Programs & Events for 2006
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Anthem Reading Session
Date: November 13, 2006
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Second Presbyterian Church
Address: 3701 Old Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40207
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21st Annual Pipes and Pumpkins
Date: October 27, 2006
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church
Address: 311 Browns Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
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Comments:The guild sponsored its 21st annual evening of frivolity surrounding the king of instruments. A reception followed the event with holiday treats and hot apple cider. Performers and their eccentric music included:
  • Theresa Bauer, organist

  • Toccata & Fuge in D Minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Michael Johnson, organist

  • Toccata in E Minor (J. Pachelbel)
  • New Albany High School Madrigal Singers with Linda DeRungs directing

  • Comic duet for Two Cats (G. Rossini)
    The Grasshopper (Joseph Clokey)
  • David K. Lamb, organist

  • Dance of the Demons Grand Jeu (Denis Bedard)
  • Danny Payne, organist

  • The Haunted House (improvisation)
  • John P. Buckel, organist

  • Toccata in B Minor (Eugene Gigout)
  • Coterie - Michelle Harbison, Jeanie Grosz, Alice Wells, Joan Horton, Fran Weinstock, Joe Medley, Tim Root Mark Morrison & Michael Sands

  • L'll Red Riding Hood
  • John P. Buckel & David Lamb, organists

  • Waltzing Matilda - duet for four feet (Marie Cowan & Robert Ampt)
  • Tim Baker, organist

  • Mars from 'The Planets' (Holst/Sykes)

Harvey Browne Presbyterian churchCoterie - L'll Red Riding Hood

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David K. Lamb and Linda DeRungsJohn 'superman' Buckel

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Members of CoterieNew Albany High School madrigal singers

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New Albany High School madrigal singersNew Albany High School madrigal singers

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New Albany High School madrigal singersReception

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Downtown Organ Crawl
Date: October 14, 2006
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: St. John UCC
Address: 637 E. Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Comments:Over 100 people joined AGO members in visiting pipe organs at the following four downtown churches:
  1. St. John United Church of Christ (9am)

  2. 1981 Steiner Organ (42 ranks)
    Presenter – Hal Kirk
  3. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church (10am)

  4. 639 S. Shelby St.
    1894 Farrand and Votey Organ (37 ranks)
    Presenter – Dr. Linda Morrison
  5. Calvary Episcopal Church (11am)

  6. 821 S. 4th St.
    1965 Casavant – Freres Organ (38 ranks)
    Presenter – Margaret Dickinson
  7. Central Presbyterian Church (12pm)

  8. 318 W. Kentucky St.
    1930 E.M. Skinner Organ (39 ranks)
    Presenter – Guy Younce
Presenters gave a brief history of their church and instrument followed by a demonstration. Visitors were then welcomed to play at the console and tour the pipe chambers. A boxed lunch followed the event at Central Presbyterian Church.

For more on the instruments above, please click the 'Louisville Organs' link.

St. John UCC - Hal KirkSt. Martin of Tours - Linda Morrison

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St. Martin of Tours RCCSt. Martin of Tours RCC

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Calvary Episcopal Church - Margaret DickinsonCalvary Episcopal Church

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Central Presbyterian Church - Guy YounceCentral Presbyterian Church

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Church Music Seminar
Date: September 12, 2006
Time: Dinner at 6:30, program at 7:30pm
Location: Cathedral of the Assumption
Address: 443 S. Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Closing Guild Service and Dinner
Date: May 09, 2006
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Cathedral of the Assumption
Address: 433 South Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Comments:Outgoing Dean Amy Roth delivered the following comments:

It is a privilege to worship God in such a beautiful space, especially on this evening when we say goodbye with thanksgiving and joy to one “mini-era” and greet another with hope. I want to thank the Cathedral personnel, known and unknown to us, for making this possible.Philip Brisson arranged it and Lisa Stallings prepared this service on short notice.

I delegated the task of finding an organist to David Minton. When he told me that Tim Baker had agreed, I thought, “Yes, that is just right.” Schuyler Robinson, our District Convener for Kentucky, came from Lexington to be the installing official. Thank you, Schuyler.

When my name appears in the chronology of past deans in the yearbook, it should read, “Amy Weston Roth, the Bushwhacked Dean”. In November 2003 I was shocked to discover that I was indeed the third dean in that year. Until now, it has been an interesting and memorable journey.

The journey fortunately began in very friendly territory: I was appointed sub-Dean in August after Paula Fitzgerald resigned and moved out of town, leaving George Hubbard as Dean. I was appointed sort of on a fluke. I could feel the vibrations: “Oh, she’s harmless enough, and it’s just for a few months until elections. Then we can get somebody REALLY good.” But then I went to the November EC meeting at Christ Church, following Dan Stokes’ music stand directions to the music room and was happily talking with Kay Wilkinson, whom I had not seen in a while. I sat down between her and Tom Goetz and paid little attention to the printed agenda - that is, until we passed the pro forma first part and my eye slipped down to “resignation of Dean and appointment of sub-Dean as Dean”. Yikes. So it began.

As our society engages in its perpetual search for heroes, I embraced two of my all-time favorite heroic tales, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. They technically appeal to different generations, but I love them both. They have the classic elements we seek: the good and the evil, the innocent hero and the journey/quest. While it is dangerous to follow allegories to any modern conclusion, there are lessons we can learn. Both heroes have companions who are sure sources of support, some that are hoped to be sources of help and support, and then, wonderfully, help from those sources that are not known at the outset.

That is what has happened to me. There were people I knew I could count on, people I thought I could count on, and then the ones who came forward from the rear echelons and said, literally, “tell me how I can help.” So I want to take a little time and thank all these. To the officers who have served with me:
  • Program planning is a chore, with many considerations and agenda and budgets to be taken into account, but we have pulled together to get it done. Thank you, Philip.
  • Bryan has been our treasurer for quite a while, a treasurer who always does what he needs to do without prodding or nagging, who is there at the right time with the right information. Thank you, Bryan.
  • David Minton has been our Registrar (he tells me that the new “politically correct” term is Membership Coordinator, which proves that National, and the politically correct pundits, never use one word when two will do). Again, he has done what needs to be done on time without fuss or muss. If I have said “Jump”, he has said “how high?” or “Madame Dean, does this particular jump need to be done right now?” Thank you, David.
  • Charles Wetzelberger, our Renaissance man, has been secretary, webmaster, Yearbook guru and who knows what. When we ask him to add another job, he says, “well, I think I can fit that in”, and he apologizes when he doesn’t meet his own self-appointed deadline. Thank you, Charles.
  • Like a new clergyperson going to a church that has been served by a very long-time pastor, Kay Wilkinson took over the Historian position under the most trying circumstances of all, following a very long-term historian. She has handled the transition with humor and grace. Thank you, Kay.
  • Ann Wade faithfully gets the newsletter to us, in good time, in good English, and with no complaints. Wow. Thank you, Ann.
  • There are a number of others: The Executive Committee has excellently attended meetings. One wag theorized that they wanted to see what I would do next! Cindy Potts sends out emails upon demand to the masses. Barb Ellis keeps the employment opportunities going. Jonathan Crutchfield took the ball for Pizza, Pipes, and Pedals and did a wonderful job two years in a row. David Lamb said, “I’ll do a Mini-Convention” and then did it! Rob Williamson has, believe it or not, sent material in for TAO (though publication is never guaranteed!). My thanks to them all.
Three other people I knew I could count on but who have been in the background have been unfailingly supportive and gracious during my deanship:
  • Dan Stokes, who said “I don’t have to be an officer - I will keep the Light”. He has been there for me, and not just as the Nominating chair.
  • Tom Goetz was not only there that fateful first evening, he has listened, encouraged, and allowed me to cry on his shoulder over various crises, including one in my own church situation. Thank you.
  • Bob Wade has patiently and skillfully worked through programming ideas with me and with us and put together a program that took the first step on the road to incorporating professional concerns into our chapter life.
  • Speaking of Bob, we need to have a special category for faithful member spouses: For Penny Brisson, for Paulette Goetz, and Tom Elbert, and Bob Wade, and Jim Wilkinson, and David Roth, my husband. He has been my rock and my support; he has listened to my frustrations and rejoiced with my rejoicing; he has been to events he hasn’t been wholly enthusiastic about (without complaining). Thank you.
In most churches, when a new pastor is installed, there is a charge to the pastor and a charge to the congregation. I would like to give a short charge both to the new Dean and to you, the faithful. To Philip:
  • Do your homework. Read what National expects of Deans, what the time line is, what resource materials are available to assist you. Read the Louisville Chapter Operating Procedures. Read them again. Then, in a couple of months, read them again.
  • Appreciate your officers, EC members, and members-at-large. Let them know that you appreciate them.
  • If you need help, ask for it. Many of us have walked this road before and can at least give some pointers.
The Gospel lesson for next Sunday is from the Gospel of John, chapter 15, 1-8. It’s the “I am the vine and you are the branches” section. It reminds us that we are all connected - we are all bonded - not only as Christians but as musicians and AGO members. That connection needs constant re-discovery and regular nurture.

“Each One, Reach One” is a wonderful slogan, one we should take to heart for both recruitment from the outside and nurture from the inside. There’s an old saying that “mission begins at home.” We sometimes (in fact often) labor in strange vineyards that can be hostile... we need each other.

I charge you tonight to support your officers and the Executive Committee. I charge you to learn as much as you can and to ask where you can help. I charge you to support the chapter programs. And, above all, I charge you to support each other.

I have a friend who drives her 9 year-old son to school every morning. As he gets out of the car, she says: “Be light in all you do, and may the Grace of God go with you.” So be it for us all. Amen!

Saint-Saens Organ Symphony
Date: April 21, 2006
Time: 8pm
Location: Whitney Hall at the Center for the Arts
Address: 501 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Johann Krebs Lecture
Date: March 21, 2006
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Melvin and Margaret Dickinson's 'Bach Haus'
Address: 4607 Hanford Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
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Comments:A huge thank you to Margaret and Melvin Dickinson, and canine singer Luigi Boccherini, for their hospitality at our meeting on J.S. Bach’s birthday. Melvin gave us a short talk on Johann Ludwig Krebs, and we heard several performances of his music, as well as one piece by Johann Heinekin.

Organists included Melvin and Margaret, Philip Brisson, and Dennis O’Donoghue. Instrumentalists were Nancy Blandford (flute), Michael Giangarra (trumpet), Kathryn Alberts (oboe), Mike Tunnel (trumpet and corno da caccia) and Bruce Heim (corno da caccia). Our gratitude goes to all of these folks as well for a unique and enjoyable evening.

Mike Tunnel and Bruce Heim

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Recital and Master Class with Christa Rakich
Date: February 03, 2006
Time: Recital Friday 8pm, Master Class Saturday 10am
Location: North Recital Hall, UofL School of Music
Address: University of Louisville, Belknap Campus
Louisville, KY
Comments:The Louisville Chapter and the University of Louisville School of Music jointly sponsored a recital and masterclass by renowned organist Christa Rakich. The recital and master class were held in the Margaret Comstock hall at the U of L School of Music. The post-recital reception was sponsored by Webber & Borne Organbuilders.

Christa Rakich, a prizewinner at international organ competitions, has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. She is chair of the organ department at New England Conservatory in Boston, is Artist-in-Residence at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA and directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford CT.

Anthem Reading Session
Date: January 24, 2006
Time: Dinner at 6pm, Session at 7:30pm
Location: Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Address: 1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205
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Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
Date: January 14, 2006
Time: 9am to noon
Location: St. Matthews United Methodist Church
Address: 319 Browns Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
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Comments:About 35 young people attended the event, exceeding expectations. Some of the youth had prior exposure to the organ and many played their favorite piano pieces. The event was covered by a Courier Journal photographer and resulted in a full-page article.

In addition to organizers Jonathan Crutchfield and Jeanne Marie Rogers, the guild thanks the following members for their participation in this year's event:
  • Ann Wade/Bryan Hoover for covering the registration table.
  • Harrison Zoercher, Philip Brisson and David Lamb for organ playing demonstrations and interviews.
  • Pete Webber and Sam Bowerman for the organ building video and assisting youth in making pipes.
  • Charles Wetzelberger and Rob Williamson for the pizza and cookies reception.

Interview with David LambDemonstration by Philip Brisson

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Making PipesMaking Pipes

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Making PipesOrgan Playing

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Organ PlayingOrgan Playing

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Organ PlayingReceiption

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