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19th Century American Organ Music Available Again as Digital Download
As part of the celebrations surrounding the United States Bicentennial in 1976, the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists published A Collection of 19th Century American Organ Music, compiled by Janice Beck and D. Darrell Woomer. It was privately published by the chapter and has been long out of print and unavailable. Get details.
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Next Chapter Event
PEDALS, PIPES AND PIZZA
Saturday, March 8, at Baldwin Wallace Chapel, Berea
What is Pedals, Pipes and Pizza? It is a National AGO program to introduce young piano students to the organ. Our chapter is co-sponsoring this event with the Conservatory Outreach program of Baldwin Wallace. The program will be Saturday, March 8, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Chapel at BW. It is geared toward Middle School and High School students, ages about 11 to 16, and is free - teachers and parents of the participants are also welcome. AGO is providing pizza and beverages for the participants. If you have piano students in your church or friends who teach piano we would be most appreciative if you could email to them the flyer announcing the event and registration form, which can both be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Registration deadline is February.
PPP committee: James Buncher, Sue Huszai, Annie Kaschube, James Leek, Brian Wentzel; Nicole Keller and Barbara MacGregor, co-chairs
An Evening of Sacred Jazz * Sunday, April 6 – 7:30 pm
Forest Hills Presbyterian Church 3031 Monticello Blvd. Cleveland Heights
Forest Hills Church Choirs join with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra quintet performing sacred works in jazz styles.
Bach Institute Open House * Friday, April 25 – 1 to 3 pm
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Berea
Mel Unger, Bach Institute Director, willshare treasured scores from the Bach library.
Next Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
Nominating Slate for 2014/15
Nominating Committee Report and Biographies
The Chapter Nominating Committee has submitted the following names for the Cleveland AGO Chapter Officers and Executive Committee members for the coming election:
Dean: Paul Guyer
Sub-Dean: Matthew Skitzki
Secretary: Jan Jones
Treasurer: Don Jackson
Executive Committee (3 year term expires 2017) three to be elected
Additional nominations may be made by petition if each petition is signed by five (5) members of the Chapter in good standing and submitted to the Chapter Secretary within thirty (30) days of this announcement of the slate. (by March 27, 2014)
Max Bunker, Betty Meyers, Robert Schneider, Leah Hottel, Tim Hemry
NOMINEES FOR 2014-2015 AGO OFFICERS
DEAN: PAUL GUYER (CAGO). Paul brings over thirty years experience of musical leadership having served in congregations large and small. Paul believes in an inclusive approach to making music; incorporating a wide variety of styles, interests, and abilities. He has served in various denominations, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal, and Church of the Brethren. He holds a degree from Westminster Choir College, and has completed the Education for Ministry course from the University of the South School of Theology. Paul has sung in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, the Westminster Symphonic Choir and has performed with Robert Shaw, Robert Porco, Franz Welser-Most, Zubin Mehta, and Leonard Bernstein. Paul has also worked in business as an IT professor and has earned the Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.
SUBDEAN: MATTHEW SKITZKI (SPC). Matthew is a proud member of the Cleveland Chapter of AGO since 2011. He is Music Director at Church of the Western Reserve in Pepper Pike and staff accompanist at Hathaway Brown School. A native of Cleveland, Matthew studied piano at CIM with Betty Zimmer, and organ with Adeline Huss. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Literature and a Bachelor of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green University and then a MM in Piano Performance with Grammy Award-winning Dr. Angelin Chang at Cleveland State University. While earning degrees in piano, Matthew pursued organ study with advice from Todd Wilson and Chris Toth, and earned a Service Playing Certificate in 2013 with hopes of advancing to the Colleague level by 2015. Matthew also sings bass with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and joined them on their 2013 European tour. Matthew has served as Facebook Administrator and on the Website Committee for the Cleveland Chapter of the AGO, and would be honored to serve in the capacity of sub-dean.
SECRETARY: JAN JONES (SPC). Jan is organist at Dover Congregational Church in Westlake. Although she was trained as a scientist, she was “drafted” to learn organ to assist at the church she was attending. She joined the Guild immediately and has been an active member for over twenty years. Gradually she began to freelance, and she was thrilled to earn her Service Playing Certificate. Her teachers have included Peg Limkemann, Nicole Keller, David Blazer, and the many generous Guild members who taught and encouraged inexperienced organists in workshops and classes. She also studied piano with Dr. Gerald Evans at Lorain County Community College while taking the Associates Degree music course sequence there. Although her organ education is unconventional, she is passionate about the instrument and is eager to give back to the Guild, which has been so helpful to her. She is living, enthusiastic proof that there is more than one way to become an organist. She would be pleased to serve for another year as Secretary.
TREASURER: DON JACKSON is in his second year as chapter treasurer. Prior to becoming treasurer he served as publicity chair and before that as a class member. Don has over 20 years of experience in business IT systems that he brings to the position and has just finished a certificate program in nonprofit administration. He is currently working as a contract bookkeeper and as organist at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Westlake.
EXECUTIVE BOARD NOMINEES (3 YEAR TERM)
JAMES LEEK learned organ building while apprenticing under his father, a master organ builder, as a teenager and later while pursuing a degree from BGSU in Industrial Technology Education. In 1992 James succeeded his father as President of Leek Pipe Organ Company. Organ building is a personal calling for James complimenting his Christian faith. He is a current member of the American Institute of Organ Builders, the Organ Historical Society, the AGO, and St. Clarence Church. James is an avid golfer, skier, and loves the outdoors. Despite his 6’7” frame, over the years he has mastered the skill of working in tight corners and small spaces of organ chambers. You can find information on James and his firm at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/james-leek/78/207/137.
BARBARA MacGREGOR, AAGO, DMA, has been a member of both Cleveland and Akron AGO chapters for many years. She was awarded the Associate Degree from the Guild and has served Cleveland Chapter AGO as Sub-Dean/Program Chair from 2012 to the present. In 2012 she served as Co-Chair of the NYACOP Semi-Finals held in Cleveland. She is also past Dean of Akron Chapter and continues to serve as Education/Certification Chair. Barbara was Professor of Music at The University of Akron for 35 Years teaching Organ, Harpsichord, Music Theory courses and serving as Performance Coordinator and Keyboard Studies Chair. Barbara was Organist/Director of Music at two downtown Akron churches for 35 years. Summer found her in Lakeside, OH, as organist for the Chautauqua-on-Lake-Erie program. She was Director of Akron’s Trinity Organ Series and has also served on the boards of the Tuesday Musical Association in Akron and the Music from the Western Reserve concert series in Hudson.
BRIAN WENTZEL, MSM, FAGO, is Director of Music at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lorain, OH, where he has served since 2006. At First Lutheran Brian has developed the FIRST music series, and was instrumental in procuring an Historic Organ Citation for the church’s organ, all while remaining focused on the core mission of leading congregational singing. Brian is an active performer in the Cleveland area, singing with Apollo’s Singers and Quire Cleveland, and regularly playing organ recitals and festivals. His musical compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress and Hope, and his writings have appeared in The Canterbury Dictionary of Hynmology, Word and World, and the curriculum of Leadership for Musicians.. Brian is currently Dean of Lorain County AGO and also serves on the Program Committee and Website Committee of AGO Cleveland. Brian’s degrees are from Northwestern University (BMus, BA, 2003) and Luther Seminary (Master of Sacred Music, 2006.)
CAROL WIPPER. Although I have not been active recently in the AGO, was on the Program Committee in the past. I also helped with the competitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art as a Board member of The Musart Society. I am currently auxiliary organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and substitute at St. Christopher’s, Gates Mills. Other musical involvements include being formerly on the Board of Apollo’s Fire and now on the Board of The Cleveland International Piano Competition. I regularly attend concerts at CIM, Severance Hall and City Music venues.
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music.
To achieve this, we:
Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music;
Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors;
Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support;
Nurture future generations of organists;
Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.