PipeChat Digest #1689 - Monday, December 4, 2000
 
Fw: Corsets and Advent Music
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
IRC Reminder
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: I have had it! -- so take control
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Re: I have had it!
  by "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Florence Foster Jenkins
  by <JamesM8336@aol.com>
Re: I have had it!
  by <Puppydawgbreath@cs.com>
Reposted: I have had it!
  by "Bob North" <bnorth@intergate.ca>
Re: Fw: Corsets and Advent Music
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: I have had it!
  by <DRAWKNOB@aol.com>
Fw: I have had it!
  by "Jim" <bald1@prodigy.net>
new Bonbons CD from Christchurch, New Zealand
  by "Jenny Setchell" <setchell@paradise.net.nz>
[Theatreorgans-L] L.A. Times Obit for Gaylord Carter]
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@mediaone.net>
L.A. Times obit for Gaylord Carter
  by "Ron Yost" <musik@tcsn.net>
Re: L.A. Times obit for Gaylord Carter
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
NATIONAL SHRINE ADVENT SOLEMN VESPERS
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: I have had it!
  by "Ed Steltzer" <steltzer@gwi.net>
Re: I have had it!
  by <DRAWKNOB@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Fw: Corsets and Advent Music From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 07:02:14 -0500   Ok........so what's 'shtuppen'?   Rick (who's German ain't *that* good!)     ----- Original Message ----- From: Stanley Lowkis <nstarfil@mediaone.net> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2000 10:08 PM Subject: Re: Corsets and Advent Music     > > > WDBabcock wrote: > > > > Wasn't that one of the things that got Bach into trouble with > > the church authorities (his cousin yet.) > > William D. "Bill" Babcock > > No, not his cousin. It was the soprano in the brustwerk scandal > that had Leipzig aghast. "It all depends on what your definition > of 'shtuppen' is". > > "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: IRC Reminder From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 08:05:41 -0600   Just a reminder that the PipeChat IRC group will meet this evening beginning at 9:00 PM EASTERN time. I hope some new folks will join us as happened last Monday night.   For information about how to connect please go to the IRC page on the PipeChat web site - http://www.pipechat.org/irc.html There is also a fairly new page on the web site that has "screen captures" showing exactly how the program "mIRC" is to be configured for making the connection to our chat session.   Have a great day everyone and Happy PipeChatting   David -- **************************************** David Scribner Owner / Co-Administrator PipeChat   http://www.pipechat.org mailto:admin@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: Re: I have had it! -- so take control From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 09:42:46 EST   While at first I thought this topic off-topic, I immediately realized that =   the death of decent music and clergy-musician relations also leads to the death of our profession, and of the instrument itself. There are several problems here, possibly more to do with individual perceptions of control = and power than with music itself.   Embarrassing an entire congregation by stopping them mid-hymn to switch to =   "Joy to the World" is offensive. A good pastor would have asked if on one =   Sunday each month, the congregation could learn a new hymn. Hand out the music, go through it together, and sing it, sharing the challenge, the = fear, and the fun. A much more rewarding communal experience than mass = degredation at the hands of one's pastor.   Clergy must realize that young people are leaving relgion for reasons = OTHER than the music. Music is the easiest scapegoat, since on the surface, it changes the most with fashion. There is a critical distinction here: = people may choose WHICH church they attend based upon the quality of the music program or preacher, but they do not choose WHETHER OR NOT they go to = church based upon the music.   This is only a personal opinion, but I think it is degrading to religion = and faith to attempt to lure people to services with rap or praise or rock = bands. There is one camp which believes it to be "creative" and "progressive"; taking a step back and looking at the whole picture, it appears desperate, = in light of all of the religious institutions who have never even CONSIDERED deviating from great music and are still packed to the rafters. I do not have a single client who has ever thought about changing from traditional music, and there has been no falloff in membership. Conversely, = membership has GROWN because of the music programs.   One list member advised not getting too emotionally attached to a = particular job, because these things can be taken from beneath us at any time. This = is very difficult for ANY artist to do, whether as a church musician (as in = your case) or as an organbuilder (as in mine). But I was given the same advice = by my manager when, several years ago, a very deeply disturbed organist = signed on at a church where I was in the midst of an organbuilding project. He = is an arrogant blowhard who from the beginning refused to meet me in person = to discuss the project, its progress, or why it had suddenly stopped. I = refused to continue working on the organ when I found out that the organ fund had disappeared, and he flew into a frenzy, fired me VIA EMAIL, and whipped = the new pastor into a frenzy, too. He publicly accused me of shoddy = workmanship on the internet, and as I understand it, one of the profession's most = dubious characters is taking care of the organ now. I have therefore written off = the instrument as a loss. They behaved as children, in a such a shocking and = vile manner as to be pitiful.   At the time, I was devastated, as if I had lost a child. However, it was = the very best thing that ever happened to me. My career took off, and I have rarely thought about those contemptible people. I think of the unfinished =   instrument as the most valuable laboratory and learning experience I could =   have gotten, and thank the Almighty that I am free of the entire = psychology of that self-destructive, self-loathing place. It took a couple of years = for me to realize that, but it is truly the case that I am much better off = having put up the fight, stood up for my rights, and still moved on.   State your case; this man may yet be educable. If it becomes = intolerable, it may not be worth the heart attack, unless you TRULY need the extra = salary to survive, which many church musicians do. But if the man wishes to = dismiss you, let him do it before Christmas, and let him deal with the anger of = his flock. Remember, there is an organist shortage, and even if you must = survive as a free lance until a permanent bench is offered, it may be the best = thing for your soul.   Sebastian Matthaus Gluck Tonal Director GLUCK NEW YORK Restorers and Builders New York City  
(back) Subject: Re: I have had it! From: "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 10:05:16 -0500   > From: DRAWKNOB@aol.com > Subject: I have had it! > > Dear folks.... I nearly had a stroke in church today when my artistic = temper > blew. > First, let me set the stage... the organ, console, myself, and choir are = in > the rear gallery.   John:   I recall that you, as an Anglican, went to Oak Cliff (ELCA) a year or so back, and were DELIGHTED with the place. I imagine that was when Pastor = Jim Scherf was there--and I see that he has now moved to the Synod office as Stewardship Director. I assume, then, that a new pharaoh has arisen in Egypt. In tenure terms, you are senior to him. No wonder you have the support (evidently) of the other music folks, etc. As a Lutheran, I'm ashamed that things have turned so rotten.   Is this new nut a temp?   I'm a retired Lutheran pastor, and have also served as organist or choirmaster in a few minor places (ELCA, LCMS, and military). I have to tell about my first Advent 1 as a pastor--tiny rural parish in North = Dakota, 1961. I probably should have known better and scheduled Wachet auf's simpler version for the Hauptlied, but I scheduled the tougher Bach harmonization (Service Book & Hymnal had both). Well, my ancient organist was a low-church pietist, and didn't like me much, I guess, but I'll give her credit--she gave it her best effort on the old foot-pump reed organ. But about half-way through the first stanza she just gave up, stood up and stalked down the aisle and out the door. I stepped down, sat down at the mighty Estey and said, "Let's take it from the top." And we sailed on through it. Then I nodded to one of the high-school girls to assume the bench following the sermon, which she did.   I reconciled with the old gal, and she finished out the year (that is, = until the next summer, when the high-school girl took over).   My guess is that your freakazoid has already apologized to you; you certainly have it coming. I wish I could say that he's a rare exception = to the norm. He's an exception; I could only wish that "rare" would apply.   Alan Freed, St. Luke's Church, Manhattan                  
(back) Subject: Re: Florence Foster Jenkins From: <JamesM8336@aol.com> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 10:26:32 EST     --part1_a3.ed6a182.275d11a8_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Glenda - Florence Foster Jenkins was an absolutely HORRIBLE singer. The story is that the poor lady thought she was great - supposedly heard the music as it should be, not as she sounded. The recording is really hilarious, especially Queen of the night aria. I have a tape of her. = Don't know if the recording is available now.   Jim   --part1_a3.ed6a182.275d11a8_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>Glenda - Florence = Foster Jenkins was an absolutely HORRIBLE singer. &nbsp;The <BR>story is = that the poor lady thought she was great - supposedly heard the <BR>music = as it should be, not as she sounded. &nbsp;The recording is really = <BR>hilarious, especially Queen of the night aria. &nbsp;I have a tape of = her. &nbsp;Don't <BR>know if the recording is available now. <BR> <BR>Jim</FONT></HTML>   --part1_a3.ed6a182.275d11a8_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: I have had it! From: <Puppydawgbreath@cs.com> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 11:07:37 EST   Could someone please send me a copy of the original post. Somehow it = didn't make it to my mailbox. Thanque!   << > From: DRAWKNOB@aol.com > Subject: I have had it! > > Dear folks.... I nearly had a stroke in church today when my artistic temper > blew. > First, let me set the stage... the organ, console, myself, and choir = are in > the rear gallery. >>     Bruce, still in the Beagles Nest with the Baskerbeagles... visit us: Ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502 (aroooooooooO) but working from another computer since mine is in a REALLLY REALLLLY BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD MOOOD!!! (It's gone to the detention center for a couple of weeks)  
(back) Subject: Reposted: I have had it! From: "Bob North" <bnorth@intergate.ca> Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 08:33:33 -0800   At 04:00 PM 12/3/00 -0500, you wrote: >Dear folks.... I nearly had a stroke in church today when my artistic = temper >blew. >First, let me set the stage... the organ, console, myself, and choir are = in >the rear gallery. The pastor is of course in the chancel up front. = After >today's first hymn, "The Advent of Our God" -- FRANCONIA (LBW 22), was >dismally sung he announced that the music director (being me) and music >committee should meet to pick other hymns for Advent... The last hymn of = the >service was Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying -- WACHET AUF (LBW 31). = After >the first verse of that hymn was sung horribly by the congregation he = shouts >to me, between verses, to stop and turn to hymn 39 "Joy to the World". = I >did and hit the Full Organ piston and played it at break-neck speed. I = was >so visibly shaken while doing this that choir members patted me on the = back >during my postlude... What in all that is Holy's name do I do about this = BS? > On top of that, I've got to play for a children's Xmas pageant (which = takes >the place of worship on Advent III) and I've been ordered to play a >prelude/postlude on "This Little Light of Mine", have been asked to write = a >RAP to take place of a chant, and JUST today I was told that I have to = play >Mallotte's "Lord's Prayer" for all to sing at the same service.... I am = at >wit's end and very close to going postal...... Do I quit, threaten to = quit, >tell the offending parties how messed up they are? I'm at the point now = of >not even giving a piece of coal about it all... Its just so unreal! = Please >give me some advice or support!!!!!!!!! > >Thanks, > >John A. Gambill, Jr. >Organist/Choirmaster >Oak Cliff Lutheran Church >Dallas, TX > >"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: Fw: Corsets and Advent Music From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 08:34:07 -0800   what we in the Southwest call "makin' tortillas" (grin).   Cheers,   Bud   VEAGUE wrote:   > Ok........so what's 'shtuppen'? > > Rick > (who's German ain't *that* good!) > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Stanley Lowkis <nstarfil@mediaone.net> > To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2000 10:08 PM > Subject: Re: Corsets and Advent Music > > > > > > > WDBabcock wrote: > > > > > > Wasn't that one of the things that got Bach into trouble with > > > the church authorities (his cousin yet.) > > > William D. "Bill" Babcock > > > > No, not his cousin. It was the soprano in the brustwerk scandal > > that had Leipzig aghast. "It all depends on what your definition > > of 'shtuppen' is". > > > > "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 > > > > "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: I have had it! From: <DRAWKNOB@aol.com> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 11:52:04 EST   In a message dated 12/4/00 9:06:40 AM Central Standard Time, afreed0904@earthlink.net writes:   << I recall that you, as an Anglican, went to Oak Cliff (ELCA) a year or = so back, and were DELIGHTED with the place. I imagine that was when Pastor = Jim Scherf was there--and I see that he has now moved to the Synod office as Stewardship Director. >>   Greetings Alan and list members,   I'm sorry to post all of this... However, it provides many answers to many =   questions asked by Alan and other list members.   As of January I will have been two years at OCLC. Yes, Rev. Scherf went through some major life changes and left his position at OCLC he spent = some time in the Bishop's office as Stewardship Director... Then he went on to lead a flock in Florida. As I understand it, now he's in Georgia or South =   Carolina... Since Scherf left us we have had Rev. Dick Howard as our interim, who has been formally retired for more than 6 years now. I have worked with Dick previously when I was at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Lancaster, TX. There I was the resident organist/chm for a total of 7 = years and he was one of the many interims while I was there. His stint at LOLC = as interim lasted about 3 years, he left the church before I did. We have always had a cordial relationship and have had great respect for each = other.   Oak Cliff Lutheran Church is an inner city parish, which has seen its = glory days come and go. Its demographic is primarily Anglo blue hair now, while =   the neighborhood has changed to mostly Hispanic. The organ is a fabulous small McManis and there has always been a tradition of good music at the church. There has been much talk of trying to attract new and younger members from the neighborhood. I am not opposed to that, as long as the liturgy and musical tradition remain unchanged -- I am very adamant about this point. We cannot be all things to all people. If people come to worship and don't like our hymns/music/or liturgy there are tons of other churches to choose from, that's the way I see it. I do understand the = Pastor and certain member's feelings that we need to appeal to a larger = "audience", but I don't think that giving in to commercialism and abandoning tradition = is the road that should be taken. I'm certain that I'm not the only one = there that feels this way.   Anyhow, there it is... I'm going to schedule a meeting with the pastor on =   Wednesday morning before the Noontime Advent service and we'll try to hash =   this out. Fortunately, until just recently I have had only minor problems = to contend with at OCLC and have grown very fond of the people and the = position. We will see what happens next...   John  
(back) Subject: Fw: I have had it! From: "Jim" <bald1@prodigy.net> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 11:00:10 -0600   John,   Someone owes you a rather large apology. I think all of us have played hymns for congregational singing, and later decided that they are best = left for preludes, postludes or dust gathering. The answer to that is, "let's don't use this one any more." I don't know about Texas, but up here in Missouri there is a ton of flu going around. People are just not singing like they were one or two weeks ago. Also, while I really don't want to = get involved in your church's worship, I feel that Mallotte's Lord's Prayer is best left for the soloist, or as a prelude. I can't imagine doing that as = a congregation.   But, by all means don't quit. You may need to sit down with your pastor = and a couple of elders and try to work this out, or at least agree to be = civil. But, it does no good to quit. You got to remember that there is a congregation that depends upon you. They have done nothing. Hang in = there.     Jim H     ----- Original Message ----- From: <DRAWKNOB@aol.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2000 3:00 PM Subject: I have had it!     > Dear folks.... I nearly had a stroke in church today when my artistic temper > blew. > Big snip > Thanks, > > John A. Gambill, Jr. > Organist/Choirmaster > Oak Cliff Lutheran Church > Dallas, TX > > "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: new Bonbons CD from Christchurch, New Zealand From: "Jenny Setchell" <setchell@paradise.net.nz> Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 07:07:56 +1300   Hello friends, Have been catching up with the pipechat over the year and discovered people talking about "bonbons for the organ"... so I though you might be interested in the latest CD (only the second actually!) on the Rieger organ in the Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand which is called "Bonbons for Organ"! My husband Martin has just recorded it and it will be released at the end of this week, on the Atoll label ACD 600. We are hoping that the "serious" (ie solemn!) enthusiasts will try the tracks first before being too snide - since it is an attempt to bridge the gap between the organ buff and the newcomer to the instrument. Composers include Dubois, Bovet, Faure, Handel, Arndt (of Nola fame!), Saint-Saens, Gounod, Rimsky-Korsakov (that bee sounds REAL!!!!), your beloved Sousa and Setchell (3 pieces called "Three-Piece Suite"!. Well, we've had a ball putting it together, even if others think it isn't serious enough... If you want a closer look, go to www.nzorgan.com to see a detailed track listing on the site.   Cheers, Jenny Setchell mailto:setchell@paradise.net.nz      
(back) Subject: [Theatreorgans-L] L.A. Times Obit for Gaylord Carter] From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@mediaone.net> Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 13:39:47 -0500   From the Theatre Organ List. SL     Hello List,   Today, the L.A. Times published an obituary for Gaylord Carter by Myrna Oliver. The article includes a photo of Gaylord at the console of the L.A. Orpheum Style 240 Wurlitzer:   http://www.latimes.com/news/state/20001204/t000116150.html   A newspaper posting such as this is only good for today 12/4/00.   John Koerber  
(back) Subject: L.A. Times obit for Gaylord Carter From: "Ron Yost" <musik@tcsn.net> Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 10:55:30 -0800   FWD from the Theatreorgan list, posted there by John Koerber:   Today, the L.A. Times published an obituary for Gaylord Carter by Myrna Oliver. The article includes a photo of Gaylord at the console of the L.A. Orpheum Style 240 Wurlitzer:   http://www.latimes.com/news/state/20001204/t000116150.html   A newspaper posting such as this is only good for today 12/4/00.   John Koerber      
(back) Subject: Re: L.A. Times obit for Gaylord Carter From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 14:44:55 -0500   I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Carter, but I have his LP "The Mighty WurliTzer -Music For Silent Movie Palaces" and the video "Legendary Theatre Organists" hosted by Mr. Carter.   He was indeed an institution. Play on, Gaylord !   Rick    
(back) Subject: NATIONAL SHRINE ADVENT SOLEMN VESPERS From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 15:35:56 EST     --part1_6b.cbced98.275d5a2c_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   The Schola Cantorum of the National Shrine of the Little Flower will sing = the office of Solemn Vespers each Sunday of Advent at 4:00 pm. The celebrant = is the Reverend Monsignor William H. Easton, Pastor of the Shrine. The = vespers are followed by brief organ recitals on the Shrine's 1933 Geo. Kilgen and = Son pipe organ.   The recitalists for the following two recitals are as follows:   December 10 (Advent II) Jeremy David Tarrant, Organist-Choirmaster The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Episcopal), Detroit   December 17 (Advent III) Dr. Timothy Huth, Organist-Choirmaster The Church of St. Matthew and St. Joseph, Detroit   There will be no vespers or recital on Sunday, December 24 since that date = is Christmas Eve.   There is no admission charge.   SCOTT F. FOPPIANO, Principal Organist and Director of Music The National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, MI (Geo. Kilgen & Son Pipe Organ Co., St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) Staff House Organist, The Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI (Wurlitzer, 1928) "Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat dicens: fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar."     --part1_6b.cbced98.275d5a2c_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>The Schola Cantorum of = the National Shrine of the Little Flower will sing the <BR>office of = Solemn Vespers each Sunday of Advent at 4:00 pm. &nbsp;The celebrant is = <BR>the Reverend Monsignor William H. Easton, Pastor of the Shrine. = &nbsp;The vespers <BR>are followed by brief organ recitals on the Shrine's = 1933 Geo. Kilgen and Son <BR>pipe organ. <BR> <BR>The recitalists for the following two recitals are as follows: <BR> <BR>December 10 (Advent II) <BR>Jeremy David Tarrant, Organist-Choirmaster <BR>The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Episcopal), Detroit <BR> <BR>December 17 (Advent III) Dr. Timothy Huth, Organist-Choirmaster <BR>The Church of St. Matthew and St. Joseph, Detroit <BR> <BR>There will be no vespers or recital on Sunday, December 24 since that = date is <BR>Christmas Eve. <BR> <BR>There is no admission charge. <BR> <BR><B>SCOTT F. FOPPIANO</B>, Principal Organist and Director of Music <BR>The National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, MI <BR>(Geo. Kilgen &amp; Son Pipe Organ Co., St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) <BR>Staff House Organist, The Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI (Wurlitzer, 1928) <BR><I>"Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat dicens: <BR>fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar."</I> <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_6b.cbced98.275d5a2c_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: I have had it! From: "Ed Steltzer" <steltzer@gwi.net> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 16:41:21 -0500   1. - Calm down! - it could be worse.   2. - Unfamiliar hymns need to be introduced to the folks carefully. Identify them (from the pulpit), perhaps have the choir sing them, an don't do more than one per service.   3. - Singing a somewhat simplified arrangement of the Mallotte "Lord's Prayer" is a very effective thing; I've been using it (in more than one church) for years.   4. - Now, on the RAP, ......I would agree with you!   Ed, in Maine ----- Original Message ----- From: <DRAWKNOB@aol.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2000 4:00 PM Subject: I have had it!     > Dear folks.... I nearly had a stroke in church today when my artistic temper > blew. > First, let me set the stage... the organ, console, myself, and choir are in > the rear gallery. The pastor is of course in the chancel up front. = After > today's first hymn, "The Advent of Our God" -- FRANCONIA (LBW 22), was > dismally sung he announced that the music director (being me) and music > committee should meet to pick other hymns for Advent... The last hymn = of the > service was Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying -- WACHET AUF (LBW 31). After > the first verse of that hymn was sung horribly by the congregation he shouts > to me, between verses, to stop and turn to hymn 39 "Joy to the World". = I > did and hit the Full Organ piston and played it at break-neck speed. I was > so visibly shaken while doing this that choir members patted me on the back > during my postlude... What in all that is Holy's name do I do about = this BS? > On top of that, I've got to play for a children's Xmas pageant (which takes > the place of worship on Advent III) and I've been ordered to play a > prelude/postlude on "This Little Light of Mine", have been asked to = write a > RAP to take place of a chant, and JUST today I was told that I have to play > Mallotte's "Lord's Prayer" for all to sing at the same service.... I = am at > wit's end and very close to going postal...... Do I quit, threaten to quit, > tell the offending parties how messed up they are? I'm at the point = now of > not even giving a piece of coal about it all... Its just so unreal! Please > give me some advice or support!!!!!!!!! > > Thanks, > > John A. Gambill, Jr. > Organist/Choirmaster > Oak Cliff Lutheran Church > Dallas, TX > > "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: I have had it! From: <DRAWKNOB@aol.com> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 17:06:52 EST   In a message dated 12/4/00 3:40:32 PM Central Standard Time, = steltzer@gwi.net writes:   << 2. - Unfamiliar hymns need to be introduced to the folks carefully. Identify them (from the pulpit), perhaps have the choir sing them, an don't do more than one per service. >>   They should know these hymns... they have been singing them every Advent = for the last 50 years.... However, they're not sung as often (by virtue of = their nature) as many other hymns.   John