Long Beach Chapter, Southern California
|Last updated: March 26, 2013|
Message from the Dean
|THE DEAN'S CORNER
As I am writing this article, I am planning for a concert this coming Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and two big services on Easter Sunday. Sound familiar? All of the things that must be attended to are many…brass scores for Easter (learning the organ part) teaching the choir their notes…the entire process is never far from my thinking.
The Lenten season is a time for introspection and cleaning out the things that clutter up our lives that are not pleasing to God…but how do we do this when we are so busy that we have little time to think and pray. I don’t have the answer…we must each one find our own time for prayerful thought and contemplation.
I wish you a blessed Holy Week and then a most joyous and musically glorious Easter Sunday.
David Feit-Pretzer, Dean
|Complete Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County events may be viewed at this link: www.laago.org/calendar
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* Cost for dinners will be $15; reservations are required.
If there is to be a prepared dinner, the meal will begin
promptly at 6:30 pm with a brief social time beforehand, sponsored by various guild members.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
ORGAN MUSIC OF THE NORTH GERMAN COMPOSERS
First Lutheran Church
Gerald Dahlin, Director of Music & Organist
More About the April Program
Gerald Dahlin, Dolly Ickler, Margaret Armstrong, and David York will perform on First Lutheran's 1976 Zimmer Organ. Compositions feature both Baroque and contemporary composers. In addition, Trumpeter Casey Ramsdell will perform.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
GUILD SERVICE AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
David Feit-Pretzer, Director of Music/Organist
6201 E. Willow, Long Beach 90815
*Dinner – 6:30 p.m.
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June 24-26, 2013
AGO Region IX Convention
|!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUTH !!!!
Congratulations to Kyla Crowley Phelps and Karissa Lystrup who passed their auditions on February 2nd. Both will be awarded a series of organ lessons with the teacher of their choice.
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The electronic music world is moving fast. Years ago the Westwind Quintet began reading music from cumbersome music stands with page turning pedals. Only two weeks ago, local San Diego pianist Bryan Verhoye effortlessly performed from an iPad with a bluetooth pedal. Uploading an iPad is as easy as transferring a .pdf file. My favorite program for this is unrealBook. E-files are now accepted at many contests, provided they have a copyright on them. Copyrighting your own music is as simple as adding your name, a copyright sign and the date at the bottom of your Finale sheet that you notate yourself. It's exciting. The e-world allows you to put your compositions online or on Youtube, perhaps to a directed audience of your choice, faster than a publishing company.
Some of us are tossed into this new world, some of us embrace it. Institutions are lost that we hold dear, music stores disappearing. Buying music online, downloading onto performance devices. If the soloist doesn't have time to physically get you the music for Sunday, he can send it to you via email. Soon orchestras will probably perform from iPads and the "other" violinist can turn the page with her foot. A lot of happy stand partners there!
I have noticed that most organist types, used to handling unwieldy instruments, tons of stops, pistons, out-of-tune pipes, pedals, and multiple keyboards take the electronic world in stride. Has the iPad and Android world come up with a page-turning pedal for
us organists yet? What do you know about this? Sharing sessions at the chapter, regional, and national level can bring each other up to speed. Let's get together with our devices and see who has the best theory, notation, or invoice program, the best metronome. It’s an exciting world!
Lea Schmidt-Rogers, Coordinator for Professional Development, Region IX
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Dues Notice Attached
All current members receive the dues notice in your mailbox. Please note that the deadline for the 2013-2014 season is June 15, 2013. Being prompt is appreciated and makes the work of our treasurer much easier. Checks should be made payable to Long Beach Chapter AGO. Send to Dolly Ickler at 266 Euclid Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Also, remember to sign the Code of Ethics form.
All members are entitled to a copy of the LBAGO Directory. If you want yours mailed to you, include an extra $5 in your check.
Election will be held at our next meeting – April 9th at First Lutheran, LB.
If you are not able to be present, you can vote by mail. Request official ballot from Dolly Ickler. We have no provisions for voting online. – Sample ballot attached. Do not vote using the sample ballot. Again, request an "Official Ballot" from Dolly if you are voting by mail.
••• Those who love music and have a special interest in organ are welcome to join our group. Please contact our treasurer/registrar to become a member. •••
* * * * * Ms. Dolly Ickler, treasurer / registrar at DJIckler@verizon.net or by calling her at 562-434-7647.
Vacancies will be posted for two months unless other arrangements are made with the Dean or website coordinator.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website. Also, our Chapter Placement and Substitute Director maintains both placement and substitute lists at the local level.
Members interested in being on the LB-AGO SUBSTITUTE ORGANIST LIST should contact Ms. Dolly Ickler, Substitute Liaison at DJIckler@verizon.net or by calling her at 562-434-7647.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild's National Website.
|Guild certification can be earned through passing certain tests to prove competency. More information about that can be attained through the National Website.|
|Dean: David Feit-Pretzer
Sub-Dean: Leroy Pabst
Secretary Phyllis Goodwin
Treasurer and Registrar: Dolly Ickler
Auditors: Beverly Hansen and Gerald Dahlin
Class of 2013: Judith Bohlen, Erik Smeby
Class of 2014: Hyunju Hwang, Richard Metzler
Class of 2015: J. Keith Shackelton, Vernon Mouw
Web-site Coordinator: vacant
• AGO National - http://www.agohq.org/
• Looking for a Seasoned Organ or two?
Dodington - http://www.dodington.com/forsale.html
Organ Clearing House - http://organclearinghouse.com/newavl.php
• Need that piece quick? Looking for an arrangement? Download Sheet Music and more! The Webmistress suggests the following links....
• Organlive.com is an Internet audio station dedicated to the music of the classical organ.
• Church Keyboard Center <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sheet Music http://www.musicnotes.com/
Lutheran Hymnal http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/organ/organhymn.htm
Oregon Catholic Press http://www.ocp.org/
GIA Publications http:// www.giamusic.com/
General Hymns http://www.hymnsite.com/
Service music http://www.hymnprint.net
Music in Public Domain! http://www.mysheetmusic.com/publicdomain.asp
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