The American Guild of Organists
Evansville Chapter
Local Programs for 2009-2010

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Summer Social Gathering
August 23, 2009
Our annual summer social event will be on Sunday, August 23rd beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Kristin Jones.  We will eat our carry-in food around 5:30, and have a presentation on the POEA with lots of pictures and anecdotes on a projector.  Contact Kristin Jones at  Invite a colleague or friend to come with you and become part of A.G.O.!

"Global Christian Song"
A Presentation by Dr. Douglas Reed
Monday, September 14, 2009
In 2007, the University of Evansville awarded Dr. Reed a Global Scholar Grant for the 2007-2008 academic year. The subject of his research was "Global Christian Song."  The grant supported purchase of printed materials and travel to Korea, the Iona Community in Scotland, and several East European countries including Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece.  This presentation will exploree music which according to Dr. Reed "broadens our perspectives and puts us in touch with other Christians around the world...(and) shines a new and different light on the 'worship wars' between 'traditional' and 'contemporary' approaches in America." 

For our September program, our Evansville A.G.O. chapter will
gather for a meal beforehand in the new student union on the University of Evansville campus at 6:00 p.m. (each person will order and pay for their own meal), and then attend Dr. Reed's presentation  at 7:00pm to enjoy and learn from recordings, pictures, and group singing.  The program will be in Neu Chapel on the University of Evansville campus.  Contact Douglas Reed if you have any questions at

Philip Scriven
October 17/18, 2009
For our October program we join First Presbyterian Church, Evansville in welcoming Philip Scriven, Organist and Master of Choristers at Lichfield Cathedral, UK.  Observe a choral rehearsal lead by Philip Scriven at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.  There will also be a recital by Philip Scriven at First Presbyterian on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.  See the October Dean's Newsletter for more information or contact Robert Nicholls at
4th Annual
Milton Z. Tinker Memorial Concert

Sunday, November 8, 2009

This concert in honor of one of the founders of musical education in Evansville will be hosted by the University of Evansville at 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with the University of Evansville Student AGO Chapter.  The Signature School orchestra will be performing along with other local high school and college students.  (See the Milton Z. Tinker Pipe Organ webpage.)  Contact Dr. Douglas Reed if you have questions at

Dual Chapter Event
with the Southern Indiana AGO Chapter

Saturday, November 21, 2009
We will enjoy a performance of organ pieces by five members from the Evansville chapters and five members from the Southern Indiana chapter on the large organ at St. Meinrad Archabbey at 3:00 p.m. CST.   Contact Robert Nicholls if you would like to perform or you have questions at:  Also we may have an organ crawl to interesting instruments in the St. Meinrad area...check back for more information.
Celebration of Historic Organ's Centennial
Sunday January 24, 2010

We will join in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the installation of the historic Pilcher mechanicl-action organ at Central Presbyterian Church in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Members of our chapter will provide a concert at 2:30 p.m.(Central time), followed by a reception given by members of the church.  If you need more information, contact Neal Biggers at  Click here to read about, see and hear the organ on our local organs page. The church is located at 426 Saint Ann Street (corner of St. Ann and West 5th St.) in downtown Owensboro.

Performers include: Matthew Vanover, Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Henderson; Helen Skuggedal Reed, Keyboardist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Co-Organist atEastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville; Christian Seitz, Organist at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tell City; Robert Nicholls, Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Evansville; Kristin Jones, Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Henderson; and Neal Biggers, Director of Liturgy and Music at Holy Name Catholic Church in Henderson. The reception will be provided by members of Central Presbyterian Church. Dr. Emil Ahnell is organist at the church.

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
February 13th, 2010
Then contact Robert Nicholls at robertn@firstpresevansville.comLocation: First Presbyterian Church, Evansville, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Organ Recital by Dr. Douglas Reed
March 16, 2010
7:30 p.m. at the University of Evansville.

Civil War Era Worship Service
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Program Postponed
Civil War Era Worship Service.  East Side Christian Church, 2001 Bayard Park Drive in Evansville, is the location of our April event, and Rhoda Martin is our host.  A Civil War Era Worship Service will be held in the Sanctuary from 7-8 p.m., preceded by a meal at 6 p.m.  The cost of the meal is $10.  To reserve your place RSVP to  Rhoda Martin.  The service will feature the Red Bank Reunion Band, a civil war era brass group of about fifteen players coordinated by Wayne Jones.  Hymns of the time will be sung and music of the era will be played by the group all as part of a service of worship.

Annual meeting and Installation of Officers
May 3, 2010
Location: The Presbyterian Church of Henderson.  We will begin gathering at 5:30 p.m. for a social time.  The meal will be at 6pm followed by the service at 7pm. During the service of installation we will enjoy hearing several members play the modern Steiner-Reck mechanical-action organ.

From Highway 41 take Exit 81B (Hwy 60 West or Green St.) into downtown Henderson. You'll go many blocks on Green Street.  Two blocks beyond the intersection with First Street, trun right onto Washington Street (at the McDonalds restaurant).  Go 2 blocks to Main Street and the church is on the corner on your left.  Park in the church's lot to the right side of the church (as you face the church) or on the street.  The fellowship hall is on the right side of the building nearest the parking lot.

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University of Evansville 2009-2010 Concert Calendar.
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Website.
Southern Indiana AGO Chapter Events:

Sunday August 2, 2009: Kirk Rich at the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Evansville, 3pm.  This is the kick-off concert to the third annual series "The Arts in August."   Works to be performed include J.S. Bach 4th Trio Sonata, Franck's Prelude, Fugue and Variation and Piece Heroique, as well as rarely performed works by Ermend Bonna., Charles Tournemire, and Petr Eben.

Sunday August 2, 2009: "Sounds for Habitat" a fundraiser for the Unity Build.  Musicians from several participating churches; reception following; freewill offering; Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville.  Contact church for more information.

August 3-7, 2009: Music Camp 2009 at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville.  Contact Robert Nicholls at the church for more info.

Sunday, Aug 16 at 3 PM in the Gallery at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville (new space on west side of building) Helen Reed will be playing a harpsichord concert.  Music by Bach, Frescobaldi, Couperin, Valente, Philips, Howells, Ellington and McLean.

Friday, September 4, 2009, Concert by Douglas O'Neill on University of Evansville Organ Series, on the C.B. Fisk organ at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm.  Click here for more info.

Sunday, September 6, 2009, 1-hour Sunday afternoon program by Douglas O'Neill at beautiful St. Meinrad Archabbey. Note that time is Central Daylight Time (CDT), Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Location: St. Meinrad Archabbey Church.

Sunday, September 6, 2009: Choral Evensong at First Presbyterian Church, Evansville.  Organ prelude at 4:30 p.m. by Dr. Dennis Malfatti, service at 5pm.

Sunday October 4, 2009: Choral Evensong at First Presbyterian Church, Evansville.  Organ prelude at 4:30 by Kristin Jones, service at 5pm.

Sunday October 18, 2009: 75 YEAR MUSIC CELEBRATION at First Presbyterian Church Mount Vernon, IN.  The AGO members and their families are invited to come and help us celebrate Dennis Carr and Martha Alldredges’ combined contribution of music to our church.  Please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 18 and join us for a potluck lunch at noon followed by a program starting around 1 pm that’s filled with music, skits, and fun. First Presbyterian Church, 120 E. 6th Street, Mt. Vernon, IN, 812-838-2473.  Contact: Dennis Carr at

Sunday, November 1, 2009: Choral Evensong at First Presbyterian Church, Evansville.  Organ prelude at 4:30 p.m. by Thomas Drury, service at 5pm.

Sunday, November 15, 2009: Dwight Huntly will be playing the dedication concert for the recently renovated Reynolds Associates pipe organ at his church (St. John's (Cumberland) United Church of Christ) on the far eastside of Indianapolis.
John Cook: Fanfare
Dietrich Buxtehude: Canzona in G
Dietrich Buxtehude: Praeludium in A minor
J. S. Bach: Wachet Auf
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata II
Fred Binckes: Simple Gifts
John Leavitt: Lift High the Cross
Cesar Franck: Cantible
Denis Bedard: Cat Suite

November 22, 2009: New Organ Dedication Concert at Christ the King Catholic Church, Madisonville, KY.   Neal Biggers, Organist and Alice Frields, Pianist. 3pm. Works by Bach, Haydn, Vierne, Boellmann, Karg-Elert, plus some traditional congregational hymns and organ arrangements of contemporary Catholic hymns by Schutte, Landry and Honore', on the new 3-manual Rogers organ. 

December 12, 2009: Evansville Chamber Singers Holiday Concert at First Pres, 7 PM.

December 12, 2009: Christesmaesse with Angelus: A concert of Medieval and Contemporary Christmas Music, at 7:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel (University of Evansville).  Comprised of five young women from Mt. Vernon Senior High School (Mt. Vernon, IN),Angelus has dedicated itself to the performance of the sacred music of varied religious traditions and historical periods.
December 13, Handel's Messiah, 10:30 AM, Eastminster Presbyterian.
December 20, Handel's Messiah, 6:00 PM, First Baptist Church, Evansville.

January 9, 2010, Re-dedication service and concert for the renovated Wicks organ and new Yamaha piano at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Henderson, KY., with Neal Biggers, organist and Alice Frields, pianist, 6:30 p.m.  Music by Bach, Daquin, Haydn, Gounod, Vierne, Held and more.
January 12, 2010: Millikin University Choir, Eastminster Presbyterian, 7:30 PM.

Feb 23, 2010: Thomas Drury, director of music ministries at St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 2300 Washington Ave., will give an organ recital in the sanctuary of St. Mark's Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 3:00 pm.  He will perform music by Reger, Frescobaldi, Arvo Pärt, J.S. Bach, and Dan Locklair.

March 7, 2010: Evensong at First Presbyterian Church, Evansville, Helen Reed playing the prelude beginning at 4:30 p.m.

March 16, 2010:  Faculty Recital, Douglas Reed, Organ, Nue Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

March 21, 2010: Janette Fishell at the United Methodist Temple, Evansville.  Janet Fishell is a Professor of Organ at Indiana University.

March 28, 2010: Choral Vespers at Neu Chapel, U. of E.

April 14, 2010: Bach Multiple Harpsichord Concerto Concert, Wheeler Concern Hall, 7:30 p.m.

April 16, 2010: UE Organ Series, Carol Britt, Wheeler Cconcert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

May 2, 2010: Choral Evensong at First Presbyterian Church, Evansville.  Organ prelude by Neal Biggers beginning at 4:30 p.m.

May 16, 2010: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Henderson KY.  150th Anniversary of the consecration of the church.  Program of organ and choral music at 4pm.  Performers include Evalyn Champion, Margaret Kimberling, Nibby Priest, Helen Reed, Matthew Vanover, Neal Biggers, and the choirs of St. Paul's Evansville and St. Paul's Henderson.

June 26, 2010: Organ recital by Karen Schneider Kirner at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Henderson, KY, 7:00 p.m., featuring the recently expanded Wicks organ. 

June 26, 2010: Evansville Chamber Singers, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church.

July 23, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia "Men of Song Chorus" under the direction of Brian Stratton will perform a free concert at St. Benedict's Cathedral in Evansville.

August 7, 2010: Organ Re-Dedication Concert at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville, with organ recitalist Karen Schneider Kirner, St. Boniface organist Ann Nagy, and the St. Boniface Choir, beginning at 5:45 p.m.   This concert will feature the recently renovated Wicks organ, expanded with ranks from the former organ at St. Mary Catholic Church in Evansville. 

August 2010: Trinity United Methodist Church in Evansville Arts in August Concert Series, all programs at 3pm:
·        August 1    Christopher Bolduc, Baritone, with Charles Webb, Piano
·        August 8    Mary Dicken, Harpist, Veronica Dicker, Violist
·        August 15  Charles Webb, Organist, on the 58-rank Wicks organ.
·        August 22  Catherine Clarke Narodolillo, Luther Lewis Reginald Smith, Jr., and Tedrin Blair Lindsay, Pianist

The Executive Committee meets on the following Mondays at Eastside Christian Church, Weinbach at Bayard Park, at 5:30pm, unless indicated otherwise.  Chapter members are welcome to attend a meeting to share ideas, suggestions, or concerns with our chapter's officers.

August 17 , 2009
September 14 at 5:30pm in Neu Chapel
October 5, 2009
November 2, 2009
December 7, 2009
January 11, 2010
February 1, 2010
March 1, 2010
April 5, 2010

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