Evansville A.G.O.
Online Newsletter of the American Guild of Organists 
Evansville, Indiana Chapter
July 2012



Sunday, September 23, 2012 
at 4pm: Guest organ recital by internationally acclaimed organist David Briggs at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville.
  Our chapter will provide a reception after the concert.  If you would be willing to help with the reception or provide food, please contact Carol Grimm at carol6870@att.net or 812-471-2743.

Friday, October 19, 2012
 at 7:30pm: Silent Film (Phantom of the Opera) with improvised organ accompaniment by Robert Nicholls at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville.  Flyer.

Sunday November 4, 2012 at 3:30pm: Historic Organ Program. Link.
Renewals for the 2012-2013 season have begun.  A form to print out and mail in with your check can be found here.   Mailing your form and check now will save our chapter the cost and work of mailing out forms to you.  You will receive a renewal form in the mail if we don't receive your renewal soon.  If you have questions about membership, please contact our membership coordinator, Barbara, at alcbjw@insightbb.com or 812-477-8339.

Our chapter is in the process of finalizing our contract with William Bolcom's publisher for a major composition for organ and brass, to be premiered by the Canadian Brass and Douglas Reed on April 19, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville.  If you would like to view the contract you may do so at this link:
Please direct any questions or suggestions you may have about the contract to Robert Nicholls and/or Neal Biggers right away, as the Executive Committee hopes to discuss and vote on the contract at its next meeting on Monday, July 30.

Congratulations to Robert Nicholls who was the winner of the AGO's 2012 National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI) finals at the national convention in Nashville in early July.  See this informative article in the Evansville Courier and Press:

Our Executive Committee will meet Monday July 30 at 4:30 at East Side Christian Church.

From Our Inbox:

Organ Recital at Mount Saint Joseph

There will be an organ recital on Wednesday August 1, 2012 given by William Murphy.  Selections to be performed will be works by Buxtehude, Pachelbel, J.S. Bach and Karg-Elert.  Mr. Murphy is a native of Hawesville, KY and is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at Marshall University in WV.  He is an alumnus of Morehead State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance.  He is the Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington and accompanist for the West Virginia Symphony Chorus in Charleston, WV.  While at MU, he has collaborated with several voice and instrumental students for numerous recitals and competitions.  In March of this year, he was chosen as a Finalist for the MU Competition of Soloists and performed the first movement of the Shostakovich second Piano Concerto with the MU Orchestra in April.
His current and former teachers include Dr. Henning Vauth, Dr. Leslie Petteys (MU), Prof. Larry Keenan (MSU), Angela Bruce, Heather Tiemann Hayden, and Sr. Mary Eileen Howard, OSU. 
The performance will take place on Wednesday August 1, 2012 at 6:00 in the evening in the Motherhouse Chapel at Mount St. Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY.  For more information please call 270-229-4103.

AGO Region V Fall Officers Retreat & Southern Indiana Monastery Tour

When:  Sunday, October 14th through Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Where: Monastery Immaculate Conception Ferdinand, Indiana  and Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN
Cost:  $135.00 double occupancy; $175.00 – single occupancy
All meals included
Accommodations in the Retreat Center of Monastery Immaculate Conception

This started out as an Indiana AGO officers retreat, but with some interest from Illinois, it has now morphed into an event that is open to AGO officers in Region V (or really any AGO members from Region V). 
IF you have never visited the Monastery at Ferdinand and the Archabbey Church at Saint Meinrad Seminary, you are in for a great treat.  Guest are welcome as well.  And if the monastery fills up, there is the comfort Inn just a very short distance away.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask.
David Lamb

Link to brochure and registration form.