FIRST MONDAY RESCHEDULED FOR 2/9/14 7pm – First Presbyterian, Worcester (map link) 125 Holden St., Worcester
Scholarship Recital and Annual Meeting Scheduled for May 10 at Pakachoag 4pm
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 2014.
May we please count on you with a mailed check or online donation?
With warmest holiday wishes,
Will Sherwood, ChM, AAGO
Dean, Worc AGO 2010-2014
Mail check to WorcAGO Box 20208 Worcester 01602
WorcAGO Fall 2013 Opening Program
The Organ in Worship
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 4:00 PM (prelude at 3:55)
First Baptist Church (sanctuary: great instrument, wonderful acoustics) – 111 Park Avenue – Worcester (easy parking)
William Ness, organist
For centuries the organ has held has led worshippers in praise to God in many Faith Traditions. Keeping the organ present in worship centers is becoming more difficult as many congregations turn to popular musical culture. It is our desire as church musicians to keep and renew our focus on the great literature of the organ for spiritual worship. This program is intended to be a worship experience relying on the organ for leadership through the beauty of organ sound. No other instrument can express the breadth of sonorities, as does the organ! We will hear the organ and its repertoire to convey praise and prayer, as well as psalmody and scriptural references. Pastorale meditation will contrast with jubilant exhilaration to show the wide range of emotions the organ can convey.
This is a rare opportunity for church musicians to “attend”, instead of lead, a worship service. The repertoire serves not only as a worship experience, but also as an inspiration and motivation for you to learn new pieces as well as let you experience a type of service that you could easily adapt for your own congregation.
All are invited, musicians or not. RSVP appreciated, but not necessary (helps us know how many programs to print)
2013-14 WorcAGO Program Year
9/15 Sunday 4pm The Organ in Worship; William Ness, organist; First Baptist Worcester FREE
(*)9/29 Holy Cross Organ Series: Joel Bacon (Professor of Organ at Fort Collins University, Colorado): Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3 PM FREE
(*)10/8 Tuesday 7pm Diane Meredith Belcher at Assumption College Chapel FREE
(*)11/3 Holy Cross Organ Series: Marcin Szelest (Professor of Organ at the Cracow Academy of Music, Poland): Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3 PM FREE
11/9 Saturday morning 10am Choral Repertoire Workshop; Michelle Graveline, Lucia Clemente-Falco, John Weit, Will Sherwood; Trinity Choir Room, Worcester FREE(for WorcAGO members)
(*)12/11 Wednesday noon – Annual Holiday Concert, Mechanics Hall FREE
(*) 12/15 Sunday 4pm Holiday Concert with WPI brass – Rutter Gloria, Pinkham Christmas Cantata; First Unitarian, Worcester
1/5/14 Sunday afternoon 4pm – The Holly and the Ivories – celebrating Twelfth Night; private residence social hour on Crown Hill Worcester FREE (WorcAGO members only)
(*)2/16/14 Holy Cross Organ Series: Christian Schmitt (International concert and recording artist, Berlin, Germany): Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3 PM FREE
(*) 3/30/14 Sunday 4pm The Peacemakers (Karl Jenkins) – choral/orchestra; Mechanics Hall Worcester [Part of MH 150th Anniv Year of the Organ]
(*)4/9/14 Wednesday noon – Peter Stolzfus Berton, organist; Mechanics Hall Worcester [Part of MH 150th Anniv Year of the Organ] FREE
(*)4/29/14 Holy Cross Organ Series: Philipp Christ (Organist of the Kreuzkirche in Suhl, Germany): Sunday, April 29, 2014 at 3 PM FREE
(*)8/6/14 Wednesday noon – organ concert; Mechanics Hall Worcester [Part of MH 150th Anniv Year of the Organ] FREE
(*)8/14/14 Wednesday noon – organ concert; Mechanics Hall Worcester [Part of MH 150th Anniv Year of the Organ] FREE
9/21/14 Sunday – Hector Olivera, organist; Mechanics Hall Worcester [Part of MH 150th Anniv Year of the Organ]
10/26/14 – Hook Organ Re-dedication concert; Mechanics Hall Worcester [Part of MH 150th Anniv Year of the Organ]
(*)12/17/14 Wednesday noon – Festival Holiday Concert; Mechanics Hall Worcester [Part of MH 150th Anniv Year of the Organ] FREE
First Monday Open Console Events
Don’t miss your free Season Pass for up-front and hands-on seeing/hearing/playing of instruments that are rarely “open to the (AGO) public”. What a great opportunity to hear and play instruments built in a range of styles and periods. Our thanks to Kurt Blomstrom, who has assembled an incredible line-up for the 2013-14 AGO year. We hope you’ll take advantage of visiting these fine instruments. Please let us know if you want to carpool from a given geo-region (for example, north of Worcester, metro-west, etc.) and we’ll try to connect-up folks to drive together.
Many come to listen and snoop in the chambers to see the pipework, you’re welcomed to bring some music to play, but not at all required/expected.
In any case, stop by to catch up with your AGO colleagues!
MONDAYS AT 7pm
10/7 - St. Peter Parish, 929 Main St., Worcester, (near Clark U).
1967 Casavant III/37, plus a surprise or two! (it’s a gorgeous, warmly resonant sanctuary – take a spin over to visit)
Kurt Blomstrom, host RSVP
11/4 First Congregational Church, 264 Main Street, Rutland
1995 Andover II/13
Stephanie Plante, host RSVP
12/2 - Emmaunuel Lutheran 200 Greenwood St., corner of Upland St., Worcester
1988 Jeremy Cooper II/23
John Weit, host RSVP
(In January, we’ll celebrate Twelfth Night / Holly & the Ivories at the Bloom Residence in Worcester – a gorgeous setting for our social time together)
First Mondays will continue in February
First Thursdays Lunch Bunch Gatherings Resume Oct 3
Mark your calendar and reserve a spot in your bellies for this great gathering of colleagues, who discuss everything from pastors to persichetti to parsnips.
Noontime, Thursday October 3.
We’re open to new ideas for locations, but last year’s venue was central, free/easy parking, and inexpensive food. We were often the only group there!
Membership Renewal Drive – was due July 1
Gift certificates from:
- Union Music $25 (scores, instruments, supplies, music stands, cables, etc.)
- OrganMaster Shoes $50 (shoes!)
- ArkivMusic $50 (classical (including organ) CDs and Publications)
To enter, simply renew or join by June 1. by check: PO Box 20208, 01602; by credit card: www.WorcAGO.com/membership
- The 2013 Anthem competition of First Baptist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts winner is announced on the FBC website.
- We’re excited that Marcel and Adrian Sanders, two of our scholarship students, were the featured performers at Mechanics Hall with Youth Ensemble of New England orchestra, playing the Handel Concerto #13 in F Major. 4/10/13 noon – free
WorcAGO 2012-2013 Programming Year
11/1, 12/6, etc: First Thurs Lunch Bunch:
$7 Buffet @ noon Maxwell Silvermans 25 Union Street Worcester
11/5, 12/3, 2/7/2013, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6 – First Mondays Open Console
9/23 3pm 20 Fingers at the Console: Members Duets – Pakachoag Church, Auburn
*10/5 7pm Kevin Jones, organ 1st Unitarian, Worcester
10/20 10am The Organ Leading Singing- Fresh Perspectives – Salem Covenant, Worcester
*11/2 7pm Scott Lamlein, organ 1st Unitarian
Vierne Day in Worcester! Co-sponsored by Holy Cross and WorcAGO
11/10 1:30-4:30pm Workshops: What You Never Knew About Vierne–Brigitte De Leesnyder
St Joseph’s, Worcester (a.k.a. Holy Family Parish) FREE
- (1:00) 1870 – 1894: From his birth to the end of his studies at the Paris Conservatory
- (2:15) 1894 – 1920: From the end of his studies at the Conservatory to his return to France
- (3:30) 1920 – 1937: From his return to France to his death
- (4:30-7:00) Dinner on your own at local restaurants
11/10 7:30pm Concert: French Connection-Jean Galard, Brett Maguire; St Joseph’s Church, 35 Hamilton Street, Worcester – 1928 Casavant, III/29, Op 1239
Reception Following – meet the artists
*11/16 7:30pm Brass Extravaganza William Ness 1st Baptist, Worcester with WPI Brass
*12/19 noon Annual Christmas Concert Mechanics Hall, Worcester
5/2, 6/6: First Thurs Lunch Bunch:$7 Buffet @ noon Maxwell Silvermans 25 Union Street Worcester RSVP
3/15 7:00pm Katharine Pardee, organ – Pakachoag Church FREE
4/10 WorcAGO Scholarship Student Marcel Sanders, featured soloist with Youth Ensemble of New England at Mechanics Hall FREE
(Sunday April 14 at Holy Cross College Chapel is Pavel Kohout, organist at 3Pm)
4/21 3pm WorcAGO Members Composers Concert Wesley United Methodist, Worcester FREE
4/28 3pm Wesley Hall in concert at Trinity Lutheran FREE
5/3 7pm Dexter Kennedy at 1st U FREE
(Sunday May 5 at Holy Cross is Jennifer McPherson playing her Senior Recital at 3PM) FREE
5/6 7pm Monday open console – Trinity Lutheran, John Weit, host; Noack III/58 M (free)
5/13 7pm (Monday) Annual Mtg/Scholarship Recital 1st Baptist (111 Park Av Worcester) Chapel FREE
Performing: Simone Brown, Sanghee Kim, Adrian Sanders, Marcel Sanders, Annette Siver, Karen Wielsma, Lydia Grek.
5/17 7pm Monica Czausz – Young Artist Concert at 1st Unitarian (90 Main St Worcester) FREE
5/31 7pm Abraham Ross – Young Artist Concert at 1st U FREE
6/6 noon (Last) First Thursday Lunch BunchMaxwell Silvermans Worcester ($7 buffet or menu) – Last lunch of the season. RSVP
6/14 7pm Matthias Havinga, Amsterdam, – Young Artist Concert at 1st U FREE
6/19 8PM William Ness, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen MA, admission
6/21 8pm Jonathan Bezdegian at OLA (Our Lady of the Angels, Worcester) FREE <– note corrected time 8pm
8/7 noon Jake Street at Mechanics Hall FREE
8/14 noon Anna and Mary Pan in concert, Mechanics Hall FREE
( –> AGO Chapter Event or Co-Sponsoring )
WorcAGO 2012-2013 Programming Year Archives
Hymn Playing: A Potpourri of Perspectives and Resources
Inspirational accompanying of congregational singing from the organ
—one of our bread-and-butter tasks we do each week, perhaps without thinking much about it.
A variety of styles, periods, faith traditions, and strategies will be discussed
to help expand your horizons or remind you of lesser used techniques.
Presenters: John Weit, Lucia Clemente Falco, Malcolm Halliday, Lois Toeppner
A rare opportunity to hear multiple presenters approaching a single topic from different perspectives.
Specifically covered will be:
- pulse/tactus and the player breathing with the congregation;
- introductions, treatment of text, reharmonization, special effects, and treatment of hymns in chant style;
- harmonic structure, transposition, registration and simple tricks of the trade, revolving around text.
When: Saturday morning 10-12 noon October 20.
Where: Salem Covenant Church, 215 East Mountain Street (Exit 3 of I-190; location of the Thursday Farmers Markets and near Worcester Country Club and Briarwood and FedEx regional office)
Organ: Reuter (1970) III EP
FREE (refreshments offered)
WorcAGO 2011-2012 Programming Year
Hope you didn’t miss these exciting events
Young Artist Showcase concert dates set for First Unitarian spring concert series – Friday Nights at 7:30pm. These are co-sponsored by WorcAGO.
|4/13 Jennifer McPherson
– works by Bruhns, Mendelssohn, Bach, Alain, Messiaen
5/11 Jonathan Bezdegian
– works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Cook, Creston, Vierne
6/22 Katelyn Emerson
– works by Reger, Alain, Franck, Durufle, Vierne, Widor
Three world-class young organists with Worcester connections will be performing on this year’s Young Artists Showcase at First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester. Co-sponsored by Worcester AGO, these concerts are free and feature concert organists who are rising stars on the international stage.
Please print (PDF online) or request a poster to display or hand out to your church’s organ enthusiasts.
1st Thursday Lunches: none in July, Aug, Sept, resume in Oct
May 21, 7 pm: AGO Scholarship recital / Annual Meeting / Announcement of Elections / Social Hour Reception FREE
First Baptist Sanctuary
April 20, 7:30 pm: Carol Williams – volunteerism theme recital at WUMC More Details FREE
Sponsors sought (25-50-100-250-500)
We are grateful to our sponsors:
- The MotivAct Group–Motivate to Activate Your True Potential www.motivactgroup.com
- Dr. Carl Wickstrom
- Lois Hagberg
Hymn Playing Workshops – Three times/three places – to fit your schedules
|DETAILS AND HANDOUTS POSTED (click here)
Hymn-playing is the church organist’s bread-and-butter task. We do it every week usually without thinking much about it. In this workshop, we help you hone your congregational accompaniment skills. If you’re just beginning, the tips demonstrated will open your eyes to a vast array of techniques that await your exploration and incorporation into your tool bag; if you’re an old pro, you’ll enjoy reviewing a thorough list of hymn treatments to refresh your approach to this weekly task. Note that most all of the tips presented can be implemented by any organist with basic keyboard skills—we are not suggesting advanced improvisatory accompaniments, but rather simple recipes that you can occasionally use to spruce up those early Sunday mornings.
WorcAGO will be sponsoring a nuts-and-bolts 2-hour workshop for practical hymn-playing techniques. FREE.
The same program will be presented three times:
First Thursday Lunches resume for 2012 Next date 4/12
A NEW LOCATION FOR THIS SPRING
Maxwell Silvermans has a lunch buffet for $7.
4/12/12 at noon. Parking should be okay, or else park at 1st U and walk over
25 Union Street Worcester, MA 01608-1112 (508) 755-1200 (It’s next to the Police Station/”across 2 streets” from Wesley & 1st U)
It’s often a small crowd (2/2/12 was 4 people only! 3/8 seven people). it’s a great time to catch up with your colleagues and share repertoire ideas etc.
RSVP (so we can make proper group reservations)
Subsequent Thursdays: 4/12, 5/3, 6/7 [last of the season, none in July, Aug, Sept, resume in Oct]
Chapter Elections to be held in May. Write-In votes welcomed.
April 11 Wednesday 12 noon – Silent Film Extravaganza at Mechanics Hall with Peter Krasinski.
Noontime brown bag concerts – FREE
Co-sponsored by WorcAGO.
“A trip to the Moon” (1902)
See the original movie everyone is talking about, as seen in “Hugo“, the movie nominated for 11 academy awards and winner of 4, as brilliantly accompanied (silent-film-style) by Peter Krasinski on the mighty Worcester Organ (E G & G Hook, IV/65) at Mechanics Hall.
A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French silent science-fiction film. It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and H. G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon.
The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. It was extremely popular at the time of its release, and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and uses innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the Moon’s eye.
In the movie, a group of astronomers set out to study earth’s moon by flying there in a ship that is shot from a kind of cannon. When they arrive, they are assaulted by evil moon men. After escaping, they return to earth and are honored with a parade and a commemorative statue.
Most of Méliès films were explorations of magician stage effects and film effects. The wonder of film was his playground. Unfortunately, Thomas Edison took some of Méliès films in the US, without the filmmaker’s knowledge, and redistributed them. Méliès never received a dime.
Le Voyage was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice, ranking at #84, and it figures prominently in the Martin Scorsese current-day film, HUGO, winner of 4 academy awards.
September 30, 8pm: David Higgs organ recital, All Saints Church More Details
World-famous organist David Higgs will appear in concert at All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester, on Friday, September 30 at 8:00 PM, according to Will Sherwood, Dean of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Higgs’ appearance is the kick-off event of the Chapter’s 2011/12 concert season. The concert is free and open to the public. Premium seating is available for $10/person(* RSVP for this premium offer). A reception for Dr. Higgs will follow his concert.
David Higgs’ command of the King of Instruments and connection with audiences worldwide is unmatchable. He typically performs from memory, and will present a program of signature organ repertoire by Bach, Karg-Elert, Bolcom, Bonnet, Lefébure-Wély, and Duruflé. Dr. Higgs does not just “play notes,” but rather he sculpts musical ideas that connect with the energies and emotions of his audience—a grand experience for all. His verbal program notes throughout his concerts help guide his listener’s attention.
The Rice Memorial Organ is featured on the 2-CD set Great Organs of Worcester
October 3, 7 pm: Open loft Monday at WPI (New tracker portative; classic Aeolian-Skinner) (* RSVP)
October 6: noon First Thursdays Lunch Bunch: Tweeds 229 Grove St (* RSVP)
October 10: Organ crawl to New Haven, CT (* RSVP REQUIRED)
November 3: 12noon First Thursdays Lunch Bunch: Tweeds 229 Grove St (* RSVP) Informal; not all is organ-talk!
November 12: 10am-12noon – Joan Lippincott masterclass (Hymn Playing), St. John’s, 16 Great Road, Sudbury
MAP (* RSVP) FREE
Shared event with Boston AGO Chapter 1988 JW Walker organ
You can observe and do not need to perform in order to attend.
St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, 16 Great Road (Rte. 117), Sudbury, MA Easy parking!
Joan Lippincott’s master class on Hymn Playing will address how best to lead congregations in vigorous hymn singing by looking at the style of hymns and how that might influence the way we play them (registration, tempo, harmonization, etc.) Participants are encouraged to come prepared to play a hymn. (* RSVP)
November 14, 7:30 pm: (7:15 pre-concert talk) Members Organ Recital First Unitarian 90 Main St Worc - Variety of Solos, Duets - Come hear your colleagues!
Pre-Concert talk about 1st U’s Aeolian-Skinner & history (some fun handouts too!) 7:15pm
Wishing you and yours a restful and peaceful holiday season.
May all your Christmas Eve Services harmonize with the Angelic Choirs.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Join our chapter or renew now: Click here to join/renew online.