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Organ Artists Series
Organist Richard Elliott of the Mormon Tabernacle in performance with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, directed by Brady Allred, at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh Campus.
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 25+ 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.
May Meeting -
Since this marks my last column as Sub-Dean, I begin by offering grateful thanks to all who have helped the last two years of programming to go smoothly. A great roster of presenters, engaged and participatory attendees, and a super caterer-in-residence have surely helped. But that would’ve been in vain without the gracious hospitality of our hosts, month by month, who have graciously opened their churches to their colleagues, generally at the price of considerable personal effort. And it would all have fallen apart regularly without the constant attention and help of our Registrar, Suzie Gilliland, the vigilant financial oversight of our Treasurer, Charlotte Roederer, and the enthusiastic support and promotion of our Dean, Ann Labounsky. Who could’ve remembered meeting dates without Jon Danzak’s brilliant fridge magnet or his Pipelines labors? To all, my thanks for all you did to bring this past season successfully home.
Our May meeting on Monday May 20th represents a bit of a “departure"... that is, a departure from Pittsburgh, and even from Pennsylvania, to visit our colleagues in Youngstown, Ohio. Youngstown’s Stambaugh Auditorium is home to a magnificent E.M.Skinner organ, Opus 582, which was meticulously restored beginning in 2009 and completed in 2011. We’ll meet with the Youngstown Chapter for socializing and dinner at the Auditorium, have an introduction to the instrument by their Dean Richard Konzen, and enjoy open console time afterward on this monument to the potential for faithful preservation of instruments like this right here in the rust-belt.
Those who like to drive are welcome to meet us there...but why bother? For only $15 per person, a chartered coach will whisk us from two Pittsburgh venues (the Calvary Episcopal Church parking lot in the East End and the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church parking lot in Allison Park) up to Youngstown. Departures are 4 p.m. from Calvary and 4:30 from Allision Park: please be prompt! (Return arrivals are estimated at 10:30 and 11 p.m., in Allison Park and Shadyside, respectively). Coach-space is limited to the first 55 to sign up, or, beyond that, available only if we fill a second (albeit smaller) vehicle. -So please register early and often.
For our usual meal price of $15 per person dinner will be catered there, with the menu (at press-time) consisting of chicken parmesan, tortellini, potato, salad, drinks and dessert. Please note that the standing reservation does NOT cover this meeting, so please be in touch with Suzie Gilliland as soon as possible, and in any case not later than May 8, with your reservation (also indicating your desire for a seat on the bus, or not). (This is a slightly early deadline, as we need not only to coordinate with the Youngstown Chapter’s caterer, but also to secure the best-sized coach for our transportation.)