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:
On Sunday February 10th, the Boston Chapter of the AGO co-sponsored WIMFEST, a celebration of women in music, organized by current dean, Louise Mudinger. This year, it was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, MA, hosted by former dean, Robert Barney. The concert featured The Concord’ Women’s Chorus conducted by Jane Ring Frank and featured pieces by Gwyneth Walker, Katherine K. Davis, Florence Price, Beth Denisch, BAGO member Christa Rackich, and others. Pictured left to right is composer Beth Denisch whose work was featured, conductor Jane Ring Frank and Dean Louise Mundinger.
– Joe Scolastico, Reporter
First Night Concert, Joe Scolastico, Reporter
On December 31, 2018, the Boston Chapter held it’s annual First Night Organ Recital at The First Church of Christ Scientist,(Mother Church) in Boston on the large Aeolian-Skinner (Opus 1203) organ. The performers were Bryan Ashley (organist of the Mother Church), Jenifer Hsiao (organist of Old West Church) and Heinrich Christensen (organist of King’s Chapel). The programs included works by Mulet, Vierrne, Widor, Bolcolm, and Lindblad. As being part of the official event schedule for First Night Boston, the recital drew a very large crowd. The Boston Chapter would like to thank the Mother Church for their continued support of this recital.
(Pictured from left to right, Bryan Ashley, Jennifer Hsaio, and Heinrich Christensen)
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)