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The International Year of the Organ
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October 19, 2008
At Methodist Temple, Evansville IN

The Evansville Chapter is planning an "Organ Plus" concert on Sunday afternoon (exact time TBA) at the Methodist Temple as part of a worldwide celebration of the organ.  We are planning a diverse and attractive program that will focus attention on the pipe organ (and our talented members!) as collaborators and contributors to our community's musical life.  All the music selected for the program is composed for organ along with other instruments, including flute, brass, stringed and percussion instruments. 

Click here for the program.

For information about the organ at the Methodist Temple, take a look at

If you are interested in seeing what other AGO chapters are planning on this day, includes the latest listing of events.

Our chapter's Organ Marathon concert last January was a great success both financially and artistically.  We are excited about another great opportunity to showcase our members and their colleagues!

For more information contect Helen Reed,
Evansville AGO Education Convener

Milton Z. Tinker Memorial Concert
November 23, 2008
This concert in honor of one of the founders of musical education in Evansville will be hosted by the University of Evansville, Neu Chapel, 7:30 p.m., in conjunction with the University of Evansville Student AGO Chapter.  (See the Milton Z. Tinker Pipe Organ webpage.)

Twelfth Night/Epiphany Party
January 5, 2009
Spouses, significant others, and children are welcome (we have a very large house:) 
Please RSVP to Kristin at 867-1883, if you are planning to come, so we'll know how many places to set! 
We will have coffee, tea, and soft drinks;  you are welcome to bring other drinks if you like.
Please bring a side dish (veggies/salad/dessert) to go with sandwiches. 
Also, I have 2 pianos & an organ in the music room, so if anyone wants to play or sing, bring along your favorite tunes and we will entertain ourselves! 

Pedal, Pipes and Pizza
February 14, 2009

  • Are you a student, age 10 or older?
  • Have you been playing the piano for any length of time?
  • Would you like to spend a Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. seeing, hearing, and playing some real pipe organs?
  • Do you like to eat pizza?
Then click here for more information, or contact Education Coordinator Helen Reed at
(Cancelled in 2009 due to not enough registrants.)

Guest Recitalist:Kirk RichKirk
March 2009
Organ concert by our regional comptetition winner, Kirk Rich.  The concert will be Friday evening, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville.  A reception provided by our chapter will follow the concert. The program will feature the works of Dieterich Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, César Franck, Jean-Adam Guilain, Felix Mendelssohn, and Louis Vierne/Maurice Duruflé.

Kirk M. Rich, a native of Evansville, IN, began organ study with Douglas Reed at the University of Evansville.  In 2001, he attended the Oundle International Organ Festival in the United Kingdom, after which he was invited to return and play several recitals throughout the U. K.  Kirk is a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studies organ with James David Christie.

AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists
April 18, 2009

The Evansville AGO chapter is proud to sponsor a competition for young organists on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2300 Washington Ave., Evansville (exact time to be announced).  The winner of the local competition will advance to the regional competition in Detroit, MI, which is part of the Region V convention in late June, 2009.  Complete information and application procedures are available on the AGO National website at

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 17, 2009. Any questions, please call or email Helen Reed, Education Convener and Competition Coordinator, at 812-476-0673 or

Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers
May 4, 2009
St. John’s UCC – East
7000 Lincoln Ave.  Evansville
          5:00 p.m.               Gather for a time of Fellowship
          6:00 p.m.               Catered Meal ($10.00/person)
          7:00 p.m.               Business Meeting & Installation Service
Please RSVP your dinner reservation by 4/28/2009 to
Jennifer Taylor, Evansville AGO Chapter Treasurer at  
(812) 473-1907  or

Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced
June 21-26, 2009

Events that will be open to the public:

Sunday, June 21
5:30 p.m. Gathering for Welcome meal - Grabill Lounge, lower level of Neu Chapel at the University of Evansville.  Meet and welcome POEA faculty and students.
6:00 p.m. Meal
- Grabill Lounge, lower level of Neu Chapel, chapter carry-in pot-luck (barbeque and drinks provided).  Contact Neal Biggers at if you have questions about the meal.
7:00 p.m. Faculty Recital (progressive) on University of Evansville organs.

Monday, June 22
4:45 p.m. Masterclass on Body Mapping with Roberta Gary, location TBA
7:00 p.m. Faculty Recital 2 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Tuesday, June 23
4:45 p.m. Student Masterclass, location likely on University of Evansville campus
7:00 p.m. Faculty Recital 3 at Methodist Temple

Daniel Roth
Wednesday, June 24
2:00 p.m. Student Masterclass - St.  Meinrad Archabbey
5:00 p.m. Vespers - St. Meinrad Archabbey
8:00 p.m. *EDT* (7:00 "Evansville time") Daniel Roth concert at Salem United Church of Christ, Huntingburg, IN

Thursday, June 25
7:30 p.m. Messiaen's "Visions de l'Amen" Recital played by Thomas Drury and Robert Nicholls on pianos, and works by Couperin and Bach played by Helen Reed on harpsichord.  Wheeler Concert Hall on the University of Evansville campus

Friday, June 26
10:30 a.m. Student Recital 1 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Evansville
1:00 p.m. Choral performance by course choir
1:30 p.m. Student Recital 2 at First Presbyterian Church, Evansville

3:30 p.m. POEA Concluding Ceremony at First Presbyterian Church

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University of Evansville 2008-2009 Concert Calendar.
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Website.

November 23, 2008: Mark Hatfield is performing an organ concert at St. Meinrad Archabbey Church, on Sunday at 3:00 CST. (St. Meinrad and Evansville are now on the same time).  Contact Ron Neale at 812-985-3950 if interested in car-pooling from Evansville area.

February 7, 2009: RSCM Choral Festival at First Presbyterian Church, Evansville.  Contact Robert Nicholls at for more information.
March 15, 2009: Tom Drury performs at St. Mark's Lutheran, 3pm (free will offering collected)

April 5, 2009: Master Class by Dr. Robert Clark on Bach's Orgelbuchlein.  First Presbyterian Church, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

April 19, 2009: Helen Skuggedal Reed will perform a concert of organ and harpsichord music at 2:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall.  The concert is presented by the University Organ Series with the support of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series. The program will feature a wide variety of music by several composers ranging from William Byrd to Duke Ellington.

April 25, 2009: Student Recital, Michael Salazar, Organ and Harpsichord, Wheeler Concert Hall, 1:00 p.m.

May 10, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (or 3pm "Evansville time"), The University of Evansville chapter of the American Guild of Organists will perform a free organ concert at Salem United Church of Christ, Huntingburg , Indiana. on Salem UCC’s Casavant pipe organ.  For more information: Dr. Douglas Reed,, 812-422-0958
Huntingburg flyer.

May 12, 2009: The Heidelberg University Concert Choir from Tiffin, Ohio will perform on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5501 Washington Avenue in Evansville, beginning at 8 PM.  The program is free and open to the public.  The program will include music by Haydn, Copland, Ernst von Dohnanyi, Morten Lauridsen, Bob Chilcott, and Paul Manz.  In addition, the program will feature traditional settings of American hymns.
For more details about the concert, call the church office at 812-476-3355.

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