|Last updated: May 1, 2013|
Message from the Dean
Welcome to Youngstown, Ohio, and to our local chapter of the American Guild of Organists web page. A chapter of 52 members, we serve Youngstown and its surrounding areas.
Our membership is not limited only to organists, but embraces all who enjoy and promote worship through music and song. Together we work to improve the quality of musical and liturgical performance within our community.
Annually, we provide a variety of educational programs to enrich our personal skills which are free to members and friends. These events include recitals, lectures, workshops, and choral presentations. Light refreshments follow the events for interaction among those in attendance. We have an exciting listing of upcoming events for March, April, and May. Please refer to our Events Section for details.
We encourage any musician from student to retiree to join us and enhance our endeavors towards achieving our motto: "Soli Deo Gloria."
3 Fri. .CRISTA MILLER, Organ. . . . 8:00 pm
St. Paul Cathedral Concert Series
St. Paul Cathedral
Fifth & Craig, Pittsburgh, PA
Crista is quickly becoming an artist-in-demand in the US and abroad. Organist at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Houston, TX.
5 Sun..WEST SHORE CHORALE 7:30 pm
Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts
20770 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River
9 Thur. .JUBILATION CHOIR FESTIVAL. . 8:00 pm
10 Fri. .Cathedral of St. John
1007 Superior Avenue/ E 9th , Cleveland
12 Sun. .NEWBERRY ORGAN DEDICATION. . . 2:00 pm
James David Christi, Organ
Chair and Professor of Organ, Oberlin College
The Church of the Covenant
11205 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
18 Sat. .NICHOLAS BOWDEN, Organ. . 6:00 pm
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
3020 Reeves Road NE, Warren
Featured artist on some of the world’s great organs including: Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), St. Thomas (New York), US Naval Academy (Annapolis) and the Wanamker Organ, Philadelphia.
19 Sun. .STAMBAUGH CHORUS SPRING CONCERT. .4:000 pm. .$10
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
Dr. Hae-Jong Lee, Director
19 Sun. .RICHARD KONZEN, Organ. .3:00 pm
Re-inauguration Concert -1909/10 Aeolian Organ
Mansion at Hartwood Acres Park,
200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS
PITTSBURGH CHAPTER AGO
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
6:00 pm – DINNER BUFFET
419 N. Walnut Street, Youngstown
Breaded Boneless Chicken Breast
Penne Pasta and Sauce
Seasoned Oven Roasted Potatoes
Green Beans Almondine
Tossed Greens Salad / Dressing
$15 per person
Reservations a must by Friday, May 10!!
Please send your check (Youngstown Chapter AGO) for your reservations to:
Nancy Brescia, AGO Treasurer
7007 Clingan Road-101, Poland OH 44514.
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7:15 pm -- STAMBAUGH AUDITORIUM
E.M. Skinner Organ Demonstration
Dr. Richard Konzen
7:45 pm – YOUNGSTOWN CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING
Annual reports, results of chapter election, installation of officers. (Pittsburgh Chapter members will have the opportunity to play the Skinner while we are having our meeting)
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A NOTE FROM THE DEAN
Change. Sometimes we resist it and at other times we are eager to embrace it. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus calls Levi (Matthew) and asks him to “follow me.” Matthew not only follows Jesus, but puts on quite a feast. We learn a few verses later that we don't put new wine into old wineskins. We are called to be adventurous and embrace something new. Be daring.
Soon we will elect the next slate of leadership of our chapter and embrace that inevitable change. It doesn't seem that I began my term as Dean two years ago and writing these columns in our newsletter. It has been an honor to be your Sub Dean and now Dean and I'm confident that Tim Elder and the rest of the leadership will continue to challenge all of us with their ideas and programs. We have much to look forward to.
To close out our year, we have a wonderful program for May. So on Monday, May 20, we will not only have our annual dinner, but the Pittsburgh chapter will join us for dinner and program at Stambaugh Auditorium. We will meet at the MVR in Youngstown for dinner and then proceed to Stambaugh, where I will present my “swan song” as your Dean and show off the Skinner organ in a short program for the Pittsburgh folks, followed by an open console the rest of the evening. Let's have a wonderful turnout and show Pittsburgh our Youngstown spirit!
Richard Konzen, Dean
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Directions to MVR Restaurant
MVR sits in the Sleepy Hollow area behind St. John’s Episcopal Church. At the intersection of Wick and Rayen (Main Public Library) head EAST on Rayen one block to WALNUT. Turn NORTH (Left) on Walnut just down the hill about ¼ mile. Plenty of parking.
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Re-inauguration Concert at
Hartwood Acres Park
On Sunday afternoon, May 19, at 3:00 pm, Dr. Richard Konzen will play the re-inauguration concert of the recently restored 1909/10 Aeolian Pipe Organ in the mansion at Hartwood Acres Park. Admission charge is $10.
Hartwood Acres is located in Indiana Township north of Pittsburgh. The entrance is off Saxsonburg Boulevard and the address is 200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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BROWN BAG CONCERTS
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Programs begin at 12:10 pm
Wed., May 1. . .
OBERLIN COLLEGIUM MUSICUM
Steven Plank, Director
Oberlin’s superb singers present a concert of 16th-century music celebrating the lives of saints.
Wed., May 8. . .
RUSTLES OF SPRING
Soprano Nanette Canfield, flutist Sean Gabriel and pianist Todd Wilson offer a fun program of music for and about spring.
Wed., May 15. . .
THE KENNY DAVIS JAZZ QUARTET
Trumpeter Kenny Davis and the members of his quartet are all stars of the Cleveland Jazz scene and beyond. Don’t miss this highlight of the Brownbag season!
Wed., May 22. . .
ORGAN CONCERTOS BY AMERICAN COMPOSERS
Horst Buchholz returns to conduct the Trinity Chamber Orchestra for the final concert of the Brownbag Season in organ concertos of Howard Hanson and Richard Proulx performed by Elizabeth Lenti and Todd Wilson.
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Happy 360th Birthday, Johann Pachelbel!
After he died in 1706, Johann Pachelbel was not forgotten by musicologists, but the rest of humanity sent his memory to oblivion. The illustrious 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica mentions his last name in an article about Johann Sebastian Bach; Pachelbel himself does not rate an entry. Then in 1919 the Canon in D was published; a few decades later, it became popular and now has become such a staple at weddings that some of us have heard it—or played it—too many times. We wonder how Johann Pachelbel would react to the idea that his current fame rests on only one piece of music.
Happily, there is much more to Johann Pachelbel than a single canon. At least 500 compositions have been attributed to him, though many are lost. He wrote a good deal of music for the organ including chorale preludes, toccatas, fugues, and chaconnes. Some of his music is available online, but a quick search of print sources still yields, over and over again, the ubiquitous Canon in D in various incarnations. However, Dover’s Johann Pachelbel: Organ Works is readily available, and the four-volume Kalmus edition of selected organ pieces by
Johann Pachelbel was baptized on September 1, 1653; he was no doubt born in the previous month in Nuremberg, Germany. He began studying music early on, first with Heinrich Schwemmer and then with George Kaspar Wecker. In 1673 he became an assistant organist at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and in 1677 he assumed the position of court organist at Eisenach. Pachelbel knew the Bach family and taught both Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph Bach. Pachelbel became organist at the Predigerkirche in Erfurt in 1678.
Ewald V. Nolte in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians explains that Pachelbel’s Predigerkirche contract itemized highly specific duties: “He was to precede the singing of a chorale by the congregation with a thematic prelude based on its melody, and he was to accompany the singing throughout all the stanzas. The wording makes it clear that he was not to improvise the prelude but should diligently prepare it beforehand.” Every year on June 24 he had to mark the anniversary of his hiring by undergoing an examination and showing “his vocational progress during the past year in a half-hour recital at the end of the afternoon service, using the entire resources of the organ in ‘delightful and euphonious harmony.’ It is apparent that the stipulations of his contract were largely responsible for the fact that during his 12 years at the Predigerkirche he surged into the front rank of composers for the organ.”
Pachelbel married Barbara Gabler in 1681; two years later both his wife and infant son died during an outbreak of the plague. Pachelbel’s grief inspired chorale variations titled Musicalische Sterbens-Gedancken (Musical Thoughts of Death). In 1684 he married Judith Drommer, and together they had seven children. In 1690 Pachelbel became court organist at Stuttgart, leaving two years later due to the threat of a French invasion. From 1692 to 1695 he served as municipal organist in Gotha, then took a position at Nuremberg’s St. Sebalduskirche where he served for close to eleven years. It was here that he wrote his best-known vocal music and the great Magnificat fugues. He probably died on March 3, 1706; we know that his burial took place in Nuremberg on March 9. Johann Pachelbel was without a doubt a great organist and an excellent composer whose work continues to please the ear. Let us reveal to the world that there is more to his legacy than one lonely canon. (AG)
| 2012-2013 Membership Fees
$97.00 Regular Member
$72.00 Special (Senior/Disabled,over 65)
$72.00 Partner/ Second Member
$38.00 Dual (indicate primary chapter)
$15.00 Student dual member
$15.00 Chapter Friend
A special feature that our chapter offers for first year members is a discounted membership fee of $57.
Contact Nancy Brescia at firstname.lastname@example.org for a membership form.
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|The Youngstown Chapter AGO has a strong performance record when it comes to the guild exams: over one-third of the current membership holds at least one guild certificate. The requirements for professional certification appear in the July issue of "The American Organist." The Service Playing exam can be taken in the Youngstown Chapter anytime before April 30, 2007; the Colleague exam can also be taken locally, on either May 11 or November 16, 2007. The Choir Master, Associate, and Fellowship exams are administered at nearby examination centers in Cleveland or Pittsburgh. Examination materials and repertoire are kept in the Cathedral Music Library and are available to chapter members. For further information, please contact Daniel Laginya, examination coordinator, at email@example.com
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Sub Dean: Tim Elder
Secretary: Marianne Speicher
Treasurer: Nancy Brescia
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