TCAGO Chapter Events

A Winter Workshop 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (extended!
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota
7:30 PM Concert
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN

Mark your calendars! Registration & Hospitality begin at 8:30 AM.

Online Registration is now open or contact - 612-578-8058

  • Free Workshops (at Westminster Presbyterian Church)
  • Free Concert (at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral)
  • Free parking in the new Westminster Ramp
  • Registration strongly encouraged
  • Lunch catered onsite for $15 per person


Church Music Repertoire Workshop, presented by Stephen Hamilton

Sound Advice: The Musicians' Ears -- Practicing for Healthy Hearing, presented by Cynthia Hogan, Ph.D.; Neil Patel, M.D. (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN); and James Holt, M.D. (retired, Marshfield Clinic, WI)

Sacred Art Tour

Clarence Mader: An American Renaissance Man, Lecture Recital on organ music of Clarence Mader, presented by Jacob Benda

Pipedreams® Travelogue Slideshow, presented by Michael Barone and Lise Schmidt

Stephen Hamilton in Concert, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral


8:30–8:55 AM: Registration & Hospitality at Westminster

9:00–10:15 AM: Church Music Repertoire Workshop 


10:30–11:30 AM: Sound Advice: The Musicians' Ears -- Practicing for Healthy Hearing

11:30 AM–12:15 PM: LUNCH ($15 per person)

12:15–1:00 PM: Sacred Art Tour

1:00–2:00 PM: Clarence Mader (1904-1971): An American Renaissance Man


2:15–3:00 PM: Pipedreams® Travelogue Slideshow

7:30 PM: Stephen Hamilton in Concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral


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Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1200 Marquette Ave. Free parking is available in the Westminster Parking Ramp. Entrance is off Alice Rainville Place (13th Street) between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Ave. Access to Alice Rainville Place only can be made from the south via Marquette.


Hamilton’s “Church Music Repertoire Workshop” is a multi-dimensional workshop that presents recently published music by Augsburg, MorningStar and Oxford publishers. In that there are few music stores to research new music, Hamilton’s workshop focuses on these new compositions and how they might be integrated with older, well known compositions. In addition, Hamilton discusses organ technique, registration and the organization of the church service. This is a very practical workshop in that music for “manuals only” is also included for our piano friends who have found their way to the organ, or beginning organ students who have become involved in a church. Hamilton has presented a “Church Music Repertoire Workshop” at eight National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists as well as to many regional conventions and individual AGO Chapters.

Sound Advice: The Musicians' Ears -- Practicing for Healthy Hearing: This presentation, by an esteemed panel from the Mayo Clinic Department of Otolaryngology will address healthy hearing practices as well as how to protect and preserve hearing. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Fine musicianship is based on critical listening skills. Organists spend a good part of their training and education developing their aural skills to become discerning musicians. Yet organists often practice and perform at elevated dynamic levels and for durations of time which may be unsafe and could contribute to hearing disorders, damage and loss. 


Eat for Equity builds a culture of generosity through sustainable community feasts. They will offer the following lunch choices for $15 per person (includes sandwich, side, fruit and cookie).

Sandwich Choices:

  • Roasted Vegetable Sandwich (mushrooms, beets, with arugula pesto, smoked provolone served on a baguette)
  • Curry Chicken Sandwich (served on a baguette with fennel celery slaw and cilantro aioli)
  • Turkey, Brie & Apple Sandwich (turkey, apples, spinach, mustard and brie, served on a baguette)
  • Ham, Brie & Apple Sandwich (ham, apples, spinach, mustard and brie, served on a baguette)

Side Choices:

  • Wild Rice Salad (gluten free, vegan)
  • Kale Caesar Salad (vegetarian)
  • Rainbow Salad with Golden Dressing (gluten free, vegan)

Sacred Art Tour: After enjoying a catered lunch with colleagues and friends, take in the Westminster Gallery (est. 2002), which exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. Featured art is from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs faith practices. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life. Learn more.

Clarence Mader (1904–1971): An American Renaissance Man: Jacob Benda will discuss the life of Clarence Mader who is widely recognized as an influential teacher, prolific composer, visual artist, poet, and organ consultant. Mader's distinctive writing style will be demonstrated as Jacob performs a variety of his compositions for solo organ: Fanfare Prelude, Bell Serenade, October Interlude, Fangle, A Passiontide Fantasy, Concerto for Organ (excerpts), and Afternoon of a Toad.

Pipedreams® Travelogue Slideshow: Michael Barone and Lise Schmidt share glimpses of some intriguing instruments visited during their various organ-focused adventures abroad.

Stephen Hamilton in Concert - Venture to St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis) at 7:30 PM to hear virtuoso Stephen Hamilton play Bach, Franck, Ginastera (Toccata, Villancico & Fugue), Messiaen (L’Ascension) and Dupré on the Foley-Baker Pipe Organ. Free will donation encouraged, sponsored by St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Music Series.


STEPHEN HAMILTON, internationally acclaimed virtuoso, has long been prominent on the American organ scene. The New York Times wrote: “Hamilton, as organist at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) obviously knew the instrument’s sonorous capabilities and brought them powerfully to bear in a rousing account.” Recent performance highlights include concerts in London’s Westminster Abbey and Saint Paul Cathedral, Merton College-Oxford, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, Edinburgh’s St. Giles Cathedral, and Regensburg’s Saint Peter’s Cathedral. Hundreds of United States performances and workshops include University of Michigan, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Washington’s National Cathedral, and New York City’s Columbia University, St. John the Divine, and Saint Ignatius Loyola. Hamilton’s moving interpretation of Marcel Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix in over fifty concert performances and on CD consistently meets with critical and popular acclaim. His highly successful class “New Music for the Church Organist” has been a sought after event at AGO conventions. While Minister of Music at New York City’s Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) from 1991-2011 and Chapel Organist at Columbia University, Hamilton served on the faculties of Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music, and Queens College. Now residing in Minneapolis, Hamilton continues to concertize internationally along with teaching and presenting workshops and masterclasses.

Currently serving as the Director of Music and Liturgy at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in the Twin Cities, JACOB BENDA earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Louisiana State University in 2015 where his major professors were Dr. Herndon Spillman, organ, Dr. Robert Peck, music theory, and Michael Gurt, piano. As a concert artist he has toured extensively throughout the United States, and his playing has been heard multiple times on American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS. Recent performances include solo recitals at the University of North Texas, Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle, Washington, the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the 2018 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival. His debut recording, Music at Midnight: A Tonal Palette, was released on the Centaur Label in 2014; it is the first commercial recording to feature, exclusively, organ music by Clarence Mader. Dr. Benda has given lectures on the life and music of Clarence Mader at Yale University, and at the 2014 American Guild of Organists National Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts. His first publication, Unveiling the Mystery: A Pianist’s Discovery of the Organ, was published in the September 2018 issue of the MTNA E-journal. Amid his church music and performance careers, Jacob serves on the Board of Directors for the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund based in Los Angeles, and as the Sub-Dean for the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Building upon a musical curiosity that began very early, MICHAEL BARONE has been involved in classical music for much of his life, with the pipe organ for more than 60 years, and with radio for 53. Following graduation from the Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and involvement there in the student-run campus station, WOBC, he began his professional career in public radio on August 20, 1968 as Music Director and the sixth full-time employee of KSJR-FM, a fledgling operation licensed to St. John’s Benedictine Abbey and University in Collegeville, MN. He has watched and participated as that station grew in independence and influence to become the well-known enterprise of today, Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. After serving 25 years as MPR Music Director, Michael focused on national productions (Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Pipedreams; A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols), and is MPR’s longest continuously-tenured employee (50+ years), an achievement not likely to be matched. Michael’s talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President’s Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997, and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

NEIL PATEL, M.D., graduated from Duke University with a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his M.D. at University of Illinois College of Medicine and subsequently pursued residency training in Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Patel stayed on to be the first neurotology fellow at Mayo and is currently in his first year of a two year fellowship performing surgery for hearing loss, balance disorders, and tumors of the ear and brain.

CYNTHIA HOGAN, Ph.D., graduated from Clarion University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She obtained a Masters of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from Pennsylvania State University and a Doctorate in Audiology from Syracuse University. Dr. Hogan is an Audiologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

JAMES HOLT, M.D., received his undergraduate and medical school degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed residency training in Otolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He is now retired from the Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin, where his practice focused on medical and surgical treatment of ear diseases. A member of the Chippewa Valley AGO Chapter, he is an organ student of Kathy Handford and a devoted listener of Pipedreams.

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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