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Organist Olivier Latry,
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.
Check the Pictures of Recent Events for some great pictures of recent concerts and meetings!
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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.
“Vox Humana” At Saint Paul Cathedral
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!
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 email@example.com. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2014.