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May Update

May Update

Happy May Day! It’s hard to believe that we are wrapping up our Program Year. It seems like yesterday when I was sitting down with Debbie Lynch to discuss our 2014-2015 season. Highlights this year have included a workshop on music accessible to small pipe organs, the Holy Trinity Choir, Laura Rau in Recital, organ literature workshop, choral literature workshop, family organ tour in North Newton and Peabody, RYCO host, local scholarship auditions, Members Recital, and a Downtown Organ Tour….

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ARTDog Update

ARTDog Update

2015 ArtDOG Report April 24, 2015 was a very successful day for the Wichita Chapter. We raised $1200 for the recital fund, and that is with out the bonus pool money from ICTArtDOG. We had a great turnout for the Downtown Organ Crawl. Each venue had 15 or people, many just appreciating the organ music played my Brett Valliant, Carole Pracht, Chris Shaw, and other participants on the tour. Courtney Looney and the Wichita Foundation put together a very successful…

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POE Update

POE Update

Pipe Organ Encounter Update: Marlene Hallstrom, POE Director The Pipe Organ Encounter Committee has been very busy working out the details for our POE to be held at WSU on June 14-19.  The original limit we set was for 22 students in order to have enough organs and teachers for the students.  We have reached that limit already, even before our final deadline! Now that we are getting close to the actual event, all of our members will be asked to help…

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Downtown Organ Crawl

Downtown Organ Crawl

Downtown Organ Crawl April 24th, 2015, 7 PM To join the ArtDOG celebration and the numerous Arts Events planned, the Wichita Chapter AGO is sponsoring a Downtown Organ Crawl. Our event begins at First United Methodist Church at 7 PM, followed by St. John’s Episcopal Church at 7:30 PM, and end at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 8 PM. Each stop will include a demonstration, history of the church and instrument, and an opportunity for anyone on the…

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RCYO 2015

RCYO 2015

Regional Competition for Young Organists Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. David Childs, Marlene Hallstrom, David von Behren – second place, Anna Jeter, David Ball – first place, Pat Walcher, Lynne Davis. The competition took place on Saturday, March 7th at Eastminster Presbyterian. A BIG THANK YOU to Pat Walcher and Anna Jeter for being gracious hosts whom executed a wonderful competition. David Ball will compete in the Regional Convention in St. Louis this June.

POE Update

POE Update

POE Update Marlene Hallstrom, POE Chair As of March 31, the Wichita Chapter has received twelve registrations for our Pipe Organ Encounter to be held on June 14-19 in Wichita.  Several other registrations are promised. Our chapter awarded four scholarships of $100 each to four local students to attend the POE.  The winners were: Aidan Hill, student of Carole Pracht; Matthew Kroeker, student of Marlene Hallstrom; Megan McCoy, strudent of Carole Smith; Laura Smith, student of Anna Jeter. The schedule, housing,…

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Women Composers Recital

Women Composers Recital

Member’s Recital: Works by Women Composers Join us Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 3 PM for a recital featuring the compositions of women composers. Musicians for the afternoon include a choral ensemble directed by Jim Jones, works for voice and piano performed by Lily Guerrero and Carole Pracht, and organists Tyler Breneman, Carolyn Chambers, Kathy Fehrmann, Nylas Moser, Nickolas Carlson, and Christopher Shaw. This will be a kick-off for our ArtDOG (Day of Giving) event, details for ArtDOG can be found later in the newsletter….

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April Update

April Update

March was a very busy month for our chapter. We sponsored a Regional Competition for Young Organists, held Scholarship Auditions for students interested in attending the POE, held a choral workshop on conducting and choral music, had board meetings, and POE planning meetings. We’ve been so busy that it seems like we’ve “marched” right through Lent as we are now journeying into Holy Week. Here are five reminders a music colleague shared with me for us all to keep in…

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Women Composer Recital

Women Composer Recital

Member’s Recital – A Recital of Women Composers April 19th, 2015, 3 PM @ First Presbyterian Church Join us for a recital featuring the organ music of women composers. The recital and reception will take place at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Wichita. This will be a kick-off for our ArtDOG (Day of Giving) event, details for ArtDOG can be found later in the newsletter. We are still looking for performers for this recital. In addition to organ works, think about hymns and…

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Meet the Executive Committee: Marlene Hallstrom

Meet the Executive Committee: Marlene Hallstrom

Meet the Executive Committee: Marlene Hallstrom, Class of 2017. Editor (E): What is your current position on the Executive Committee? And how many years have you served on the committee? Marlene (M): I am serving as a member of the Class of 2017 after a few years off of the committee while I served on the AGO National Council as Councillor for Professional Development.  Previously, I have been Dean and chair of the 2009 Region VI convention “Pipes on the Plains” which was held in…

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POE Trivia

POE Trivia

Pipe Organ Encounter Trivia. There will be four Pipe Organ Encounters in the US this summer: Wichita State University, June 14-19 Valparaiso University, July 5-10 Columbus State University (Georgia), July 12-17 Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), July 26-31 We currently have 3 student registrations and the promise of several more on the way. Our chapter scholarship auditions will take place on March 8 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Scholarships are also available through the AGO National Headquarters.  Some churches are willing to provide financial…

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March Update

March Update

Here we are again, it seems like just yesterday I was putting together the February edition and here we are, March. This past month has been a month of planning and preparation, particularly for the June 2015 – Pipe Organ Encounter. Over 3000 emails were sent to members in our region and the south central region, plus over 300 brochures were dropped into the mail. Excitement is building as we begin to receive our first registrations and make final plans…

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Family Organ Tour

Family Organ Tour

Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour: Sunday, February 22nd Join us for our 2015 Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour! Our tour will include four organs, two of them being tracker instruments, one being recently renovated, and one being added to the historical organ list!  These four organs can be found in North Newton and Peabody, Kansas. The tour will be lead by Christopher Shaw, dean and Donna Hetrick. At each stop we will hear a brief history of the…

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Choral Workshop

Choral Workshop

Choral Music Workshop. Church choir directors and accompanists are invited to participate in our workshop on March 10th, 7:00 PM, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N Broadway St, Wichita. The workshop will include a session focused on rehearsal techniques and conducting led by Dr. John Paul Johnson (Wichita State University). This will be followed by area director’s sharing anthems that they have found successful – accessible to choir of any size. Directors are invited to bring copies of these anthems to…

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WSU Organ Day 2015

WSU Organ Day 2015

WSU ORGAN DAY 2015. Bravo to Lynne Davis for an excellent mini-workshop on the French Organ. Bertrand Cattiaux lectured on french organ building. Cattiaux is the organ builder responsible for ongoing improvements to the great organ of Notre Dame, Paris . Stéphane Béchy is a renowned concert artist and Titular Organist of St-Merry. Béchy lectured and performed pieces composed by the past organists of St-Merry. Seated left to right: Bertrand Cattiaux, Lynne Davis, Stéphane Béchy.

February Update

February Update

It’s SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Hopefully you have your snacks ready to enjoy the commercials. After a busy holiday season, January has given me time to focus on the work of the chapter and my own musical goals. As we role in to February, I can’t help but think of how SUPER our Wichita Chapter is and the many gifted members around us. I’m reminded how dedicated our members are to the success of the chapter and chapter events. We’ve had…

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Meet the Executive Committee: Nickolas Carlson

Meet the Executive Committee: Nickolas Carlson

Meet the Executive Committee: Nickolas Carlson, Class of 2016. Editor (E): Do you currently serve as an organist/music director in Wichita? If so, where and how long? And do you have any other jobs? Nickolas (N): I am the organist/accompanist at Westwood Presbyterian church. I am also the Orchestral graduate assistant at WSU, where I am an Orchestral Conducting student. E: What was your educational experience? N: I received a BM in Organ Performance with a minor in sacred music from Bethany College…

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Pipe Organ Encounter 2015

Pipe Organ Encounter 2015

Pipe Organ Encounter Excitement is Building! Excitement is building for the Wichita Chapter’s first ever Pipe Organ Encounter which will be held this coming June 14-19 at Wichita State University and around the Wichita area.  Participants will be housed in the new Shocker Hall on the WSU campus and will receive daily organ lessons, activities and classes about the pipe organ, daily recitals and much more. The brochures have gone out, either by e-mail or regular post, so please be watching…

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Family Organ Tour

Family Organ Tour

Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour: Sunday, February 22nd Join us for our 2015 Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour! Our tour will include four organs, two of them being tracker instruments, one being recently renovated, and one being added to the historical organ list!  These four organs can be found in North Newton and Peabody, Kansas. For carpooling options, please contact Marlene Hallstrom. Schedule: Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour North Newton and Peabody Sunday, February 22nd  Christopher Shaw…

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Regional Convention 2015

Regional Convention 2015

Have you registered for the North Central Regional Convention yet? The convention takes place June 22-24 in St. Louis.  Concerts include recitals by Christopher Marks, Thomas Murray, Anna Myeong, Daryl Robinson, a hymn festival by John Behnke, the St. Louis Children’s Choir, the Gateway Ringers of St. Louis, and much more.  Workshops presenters include Barbara Adler, Barbara Harbach, Clifford Hill, Marilyn Schempp, James Thomashower, and more. Register now to take advantage of early bird registration prices through February 28.  The…

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Epiphany Party

Epiphany Party

Don’t forget to join us for our Annual Epiphany Party this Sunday, January 4th.  If you haven’t received an email from Carolyn Chambers regarding what to bring, just bring your favorite dish to share at our potluck. Please RSVP to Pat Walcher by January 2nd. It will be great afternoon to start off the new year. It will begin at 4 PM with a presentation by Barbara Adler, National AGO Councilor for Development and we will have our Epiphany Feast at 5:30.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 2015, an exciting year for the Wichita Chapter AGO. Before we know it, we will be celebrating a successful POE and have another program year in the books. But, there are many events to take part in before we get there in this new year! The first thing you will notice is a new newsletter. During the first few months of my new duties as Dean, I have have found that it is very challenging to organize…

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Meet the Executive Committee: Jim Jones

Meet the Executive Committee: Jim Jones

Meet the Executive Committee: Jim Jones Editor (E): What is your current position on the Executive Committee? And how many years have you served on the committee? Jim Jones (J): Class of 2016. First year on the board. E: Do you currently serve as an organist/music director in Wichita? If so, where and how long? And do you have any other jobs? J: Director of Music at St Mary’s RC Cathedral.  34 years.E: What was your educational experience? J: MM from SMU in Dallas. E: In your…

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