Teaching Unit: The new online teaching was introduced nationally in the May issue of The American Organist, journal of the American Build of Organists, in an article by Wichita Chapter AGO Dean Carrol Hassman. (It will also be demonstrated in a workshop for the 2014 national convention of the AGO in Boston MA.)
Commissioned Work: The public premier of Bernard Wayne Sanders’ Prelude, Recitative, & Fugue was presented on October 6, 2013, in a recital by Christopher Shaw at Plymouth Congregational Church. It has taken some time to produce the DVD that was recorded at the time, but we now have from that recital the video cut of the commissioned work, which you may access at http://youtu.be/Qu5uBjlgSw0.
Commissioned Work: In honor of Irene Shaw, director of the POPs for KIDs program since its inception, the Wichita Chapter AGO has commissioned a new work for solo organ from Bernard Wayne Sanders, a Wisconsin-born organist and composer now active in Germany. (Sanders did his master’s degree study at Wichita State University in the early 1980s, and his work for violin/oboe and organ, “Ornament of Grace,” was a major contest winner in the AGO’s International Year of the Organ.) The new piece, a Prelude, Recitative, & Fugue, was previewed for Mrs. Shaw and the Chapter at their Epiphany Party on January 5, 2013.
In August 2013, the new Internet-based teaching unit was made available. Representing a dramatic step forward for classroom and home learning through POPs for KIDs, the unit was developed over the past year, in conjunction with a committee of music teachers from Wichita’s public school system, USD 259. Trial versions were introduced to school music teachers, Wichita AGO members, and the state-wide convention of the Teaching Parent Association in July; and the final version is now set, at least for the present.
With interactive links, it includes sections on the construction and workings of the pipe organ, as well as a section on music and important composers for the organ. To see more, click “Online Teaching Unit” in the main menu above.
2011: POPs for KIDs Birthday Party a Huge Success!
Nearly 300 people attended Brett Valliant’s Concert on October 23, 2011, in celebration of POPs for KIDs’ twentieth anniversary. Brett’s program was great fun, and it was wonderful to hear scholarship student Rebecca Lee play too. The Vestibule of First Methodist was an excellent space for both the reception and the extensive POPs for KIDs exhibit, and Irene Shaw said she thought more folk gave serious attention to the exhibit than ever before at any one time. Chapter Social Chair Shirley Wiebe made a lovely reception, and with the big crowd, we almost ran out of cake. People were also very generous with their donations at the door, and we received nearly $1200! The pictures below are courtesy of Glen & Carolyn Chambers. A loud, resounding “Happy Birthday!” to the Wichita Chapter’s own Children’s Pipe Organ Project, POPs for KIDs!