Past Programs

 

Organ Crawl

Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and Boulevard Presbyterian Church.

Join us for a fun start to the program year as we see and hear three unique organs on the near north side of Columbus.  The crawl begins at Trinity UMC.  Light refreshments will be served at Boulevard.



Bradley Welch Workshop on Registration

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Upper Arlington.  Concert that evening at 7:30 p.m.

Nationally renowned concert organist Bradley Welch will present a workshop on registration and an evening concert on the recently expanded Casavant at St. Mark’s.  Dr. Welch is well known both for his impeccable technique and for colorful registrations.  He currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Christ Church (Anglican) in Plano, Texas.



Charles Callahan Workshop

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Broad Street United Methodist Church.  Concert on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Charles Callahan is a respected choral and organ composer whose music is known throughout the world.  He received the AGO Distinguished Artist award in 2014 for his contribution to the profession.  Dr. Callahan will share his ideas on performance and service playing in a relaxed, interactive workshop.


 
Madame Langlais Workshop

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. (reception at 9:30 a.m.)

St. Joseph Cathedral.  Concert Sunday, November 13, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Marie-Louis Langlais will present a workshop and concert featuring music of her late husband Jean Langlais. An accomplished composer and organist in her own right, Madame Langlais will share her insights into the music of one of the great composers for organ of the twentieth century.


 
Members Recital: Organ and Other Instruments

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Prince of Peace Lutheran, Dublin.

Members of the chapter are invited to perform music for organ and other instruments.  Please contact Executive Board member Ron Kenreich if you are interested in participating.


 
Workshop on the Leadership Program for Musicians by Marti Rideout

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Upper Arlington.

Marti Rideout will present a workshop based on the principles developed by the Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM).  The workshop is designed for musicians of all levels, but especially those who may be new to the organ or unsure about the role of music in worship.  Marti was instrumental in developing this national program and will offer the same workshop on the two dates listed above.


 
Student Recital – Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

All Saints Lutheran, 6770 North High Street, Worthington.

Now in its fifth year, our student recital provides a stage for young organ students as well as adults continuing their study of the organ.  We encourage teachers to sign up their students for this recital by contacting Executive Board member Nancy Renneckar.  A free-will offering will be taken for the Young Organists Scholarship Fund.


 
Spring Social – Monday, May 1, 2017

Ohio Theatre, Columbus.

Join us for food and fellowship at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Following cocktails, dinner and an official meeting, we will hear Ohio Theatre Resident Organist Clark Wilson give a demonstration of the theatre's IV/34 Robert Morton pipe organ.


 

Monday, May 2, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.
Spring Social


 

Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.
Annual Student Recital
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Upper Arlington
Now in its fourth year, our annual Student Recital provides a stage for young organ students, as well as adults continuing their study.  Teachers are encouraged to sign up their students for this recital by contacting Nancy Renneckar.  A free-will offering will be taken and donated to the Young Organists Scholarship Fund.

 


 

 Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00 a.m.
Improvisation workshop with Jason Roberts
Sunday, April 10 – 4:00 p.m.
Recital by Jason Roberts
First Congregational Church
Jason Roberts is the Associate Director of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City.  Winner of the 2008 AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation, Mr. Roberts is in demand as a recitalists and clinician.  (Sunday’s concert is not funded as an AGO event.  A free-will offering will be taken.)

 


 

 Friday, January 8, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Recital by Madeleine Woodworth, Great Lakes RCYO Winner
Livingston United Methodist Church
Madeline Woodworth is the 2015 winner of the Great Lakes Regional Competition for Young Organists.  She performed brilliantly at the Indianapolis Convention last July.  Madeleine recently completed her freshman year at the Eastman School of Music, studying organ with Nathan Laube.


Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop with David Crean
Sunday, November 15 – 4:00 p.m.
Recital by David Crean
Central College Presbyterian Church
David Crean is the University Organist and Director of Chapel Music at Wittenberg University.  A nationally recognized artist, Mr. Crean will present a workshop geared toward all levels of ability.  (Sunday’s concert is not funded as an AGO event.  A free-will offering will be taken.)


Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.
Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza
Broad Street Methodist Church
This popular program, now becoming an autumn tradition in the Columbus Chapter, will feature the Bunn=Minnick organ at Broad Street Methodist Church.


Friday, September 18, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Recital by Thomas Bara
Saturday, September 19 – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop with Thomas Bara
Asbury United Methodist Church, Delaware
The Columbus Chapter is co-sponsoring this recital and workshop with Asbury UMC.  Mr. Bara is a nationally acclaimed artist who holds the positions of Organ Instructor and Assistant Director of Music at Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan.  Admission to the both events is free for AGO members.


Monday, May 4, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.

Spring Social

The Brennan Loft - London, OH

 


 

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 3:00 p.m.

Annual Student Recital

*benefitting the Young Organists Scholarship Fund

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Upper Arlington

Now in its third year, our annual Student Recital provides a stage for tomorrow’s organists and for some adults continuing their study, as well. Teachers: mark this date and plan now to have your students take part. A free-will offering will go into our Young Organists Scholarship Fund which, as it grows, will enable our chapter to provide incentive for continued study to students who demonstrate a serious interest in developing their organ skills.

 


 

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. to noon, and

Monday, January 19, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Workshop: “Effective Use of Time for Part-time Musicians”

Northwest Christian Church, Upper Arlington

Following our pattern of the previous two seasons, this workshop will be offered twice to accommodate as many members as possible. A panel will help in leading the discussion and offering suggestions. Refreshments will be available one-half hour before each workshop.

 


Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Workshop with Nathan Laube

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 3:00 p.m.

Recital by Nathan Laube

St. Joseph Cathedral

The Columbus Chapter is co-sponsoring Mr. Laube’s concert with St. Joseph Cathedral. A nationally acclaimed artist who has already earned a place among the organ world’s finest performers, Nathan Laube has recently been named Assistant Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music.

 


 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

St. Paul the Apostle R. C. Church, Westerville

Following last season’s highly successful program, and the second in what is planned to become an annual occurrence, this October’s event will feature the new Muller Pipe Organ at the church.

 


 

Friday, September 26, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.

Recital by 2013 Regional Competition winner Nicholas Quardokus

Broad Street Presbyterian Church

Nicholas Quardokus, a student of Janette Fishell at The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and winner of the 2013 Region V competition, will present a program of works by Bach, Franck, Vierne, and others.

 


 

Monday, May 5, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.

Annual Spring Social

Brennan Loft - London, OH

 


 

Sunday, March 16, 2014 – 3:00 p.m.

Benefit Student Recital

All Saints’ Lutheran Church, 6770 North High Street, Worthington

Following our last season’s successful student recital, we shall again provide a stage for tomorrow’s organists and for some adults continuing their study as well. This program will inaugurate our Young Organists Scholarship Fund which, as it grows, will enable our chapter to provide incentive for continued study to students who demonstrate a serious interest in developing their organ skills.


Friday, February 7, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.

Videos and Potluck Supper

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd., Upper Arlington

Video excerpts featuring famous organists past and present as well as some of the world’s great instruments will be shown and a potluck supper will offer an all too rare occasion for fellowship and conversation with colleagues.


Monday, January 20, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.

Members Recital

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6135 Rings Road, Dublin

Favorite and accessible organ music for worship services will be the focus of this Member’s Recital. This will be a sharing occasion, a chance to hear something new and expand one’s service playing repertoire. A reception will follow.

 


 

 

Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, November 11, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.

Workshops: Quality choral music for small ensembles

Roundtable discussion - Criteria for choosing choral music

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 700 High Street, Worthington

Our recent programming survey revealed that a significant number of members who work with choirs wish advice on selecting music that works well with smaller vocal ensembles without sacrificing quality. A wide variety of examples will be demonstrated and a handout provided. A roundtable discussion will follow centering on the criteria one might use in choosing appropriate music for choirs of all sizes. Refreshments will be provided the half-hour preceding each workshop.

 


 

Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

“Pedals, Pipes and Pizza”

Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 East Broad Street

This event will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce the organ to an emerging generation. All children from age six and up will experience the organ through brief explanations of how the instrument works, seeing inside pipe chambers, watching a short film, hearing young organists perform, handling pipes, and much more, including an organ duet between the large 4-manual instrument in the chancel and the 2-manual organ in the gallery. The event will be capped by pizza and more opportunity to get hands on the organ.

 


 

Saturday, October 12 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, October 14 – 7:00 p.m.

Workshop: The Changing and Aging Voice

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1450 East Dublin-Granville Road

Work with choirs of all ages involves issues of vocal health and technique, particularly issues regarding the changing voice as it affects both young and aging voices. Sharon Stohrer, our clinician, has taught voice and related areas for several universities, including Capital U. and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. She has served as a church musician for eighteen years and is currently Director of Music for Harcourt Parish at

Kenyon College. Her book, The Singer’s Companion, was published by Routledge Press in 2006. Ms. Stohrer will address managing the adolescent changing voice, dealing with aging voices, and rehearsal strategies - with a major emphasis on vocal health.

 

 


 

Friday, September 13 – 7:30 p.m.

Recital by Richard Elliott

Mees Hall at Capital University

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Richard Elliott

 

 

 

 

In his capacity as Principal Organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Mr. Elliott participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.” He has recorded extensively with the choir, and, in 1994, he recorded his first solo compact disc In the Shadows of the Everlasting Hills.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SPRING SOCIAL


Monday, May 6

Brennan Loft - London, Ohio

Wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m, Dinner at 7 p.m.


From 8:00 to 9:15 there will be time with Jazz Organist and Composer Joe Utterback. “Dr. Joe” will discuss his compositional mission and spend most of the time playing his piano and organ music. Music and CD’s may be available for purchase by check only. Dinner tickets of $25.00 will be by reservation only. There will be three choices of entrees. Members will receive a mailing in early April concerning the making of reservations, voting on Chapter officers and a new class of executive committee members. You will not want to miss this great program! Seating at the Loft is limited to 100 people, so when your invitation arrives get your reservations and ballots mailed in promptly.

 


 

WORKSHOP: BUILDING PARISH MUSIC PROGRAMS
presented by Marti Rideout
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 am workshop, 9:30 am refreshments
Monday, April 15, 7:00 pm workshop, 6:30 pm refreshments
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2151 Dorset Rd. (Upper Arlington)


Lo, the winter is past and Holy Week and Easter Day services and musicmaking are over. A state of exhaustion may still exist for you. The choirs may be prematurely losing their energy and looking forward to summer. Most likely, though, you are already beginning to think about summer conferences to attend, next season's schedule to plan, repertoire to discover and learn, and ideas for change and growth for your choirs and for you in your music ministry.

Workshop topics will include the practical issues of choir building (increasing the size of the choir and music skills), teaching new music to the congregation, awareness of sacred music (with congregation, clergy, and community), music and worship planning, working with children and young people, and challenges in church music today. Come and be energized.

 



BENEFIT STUDENT RECITAL
Benefitting the Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Sunday, April 21st at 3 pm
North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E. North Broadway
Students of organ need our support and encouragement now more than ever. Please be there to show that we care about them and the future of our instrument. At the same time, you will be showing your support for the work and mission of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. A freewill offering of non-perishable food items or cash/check donations will be received. We hope you will be present to affirm the great importance of these two causes.

 


 

Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. – The Music of Searle Wright

Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. – Organist Andrew Kotylo

Broad Street United Methodist, 501 East Broad Street, Downtown

Andrew Kotylo is a concert organist who has performed throughout the United States and England, including concerts at AGO conventions. His doctoral document is about the life and works of the American musician Searle Wright (1918-2004), with whom he studied. Wright is best known today as the composer of "Prelude on Brother James' Air", and to an older generation for his once widely performed Easter cantata, "The Green Blade Riseth."

In Saturday morning's class, we will delve into some of the many aspects of Wright's fascinating life in music - one which brought him into contact with many of the great musical personalities of the twentieth century - and also encounter some of his other organ and choral compositions which deserve to be better known.

Sunday's recital will be an eclectic program, featuring works of William Bolcom, Searle Wright, Giachino Rossini and Max Reger.

 


 

Friday, February 22, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.

Organist John Scott (co-sponsored with St. Joseph Cathedral)
St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 East Broad Street, Downtown
John Scott has been the Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, New York, since 2004, previously having served Saint Paul Cathedral, London, for twenty-five years. His Columbus appearance will be on the heels of a recital at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Dr. Scott is recognized as one of the world’s foremost choir trainers and concert organists.

 


Saturday, January 26, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, January 28, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.

Workshop: An Introduction to Basic Organ Building

Muller Pipe Organ

122 North High Street

Croton, OH 43013

Presented by Stan Osborn, of Muller Pipe Organ Company, and John Bryan, of St. Paul the Apostle Church. Stan will discuss basic principles and terminology of organ building. For example – what is a Pitman chest? Types of action will be explained. Bring your questions! A section on how to communicate effectively with your organ technician will be included. John will discuss his experiences working with the architect and construction company in planning for the new organ at St. Paul Church.

 


 

Saturday, October 6 - 10:00 a.m. / Monday, October 8 - 7 p.m.

Workshop: Registration for Small Instruments

David's United Church of Christ

80 W. Columbus St. Canal Winchester

Presented by chapter members John Schuder and Brian Johnson. John will speak about the colors and combinations of organ stops and how to maximize an instrument's effectiveness. He will also provide tips for operation of the organ's console controls. Brian will share accessible repertoire and provide a listing of music for manuals alone, as well as literature with pedal.

 

 


Saturday, September 22 - 10:00 a.m. / Monday, September 24 - 7 p.m.

 

Workshop: Internet Resources for Church Musicians

478 West Olentangy Street, Powell

Presented by chapter members Mark Stuart, Brett Greene and Anthony Fabro. Not just a haven for online shoppers and conspiracy theorists, the internet has proven to be a treasure trove of informative resources. Review and discuss internet sites that may be helpful to musicians, directors of music programs and/or choirs and general pipe organ enthusiasts. The presenters will share some of their favorite sites with plenty of opportunity for open discussion and participation.

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Spring Social

 

Monday, May 14 - 7:00 p.m.

The Brennan Loft

158 South Main Street

London, OH

 

We invite you to the year-end spring banquet on Monday May 14 at The Brennan Loft 158 South Main Street London, Ohio. It will be a fun-filled evening of dinner and a short concert of light-hearted duets on organ and piano. Performers that evening iinclude chapter members Orlay Alonso, Scott Hayes, Doug Ritchey, Nancy Renneckar, Laura Silva, Allan Willis, Tim Guenther, Carol Hofer, Bob Wisniewski and others. Dinner begins at 7:00 pm. with the concert to follow. There will be a raffle to benefit the chapter scholarship fund as well. Hope to see you there!

 


Organs, Music, and Musicians of Hamburg Over the Years

 

 

Tuesday, May 1 - 4:00 p.m. 

All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 North High Street, Worthington

 

Thomas Dahl, Cantor of Hauptkirche St. Petri, Hamburg, Germany and Director of the Hamburg Bach Cantori will present a history of the organs, music, and musicians of Hamburg. This event is co-sponsored by the All Saints Lutheran Church Concert Series.

 


 

Ann Labounsky: Lecture/Recital on the Life and Works of Jean Langlais

Sunday, April 22 - 4:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd., Upper Arlington

Ann Labounsky is a concert organist, teacher, and scholar. A major part of her life's work has been devoted to the life and music of French organist and composer Jean Langlais (1907-1991), with whom she studied in Paris. She narrates and performs on the 2006 DVD Life and Music of Jean Langlais and has recorded the complete works of Langlais for the Musical Heritage Society. She is the chair of the organ and sacred music department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Langlais' music encompasses very easy organ pieces to very challenging ones, and the Columbus AGO Executive Committee has planned this event with all our membership in mind - those who play on electronic organs, those who play on pipe organs, those with formal training, those without much experience who have been roped into playing the organ at their church, and all variations in between.

 


 

 

Playing the Text: Interpretive Hymn Playing with James E. Bobb

Monday, February 13 - 7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 444 East Broad Street, Downtown

As St. Augustine said, (one) who sings prays twice. As leaders of congregational song, our challenge is not simply to encourage people to sing, but to sing with understanding and depth, truly taking to heart the words they sing. We will explore how registration, texture, style, phrasing, and harmony help convey the meaning of hymn texts (and help strike the right balance between authoritative leadership and supportive encouragement), and we will explore the creation of hymn introductions by borrowing techniques from a variety of musical literature. Bring your organ shoes and a spirit of adventure.

 


 

 

A Morning of Workshops: Improvisation and Solo Vocal Repertoire

 

Saturday, November 12 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 E. Broad Street, Downtown

 

The first of our annual workshop sessions will be a class in improvisation presented by Robert Wisniewski (principal organist, St. Joseph Cathedral) and Charles Yanerella (President, Graves Piano and Organ Company). This class will be geared towards a variety of skill levels. The second session will be an overview of vocal repertoire for the church soloist, with examples sung by Al and Cynthia Adcock and Katie O'Keefe, accompanied by Brian Johnson. This workshop will include a list of seasonal and general repertoire for the church soloist (you are encouraged to bring solo singers from your church). The workshops will begin with breakfast snacks, coffee, and juice at 8:30 a.m.

 



 

Masquerade, Music, and Magic

 

Sunday, October 30 - 3:00 p.m.

Northwest Christian Church, 1340 Fishinger Road, Upper Arlington

 

Dress in your favorite costume and bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun afternoon of music and magic! The program will include local organists entertaining us with favorites like "Toccata and Fugue in d minor" and "Rex: The King of Instruments". Bruce Anschutz will amaze us with his magic tricks! We will sing Pumpkin Carols, and there will be a costume parade. This program is offered in conjunction with the Northwest Christian Church Chalice Arts Series.

Thank you to everyone who attended. We raised over $325 for the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

 


 

Monday, September 19, 7:15 p.m.
Organist Katelyn Emerson in Recital and Installation of Officers
Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 East Broad Street, Downtown

Katelyn Emerson, winner of the regional competition at this summer's Lexington convention, will present works of Buxtehude, Franck, Vierne, Langlais, and Widor. A native of York, Maine, Ms. Emerson began organ study in 2005 through a scholarship of the Young Organist's Collaborative in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She currently is a student of James David Christie at Oberlin Conservatory, pursuing degrees in both organ performance and French. A reception will follow.

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Monday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Social - Game Night!
The Brennan Loft, 158 South Main Street, London

This year's Spring Social will feature an exciting, lighthearted Game Night! Join us to enjoy fellowship, fun, and friendly competition. Start your evening with wine and delicious dinner hors d’oeuvres while you catch up with old friends, make new acquaintances, and try your hand at an organ-themed crossword puzzle designed especially for us. Let the fun begin as we try our take on Name That Tune and Organ Stop Bingo. The finale will feature a Jeopardy style trivia game with a special musical surprise that will have people talking!

View the solution to the crossword puzzle here.

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Monday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Bach Birthday Bash

Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 West Lincoln Avenue, Delaware