Presenters and Workshops
This workshop will present practical strategies to promote your chapter’s upcoming concerts and programs. Learn how to effectively pitch your events to local journalists, create “likable” social media marketing campaigns, and capture the performance for live-streaming or YouTube. J.W. Arnold, an award-winning PR, and marketing consultant with more than 25 years of experience, will share tips and tricks, as well as useful templates, to help capture the attention of both your members and local music lovers. This session is also appropriate for performers and those who work in churches and/or performing arts organizations.
Expanding Educational Programming and Outreach Around the Pipe Organ
Members of the Twin Cities Chapter's Education Committee share experiences and "hands-on” examples they have used to help build greater interest in the pipe organ in schools, churches, adult education programs, and increasingly for organ search committees. We will use the chapter's demonstration instrument "mini opus" built from a collaboration with Dobson and Schantz pipe organ builders. We will also feature one our science experiments, and introduce recent videos on the organ from a collaboration with Minnesota Public Radio's classical music station.
New Releases for Organ from Augsburg Fortress
Featuring music for organ from David Evan Thomas, Brenda Portman, F. Melius Christiansen, David N Johnson and the most recent volumes of the Augsburg Organ Library. We will explore recent music for worship and concert as well as newly composed hymn introductions and reharmonizations to expand creativity through congregational song. Also featured will be Marilyn Biery’s recent volume of 10 transcriptions of Bach cantata movements in the style of the Schübler Chorales.
Professional Certification through the AGO: Why it Matters, and How You can Make this Program Work for You
In this workshop, Dean Billmeyer, FAGO will give an overview and background of the Professional Certification Program. Emphasis will be on the program’s relationship to the history and mission of the Guild, as well as how the program can be a valuable tool for organists and choral directors of all levels of ability to learn and improve their skills. Examples from Guild Exams at all levels will be shared, as will resources for further study and reference.
Celebrating the 300th Anniversary
Bach’s music is as alive and immediate today as 300 years ago. Rick Erickson will explore ideas for presentation and performance in various settings and contexts, with a focus on his sacred choral works. Issues such as choirs, soloists, instrumentation, key, language and more will be included. Come with experiences, questions and more!
Pedagogy - organ methods. Where are we now?
Our approach to performing organ literature from different stylistic periods has changed drastically over the past five decades. How have these changes affected the way we teach organ students today? What method books are available to us as teachers to help us incorporate ideas of performance practice? How do you start a beginning organist when there are numerous approaches and opinions on the subject? This session will explore the different tools available to teachers today and address some of the philosophical and technical issues confronting teachers and students in the twenty-first century.
Solo Organ Works of Sr. Theophane Hytrek OSF
Sr. Theophane (1915-1992), earned the FAGO at age 30, PhD in composition (1957) from the Eastman School of Music, and AGO National Registrar and Education Committee—a driving force for institution of the Colleague Exam. Dr. Sheri Masiakowski’s dissertation research discovered unpublished compositional treasures. Delve into Sr. Theophane’s a few of these recently published manuscripts here. Accompanied by Sheri’s commentary, explore forthcoming manuscripts useful in Catholic and Protestant service.
Among the featured works are: Sonata Fantasia for Organ”, “Paschaltide Suite for Organ”, “Marche Nuptiale and Recessional for Organ”, “Organ Suite in Honor of Mary Immaculate”, “Offertory for Organ on ‘Rejoice, O Mary, Heavenly Queen’”, “Christmas Communion Number for Organ”, “Postlude-Partita on Old Hundredth”, “Cantabile for Organ”, “Now the Light Has Gone Away”, “Chaconne”, “Rhapsody of Praise based on the Gregorian Chant ‘Te Deum’”, and “Suite Gloriosa on the Austrian Hymn”.
Member Forum led by North Central American Guild of Organists Regional Councillor
Northrop : Past, Present and Future
A 45-minute documentary film produced by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists that features Northrop's Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, Opus 892 from its beginning in 1932 to the present day.
Acknowledgements: Kathrine Handford, Bill Lund, Peter Myers, TCAGO, Northrop
Sound Advice: Musicians’ Ears - Practicing for Healthy Hearing
This presentation will be hosted by an esteemed panel from the Mayo Clinic Department of Otolaryngology, Rochester, MN