PipeChat Digest #1587 - Thursday, August 31, 2000
 
Wedding rehearsals?
  by "Charles E. Peery" <cpeery19@idt.net>
Re: Wedding rehearsals?
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Re: Wedding rehearsals?
  by "Rebekah Ingram" <rringram@syr.edu>
Re: Wedding rehearsals?
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Wedding rehearsals?
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Wedding rehearsals?
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
letter from St. Mary the Virgin's Rector (X-posted)
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Albert Schweitzer perspective/Bach playing
  by <MickBerg@aol.com>
Re: Albert Schweitzer perspective/Bach playing
  by <MickBerg@aol.com>
Re: Wedding rehearsals?
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Re: letter from St. Mary the Virgin's Rector (X-posted)
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Small pipe organ available
  by "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com>
Allen Theatre model ADC4600
  by "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com>
OHS Archives Symposium
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org>
Re: OHS Archives Symposium
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re:Complete J.S. Bach Sacred Cantatas $295.00
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Re: OHS Archives Symposium
  by <support@opensystemsorgans.com>
AGO vis-a-vis St. Mary the Virgin
  by "Karl E. Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersv.edu>
Re: AGO vis-a-vis St. Mary the Virgin
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: AGO vis-a-vis St. Mary the Virgin
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
RE: the Guild
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
 


(back) Subject: Wedding rehearsals? From: "Charles E. Peery" <cpeery19@idt.net> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 06:15:08 -0400   Dear Listers,   I came into a church job (UMC) where the organist had not been attending wedding rehearsals for some time. This was a major factor in my taking = the job, weddings not being my favorite thing in the world. :-)   We got a new assistant minister in June. I like her a lot so far. She's e-mailed me and suggested that, as a ministry to the wedding party, I = might want to attend the rehearsal of a wedding she's to do in September so that the people know what to do, when to enter, and feel good about everything.   I've dealt with the immediate issue by agreeing to attend to support her since she's new, making clear that this is an exception to the norm, and referring her to the Senior Minister, who predates me and perhaps knows = more about how the policy of the organist not attending rehearsals came about. = (I did this all in a nice, calm way.) Although she's done chapel weddings (I've not attended the rehearsals), this is her first big Sanctuary = wedding. As I said, I like her, I don't mind doing this for her. But I'm worried about future brides, a changing of my job description, etc...   I'm clear on why I don't need to attend the wedding rehearsal. If I suddenly had to attend them all (big suburban church, affluent community), I'd have to rethink staying in the position.   But what's the response to the argument: "OK, you've told us why YOU don't need to attend the rehearsal, but where's your sense of ministry to the wedding party? What if THEY need you to attend?"   Thanks   Chuck Peery Cincinnati        
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding rehearsals? From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 05:40:24 -0500       "Charles E. Peery" wrote:   > Dear Listers, > > I came into a church job (UMC) where the organist had not been attending > wedding rehearsals for some time. This was a major factor in my taking = the > job, weddings not being my favorite thing in the world. :-)   Charles, IMO, the policy of your predecessor not to attend wedding = rehearsals was poorly conceived. The only circumstance under which I can conceive of playing for a wedding without attending the rehearsal is as an emergency substitute in the event the original organist is incapacitated after the rehearsal and before the wedding! The clergy with whom I had the = priveledge of working had the same attitudes as I did on attendance of the musician at = the rehearsal.   Of course, if you are going to regularly attend the rehearsal, then you = should be paid accordingly. When I was active as an organist in a parish, my fee = for weddings was based upon:   1) a half hour consultation for the purpose of learning the details = planned for the wedding (how many attendants? details of the service) and seeking a = sense of what the musical "style" of the couple;   2) a one hour consultation for the purpose of making final selections of = the music;   3) attendance at the rehearsal (nominally, one hour); and   4) providing the music for the wedding.   If I were again take an organ postition, I would expect that I would plan = on the same requirements of my time, and charge accordingly.   ns    
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding rehearsals? From: "Rebekah Ingram" <rringram@syr.edu> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 09:06:40 -0400     ----- Original Message ----- From: Charles E. Peery <cpeery19@idt.net> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2000 6:15 AM Subject: Wedding rehearsals?   > But what's the response to the argument: "OK, you've told us why YOU = don't > need to attend the rehearsal, but where's your sense of ministry to the > wedding party? What if THEY need you to attend?"   Tell them to pay you. In addition to the wedding. That oughtta get them = off your back. ;-)   But seriously, I know lots of people who do charge a certain amount for = the rehearsal and a certain amount for the wedding. If you want both, you pay for both.   -Rebekah      
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding rehearsals? From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 10:16:20 EDT   In a message dated 8/31/00 6:17:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time, = cpeery19@idt.net writes:   << But what's the response to the argument: "OK, you've told us why YOU = don't need to attend the rehearsal, but where's your sense of ministry to the wedding party? What if THEY need you to attend?" >>   There is no pastoral/ministry aspect to a wedding rehearsal that I can = see, especially for the organist who basically does nothing. Unfortunately, female clergy tend to turn into brides when it comes to weddings. My solution would be to initially calm, reassure and get permission from = brides individually with regard to attending their rehearsal. I've NEVER had a bride say, "Oh, we neeeeeeeeeed you at the rehearsal." After explaining = to them that you will shorten or lengthen the processional according to what happens and that they will therefore not have to worry about "cues", they = are generally more at rest. Best of luck in your hunt for a new job. I = would never play in another UMC again! ever, ever, ever!   Bruce Cremona502@cs.com in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles visit the Cornely pack at Holwling Acres: Ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502  
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding rehearsals? From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 10:31:18 EDT   In a message dated 8/31/00 9:29:54 AM Eastern Daylight Time, = rringram@syr.edu writes:   << But seriously, I know lots of people who do charge a certain amount for = the rehearsal and a certain amount for the wedding. If you want both, you pay for both. >>   I don't think the issue should be money. This makes the people feel unimportant and 'nickled & dimed.' Make the bridal party realize that = you are not necessary at the rehearsal and that you are trying to save them = TIME and unnecessary bother at the rehearsal. The organist knows what to do, having played many weddings (the professional!), and events at the wedding =   will bear little resemblance to what goes on at the rehearsal. There's = just no point in wasting time.   Bruce Cremona502@cs.com in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles visit the Cornely pack at Holwling Acres: Ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502  
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding rehearsals? From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 09:10:29 -0700   I always attend the rehearsal at the FIRST wedding in a new parish I've = just come to, to make sure the priest and I are on the same page RE: cues, etc., but = after that, fuggedaboudit!   Most Anglican priests run a tight ship, and we're in and out in a = half-hour or forty-five minutes, but OH LORD the rest can go on FOREVER, PARTICULARLY = if there's a "Wedding Consultant" ... I learned very quickly in the Presbyterian = church to charge by the hour (or fraction thereof) and stick to my guns. Accustomed = as I was to doing Solemn High Nuptial Masses in the RC and Anglican churches with = all the trimmings WITHOUT a rehearsal, I couldn't see any earthly reason to sit on = the bench for two or three hours while the "consultant" arranged the bridesmaids so = their dresses would be shown to best effect.   Additionally, with upwards of half-a-dozen weddings a weekend in the = typical large RC church, it simply isn't POSSIBLE to attend the rehearsals.   At St. Matthew's, weddings are absolutely no problem ... we only marry = parishioners, the Rector only allows sacred music, the choir always sings a High Mass, = and the routine never varies. Soloists (if any) are drawn from the choir, and they = have a standard repertoire of sacred solos to sing at Offertory and Communion. = But usually the choir sings an anthem.   FWIW, I stopped fighting "Here Comes The Bride" and "There Goes The Bride" = a LONG time ago (though St. Matthew's doesn't allow either) ... Everett Titcomb = in "Anglican Ways" notes that it's an exercise in futility. I'd rather the = REST of the music be good, appropriate sacred music and let 'em have the Marches.   Cheers,   Bud        
(back) Subject: letter from St. Mary the Virgin's Rector (X-posted) From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 09:52:28 -0700   I'm posting this as I received it ... I'm told the errors in grammar and spelling were in the original in TAO. I know what *I* think; I'll be interested to hear others' comments (grin).   Cheers,   Bud   AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS   July 13, 2000   A committee appointed by the National Council of the American Guild of Organists to resolve the differences between the AGO and the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin has asked me to write a letter to the membership as part of the resolution of our differences. I am happy to do so. We are happy that the differences between us have been resolved.   Transitions occur with new rectors in parishes like Saint Mary the Virgin, and not just for the reason that there is a new rector. Almost always the transition to a new rectorate begins with a fresh look at the   history of a parish community and fresh thinking about how God is calling the community to move into the future.   Since beginning my work at Saint Mary's in February 1999, I began to think and pray about the parish's future. Music was an area where I thought the parish needed to have new leadership, leadership that I had chosen. As a result, Christopher Babcock's services as Director of Music and Organist at St. Mary the Virgin were terminated in September 1999. I would like it to be publicly known that neither this termination nor the manner in which it was handled were intended as a negative reflection on Mr. Babcock. While the AGO has determined that Saint Mary's wrongfully terminated Mr. Babcock, I would like it known that Saint Mary's believes that it has fulfilled its obligations to Mr. Babcock as an employee. Christopher's contributions during his tenure were significant, and we at Saint Mary's appreciate the efforts he made   on behalf of the church. The entire parish wishes him well.   The Committee has also asked me to endorse letters of agreement between churches and parish musicians. Again, I am happy to do so. I believe it is important for members of the AGO to request letters of agreement when they approach employment and I believe it is important for congregations to offer them. Both church and musicians are best served when mutual espectations are discussed in advance, understood and agreed   upon, and stated in writing.   No area of a congregaions's life is more important than worship, and it is difficult to overstate the role of music in worship. It is my hope that musicians and clergy together seek ways to enable the congregaion's   song that it may serve Christ and witness to him.   Yours faithfully,   The Reverent Stephen Gerth Rector    
(back) Subject: Re: Albert Schweitzer perspective/Bach playing From: <MickBerg@aol.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 13:15:37 EDT   In a message dated 8/23/00 10:46:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time, desertbob@rglobal.net writes:   << >Listen to his recording of Orgelbuchlein #13 and I >think you'd have to agree with me.<snip> I would, but I keep falling asleep! >>   Then you would like M.C. Alain's version, I guess. That'll wake you up, = but it sounds more like a chainsaw than a Chorale prelude!   Enough on this subject!!   Mick Berg.  
(back) Subject: Re: Albert Schweitzer perspective/Bach playing From: <MickBerg@aol.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 13:15:36 EDT   Hi there Ed, and everyone else.   The Chorale Prelude I was referring to was "Christum wir sollen loben = schon", BVW611. The recording is "Albert Schweitzer plays Bach, Vol 2," Pearl CD = GEMM CD 9992, originally recorded in 1936, and obviously, not good = technically,. Compare this to the screeching, raucous, way-too-fast and devoid of any = kind of emotion interpretation by M.C. Alain on the Musical Heritage recordings =   (of the sixties, I beleive.)   And by the way, my post seems to have been misunderstood somewhat, in that = I was referring to Dr. Schweitzer's ability to interpret the spirituality of =   Bach, not Bach's part in spreading Christianity, which I have very mixed feelings about!    
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding rehearsals? From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 13:30:29 EDT   Hi Chuck:   I've played nearly 1,000 weddings in my life time, and attended three rehearsals and regretted every one. It's really no place for the organist to be. It makes the rehearsal unnecessarily too long. Micromanagement on the part of either = the bride, her mother etc., can make this good will gesture on your part a disaster. I have the wedding people come to my home to listen and pick music. I have a good organ there. I've made it a rule never to play for = the rehearsal itself. Soloists get a run through on the wedding day before = people begin arriving. That covers all the bases nicely, and you avoid the Micro- managers, who have a tendency to ruin their own weddings. I've seen it = over and over again. They are their own worst enemy! The going rate for a CA wedding is $150/200 for the organist, Soloist $150. They'll have more = respect for you too.   Regards,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: Re: letter from St. Mary the Virgin's Rector (X-posted) From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 10:22:29   At 09:52 AM 8/31/2000 -0700, you wrote: >I know what *I* think; I'll be >interested to hear others' comments (grin).<snip>   I think I'm thinking what Bud-by-the-Beach is thinking...'nuff said.   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Small pipe organ available From: "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 11:09:07 -0700   For Sale to someone who would enjoy assembling a 3-4 rank pipe organ:   Three rank organ with new Reisner electric action magnets to be installed = and wired.   Casework included with swell shades. 4'Diapason, 16'Bourdon, 8'Salicional   Austin Console 2 manual wired to operate four ranks.   Asking $2,500.00 stored in Castro Valley, CA   I can deliver for a fee or you can pick up in Castro Valley.   Other pipes can be obtained to have an 8' Dipason with the 12 low pipes.   Another rank can be installed without additional wiring in console.   Blaine Ricketts  
(back) Subject: Allen Theatre model ADC4600 From: "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 11:19:22 -0700   A Redwood City, CA friend wants to sell his Allen three manual ADC4600 = theatre organ.   This organ has MIDI IN and OUT that will play the keynotes only, no stop = or expression information.   Includes four channels of audio, built around 1989.   It looks good and has a great sound. Asking $9,000.00   For information, let me know and I'll pass it on to the owner.   Blaine Ricketts Castro Valley, CA  
(back) Subject: OHS Archives Symposium From: "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 15:23:49 -0400   Dear PipeChat List:   The deadline for hotel reservations for those registering to attend the Organ Historical Society's symposium to be conducted Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13, at the OHS American Organ Archives in Princeton, = New Jersey, has been extended to Monday, September 18. The previous hotel reservation deadline was September 1.   Rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott are $49, double or single occupancy. = The telephone number is 609-716-9100. Identify yourself as attending the OHS Archives Symposium. Rooms at the rate are available only on Thursday, October 12 and thereafter until Monday night, October 16. Rooms may not be available after the entire block is booked, even before September = 18.   Speakers at the symposium are:   Stephen Bicknell, organ historian, author including books on British organbuilding, and frequent correspondent, whose topic is "The Art of = Organ Building: Perspective and Retrospective"   Rollin Smith, author including books on Franck, Vierne, Saint-Saens, and = the Aeolian organ; organist; editor of sheet music; etc., who will speak on "Ephemera: A Tool for Organ Research."   Lynn Edwards, author and editor including many of the books published by = the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies (of which she is the founder = and former executive director), organizer and leader of organ tours in Europe, organist, and developer of the travelling museum exhibition "Festival Organ." She will talk about the new "Bach organ" constructed at St. = Thomas Church, Leipzig, as a copy of the organ built by Georg Christoph Sterzing (died 1717) for a church in Bach's hometown and which greatly influenced him, apparently.   Laurence Libin, formerly Curator of Musical Instruments at the = Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and currently a resident scholar there as well = as a member of the OHS Archives Governing Board, will discusss "Fresh Perspectives on the Organ's Evolution." In his curatorship at the Metropolitan, Libin was responsible for the acquistion, restoration, and prominent placement in the museum of a 2m organ built in 1831 by Thomas Appleton of Boston.   Stephen Pinel, Archivist of the OHS American Organ Archives, will provide = an introduction to the collection, which is the world's largest devoted to = the organ. The Symposium is mounted in celebration of the Archives moving to new and better space within the Talbott Library of Westminster Choir = College of Rider University, which co-sponsors the event.   John Ogasapian, immediate past editor of the OHS journal, "The Tracker," = and author of many books on organs and other topics, including the major work = on Henry Erben, the only book on Edward Hodges of Trinity Church and English Cathedral Music in New York, and the only major work on organbuilding in = New York in the 19th century, and a member of the OHS Archives Governing Board as well as General Chairman of the Symposium, will moderate a discussion = on the proceedings as well as open the symposium with the first address.   Stefan Engels, chairman of the Organ Department at WCC, will play a = recital at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13.   Registration information is available at http://www.organsociety.org/symposium or it will be snail-mailed upon request made by e-mail to me. More than 4,000 flyers on this Symposium = were mailed to OHS members about two months ago.   Bill Van Pelt          
(back) Subject: Re: OHS Archives Symposium From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 14:05:01   At 03:23 PM 8/31/2000 -0400, you wrote: >Rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott<snip>   Be aware that Marriotts have been continually on the AFL-CIO boycott list for years. I'd suggest accommodations elsewhere, rather than patronize these anti-worker establilshments.   DeserTboB  
(back) Subject: Re:Complete J.S. Bach Sacred Cantatas $295.00 From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 17:23:51 EDT   Hi List:   Kalmus is offering all 199 Bach Cantata's in eight white display boxes, Vocal/Keyboard scores BWV1 to BWV 200 for $295.00 Number 200 is a fragment and not available. Retail Value $1136.00 refer to: KBACHSET Shipping: West of Mississippi $25.00 each East of Mississippi $20.00 each   I'm passing this along for those who love Bach, and who may want to order the entire set. This is not subject to the 50% discount, indicated as this = is a "Special Price".   The new Kalmus catalogue is out and everything is discounted 50% except = for the above mentioned Cantatas. Good to January 1, 2001   Contact: 1-800-327-7643 ext. 7399 Address: Warner Bros. Catalogue Service, 15800 NW 48th Avenue Miami, FL = 33014   Regards,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: Re: OHS Archives Symposium From: <support@opensystemsorgans.com> Date: 31 Aug 2000 15:30:36 -0700   On Thu, 31 August 2000, Bob Scarborough wrote:   > Be aware that Marriotts have been continually on the AFL-CIO boycott = list > for years. I'd suggest accommodations elsewhere, rather than patronize > these anti-worker establilshments.   Well, there's the Nassau Inn, which is withing walking distance of the = Choir College, but quite a bit more expensive. There's also a Hyatt = Regency and a Doral, both of which are also more expensive.   Dick Meckstroth      
(back) Subject: AGO vis-a-vis St. Mary the Virgin From: "Karl E. Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersv.edu> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 20:35:27 -0400 (EDT)     I've generally not been real thrilled with the AGO's motion in the direction of a labor union. It's original purposes, etc., had no such stance.   I don't think criticizing or even quitting the AGO vis-a-vis St. Mary the Virgin's situation, is useful or even called for. We should no try to turn the AGO into what is was not and what perhaps a large number of people don't want it to become and then rant when it fails to meet pet personal issues.   Its purposes are laudable and valuable apart from employment issues and deserve our support. Conversely, we ought to avail ourselves of the good thigns the AGO does do for us.   Cordially,   Karl E. Moyer, F.A.G.O. Lancaster PA    
(back) Subject: Re: AGO vis-a-vis St. Mary the Virgin From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 17:44:51 -0700   Guilty on all counts ... my "pet personal issue" is KEEPING a church job, = for the sake of my LIVELIHOOD. I've managed to do that for fifty years WITHOUT = the Guild's help, but some haven't, and could have used some representation = with TEETH.   As a friend pointed out, that "At the Pleasure of the Rector" canon dates = from the time of work-houses, debtors' prisons, and the insurmountably rigid = social structure in 18th and 19th cntury England, where clergy were likely to be second sons of nobility (first sons inherited; second sons had the choice = of the clergy, the army, or the law) and musicians were commoners, for the = most part. It needs to be done away with, and it needs to be done away with = NOW. Too bad General Convention just met ... oh well, that gives me a couple of years to mount a campaign (grin).   Cheers,   Bud   "Karl E. Moyer" wrote:   > I've generally not been real thrilled with the AGO's motion in = the > direction of a labor union. It's original purposes, etc., had no such > stance. > > I don't think criticizing or even quitting the AGO vis-a-vis > St. Mary the Virgin's situation, is useful or even called for. We = should > no try to turn the AGO into what is was not and what perhaps a large > number of people don't want it to become and then rant when it fails to > meet pet personal issues. > > Its purposes are laudable and valuable apart from employment > issues and deserve our support. Conversely, we ought to avail ourselves > of the good thigns the AGO does do for us. > > Cordially, > > Karl E. Moyer, F.A.G.O. > Lancaster PA > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org    
(back) Subject: Re: AGO vis-a-vis St. Mary the Virgin From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 17:42:57   At 08:35 PM 8/31/2000 -0400, you wrote: >We should not try to turn the AGO into what is was not and what perhaps = >a large number of people don't want it to become and then rant when it = >fails to meet pet personal issues.   I, for one, don't consider eating a "pet personal issue". How = "republican".   >Conversely, we ought to avail ourselves >of the good thigns the AGO does do for us.<snip>   Name three.   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: RE: the Guild From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 18:34:17 -0700   In my limited experience (Central Florida, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, San Diego, Inland Empire CA, Desert CA, and Orange County CA) I've found that most WORKING organists DON'T belong to the Guild, for whatever reason.   In the case of the California chapters listed, when I arrived in an area, I sent out a "Hi, y'all!" letter to all the Guild members, being a friendly ol' hound dawg from the South ... nothing specific, didn't want anything in particular, just a friendly "hello" ... in all cases, I asked for someone to "send me a membership application and I'll pay my dues"; in NO case did ANYONE respond to the letter OR send me a membership application.   When I've asked for help finding a substitute, it's been like pulling teeth to find the right person to talk to, and when I finally DO, what they provide is ... OH MY! Words fail me. I know the Guild TECHNICALLY isn't responsible for the quality of their substitute organists, but shouldn't they be?   A.A.G.O. and F.A.G.O. are SUPPOSED to be recognized on the level of degrees ... Bachelor's and Master's respectively. Are they? I find that nobody outside the Guild knows what they ARE.   Down in San Diego, the "professional" group stages a palace coup every few years and wrests control of the Guild from the Blue-Rinse-Brigade. They have good recitals and good workshops for a few years; then they give up in total frustration and it sinks back down to the level of organ crawls and Christmas parties at whoever's house has a theatre organ.   The Guild sponsored my teacher, Dr. Roberta Gary in recital at All Saints' Episcopal, San Diego some years ago. Given the organ (a weird three-manual Moller), what it played about as well as it played anything was Bach, so she played mostly Bach. A Guild pillar sitting directly in front of me (knowing the connection) loudly proclaimed in a stage whisper, "Too much Bach; why doesn't she play something INTERESTING?"   I rest my case.   Bud