This year’s Chicago Organ Experience takes us to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. We will begin the day on the University of Chicago campus with the Reneker organ, a 2m/23r baroque-style tracker organ in Joseph Bond Chapel. Then, we will walk one block east to Rockefeller Chapel, home of the magnificent 4m/132r E.M. Skinner, Op. 634, which has been hailed as one of the finest examples of 20th century romantic organ building in America. Our next stop is one block north at First Unitarian Church, which features a 3m/33r Skinner, Op. 810, as well as the church’s old organ, now located in the chapel, which is playable from the Skinner console. We will then have lunch at the fellowship hall of Augustana Lutheran Church. Following lunch, we will hear the 2m/20-stop Wahl tracker organ. Our final stop of the day is a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive to the United Church of Hyde Park with its 4m Skinner Op. 443.
Please note that this tour consists of a total of 1.4 miles or 28 minutes of walking, including the distance to United Church of Hyde Park. If you elect to drive to the final destination, the other churches are within blocks from each other, and will only require 0.7 miles or 14 minutes of walking.
Check back here for specifications of the organs on the tour. An order form for boxed lunches will be available online beginning March 4.
Due to the Winter Storm Warning for January 18-19, this event has been canceled. Organizers are looking into the possibility of rescheduling the event, so look here for updates.
• 8:30 am Refreshments and Greetings -- St. Michael Hall
• 9:00 am BENJAMIN RIVERA: Choral Warm-Ups/Choral Tone Basics/Amateur Voices
• 9:30 am PAUL FRENCH: Choral Warm-Ups/Improving Choral Sound/Quick Fixes
• 10:00 am BENJAMIN RIVERA: Three Seasonal Choral Anthems that Work
(Advent/Christmas/Epiphany)/Planning and Executing an Effective Rehearsal
(score preparation – pitch, rhythm, diction – time management – anticipating/fixing problems)
• 10:45 am Break for coffee, conversation & questions
• 11:00 am PAUL FRENCH: Three Seasonal Choral Anthems that Work (Lent/Easter/Pentecost)
(score preparation – pitch, rhythm, diction – time management – anticipating/fixing problems)
• 11:45 am Break for coffee, conversation & questions
• 12:00 pm Mini Choral Festival – Church Nave FRENCH and RIVERA
Conducting four of the seasonal anthems – Concluding by 1:00 p.m.
Stephen Buzard, Director of Music at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, will present a lecture on the music of Leo Sowerby at 5:30 pm. Attendees will have time for dinner in the River North/Magnificent Mile area before the recital, which will be at 7:30.
This event is co-sponsored by AGO Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church.
This season's recital will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Chicago organist and chapter member Leo Sowerby. Members in good standing are eligible to participate. Accepted literature includes any of Sowerby’s solo organ works, or you may choose to accompany a soloist. Re-connect with your colleagues and fellow members during our annual Banquet, hosted by the faith community of Grace Episcopal Church, Dr. Dennis Northway, Organist & Director of Music.
Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm, and the recital will be at 7:30.
Click here to register for the dinner: Members Banquet 2018
Our Chapter’s most popular event of the year resumes with tours of instruments in the Edgewater community. Venues include Saint Ita Roman Catholic Church (4/68 Wicks; Howell), Immanuel Lutheran (3/43 Schantz), North Shore Baptist Church (3/23 Austin), Epworth UMC (3/23 Möller), and the Episcopal Church of the Atonement (3/41 Casavant). Members and their guests may register online to reserve their seat aboard our private motor coach, and to order a box lunch with beverages and dessert ($20 payable via cash, check or credit/debit card).
Click here for full information, including the day's schedule and instrument specifications.
Click here to register. Registration deadline is March 11.
Crista Miller of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, TX will present a recital at Madonna della Strada Chapel on Loyola campus. The program will explore the intersection of music and mysticism with works of 20th century composers, including Naji Hakim, Charles Tournemire, Jean Langlais, and Olivier Messiaen. Program information can be found here.
Chapter member Phillip Kloeckner, founder of the new Chicago International Organ Academy, presents his innovative remote teaching method which uses the latest available technology to make organ study accessible for anyone, anywhere, at any time.
- Learn how new technology can make high quality organ instruction accessible to students and teachers everywhere.
- Observe how teachers and students interact remotely and what equipment and setup is necessary to make this mode of instruction effective and rewarding.
Attend this free workshop in person (77 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL) or watch on the Chicago Chapter’s Facebook page: @AGOChicago.
Please email email@example.com by January 23 to register and indicate whether you will attend in person or watch online.
For more information, visit cioa.global or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Michael Bottenhorn will lead a workshop on improvisation skills. Organists of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Those who wish to participate in the workshop should prepare to play a hymn of their choice, but you are also welcome to come and observe. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
This event is free and no advance registration is necessary.
Michael Bottenhorn, concert organist and Music Director at St. Joseph's Church in Bonn, Germany will present an improvisation-centered recital at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. The concert will be followed by a workshop on improvisation skills on Saturday morning at 10:00 am.
Richard Hoskins will lead the Choir of St. Chrysostom’s Church, along with organist Roger Stanley, in Choral Evensong at which officers of the Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be installed. Featuring organ music of Herbert Howells and Louis Vierne, as well as choral works by Rose, Murrill, and Boyle.
Join our chapter for a fantastic celebration of all things Reformation featuring our own members in performances of a wide range of chorale based (and inspired) organ music by Bach, Walcha, Pachelbel, Manz, Smyth, Demessieux, Held, & Scheidemann. Performers for the evening are Michael Soto, Joseph Burgio, Melody Turner, Brad Whaley, Alan Hommerding, and Brian Schoettler. A festive reception and time to tour the organ will follow the program.
Free parking is available in the lot located directly east of Millar Chapel marked as Northwestern University parking. This lot is accessible via the alley off of Clark Street between Chicago & Hinman Avenues. All university parking is free after 4pm.
During Eastertide, Dr. Thomas Fielding of Kalamazoo, Michigan, will present a festive and seasonally appropriate program with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Cesar Franck, and Thomas Fielding including Charles-Marie Widor's 'Symphonie Romane' played on the church's recently installed 4-manual, 56-stop 'Tina Mae' Casavant Pipe Organ. An exclusive Pre-Program Reception and Lecture for AGO Members will explore Widor's use of the Gradual chant, 'Haec Dies' in the Symphonie Romane. The reception and lecture will begin in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the multimedia presentation, AGO Members and their guests will adjourn to church for Dr. Fielding's 75-minute recital which is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert portion of the evening is free and open to the public.
“Our Beautiful Country of France: Nationalism, Ultramontanism, and Widor’s Symphonie Romane."
6:00 p.m. AGO Members Pre-Program Reception & Lecture at Saint John Cantius Parish Hall.
AGO Members and their Guests are invited to an exclusive Pre-Program Reception & Multimedia Lecture with Dr. Thomas Fielding beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Saint John Cantius. Dr. Fielding will explore Charles-Marie Widor's use of the Easter Gradual chant, "Haec Dies" in his Symphonie Romane. At the time of the work’s composition, 1900, the work on chant reform by the Solesmes monks was in full swing and the adoption of the Solesmes chant for the next authoritative Vatican edition seemed inevitable. Yet Widor chose to use a distinctively Gallic form of this melody found in the Paroissien Romain noté en plain-chant of 1874 for his work. Dr. Fielding's presentation will examine the influences of the French print industry, pride in the national Church and Widor’s identity in the lineage of musicians of Saint-Sulpice on his very deliberate musical choice.
7:30 p.m., Organ Recital: Dr. Thomas Fielding at Saint John Cantius Church
Christus Vincit: Toccata for Organ (2010) - Thomas Fielding (b. 1975)
Allein Gott in Der Höh’ Sei Ehr’, BWV662 (“Leipzig” Chorales) - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Praeludium et Fuga in C, BWV547
Fantaisie in A Major (Trois Pièces,1878) - César Auguste Franck (1822-1890)
Symphonie Romane pour Orgue [No. 10], Op. 73 (1900) - Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
This year’s AGO/OHS Organ Experience takes us to fabulous venues on the Gold Coast! Starting at the amazing Second Presbyterian Church in the South Loop, where the real money used to live before moving north, we will hear the grand sound of the 1917 Austin while we gaze at Tiffany windows in an enormous and resplendent Art Nouveaux room. Our next stop takes us to the current Gold Coast and St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in a beautiful, warm, and intimate Tudor room featuring its fabulous Fisk installed in 2004. St. Chrysostom’s, a truly beautiful complex transporting us to an English countryside, is also home to grand carillon in its bell tower. Lunch will be in St. Chrysostom’s elegant Harding Room. Holy Name Cathedral is next. The seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1875, it has seen many changes, alterations, and remodeling projects – several of them due to fires! The ceiling alone is worth the visit. We will experience the Cathedral’s grand Flentrop in the gallery, free-standing Casavant in the south chancel, and another Flentrop in the chapel. Our final stop is the iconic Fourth Presbyterian Church and its terrific new Quimby – the largest organ in the city and perhaps anywhere in this region. Old world gothic splendor with a brand new pipe organ.
Complete information is available at the links below and also in the March edition of the AGO Console Crier and the OHS Stopt Diapason. Please share with friends and colleagues!
Transportation is provided and lunch may be purchased with your reservation. Reservations are required for transportation and/or lunch and may be made online at this link: http://bit.ly/2lAUhQg, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Carl Chadek at 773-796-4185. Please make your reservations no later than Monday, March 6.
The Chicago Chapter A.G.O. partners with the Music Institute of Chicago and host Fourth Presbyterian Church, home of Chicago's largest pipe organ by Quimby, to expose today's youth and tomorrow's musicians to the King of Instruments. Dr. John W. W. Sherer, Organist.
This particular concert on Friday evening is free and open to the public.
Chelsea has electrified audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. An established recitalist and composer, she is the recipient of the 2009 Lili Boulanger Memorial Award and a graduate of Juilliard, as well as a full scholarship recipient at Yale University, where she earned an Artist Diploma. Listen as she graces the bench of the 3-manual Schantz organ at Trinity.
Dinner will be served at the church starting at 6:00pm. Join fellow colleagues for food, drinks, and networking.
Tired of using the same registrations and accompaniments time after time? Then this program is for you! Our friend and colleague, Chapter Member David Jonies, the Associate Director of Music and Organist at Holy Name Cathedral, provides practical suggestions for breathing fresh life into your fingers. Members will have an opportunity to sit at the console and receive one-on-one coaching within a group setting using their choice of hymns, psalm-tone, or contemporary work intended for piano. Console coaching requires advance registration and is limited.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Max Reger, Gerhard Weinberger, Professor Emeritus of Organ and Former Director of the Church Music Department at the Hochschule for Musik in Detmold, Germany, will present a lecture and recital on the life, works, and legacy of Reger.
Professor Weinberger has performed a wide-ranging repertoire for audiences throughout Europe, Asia, and America and is known as a specialist on the works of J.S. Bach and Max Reger. The program will include Symphonic Fantasie and Fugue, Op. 57, and Choral Fantasie on “Halleluia! Gott zu loben,” Op. 52/3.
Come celebrate the brief and turbulent life of this German composer whose passion for composition, performance, and education—combined with an obsessive work ethic—gave the world a tremendous legacy of compositions across many genres, including many important organ works.