TAO News

The American Organist (TAO), published monthly by the AGO, is the most widely read journal devoted to organ and choral music in the world. It is the official journal of the American Guild of Organists and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America. Our chapter publishes news about our events in the TAO.  Here are the Chapter News Events for this year:

September Events  Joe Scolastico, Reporter

September was a busy month for the Boston Chapter! We co-hosted an event for the first annual Boston Bach International Organ Competition (BBIOC) which featured international students and judges competing and performing on some of Boston’s finest instruments. Before the competition, two students of Christian Lane participated in a master class given by BBIOC judges Christa Rakich, Martin Schmeding, and Christian Teeuwsen. Adrian Cho played the Hexechord Fantasia by Sweelinck and Jennifer Hsiao played the Te Deum by Buxtehude. After three rounds of competition, the winners were Nicole Simental of Columbus, Ohio (Third Prize); Ben Bloor of London, England (Second Prize); and  Adriaan Hoek from the Netherlands.

No rest for the weary as a few weeks later, the chapter had its opening service of Evensong at historic King’s Chapel, featuring the Chapel’s choir directed by former Dean Heinrich Christensen and MagnficatBoston, directed by Louise Mundinger, the chapter’s present Dean.  “A Boston Evensong” and featured music by many of Boston’s well-known composers like Everett Titcomb, Carson Cooman and Daniel Pinkham, but also the world premiere of “An Wasserflüssen Babylon” by Patrick Walker (commissioned by the Boston Chapter for this event) and the US premiere of James Woodman’s “Magnificat” for organ.  The anthem was “By the Waters of Babylon” by Marc  Hoffeditz . Towards the end of Evensong, the chapters offers were installed. (picture below) by the Rev. Joy Fallon of King’s Chapel.


(Picture caption, from left to right: Front row: Alain Bojarski, Leo Abbott, Jeremy Bruns, Father David Michael, Terry Halco.
Back row: Louise Mundinger, Lois Regestein, Claire DeCusati and Jay Lane)