skinner. Host Michael Barone, University of Minnesota Organ Professor Dean Billmeyer, and an able roster of local soloists will present solo repertoire chosen to reveal the extraordinary breadth and depth, the emotional expanse, and total personality of this marvelous music-making machine. At Northrop Auditorium on the University’s main campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Free and open to the public

Organist’s Open House

Saturday, October 13, 2018
2:00 - 4:00
Northrop Auditorium
University of Minnesota
84 Church Street SE

An Organist’s Open House with ‘open console’ available for qualified players and curious listeners to further introduce the recently reinstalled Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ to the community.

Free and open to the public

350th Anniversary of Francois Couperin's Birth

Saturday, November 10, 2018
7:30 PM
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota

Organ and vocal concert, including:

Mass for the Parishes, Motets

Performances by local organists & Concortium Carissimi

Free and open to the public

Nathan Laube performs at Northrop Auditorium

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:30 PM
Northrop Auditorium
University of Minnesota

First Solo Organ Concert on the restored Aeolian-Skinner organ

Ticketed event

Winter Workshop

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00 AM - Noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lecture Recital on organ music of Clarence Mader, presented by Jacob Benda

Free and open to the public, with free parking in the new Westminster Ramp

TCAGO Sponsored Organ Recital by Daniel Roth

Sunday, February 10, 2019
4:00 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pipe Organ Discovery Day

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Approximately 9 AM to 3 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4100 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Bethel Lutheran Church
4120 S 17th Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Student Competition

Saturday, March 9, 2019
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Rd 6
Plymouth, MN 55447

More information coming soon!

Before Bach’s Birthday Bash

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Approximately 9 AM to 5 PM
Locations TBA

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Thursday, March 28, 2019
8:00 PM
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue

St. Paul, Minnesota

Music Director Stephen Cleobury (last American Tour)

David Briggs performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6, and more

David Briggs will offer three totally different programs on three splendid instruments in the course of a single week:

Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, complete

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7:30 PM
Cathedral of Saint Paul (89-rank Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner/Quimby organs)
239 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota

Silent film accompaniment

Friday, April 5, 2019
7:30 PM
Boe Memorial Chapel (70-rank Holtkamp organ)
Saint Olaf College
Northfield, Minnesota

Varied repertoire and an improvised symphony

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7:30 PM
Christ Chapel (55-rank Hilgreen-Lane/Hendrickson organ)
Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, Minnesota

Masterclass with David Briggs (tentative)

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time and Location TBA

Annual Members Recital

Friday, May 3, 2019
Location TBA

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