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Wichita State Organ Day

Wichita State Organ Day

This is a special invitation to all organists and pianists in the Kansas area!  Please come and join us to discover and play the great Marcussen organ in Wiedemann Hall on the campus of Wichita State University on SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Guest organist from Dallas’ First Presbyterian Church, Thomas Froehlich, will be there to guide us through what it is to play the organ today, how to use creative registration, how to “hear”…

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AGO National Organ Pedagogy Conference at the University of Kansas

AGO National Organ Pedagogy Conference at the University of Kansas

From October 18-21, 2017, the AGO National Organ Pedagogy Conference will be held at the University of Kansas. The title of the conference is “Organ and Improvisation Study in the French Conservatory System.” This event will bring together an unprecedented collection of world-renowned French organists and scholars to play, teach, and lecture at the University of Kansas. Master classes in organ literature will all be taught simultaneously by two teachers: the master class schedule is as follows: French Classic: Michel…

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Public Concerts at the AGO National Pedagogy Conference at KU

Public Concerts at the AGO National Pedagogy Conference at KU

In addition to conference registrants, a limited number of concert tickets are available to the public. Ticketing is being handled through the Lied Center Ticket Office, 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu. The concert schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 p.m. This is a special concert. Please consider re-arranging your Wednesday night choir rehearsal this week so that you can attend. All five organists will participate along with the nationally known chant choir from Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary…

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Upcoming Events 2018

Upcoming Events 2018

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS: “Rising Stars,  A Recital of Young Organists” Sunday, March 4, 2018                                       4:00 p.m. Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Rd., Wichita   A recital showcasing the recipients of the 2017 Wichita AGO Student Organ Scholarships.     **** Submissions for the Newsletter must be received by the 20th of each month. Submit them to agowichita@gmail.com

Hesston College Andover Organ Series

Hesston College Andover Organ Series

Hesston College Andover Organ Series Submitted by Ken Rodgers Hesston College will have its inaugural season of the Andover Organ Series this spring. The Andover organ was installed in February 2008. Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 pm Emmanuel Arakelian, Paris, France. Organist in residence at St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana. Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm Kevin J Vaughn, Professor of Organ, Goshen College, Goshen, IN. Concerts are on the Andover Organ at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston, KS. Free admission. Watch for further details…

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Rie Bloomfield Organ Day

Rie Bloomfield Organ Day

We will have the immense pleasure of welcoming a second time the renowned French organ-builder, Bertrand Cattiaux, who was here 2 years ago.  This time he will talk about the great organ at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, its history and what changes have come about and which ones are coming in the future.  We will hear him speak as well as hear and see the organ through his recordings and slides. This is a very popular subject, so please…

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Rising Star Recital

Rising Star Recital

Congratulations to our young organists for an excellent “Rising Stars” recital March 6. Organists and teachers pictured at the right. Congratulations to Our 2016 Scholarship Winners: Aidan Hill Matthew Kroeker Megan McCoy Sonora Vossen

POPs for KIDs Media

POPs for KIDs Media

Congratulations to the Wichita AGO Chapter on the 20th Anniversary of their POPs for KIDs program.  I also join with all others in congratulating Irene Shaw for her vision in establishing this worthy program.  If the organ and the great music composed for it are to survive, it is essential that young people be introduced to the organ and made aware of the magic it has.  No other instrument can be as thrilling or reach the hearts of people so strongly….  I…

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POPs Updates

POPs Updates

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….

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POE Update

POE Update

Dear Wichita Chapter Members, Thank you for your support of our recent Pipe Organ Encounter!   It was wonderful that so many of you participated either by helping with tasks throughout the week, by attending recitals and other events which were open to the public, or by your financial support.  We were able to stay fairly close to our estimated budget with only a few surprises!  It’s not too late if you would like to contribute to the financial support of…

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June Update

June Update

As I sit here to write this newsletter, while finishing up other AGO tasks, I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming Pipe Organ Encounter events and the Wichita Chapter. I’ve had the opportunity to put together the Program Booklet for the POE. The events planned, the workshops, and the concerts are must hear events. There is something almost every night and multiple events during the day. See Marlene Hallstrom’s letter later in the newsletter to see how you…

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POE Countdown!

POE Countdown!

COUNTDOWN TO POE: The Wichita Pipe Organ Encounter is only two weeks away!  The committee has worked countless hours to make all of the arrangements for a smooth running and successful event.  The schedule is included in this newsletter, and we hope you will take advantage of the many interesting concerts and programs throughout the week.  AGO members are welcome to observe during the daytime activities, and the public is welcome at most concerts (except Tuesday night which is for…

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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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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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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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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.

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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