Archives for September 2015

Meet the 2016 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition Winner

Michael Gilbertson has been awarded the 2016 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition. The biennial award comes with a $2,000 cash award, publication by ECS Publishing, and a premiere performance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, Texas. More information on the award is available here: AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition … [Read more...]

October 2015 TAO Feature Article

St. John's Seminary, Brighton, MA Andover Organ Company, Lawrence, MA By Matthew M. Bellocchio When renovating a historic building, it is often necessary to strike a balance between preserving the original fabric and updating it to suit modern needs. When renovating century-old American organs, similar choices must often be made. A conservative restoration is the logical decision for an exemplary work by an important builder or a small organ in a rural church with modest musical requirements. But an aging instrument with unreliable mechanisms and limited tonal resources, in an active church or institution with a professional music program, requires a careful assessment of each of its existing components. This was the case with the … [Read more...]

October 2015 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Waterbury, CT June 7, the annual picnic and meeting was held at the home of Bill and Jean Degan in Bristol. Alan Rodi was thanked for his work as dean. • Aug. 1, the chapter sponsored a Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza pro­gram, beginning at Bristol Baptist Church (1895 Gilbert & Butler tracker organ) and ending at St. Joseph Church in Bristol (1925/
1988 and 2006 Austin organs). All six attending students played each organ. The event was led by Chris Davenport and Bill Degan, who played Burton’s Rex: The King of Instruments and Behn­ke’s Variations on Kum Ba Yah for the students. —William Degan Binghamton, NY July 12, mem­bers Richard and Evelyn Van Auken played a recital of solo and duo-organ works … [Read more...]

August 2015 TAO Chapter News

New London County, CT May 15, members and friends gathered at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich. Stephen Buzard, assistant organist at St. Thomas Church in New York City, played a stirring recital of "Organ Music for the Ascension" on the splendid Aeolian-Skinner organ. --Elizabeth Limkemann   Binghamton, N.Y. May 5, eight chapter members concluded their sixth and final semester of a class on organ literature taught by Jonathan Biggers, Edwin Link Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at Binghamton University. The course was designed to be a chronological survey of music written for the organ, coupled with the advancement of technical and tonal capabilities of the organ over the many centuries of its development. Of … [Read more...]