Next WorcAGO Program: Saturday 3/14 Workshops (Trinity Lutheran, Worcester)
Local Workshop Saturday is MULTI-FACETED
- Hymn Playing (treat yourself to some inspiring new twists for something we do each week)
- Choral directing for ALL levels: See outline summary below – re-think how you plan and conduct an effective and inspirational rehearsal.
- Music sale and some freebies 10+ large boxes of choral and organ scores, proceeds to support the Scholarship Fund
- Open console and networking with your colleagues from around New England
10AM Practical Ideas for Hymn Playing/Leading
1PM Choir Directing Tips for Church Musicians
(lunch, open console, music score sale(choral, organ) at noon) RSVP
Hymn Playing (10AM) Dr. Stuart Forster’s bio
Playing hymns on the organ is a centuries-old tradition that has been passed down largely through osmosis and guesswork. To address a growing need for more explicit instruction, Dr. Forster will review approaches to hymn playing, and then highlight twenty vital aspects encompassing the art of hymn playing. To equip the organist with a palette of tools for every occasion, his discussion considers topics:
techniques for learning hymns, teaching hymns, playing hymns, selecting hymns, introductions, engaging the choir, empowering the congregation, making the most of the organ, registration choices, working with other instruments, collaborating with clergy, effective preparation, and altered harmonizations to complement the hymn texts and fit the context of the service. We will explore the balance between predictability and creativity to enliven congregational song in ways that are thoughtful, musical, and sustainable.
He will draw from examples in his latest book which contrasts differing styles and denominations. The workshop will adapt to the abilities and experiences of those who attend, so it will be a very enlightening seminar for all who attend regardless of their skill level.
Choral Conducting (1PM) Dr Felicia Barber’s bio
Choral directing is a major part of many church musicians’ responsibilities. Few of us have studied the basics, but have picked up ideas along the way in our music careers. Dr. Barber will offer two mini-workshops in this reinvigorating time with us:
· Choral techniques with emphasis on clearly conveyed beat patterns and transitions between sections using standard choral repertoire, diagnostic techniques in choral rehearsals using discriminating ears, score preparation, formulating an interpretation for a piece, planning the rehearsal, and empowering the chorister’s full musical potential. Scores for the demonstrations will be available at the workshop and via emailed PDF to those who RSVP.
· The second half will focus on Spirituals in context and language usage. Dr. Barber has done extensive research on this topic having studied with Andre Thomas at FSU.
Choral Workshop Outline Announced
· Effective Warm up
· First 5 Minutes
· Foundations of Basic Gesture
· Four elements that make up a conductor’s gesture
· Conducting Examples – Patterns of 4,3,2
· Score preparation
· See Article: Score Analysis, Exploration and Preparation
· A method (in development) Drew Collins, Kenneth Jennings, and etc.
· Elements of an Effective Choral Rehearsal
· Rehearsal Hierarchy
§ Rehearsal Management: Plan Appropriate Repertoire; Divide Rehearsal
A light lunch buffet will be offered at Noon (included in the workshop fee). During the lunch hour, (used) organ and (LOTS of sets of) choral scores will be on sale to benefit the WorcAGO scholarship fund. In parallel, Trinity’s 1969 III/61 Op. 40 Noack will be available for Open Console (the acoustics are GREAT too). please RSVP
The workshop fee (any part or all of the day) is $20 (AGO members, any chapter), $25 non-members. Check or credit card accepted.
WorcAGO PROGRAM YEAR, Spring-Winter 2015
January 4 Twelfth Night Party
Private Residence – Huge Success and lots of fun!
February 6 (13 snow) Friday 7:00 p.m. Hymn Festival with Organ Preludes
St. Peter’s Church, 931 Main Street, Worcester (across from Clark University). This ecumenical event will feature WorcAGO organists performing and leading the congregational hymns. Free will offering. Snow date 2/13/15.
Composers: Franklin Ashdown (SLANE), Aaron David Miller (FINLANDIA), David N. Johnson (WONDROUS LOVE), Robert Hobby (ST. COLUMBA), our own Dorothy Frisch (AR HYD Y NOS), Wilbur Held (FOUNDATION), Samuel Walter (LAUDA ANIMA), Janet Linker (HERE I AM, LORD). GET SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR YOUR OWN SERVICE MUSIC!
Come lift your voices and spirits in a beautiful setting with the
III/53 Casavant Frères Ltée., Opus 2938, 1967 (Stoplist).
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM String Quartet “plus” concert Shrewsbury Congregational on the Common
Chamber music for strings with three different keyboard instruments, including Schumann’s celebrated Piano Quintet in E flat major, the Rheinberger Suite for violin, cello and organ, op. 149, and the world premiere of Fitchburg composer Robin Dinda’s Organ Concertino #1 with the church’s J. W. Walker portativ organ.
March 14 (no snow) 10AM Workshops: Practical Ideas for Hymn Playing/Leading and 1PM Choir Directing for Church Musicians
Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester
Lunch, open console, music score sale fundraiser
April 15 Noontime Brown Bag Worcester Organ Concert, Peter Krasinski, organ
Celebrate the Hook organ in classic repertoire, along with a Silent Film accompanied by Peter.
Mechanics Hall, Worcester
April 17 Humanarts Organ Recital Friday 7:30PM - Ezequiel Menendez(Hartford), organist
works by: Mendelssohn, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Franck
Assumption College Chapel
April 24 Young Artists Showcase: Jonathan Wessler, organist Friday, 7PM
Innovative Transcriptions and Works by Ludwig van Beethoven (Leonore Symphony 3), Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Alexandre Guilmant.
First Unitarian Church, Worcester
May 15 William Ness, organist 7:15PM
First Baptist Church, Worcester
May 18 Scholarship Recipients’ Recital and Annual Meeting 6:30PM (Catered Dinner adjacent)
Bolton Federated Church, Rev. Mr. Richard Jones, host
June 5 Young Artists Showcase: Nicholas Capozzoli, organist Friday, 7PM
First Unitarian Church, Worcester
August 5 Monica Czausz – Mechanics Hall Brownbag Noon
August 12 Abraham Ross – Mechanics Hall Brownbag Noon
Congratulations to WorcAGO, winner of 2013-14 National Creative Programming Contest!
See our winning year’s events at http://worcesterago.org/membership/2013-14-pgms.php
IT’S TIME to RENEW!
Scholarship Fund Donation Appeal
Celebrating 25 years, the WorcAGO Scholarship Program is one of the hallmarks of our chapter. It’s an important part of our Mission, to provide not only educational programming throughout the year, but also financial support for training of member organists who are taking lessons from member teachers. Our program has had over 100 student awards in its history, and many years have featured a recital by scholarship recipients to demonstrate their progress.
See our alumni list at www.worcesterago.org/about-ago/scholarships/ and what they’re up to these days!
A great example is that of Brett Maguire – a 1995 scholarship recipient – who had gone on to be an organ scholar at Holy Cross, received his masters at Oberlin, and won first prize as well as audience prize in the 2006 Marchal International Organ Competition in France. He has held several organist/director positions in churches since, and is currently at Wesley United Methodist in Worcester.
Our coffers are meager. We would like to be able to support more students with a larger stipend than our current balance will allow. The next funding period is Spring 2014, and now is a perfect time for you to help us ensure the longevity of the fund (and help your tax deductions!). People have commented about the future of organs and organists, now is the time you can take action!
If 25 people donated $25 each, we could add another student for 2015.