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NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013

ANN ARB O R PI PI NGS

ABOVE: STEPHANIE YU & DUBOIS
LEFT: PARTICIPANTS OF...
A Letter from the Dean
Monday (Nov. 11) was St. Martin of Tours day (b.
316).   'Martinmass' was a great festival of the
M...
A Letter from the Sub-Dean
Another Advent and Christmas season is fast
approaching. And what do I find myself thinking
abou...
EMU Improvisation Symposium

ANNUAL IMPROVISATION SYMPOSIUM
and
the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
p...
A2’s Most Festive
Pipe Organ Event
of the Season is
COMING UP!
Please join us on Friday, Dec. 6th at
7:30pm at First Unite...
Looking Ahead at 2014
We took time earlier this fall to give you
further details about our upcoming A2AGO
events. Here is ...
Support Our Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced!

You recently received a letter containing
information about the upcoming Pipe
...
Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival

On Sunday, November 3, over one-hundred
enthusiastic audience members filled the pews of Fir...
Third Annual High School Organ Festival & Competition
Winston-Salem, NC
With prizes guaranteed to be at least $3500 and po...
Job Openings Continued
The First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek
111 Capital Avenue, NE • Battle Creek, MI 49017
Missi...
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November/December 2013 Ann Arbor AGO Pipings

  1. 1. ANNARBORAGO.ORG NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013 ANN ARB O R PI PI NGS ABOVE: STEPHANIE YU & DUBOIS LEFT: PARTICIPANTS OF THE MASTERCLASS WITH DUBOIS Vincent Dubois Wows Ann Arbor On October 23rd,Vincent Dubois gave a masterclass to four University of Michigan organ students as part of his artist in residency at the School of Music, Theater, and Dance. The students played as follows: Stephanie Yu - Grigny, Veni Creator Glenn Tucker - Franck, Prière JAMES KIBBIE, MICHELE JOHNS, KARL SCHROCK, MARILYN MASON, & VINCENT DUBOIS Ye Mee Kim - Duruflé, Prélude et Fugue sur ALAIN Josh Boyd - Dupré, Symphonie Passion, Final Vincent Dubois concluded his time in Ann Arbor with a stunning recital of French organ music in Hill Auditorium on Friday, November 1. ATTENDEES AT THE MASTERCLASS
  2. 2. A Letter from the Dean Monday (Nov. 11) was St. Martin of Tours day (b. 316).   'Martinmass' was a great festival of the Medieval times, instituted in the 5th century by Pope Martin I. The underlayment of Martinmas is twofold, the ancient Roman 'beginning of winter' festival and  the ancient Celtic festival of 'Samhain' celebrating the New Year.  Even at Martinmas this was a time of  visitations of angels and Saint Martin (not unlike St Nick), as well as various sprites and demons about, communing with the world beyond, and a time of special foods, drink,   and many parties. The veneration of Martin spread quickly throughout Europe and his folk festival grew greatly (It's part of the magic of the church that they pasted this feast squarely on the pagan feast, the church didn't obliterate the pagan folk festivals but 'Christianized' them-- It's nice we got to keep the parties and a lot of the music!    Even in the 21st century, as we head on toward the darkest depths of the solstice on Dec 21  this is a magical and mysterious time of year, perfect for the pipe organ as we bring from our stores our Advent, Christmas and recital music.   There is so much fine organ music these days around here, I can only marvel.   "The sacred music of Alfred V Fedak" at First Presbyterian in Ann Arbor (Oct 11) featuring the composer as Organist along with the vey musical choir of First Presbyterian and their director Tom Granum was inspirational ('Fanfare, Reflection and Dance', commissioned by our Guild in honor of Marilyn Mason will be heard again at our 'New Music Festival' in February).   This Friday (concert) and Saturday (masterclass) please note the upcoming EMU Improvisation Symposium (again this year co-sponsored by Ann Arbor AGO) featuring Dr Horst Buchholz and soprano MeeAe Nam. Of course, our holiday favorite 'An Organist's Christmas' featuring our own Aaron Tan, MaryAnn Crugher Balduf and Pamela Ruiter- Feenstra as well as the Ann Arbor Boychoir is Dec 06.   Briefly before I share other news with you, I say kudos to Colin Knapp at the Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival concert Nov 03, Vincent Dubois at Hill Friday Nov 01 and Terry Jankowski on the symphonic Casavant at the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe Oct 20... AGO A2 News updates: --Our longtime Archivist, Dr James Wilkes will now be working with Board members (and UM students) Joshua Boyd and Mary Zelinski.   Our archives are in the Bentley Historical Library and are updated on a regular basis.   --We have a new Webmaster, Meghan Meloy, who is currently taking over from Tom Strode.   The website has been growing and evolving since its early inception; and we give sincere thanks to Tom to bringing the website to this point (and Marsha Rinke before that).     Giving and finances: --our chapter recently gave $200 to the AGO General fund, which serves us all --our chapter is committed again this year to giving $2500 to support 'Pipedreams' on WRCJ 09.9 FM Radio, Detroit.   To date, we are well short, please consider a gift.  Our annual contribution not only helps pay for 'Pipedreams' but provides our chapter enormous benefit through 16 weekly message 'spots' on the air.   Partly through WRCJ we have become a regional chapter reaching thousands of musicians as well as the general public. As you know, these radio ads we update and change on a regular basis.  --please support the upcoming 'POEA' sponsored by our chapter.   All best to each of you.   I leave you with the words of Walt Whitman:   'I heard you solemnsweet pipes of the organ as last Sunday morn I pass'd the church, winds of autumn, as I walked the woods at dusk, I heard your long-stretch'd sighs up above so mournful.'...    Pax et summum bonum Timothy Huth Dean, Ann Arbor AGO
  3. 3. A Letter from the Sub-Dean Another Advent and Christmas season is fast approaching. And what do I find myself thinking about already? This summer's Hymn Society Conference. I understand I am writing to you as Sub-Dean of this very fine Ann Arbor Chapter of the AGO and most often our focus is on many of the aspects relating to organ performance/ working as church organists. But have you ever considered either becoming a member of the Hymn Society, or if you are a member, attending one of the summer conferences? If you have answered yes to one or both of those questions, this summer is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of both! Over the last five years, the conferences have been held in Colorado Springs, CO, Birmingham, AL, Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, Northville, MN and Richmond, VA (not in that order!). But this summer the Hymn Society will be having it's annual conference just a short drive away in Columbus, OH. I ask you to consider attending this summer's conference. Every day of the conference features a variety of educational sectionals aimed at teaching a wide variety of aspects relating to not only hymnody but church music in general. There is also a daily hymn festival, which is something you have probably and will probably never experience anything like anywhere else. Not only are the members of the Hymn Society wonderful musicians, just like those of you in our chapter of the AGO, but they are some of the most wonderfully caring and welcoming people you will ever meet. Want to know more? Feel free to send me an email at oboesip@gmail. Or stop by the Hymn Society website at www.thehymnsociety.org. You won't be disappointed!  Sipkje Pesnichak Sub-Dean, Ann Arbor AGO Merry Christmas from James Kibbie! James Kibbie continues his annual holiday tradition of offering free downloads of a recording on his house organ, a 7-stop Létourneau tracker, as an “audio holiday card.”  This year’s recording is Jan Koetsier's "Partita on Wachet auf," Op. 41/3, for Trombone and Organ, recorded with David Jackson, Professor of Trombone at the University of Michigan.   The recording is available in MP3 and streaming audio formats at: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jkibbie/Site/ Holiday_Recordings.html
  4. 4. EMU Improvisation Symposium ANNUAL IMPROVISATION SYMPOSIUM and the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists present RENEWAL and INNOVATION A Concert of Solo Organ Works and Works for Voice and Organ Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m. with Guest Organist Horst Buchholz and EMU Professor of Voice MeeAe Cecilia Nam AND AN ORGAN MASTERCLASS Saturday, November 16, 2013, 10 a.m. – Noon with Guest Organist Horst Buchholz Organ Recital Hall Alexander Music Building
  5. 5. A2’s Most Festive Pipe Organ Event of the Season is COMING UP! Please join us on Friday, Dec. 6th at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor for the annual Organist's Christmas concert! This year we have three stellar soloists with marvelous repertoire picked out for you. And back by popular demand, the Boychoir of Ann Arbor will be back and adding their beautiful voices to the evening's organ works. MaryAnn Crugher Balduf, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra and Aaron Tan will all perform some of their favorite Advent and Christmas organ music.You won't want to miss this!  Pa m e l a R u i t e r- Fe e n s t ra w i l l b e performing "Toccata on Veni Emmanuel" by Adolphus Hailstork, CRANHAM ("In the Bleak Midwinter") from "On This Day, Earth Shall Ring"   by Pamela Decker and "Fugue on Vom Himmel Hoch" by Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. MaryAnn Crugher Balduf will be performing "Fanfare and Chorale" from Triptych on an English Noël  by Franklin D. Ashdown, "Noël Basque" by Dom Paul Benoit, "Poèm Mystique" by Richard Purvis and "Alleluias" from Portraits of Bethlehem  by Robert C. Lau. Aaron Tan will be performing:  Peter Tchaikovsky, arr. Aaron Tan - 3 scenes from Nutcracker    i. Decorating and Lighting the Christmas Tree    ii. March    ix. Waltz of the Snowflakes Marius Monnikendam (1896-1977)  - Tema con Variazione per la Notte di Natale  (Theme with Variations for Christmas Eve) We can't wait to see you on December 6!
  6. 6. Looking Ahead at 2014 We took time earlier this fall to give you further details about our upcoming A2AGO events. Here is the remainder of our season starting with our annual Epiphany Party in Burton Memorial Tower. Please join us on S u n d a y, J a n u a r y 5 t h starting at 7pm for a time of music and fellowship. All members are invited and we ask that everyone bring a snack and/or dessert to share. This is a wonderful time to gather with fellow members to relax after a busy holiday season!  We have two fantastic events in the month of February. On Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9:30-11:30am in Room 2110 at the School of Music, Theater and Dance at the University of Michigan we will have a workshop led by Dr. Julie Nagel. The wo r k s h o p, " Pe r f o r m a n c e A n i e t y : Managing Your Musical Fears" will feature psychologist Julie Nagel and will explore the physical, emotional and neurological aspects of musical performance and the obstacles that musicians often face through performance anxiety, stage fright and feelings of inadequacy. Participants in this workshop will gain knowledge and tools to aid in optimal artistic performance and preparation. If you have ever experienced any performance related anxiety, or know someone who has, this is the workshop for you!  At the end of February on Friday, Feb. 28th start at 7:30pm at Bethlehem United Church of Christ we will be having a New Music Concert featuring music composed by area composers from throughout Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio featuring the organ.  This year's Lenten Recital Series will be held in the same location, but the time of day has changed! The first Lenten Recital will take place at First Congregational Church in Ann Arbor on Friday, March 7 at 5:15pm. It is our hope that more members and non-members alike will be able to attend on their way home from work to enjoy some wonderful organ music to provide a bit of a respite from the regular hustle and bustle of our busy schedules. These concerts will not last more than an hour. Please come and enjoy music performed by our many talented area musicians.  Also taking place in March is a concert cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the AGO and the Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival, performed by Daniel Roth. On Sunday, March 23rd at 4pm come hear the virtuoso organist, composer and pegagogue Daniel Roth perform live in concert. Daniel Roth is the titular organist for St. Sulpice in Paris where some of his predecessors include CharlesMarie Widor and Marcel Dupre. This is sure to be one of the finest concerts in this area this ye a r. Yo u wo n ' t want to miss it! 
  7. 7. Support Our Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced! You recently received a letter containing information about the upcoming Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced, requesting your support.   We hope to have 100% participation in supporting the POEA, not just from our chapter, but from AGO members throughout Region V. Gifts of any amount are welcome. For our last POE, AA AGO chapter members contributed a total of over $750. Let's all work together to surpass that goal.   Checks can be made out to Ann Arbor POEA and sent to: Sherri Brown 2842 Walton Blvd. Waterford, MI 48329   Thank you! Marcia Van Oyen
  8. 8. Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival On Sunday, November 3, over one-hundred enthusiastic audience members filled the pews of First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti to hear the Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival presentation of a concert for Soprano & Organ featuring Olivia Betzen, soprano, Colin Knapp, organ, and the Heron Chamber Orchestra conducted by Joshua Boyd. The highlights included Lili Boulanger’s Pie Jesu and Bach’s glorious Cantata No. 51 “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen.” More info regarding the series can be found at ypsipipes.org.
  9. 9. Third Annual High School Organ Festival & Competition Winston-Salem, NC With prizes guaranteed to be at least $3500 and potentially over $10,000, UNC School of the Arts, Salem College, and the Winston-Salem Chapter of the AGO are pleased to announce the Third Annual High School Organ Festival & Competition the weekend of January 24-26, 2014. The festival and competition is open to any High School Senior or younger. The competition will be held at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem (First Baptist Church Grooms & Payne Organ), and the Festival portion will be held on the campuses of UNCSA (UNCSA Fisk, Op. 75) & Salem College (Salem College Flentrop Organ). This year's competition application requires a CD submitted with letters of reference by  December 13, 2013.  Included during the weekend in addition to the competition is a masterclass with world-renowned Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique pedagogue, Barbara Lister-Sink; an introduction to Alexander Technique; and a masterclass and individual lessons with UNCSA & Salem College organ professor, Dr. Timothy Olsen, all of which are included in the application fee.  Eight finalists will be chosen from the application pool, and will be notified by December 20, 2013.  Job Openings Old St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan is seeking a qualified candidate to work as a part-time Music Director and Organist (15-20 hours/week.) If desired, the position might be supplemented with unrelated work at the parish office. Salary is flexible with experience. Proficiency at the organ, experience directing choirs, the ability to cantor, familiarity with Roman Catholic Church documents on music and the liturgy, and a working knowledge of Gregorian chant is required. Familiarity with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and pronunciation of ecclesial Latin is highly recommended. Responsibilities include one weeknight choir rehearsal, three weekend Masses, one weekend choir rehearsal, additional seasonal rehearsals, additional yearly liturgies including Masses on Holy Days, holidays, First Communion, Confirmation, a monthly Extraordinary Form Mass, and twice-yearly penance service liturgies. There is additional compensation for weddings and funerals. Old St. Patrick is a small but historic parish that is committed to fulfilling the ideals set by Vatican II in continuity with the Church's rich spiritual tradition. Please send a cover letter and resume to Debbie@stpatricka2.org or 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 From Michele Johns: There is a good job open at Cherry Hill Presbyterian in Dearborn Heights. (40 minutes from campus) One of our recent DMA grads, Luke Davis, served the church for several years and enjoyed  the job and the people. Please contact Michele Johns at johnsm@umich.edu or 734-662-8612 for more information
  10. 10. Job Openings Continued The First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek 111 Capital Avenue, NE • Battle Creek, MI 49017 Mission Statement The mission of First Presbyterian Church is to share God’s love and grace with all people and celebrate the truth of Jesus Christ. We fulfill this purpose by: Serving Christ through SERVICE to others, connecting people to God through OUTREACH, and nourishing people in the Spirit through WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, and DISCIPLESHIP. Position Description - Director of Music Ministries PURPOSE: To serve the church through a choir and instrumental music program that gives glory and praise to God, promotes a positive Christian witness, and contributes to the spiritual growth of the congregation. REQUIREMENTS: 1. Experienced church musician (2 years experience or more) with a degree in music and knowledge of liturgy. 2. Excellent pianist and organist with skills in both classical and contemporary service. 3. Must have the appropriate level of conducting skills. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Work closely with the Pastor in developing and leading the worship life of the congregation through the ministry of music. 2. Prepare and provide direct leadership for vocal and instrumental ensembles and congregational singing during worship service. 3. Provide music leadership for Sunday Morning Service(s) as well as special services such as: Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. 4. Recruit and direct volunteers for musical ensembles including but not limited to chancel and handbell choirs, and praise team(s). 5. Promote opportunities for special music during worship, direct and accompany such persons as needed. 6 . As schedule permits, provide music for weddings and funerals. 7. Maintain the musical library and manage the budget of all vocal and instrumental music programs of the church. 8. Responsible for obtaining substitutes when absent. 9. Attend staff meetings and retreats as schedule permits. 10. Carry out other relevant tasks, duties or responsibilities which may be assigned by the Head of Staff. ANTICIPATED WORK SCHEDULE: This is a part-time position, approximately 18-20 hours per week, exempt. SALARY RANGE: $22,000 – 25,000 Contingent on level of experience and education. Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2013 until December 1, 2013 E mail: admin@firstpresbc.org FAX: 269-964-7488

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