Organist Olivier Latry, titular organist of Notre Dame de Paris, in performance at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh for an
Organ Artists Series concert.
The Organ Artists Series (OAS) Committee hosts world-renowned performers at concerts in Pittsburgh several times each year. Over a hundred organists have visited Pittsburgh in the past 35+ years under the sponsorship of this series. Visit that link for information about these special concerts.
The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.
Catch me I’m “Fall”ing! It’s my favorite time of the year: time for the kettle, sweaters, and comfort foods! It’s also time for all the information you will need for the upcoming meeting and there is much to cover. On October 27, 2014, we will meet at Saint Paul Cathedral, Oakland, 108 North Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412.621.4951.
Thanks to Donald Fellows for being our gracious host!
Volunteer Fair At
At our October meeting we will have an opportunity to hear more detail about our Regional Convention and to see what possibilities there are for our members to become involved in a way that will make an important contribution but not use too much of your free time. We call it a Volunteer Fair. Committees for the convention will have “booths” with lists of tasks with which the chairs need help. You can take a look and sign up for something that suits your gifts. The plan-- come at 6:00 for wine and cheese and enjoy them as you stroll among the booths and chat with committee chairpersons. We’ll delay our dinner start until 6:45 and this should give time for a nice overview of the convention and things to accomplish in the months ahead. We hope you’lll be there!
At our October meeting we will have a “Volunteer Fair” for the upcoming convention. (See box to the right of this article.) Please consider coming to this meeting to enjoy the program as well as look at ways that you can help with the convention!
And now I would like to introduce our esteemed guest for the October program. Haig Mardirosian is dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of music at The University of Tampa. He has earned international standing as a composer, conductor, concert organist, and recording artist. He has performed at important international festivals and has 20 recordings to his credit on various labels in the United States and Europe. As a writer and critic, Mardirosian has contributed nearly 1,500 reviews and features to a variety of publications. For several years, he served as music critic for the Baltimore News-American. He has published in Forecast, The American Organist, The Diapason, the Journal of American Organ Building and Fanfare (for which he was a reviewer of new recordings for 25 years). He recently completed a ten-year monthly opinion column, Vox Humana, for The American Organist. He also serves as director of the Editorial Resources Committee of the American Guild of Organists. Come hear this sage and sometimes sardonic commentator as he brings years of Vox Humana to Pittsburgh. Haig performs a concert of organ music at St. Paul Cathedral on Tuesday, October 25that 7:30pm….his performance skills are second to none!
While the passing of our dear friend and colleague Don Wilkins has saddened us, we will also miss seeing him at meetings. As you know, he was to be our program guest for the November 17th meeting at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church with “Musings on Hindemith.” We have also recently lost Dr. Robert Lord. At some time we have all lost our teachers and mentors, but the things they have taught us remain in our memories with heartfelt gratitude. With much thought and being that the Thanksgiving holiday will be near, it was decided that the new November 17th program theme will be, “Things My Teachers Taught Me.” Our members are invited to perform a piece, share a thought, poem, or story of their teacher/mentor. It will take the form of a members recital at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, and practice times will be arranged once the program is settled. Please respond with your selection to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2014.
Organ Artists Series
36th Season Cherry Rhodes
Sunday, 26-Oct-2014, 4:00pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
In cooperation with
Cathedral Concerts at
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Memorial Concert and Tribute for Robert Sutherland Lord Sunday, October 26, 3:00 PM
Heinz Memorial Chapel
A concert featuring the music or Franck, Lord, Langlais, and Tournemire performed by three of Dr. Lord's protégés as well as tributes by members of the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Lord's family will highlight and celebrate the legacy and contributions of Dr. Robert Lord, who was Professor Emeritus and University Organist at Pitt served at Heinz Chapel for 47 years.
This concert is free and open to the public!
Attention Students and Teachers Organ Competition & Scholarship Opportunity
The Winston-Salem (NC) Chapter of the AGO has announced its 4th annual High School Organ Festival & Competition, co-sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The competition is open to any high school senior or younger who has not previously won the competition’s First Prize. In addition to cash prizes and potential scholarships, all prize winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Hymn Prize) will receive a copy of one of the eight volumes of Bach works published by Wayne Leupold Editions, compliments of the publisher.
A CD Recording and application is due (received) by 19-Dec-2014.
Never come to a Chapter meeting before? Worried that it's stuffy and you won't know anyone? Don't know why you should come?
Be just and fear not! The Pittsburgh AGO Chapter is a friendly group that starts off the meeting with chit-chat around 6PM and has a wonderful buffet dinner every month (only $18). Dieting? Skip the dinner and come for the program; it's free and a benefit to you as a member.
Reservations are required if you're coming to the dinner in advance (10 days); you can make one at www.pitago.org (the Dinner Reservations link above/left) or contact email@example.com if you need more information or to make your reservation.
Do something different in the New Year and come to the meeting - you'll be glad you did!