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On Friday, November 4, our chapter and friends released a recently produced 25-minute video, "A Guide for Organ Committees," in the sanctuary of Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 South Robert Street, West Saint Paul.
We were so blessed to have the collaboration of Kris Langlois and Dee Anne Crossley during the program to sing hymns; and listen to the Glatter-Götz / Rosales Pipe Organ. Mark Aune (Senior Pastor, Augustana Lutheran Church) and Paul Westermeyer (Dean, TCAGO) shared a welcome and opening remarks, underscoring the tremendous support and efforts to implement this project.
Special thanks to Phil Asgian and many others for championing this event and launching this DVD which has already proven to be a beneficial resource. Watch the trailer!
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On Saturday, October 15, 2016, our chapter participated in a North Metro organ crawl:
Schedule8:30 AM Check-in and refreshments, Benson Great Hall, 3900 Bethel Drive, Saint Paul
9:00 AM Demonstration by Stephen Self on the 2003 Blackinton organ (3 manuals, 67 ranks) in Benson Great Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Demonstration by Joseph Trucano on the 2004 Fisk (2 manuals, 26 ranks) at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, 3920 Victoria Street North, Shoreview
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Demonstration by Jay Hunstiger on the Hendrickson/Rodgers digital organ (2 manuals, 108 ranks) at St. John the Baptist, 835 2nd Avenue NW, New Brighton
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Demonstration by Kathy Borgen on the 1986 Holtkamp (3 manuals, 40 ranks) at Christ the King Lutheran, 1900 7th Street NW, New Brighton
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Twin Cities Guild of the American Organists opened the season with a vespers service at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield, Minnesota. We are thankful for the partnership and collaboration with Gustavus Adolphus College: Chad Winterfeldt, Brandon Dean, The Choir of Christ Chapel, The Christ Chapel Ringers, and the Christ Chapel Brass. In addition, we are grateful for our gracious hosts: House of Prayer Lutheran Church and Jon Kietzer.
Following the service, members of the TCAGO gathered for dinner, installation of officers and a “state of the TCAGO” from Dean Westermeyer.
Choir of Christ Chapel
Installation of Officers
Paul Westermeyer at the members dinner
On Friday, May 6, 2016 TCAGO members performed a Max Reger Centenary Festival concert on the magnificent four-manual, 108-rank 1927 Casavant / 2007 Schantz pipe organ at St Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota.
The concert commemorated the life and work of Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger (19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916), a prolific composer, conductor, pianist, organist and teacher. Counted as on of the most influential German composers of his time, composing a staggering body of works during his short lifetime which exhibited his retrospective yet highly celebrated modern style. Arnold Schönberg famously extolled Reger, saying “I consider him a genius.”
Introduction and Passacaglia in d, (without opus); DAVID FIENEN, organ
Benedictus, Op. 59, no. 9; PETER VANDERWAAL, organ
3 Chorale-preludes, fr Op. 67 (No. 41, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme; No. 14, Herzlich tut mich verlangen; No. 49, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern); JOHN SCHULTZ, organ
Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in A-flat, Op. 49, no. 1; PAUL SCHIMMING, clarinet; STEPHEN SELF, piano
Ave Maria, Op. 80, no. 5; BILL CHOUINARD, organ
Toccata & Fugue in a, Op. 80, nos. 11/12; JACOB BENDA, organ
BACH (transcription by Reger): Allegro (i.), fr Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047; PHILIP and CHRISTOPHER BRUNELLE, piano
Songs with Organ Accompaniment [fr Geistliche Lieder, Opus 102 (No. 1, Ich sehe dich in tausend Bildern; No. 2, Meine Seele ist still zu Gott); Wenn in bangen trüben Stunden; Wohl denen, die ohne Tadel leben]. HUGO WOLF (arr. Reger): Gebet; PATRICIA KENT, soprano; KIM KASLING, organ
Chorale-Fantasy, Alle Menschen müssen sterben, Op. 52, #1; ALLAN MAHNKE, organ
The week of May 16, TCAGO Educational Outreach Committee members Margaret Gohman and Phil Asgian conducted classes on how the pipe organ works, its history, how composers use the resources of the organ for various artistic purposes, and a lesson on J.S. Bach, including the "Little Fugue in g minor," at King of Grace Lutheran School in Golden Valley. Mini Opus, our demonstration instrument, was put to good use. We started with third and fourth grade students, and then added the fifth grade and some adult students as more became intrigued with learning about the "King of Instruments."
On March 19, 2016, the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (TCAGO.org) in conjunction with the Bach Society of Minnesota, the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, and Classical Minnesota Public Radio, presented a day-long Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of hour-long concerts at churches along Summit Avenue in Saint Paul (MN) honoring both J.S.B. (born 3/21/1685) and his foremost ‘student’, Max Reger (b. 3/19/1873). Enjoy some pictures from the day’s activities!
A big THANK YOU to our performers and technical teams for making these events happen successfully. We estimate roughly 450 people enjoyed music throughout the day, and a large number of them were with us for the entire sequence of five concerts. Roughly 300 attended the final concert at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church. Great thanks to Michael Barone who compiled, produced, programmed and hosted this wonderful day celebrating J.S.B. and Reger.
Several photos can be seen below; however check out our Facebook page for many more photos and descriptions. Note: you do not need to hold a Facebook account to view these photos.)
Concert #1At our first venue, the Saint Paul Seminary Chapel, the audience listened attentively to some early morning counterpoint. This hour was broadcast live by Classical MPR.
Concert #2The second Before Bach’s Birthday Bash concert took place at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, and featured the elegant 56-rank Gabriel Kney organ (1987).
Concert #3After a lunch break, at 1 p.m. we visited the intimate Episcopal Church of St. Clement on Portland Avenue and heard performances featuring its 26-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ (1964).
Concert #4After a few-blocks walk from St. Clement’s, our 2:30 p.m. program took place at Unity Unitarian Church on Holly Avenue, featuring the 44-rank Noack organ (1965), the first modern three-manual mechanical-action instrument installed west of the Mississippi. We had a decent post-lunch audience here!
Concert #5For the final event at 4 o’clock, the sun had come out and we walked a block from Unity to The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, where the landmark 97-rank C.B. Fisk organ (1979) was put through its paces. A very nice audience showed up for this truly grand finale!
It was a great day, from beginning to end. Join us next year for the next Before Bach’s Birthday Bash (3/18/2017…venues TBD).
The Twin Cities Early Music Festival Ensemble (Clea Galhano & Alan Kolderie, recorders; Margaret Humphrey & Miriam Scholz-Carlson, violins; Ginna Watson, viola; Tulio Rondon, cello; Sara Thompson, bass; Donald Livingston, harpsichord) played the first movement of Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F, BWV 1057 (which is a transposition and slight rearrangement of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G).
Performers included (left to right): Adrian Volovets (private student of Kevin Seal, who played his own transcription of two Motets from Reger’s Opus 138, Nachtlied and Der Mensch lebt und bestehet); Sharon Kleckner (who played three pieces from Reger’s Opus 59…Gloria, Melodia, and Te Deum); Joel Kumro (student of Kim Kasling at St. John’s University, who played Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552); Joanne Rodland (who played Bach’s Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 668); and Kalle Akkerman (who played Bach’s Piece d’orgue in G, BWV 572).
Left-to-right: Twin Cities free-lancers flutist Hannah Peterson Green and organist Joseph Trucano played the Sonata in E-flat, BWV 1031. (There is some question whether this piece was compose by JSB, and possibly by Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach…but that middle movement…is it by CPE, really?) Resident musician Nils Halker played Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in C, BWV 545 and three Reger chorale-preludes from Opus 67 (O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, and Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele). Julie Yoonjeong Kim (University of Minnesota student of Dean Billmeyer) played Reger’s Toccata & Fugue in d, Opus 129, nos. 1 and 2. Cynthia Rapacke Betz played Bach’s chorale-prelude Von Got will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658. And David Fienen played two additional Bach chorale-preludes (An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 and Allein Gott in der Höh, BWV 663).
We also enjoyed a performance on Unity’s Mason & Hamlin grand piano by Fanya Lin (U of MN student of Lydia Artymew) of Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in F-sharp-minor, BWV 833 (WTC Book 2), and Lindsay Schlemmer (from Hour One, previously depicted) provided two additional movements from the Reger Solo Cello Suite No. 3.
Our organists at Unity included (l to r) Tom Ferry (from Como Park Lutheran) playing a set of three Bach pieces (Fugue in G-minor, BWV 578, plus chorale-preludes Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, and Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657); Andrew Hackett (from Hennepin Avenue United Methodist, Minneapolis) who played Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in B-minor, BWV 544; and Bruce Jacobs (technician at Twin Cities Public Television) who played a set of Bach Orgelbüchlein chorale-preludes (In Dir ist Freude, Christe, du Lamm Gottes, Alle Menschen müssen sterben and Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist).
Here are the organists for the final event. Back row, left: Noah Klein (a high-school student from Northfield (private student of Kevin Seal, and finalist in this year’s MPR Varsity Competition) played Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in C, BWV 547, which itself was an interesting prelude to the Art of Fugue selections by Ms. Lin. Back row, right: Joel Kumro, making an encore appearance, this time playing Reger’s lovely Benedictus, Op. 59, no. 9 (with registration assist by ADM).
And, seated front and center at the Fisk console, in his splendid Chicago casual spring garb, the incredible Aaron David Miller, who literally raised the roof with Reger's Opus 46. Wow! This piece provided as fine a tribute as could be paid the Baroque master J.S.B. And Aaron’s performance, played with such stupendous brio (and self-registered, too, on the Fisk without any significant registration aids!), provided a wonderful and fitting birthday tribute to Reger in this year of the centenary of his death (d. 5/11/1916).
University of Minnesota pianist Chun-Han Sophia Lin (a student of Alexander Braginsky) astonished us with her from-memory performance of several movements from Bach’s Art of Fugue (Contrapuncti IX, X, XI and XIV). That final fugue, left incomplete by Bach at the point where he stated his name with the motive B-flat/A/C/B-natural (B-A-C-H in German musical notation), was a perfect prelude to our day’s last music, Reger’s monumental Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, Opus 46.
A day of discovery for young music students was a great success, once again. Many thanks to TCAGO members Phil Asgian, Pamela Carlson, Margaret Gohman, Bjorn Gustafson, Phillip Radtke, and Michael Barone for volunteering your time and talents to the event. This year, an organ dedication was part of the event during the afternoon session. There were several students new this year to PODD, as well as several participants from previous PODDs. Eighteen students and 12 adults participated in the morning event, and about a dozen members of the congregation came after the PODD and before the dedication to learn more about the instruments. Thank you to all our participants and parents for your interest in the pipe organ!
The Twin Cities American Guild of Organists (TCAGO) was pleased to present a WIDOR FESTIVAL illuminating the music of Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) from January 24 through February 7, 2016 featuring The Bakken Trio; Choral and Organ Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul; a Lecture by Widor Biographer John Near; and Symphony No. 3, Opus 69 for Organ and Orchestra.
We sincerely thank ALL who worked so diligently to put this expansive WIDOR FESTIVAL together: especially the brainstorm of a “good idea” by the TCAGO program committee (David Jenkins, Michael Barone, Bob Luther, Bob Vickery, Kraig Windschitl, and Jeremy Haug). The event could not have been executed successfully without the host locations, choirs, organists, conductors, performers and promoters for successfully doing their part with grace and commitment.
Our deepest appreciation and respect to John Near, around whom the idea grew while providing intriguing content and context throughout.
Public participation was also very good through the entire festival: nearly sold-out crowd at the Bakken Trio concert, a very notable crowd on Friday night at the Cathedral; sufficient intimate bunch Saturday morning, and astonishing on Sunday afternoon.
A snapshot of photos is provided below. For more photos visit the TCAGO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/twincitiesago/
Additional Thanks to:
The Bakken Trio; bakkentrio.org
Choirs for The Cathedral of Saint Paul event:
The Cathedral of Saint Paul, Sean Vogt, director
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Jayson R. Engquist, director
The Church of the Holy Childhood, Robert Vickery, director
Organists for The Cathedral of Saint Paul event:
Lawrence Lawyer, Jayson Engquist, Catherine Rodland, Brian Carson, Robert Vickery
Live Lecture Performance event:
Widor’s Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34
Hannah Peterson, flute; Joseph Trucano, piano
Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis with Cary John Franklin, conductor
Diana Lee Lucker, organ
Event Locations and Sponsors:
The MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN
The Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), Pipedreams, and American Public Media
Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, MN
Michael Barone and John Near
The "Massed Choirs" at The Cathedral of Saint Paul
Catherine Rodland, organist
Michael Barone and John Near
John Near, Widor biographer
Live Performance: Joseph Trucano, piano; Hannah Peterson, flute
John Near with Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis
Diana Lee Lucker, organist, with Cary John Franklin, conductor, Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis
On Friday, September 18, The TCAGO was pleased to present an organ concert by Alcee Chriss (Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate and prize winner) on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church, Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota (215 South 8th Street).
Alcee has performed throughout the United States and France and showcased his virtuosity and versatility on Friday night. We are so blessed to have experienced his grace, skill and proficiency as a musician.
After the concert nearly 90 TCAGO members and guests gathered for the annual installation of board members and browsed the used music sale organized by TCAGO member, Jeff Patry. We send glorious thanks to Carsten Slostad and the Hospitality committee for arranging such a delightful meal – complete with wine graciously donated by “The Organ Doctor”, David Engen.
Pictured here, left to right, are Alcee Chriss, Michael Barone, and David Jenkins. You can find more photos on the TCAGO Facebook page by clicking here.
Previous Events 2014-2015
May Members Concert
The Twin Cities American Guild of Organists (TCAGO.org) was pleased to present its 2015 Members Organ Recital on Friday evening, May 1. Resident Musician Jane Horn invited us to visit St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (9201 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, MN 55427) and share the sounds of the splendid 48-rank Reuter organ.
It was a glorious evening in Bloomington, MN. We thank our performers: Jennifer Anderson, Matt Bacon, Stephen Hamilton, Samuel Holmberg, Jane Horn, Grant Johnson, Ben Kerswell, Sharon Kleckner, Geoff Olson, Jonathan Orwig, Jeff Patry and William J. William. In addition, we show appreciation to “Mike’s Brass” for the pre-concert music and participating in this event.
Extreme recognition is given to our hospitality committee under the guidance of Carsten Slostad and Bjorn Gustafson for the social time and reception after the recital.
We are blessed to close our 2014-2015 program year with a diversity of performers, genre and composers. Watch for more information announcing our 2015-2016 program year.
Additional photos are posted on our TCAGO Facebook page – CLICK HERE. (Note: you do not require a Facebook account to view these photos.)
Bach's Birthday Bash
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, several members and friends of the Twin Cities AGO chapter helped to celebrate Bach’s 330th Birthday (b. March 21, 1685). Thank you to Michael Barone for the leadership and coordination.
Several photos are below; and more photos available online at Facebook – Bach Bash 2015 – CLICK HERE
9:00-10:00 AM at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis) featuring the 78-rank 1980 Robert Sipe mechanical-action pipe organ
The first hour’s program was broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio network stations (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities; also streamed live online at www.classicalmpr.org) and featuring members and friends of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, student musicians from St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota School of Music, and members of the National Lutheran Choir and the Bach Society of Minnesota.
10:30-11:30 AM at First Unitarian Society (900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis) featuring the 35-rank 1961 Holktkamp neo-Baroque pipe organ
1:00-2:00 PM at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (2020 West Lake of the Isle Boulevard, Minneapolis) featuring the 28-rank 1980 Daniel Jaeckel pipe organ
2:30-3:30 PM at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis) featuring the 45-rank 1998 Dobson pipe organ
4:00-5:00 PM at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mark (519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis) featuring the 79-rank Foley-Baker pipe organ
Live on the air March 21, 2015 at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis...mechanical-action pipe organ from 1980 by Robert Sipe
Michael Barone broadcasting live from Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, on March 21, 2015 (Robert Sipe 1980 mechanical-action pipe organ)
The resident choir at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, for the 2015 Bach Bash sponsored by the Twin Cities chapter AGO (American Guild of Organists).
PHOTOS: remember, more photos are available online at Facebook – Bach Bash 2015 – CLICK HERE
Pipe Organ Discovery Day
Saturday, February 28
Students from grade 3 through 12 attended the annual Pipe Organ Discover Day (PODD) hosted by Phil Asgian at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church and Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
getting started with an introduction to the organ at Nativity of Our Lord ChurchMichael Barone Presents: So Much Music, So Little Time…
building a model of the Hydraulus--the earliest water-powered organ
young minds figuring out the wonders of the Hydraulus model
young artist at work on the bench at Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Saturday, February 7
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
UBS Forum Auditorium at MPR Headquarters
480 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Michael Barone, Presenter
The irrepressible Michael Barone provided an entertaining audio-visual presentation focused on interesting and unusual repertoire, anniversary composers, recent trends in the organ world, the possibility of an Organ Historical Society convention in Minnesota, and pictures from past PIPEDREAMS tours.
The presenter Biography
Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 50 years. As host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams began in 1982, and it remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. 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. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
Photos from TCAGO 2015 Winter Walcha Workshop and More
Saturday, January 10, 2015
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Buetow Auditorium, Concordia University
300 Hamline Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota
This past Saturday, January 10, nearly 70 friends and members of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (TCAGO.org) gathered for a Winter Walcha workshop and to learn about mental skills for musicians.
Dr. Delbert Disselhorst and Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada presented a half-day workshop on organ literature and performance skills, featuring a presentation on the summit of 20th-century neo-Baroque composition and Bach interpretation represented by Helmut Walcha, and an introduction to mental skills for all performers by an internationally recognized wellness teacher and pianist.
After the event, several gathered at “Fabulous Ferns Restaurant” for lunch and more socializing.
Special thanks to Kris Langlois and Concordia University - St. Paul for hosting the event. We were blessed to have Carsten Slostad providing hospitality serving pastries, coffee and cider on the cold winter morning in Minnesota.
More photos posted on the TCAGO facebook page: www.facebook.com/twincitiesago
TCAGO Program and Publicity Committee
Organ Concert, Stephen Tharp
Friday, November 21
Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 Robert Street South
West Saint Paul, MinnesotaInternationally acclaimed virtuoso Stephen Tharp played a solo concert on the Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ.
Sunday, November 9
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas [Gabriel Kney 1987, III/56]
University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul, MinnesotaSponsored by University of St. Thomas Music Department Organ Artist Concert Series.
Masterclass with Nathan Laube
Saturday, November 8
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas [Gabriel Kney 1987, III/56]
University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul, Minnesota
West Metro Organ Crawl - Event Photos and Summary
The Twin Cities American Guild of Organists (TCAGO.org) is pleased to share a summary of the WEST METRO ORGAN CRAWL – EXPLORATION DAY which was held this past Saturday, October 18.
Partnered with the beautiful weather and exquisite fall colors, several TCAGO members and friends toured around the West Metro of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
We graciously thank Carsten Slostad and our hospitality team for creating a delightful spread of refreshments, which launched our morning at Guardian Angels Catholic in Chaska.
We extended our blessings to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church who hosted the noon lunch with soups from Maynards Restaurant, mini-sandwiches from “the kitchen crew”, bite-sized treats from Truffle Hill, and gourmet brownies from staff organist Jeremy Haug. It is always delightful to eat, socialize, and partake in engaging conversation among fellow organists and friends.
The day-long event featured unique and varied instruments. To view the program and organ specifications – CLICK HERE.
THANK YOU to the CONCERT PERFORMERS:
Mary Joy Rieder – Guardian Angels Catholic [Schaeffer 1903; Orvold 1980, II/16]
Kraig Windschitl – Mount Olivet Lutheran [Möller 1956; Rodgers, III/38]
John Ferguson – Mount Calvary Lutheran [Schantz 1994, II/26] *20-Year Organ Celebration
Luke Tegtmeier – Trinity Episcopal [Hendrickson 2008, II/29]
In closing, the members of the TCAGO express utmost gratitude to our hosts:
- Michaela Frie, Guardian Angels Catholic Church
- Kraig Windschitl, Mount Olivet Lutheran
- Jeremy Haug and 20-Year Organ Anniversary Committee, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
- Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Foundation (sponsorship for lunch)
- Andrew Birling, Trinity Episcopal Church
SCHEDULE SUMMARY – Saturday, October 18
9:30 AM – Hospitality, Guardian Angels Catholic – 215 West Second Street, Chaska, MN 55318You can view additional photos online at this Facebook album – CLICK HERE. (Note: you do NOT need to be a Facebook member to view these photos).
10:00 AM – Guardian Angels, Chaska (same location)
11:00 AM – Mount Olivet Lutheran – 7150 Rolling Acres Rd, Victoria, MN 55386
NOON – Group Lunch at Mount Calvary Lutheran – 301 County Road 19, Excelsior, MN 55331
1:00 PM – Mount Calvary Lutheran (same location)
2:00 PM – Trinity Episcopal – 322 2nd Street, Excelsior, MN 55331
3:00 PM – Hospitality Hour, Maynards Restaurant – 685 Excelsior Boulevard, Excelsior, MN 55331
Organ & Choral VESPERS with St. Olaf Cantorei and James Bobb
TCAGO Member Dinner with installation of officers
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 South Snelling Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Twin Cities American Guild of Organists (TCAGO) was pleased to present an Organ & Choral Vespers worship service led by the St. Olaf Cantorei under the direction of James E. Bobb with the 36-rank M.P. Möller pipe organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Even with beautiful fall weather, the near-capacity sanctuary was filled with the sounds of organ, choir and congregational song.
After the Vespers service, 60 members of the TCAGO gathered together to install TCAGO board members and share in a meal.
We are so grateful for Tim Strand and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for hosting; Jamie Bobb, Cathy Rodland, the St. Olaf Cantorei for worship leadership; and Paul Westermeyer for presiding.
Concert by TCAGO Members
Friday, May 9, 2014
Zion Lutheran Church
1601 Fourth Avenue South
TCAGO members presented a SPRING ORGAN CONCERT performing on the 38-rank Holtkamp Pipe organ at Zion Lutheran Church.
The program repertoire focused on the commissioned works by Marilyn Mason. Professor Mason, who recently retired after 66 years of teaching at the University of Michigan, is one of the most respected figures on the organ scene in the United States. Throughout her career, she has commissioned more than seventy-five works by a wide variety of composers many of which are available in a seven-volume series from MorningStar.
Michael Barone; Host, Classical Minnesota Public Radio Pipedreams®
Kim Crisler; University of Minnesota, Walker-West Music Academy
Mary Jo Gothmann; University of Minnesota, New England Conservatory, St. Olaf College; Principal Organist, Zion Lutheran Church
Nils Halker; Luther College, University of Minnesota, University of Durham (England); Science Museum of Minnesota, Organist, Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church
David Jenkins; St. John’s University, Eastman School of Music, Royal Danish Music Academy (Copenhagen), The Saint Paul Seminary, University of St. Thomas
Jessica Johnston; student at University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Robert A. Luther; Drake University, University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music; Principal Organ Emeritus (1984-2004), Zion Lutheran Church
Kathryn Moen; retired Luther College, Augsburg, Northwestern Seminary, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Mary Newton; Gustavus Adolphus College, Concordia University Chicago, University of Minnesota; Organist, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
Joseph Trucano; Eastman School of Music; Classical Minnesota Public Radio
Kraig Windschitl; St. John’s University, Jacobs School of Music; Co-Principal Organist, Mount Olivet Lutheran
Friday, March 28, 2014
The concluding event with the organ residency program at St. Paul Music Academy, a music magnet school in the St. Paul School Systems, was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Over 200 students from grades 3, 4, and 5, along with teachers and chaperones, attended three sessions focused on compositions highlighting various families of pipes in the organ, bird song and the organ, including student performances on Chinese bird flutes accompanying the organ, Messiaen and bird song, and a lesson featuring videos on how organs are built. Lessons were led by TCAGO members Melanie Ohnstad, Laura Edman, Margaret Gohman, and Phil Asgian. Michael Barone spoke about the Pipedreams organ program and provided handouts on the organ and upcoming local events. We thank the many Westminster volunteers that helped make this event a success.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Competition
Sunday, March 23, 2014
3:00 PM, Winners' Concert
Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 S. Robert Street
West St. Paul, Minnesota
Congratulations to the TCAGO 2014 Competition Winners!
First place: Laura Hedstrom
Second place: Phil Radtke
read more about them
The purpose of these competitions is to encourage young organists to pursue excellence, gain performance experience, and receive recognition for their achievements. These competitions begin at the Chapter level and conclude at the Regional Conventions.
First Prize: $2,000, The Schubert Club
Second Prize: $1,000, sponsored by TCAGO member Phil Asgian
Competition judges: David Jenkins, Tom Ferry, and Kris Langlois
Dean Billmeyer, Laura Hedstrom, Phil Radtke
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
St. Paul, Minnesota
Another Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of four hour-long all-Bach programs at four venues on or near Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, began with a live Classical MPR broadcast (10:00 AM) at the St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue)...
Michael Barone, Julie Elhard, Jin Kim, Paul Boehnke, Joe Trucano, David Jenkins, Isaac Drewes, Soyoun Kim
...and continued (11:30 AM) at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of Saint Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland Avenues).
Michael Barone, Dr. Woobin Park, Donald Livingston, Kevin Seal, Andrew Hackett, Daniel Corneliussen, George Fergus
After a lunch break, afternoon events took place (2:00 PM) at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist (60 Kent Street, at Portland Avenue)...
David Lim, John Schultz, Julie Yoonjeong Kim, Harris Bernstein
...and (3:30 PM) at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue).
Emily Kahnert, Chun-Han (Sophia) Lin, Aaron David Miller
(not present in photo: Paul Stever)
Co-sponsored by Classical Minnesota Public Radio, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
For more information, see the digital version of the printed program of the event with repertoire and performers biographies.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The House of Hope Presbyterian Church
797 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota
The annual Pipe Organ Discovery Day is a superb opportunity for young students with some keyboard experience and an interest in learning more about the pipe organ, with a ‘hands on’ opportunity. A free pizza-lunch is included, but pre-registration is required.
Friday, February 7, 2014
8:00 PM, Dr. John Schwandt, Organ Concert
Saturday, February 8, 2014
8:30 AM – Noon, All New Winter Tune-up Workshops led by Dr. John Schwandt and Dr. James Hammann
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Road 6
This two-day event featured guest organists and workshop leaders Dr. John Schwandt and Dr. James Hammann.
Friday night, Dr. Schwandt presented a free concert, and on Saturday morning, he led workshops on improvisation and the creative use of organ in worship. Dr. Hammann presented a workshop on the organ music of Felix Mendelssohn.
Refreshments preceded the workshops, and a group lunch followed the morning events.
This event was co-sponsored by TCAGO, St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, and Schantz Organ Company.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
10 AM - 11:30 AM, Lecture-presentation
Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar Street
St. Paul, Minnesota
An illustrated presentation in sights and sounds by organ builder Bertrand Cattiaux (Liourdres, France; www.orguescattiaux.org) with photographs and musical excerpts on the subject of French organbuilding from the sixteenth century until the present. Cattiaux reflected on his experiences restoring and rebuilding numerous old organs, including very famous instruments by Clicquot (Poitiers Cathedral; Versailles Chapel) and Cavaille-Coll (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris; Saint Sernin, Toulouse). Organists and organ lovers alike learned a great deal from this entertaining and enlightening presentation.
This event was co-sponsored by Pipedreams (Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media) and TCAGO.