PipeChat Digest #2402 - Friday, September 28, 2001
 
Re: "Tinkling Cymbal" Sunday
  by <MFoxy9795@aol.com>
Re: Hymns that reflect the readings
  by <MFoxy9795@aol.com>
Re: Solos with easy workable organ accompaniments
  by "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com>
Re: Solos with easy workable organ accompaniments
  by "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au>
Re: Solos with easy workableorgan accompaniments
  by <Wurlibird1@aol.com>
Calvin Hampton: Five Dances & Old Hundredth
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org>
Robert Henderson Murphy of Interlochen Arts Academy dies  X-POSTED
  by "The Schneider Family" <arpschneider@starband.net>
Re: Robert Henderson Murphy of Interlochen Arts Academy dies
  by <Musmachns@aol.com>
Newark, NJ
  by <Oboe32@aol.com>
Concert Announcement, Newark, NJ
  by <Oboe32@aol.com>
Walt Strony's Theatre Organ Registaration Book (x post)
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: "Tinkling Cymbal" Sunday From: <MFoxy9795@aol.com> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 06:55:56 EDT   In a message dated 01-09-26 21:24:10 EDT, you write:   > > The Sunday that "if I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but > have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal" = is > read for the Epistle. > > Following Eastern Orthodox custom, I've taken to naming Sundays that = way > in our filing system ... makes it easier to remember which anthems are = for > which Sundays ... we use the old one-year lectionary. > but of course! why didn't i figure that out???  
(back) Subject: Re: Hymns that reflect the readings From: <MFoxy9795@aol.com> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 06:57:36 EDT   In a message dated 01-09-27 00:20:35 EDT, you write:   > the proscribed > Scripture readings,   i think, or i hope, you meant PREscribed!!! LOL merry  
(back) Subject: Re: Solos with easy workable organ accompaniments From: "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 08:17:26 -0400   Morton Belcher wrote:   >This past summer I was pleased to sub for four sundays at a Christian >Science church. > >However I made it very clear that, although I had >played in Christian Science churches before, it was with the stipulation >that the solos would have very easy accompaniment... > >Anyway, for the first Sunday's solo I started off by insisting on: >Handel, Messiah, He Shall Feed His Flock. Other selections >were: Mendelssohn, Elijah: Cast Thy Burden Upon the >Lord; Carl F. Mueller: Create in Me a Clean Heart; >The Beatitudes, published by Row in 1959 (I cannot >remember the composer). We were going to do >Handel, Messiah: I Know that My Redeemer Liveth, >but had to change because of a last minute change of soloists. But I >played an excerpt of it from a reed organ book for the offertory, and = got >a few nice compliments... > >Actually the Beatitudes selection went OK, but I was a bit nervous >to say the least because usually the organist just rehearses with the >soloist about 30 minutes before the service and everything should fall >into place.. I could not have another rehearsal because the soloist was >out of town.. But fortunately the soloist came very early...so we were >able to put it all together. > >My question is: Would you all suggest some old chestnut solos for the >summer (e. g. of the level and difficulty of the above Handel Messiah >selections and the other selections mentioned above) that a substitute >organist could handle with little trouble at all? > >Next time I play at a Christian Science church, I think I'll also ask >them if I may look at their library and see what selections they have... >I'm keeping copies of the selections I have played over the summers at >Christian Science churches... so in the future perhaps I can just say = that >I've played these solos for your denomination.... would you like to = choose >from these?     Greetings,   The congregation of the Christian Science Church where I was organist was extremely helpful and very supportive in my choices of music. The hymns were (and still are) selected by the First Reader and given to the = organist on the Monday before the Wednesday night meetings and Sunday Services. = The soloist always gave me a list of solos along with the music three to four months in advance. I was given a hymnal and monthly booklets containing = the subject matter and readings. The organ is a beautifully maintained 1927 E.M. Skinner and I had plenty of time to practice. Sometimes if the solo was a bit on the tricky side I would meet with the soloist before Sunday = to work out the logistics. A few selections were a bit challenging and, with the instrument at hand, it wasn't too difficult to deal with. We did = solos by MacDermid, Mendelssohn, Titcomb, Bach, and a host of others in a two volume book of solos with text by Mary Baker Eddy. I believe that those books are still available through The Mother Church in Boston and are offered in high and medium voice editions. (There are a few items with so-called "hairy" key signatures but with practice one can gain valuable experience in the long run). Also, Katherine K. Davies has arrangements in = a collection of pieces suitable for Christian Science readings and Auston Lovelace has composed a wonderful set of solos with organ accompaniment. = I cannot recall the publishers involved but I will forward my posting to a friend who is First Reader at the Christian Science Church in Syracuse and.....a vocal soloist! No doubt she will be able to help you find = items. Also, check out the church's library. I'm sure that you will find some great solos. I discovered a number of early "chestnuts" in the library at the church I played at. They were fun to play!   I know.......you all are thinking......why did I leave the position? = Well, St. James opened up and I missed the liturgical aspect, (coming from years at an Episcopal Church), and conducting a choir and bell choir. But I am asked to fill in now and then on Wednesday nights. I love that Skinner!     Peace!   Bonnie Beth   Bonnie Beth Derby, B.Mus., M.Mus. Organist & Director of Music, St. James Roman Catholic Church, Syracuse [1988 Odell/Kerner & Merchant 33-rank tracker organ] Producer & Host: "Orgelwerke" & "Choral Traditions", WCNY-FM, 91.3, Syracuse; WUNY-FM, 89.5, Utica; WJNY-FM, 90.9, Watertown; Website: www.wcny.org e-mail: orge@dreamscape.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Solos with easy workable organ accompaniments From: "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 20:27:52 +0800   When I get the opportunity to choose the hymns (not often unless I am taking the service) I say be hanged to the lectionary. I pick what I think fits the occasion and always start with a hymn of praise.I also tend to choose the hymns that I like myself. I don't think that the congregation is very aware of the lectionary or worries whether the hymns fit the lectionary readings for that day. In our church they "like a good sing" and I think I know how to give that to them!!! Never had any complaints! Bob Elms.    
(back) Subject: Re: Solos with easy workableorgan accompaniments From: <Wurlibird1@aol.com> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 09:07:15 EDT   Cremona502 writes:   >At the age of 12 I played for evening >services in a Methodist church in which the first 20 minutes of the = service >was a sing-a-long with hymns chosen randomly by the congregation. It was =   >great fun, and I still love to do it. <<   Yessir, it is fun, Bruce. At the UMC where I recently served we had a sing-fest on "fifth Sundays." An abbreviated homily was delivered and then it was = request time from the UMC Hymnal and the old Cokesbury hymnal. People had a good time and the services were always well attended. We did the first and = last verses to accommodate more hymns. My replacement faces her first Fifth Sunday Sing this week and is terrified that someone will request something =   she cannot play.   Best wishes, Jim Pitts  
(back) Subject: Calvin Hampton: Five Dances & Old Hundredth From: "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 11:15:41 -0400   Last week, there was some discussion of Calvin Hampton's Five Dances (composed in 1982) and Cherry Rhoads' fine CD of the pieces on the Pro Organo label. For some reason, it was missing from the OHS Catalog = website though we have it in stock. It is now on the site in the Recordings of American Music section at http://www.ohscatalog.org/americanmusic.html   Three of these dances are recorded by David Higgs on the Meyerson Fisk: = The Primitives, At the Ballet, and Everyone Dance. They are on Delos 3148, = also available from the OHS Catalog. It is easiest to find by using the = on-site search engine, searching on "Hampton" or "Calvin Hampton." The search = will also turn up lots of sheet music and a few other CDs as well, including a Delos CD for $5 that features Todd Wilson and David Higgs playing = Hampton's Alexander Variations at National City Christian Church, Washington, D. C.   Bill    
(back) Subject: Robert Henderson Murphy of Interlochen Arts Academy dies X-POSTED From: "The Schneider Family" <arpschneider@starband.net> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 11:52:53 -0500   Dear List members,   Richard Schneider       As the request of a former Alumnus who is not on any of the lists, I am posting this for the benefit of any Interlochen alumnus or any other interested parties:     > Charter member of the Interlochen Arts Academy > faculty, Robert Henderson Murphy, died on Saturday, > September 22, 2001, in Traverse City, Michigan, > after a valiant struggle with cancer. > > Murf's fascination with Interlochen began as a > camper and member of the summer All-State Orchestra > program. "I knew when I first came to northern > Michigan as an All-State camper in 1952 that I would > return," said Murf. "It was in my blood. I loved > it!" And return he did ... first as a counselor and > unit leader (1959 through 1962) in the High School > Boys division of the National Music Camp, and then > as one of the first Arts Academy employees. > > Records reveal that Murf was so excited about the > potential of working at the Academy that in January > of 1961, he wrote Margaret Stace, assistant to > Interlochen's founder, Dr. Joseph Maddy about a > job. This was still 20 months before the school > opened! "That was a great time," Murf fondly > recalled. "I could never do it now, though," he > would say. "There was so much energy required to > keep up with Dr. Maddy. Back then you worked seven > days a week, 24 hours a day and you were still > always one step behind him." Based on the lists of > committee responsibilities, school projects and > tasks that always seemed to find their way to Murf's > plate, some would say he never slowed down! > > Initially hired in 1962 as a Dormitory Counselor and > Instructor of Music, Murf also worked as Dean of > Boys, Instructor of Choral Music, Academy Admissions > Counselor, Coordinator of Student Activities and as > the conductor and music director for several theatre > department musicals (including My Fair Lady, Annie > Get Your Gun, Fiorello, and King and I), before > settling in as Instructor of Organ, Piano and Class > Piano from 1971 through 2001. He also served as > Instructor of Organ at the Interlochen Arts Camp > from 1971 through 2000, where in the summer of 1982 > he initiated a Sunday afternoon Chapel Organ series > to showcase the Dendrinos Chapel's new > Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ -- the first pipe organ > on Interlochen's campus. In addition, > from 1963 until his retirement in September, 2001, > Murf's work as organist and later as Director of > Music at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse > City gave his organ students enviable opportunities > to develop and hone their church music and service > playing skills. > > After 39 years of teaching at the Academy and > already in failing health, Murf retired on June 3, > 2001. Special celebrations at that time included a > formal tribute from the Michigan legislature signed > by Representative Jason Allen, Senator George > MacManus and Governor John Engler. A two volume > collection of letters, photos and reminiscences from > current and former colleagues and students presented > at that time clearly revealed that Murf had made a > difference in so very, very many lives by tirelessly > giving the best he had to give. But perhaps in his > 1976 self-evaluation Murf himself best summed his > work as a teacher and colleague: "I have considered > it a privilege to work at Interlochen and have > always enjoyed the people who are attracted to this > environment. The student who is beginning an > instrument is just as exciting for me to work with > as the more advanced person who is headed for a > performance major in college. I believe in the basic > concepts of this Academy and Camp, and intend to do > everything possible to help maintain our > reputation. Studying at Interlochen is one of the > greatest > experiences a student can have during his high > school years." > > Murf was preceded in death by his parents, Millard > and Wava Murphy, and nephew, Bradley Hoorn, lost in > the destruction of the World Trade Center just last > week. He is survived by his sister Katherine Murphy > Hoorn, her husband, Dennis and daughter, Kara of > Richland, Michigan, as well as special friends, > Kathryn Herkelmann and Laurence Smith. A memorial > service will be held on Sunday, October 14th at 4:00 > p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse > City, Michigan. Memorials may be directed to the > Interlochen Center for the Arts or to Central United > Methodist Church. Messages for the Hoorn family may > be sent to: 2549 Frauline, Richland, MI 49083. > > Ann Hanson > Vice President, Human Resources  
(back) Subject: Re: Robert Henderson Murphy of Interlochen Arts Academy dies From: <Musmachns@aol.com> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 14:48:18 EDT     --part1_109.6415a0a.28e4ce72_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   I have served at all levels of elected office in the Cherry Capital Area = AGO chapter, of which our dear friend "Murf" was a charter member. I moved to = the Traverse City area in 1985, and attended my first church service at = Central U.M. where Murf resided at the organ. Through connections with the church, =   Interlochen and the local AGO, all I can say is Robert Murphy was truly = one of the rarest and greatest of men. His personality, enthusiasm and love of =   music will be truly misses here in the north of Michigan. "God Speed my friend, and I will remember you fondly till next we meet"   Andy Struble Music House Museum Cherry Capital AGO Northern Michigan Theatre Organ Society   --part1_109.6415a0a.28e4ce72_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000ff" SIZE=3D3 = FACE=3D"Schoolbook" LANG=3D"0">I have served at all levels of elected = office in the Cherry Capital Area AGO chapter, of which our dear friend = "Murf" was a charter member. I moved to the Traverse City area in 1985, = and attended my first church service at Central U.M. where Murf resided at = the organ. Through connections with the church, Interlochen and the local = AGO, all I can say is Robert Murphy was truly one of the rarest and = greatest of men. His personality, enthusiasm and love of music will be = truly misses here in the north of Michigan. <BR>"God Speed my friend, and I will remember you fondly till next we = meet" <BR> <BR>Andy Struble <BR>Music House Museum <BR>Cherry Capital AGO <BR>Northern Michigan Theatre Organ Society</FONT></HTML>   --part1_109.6415a0a.28e4ce72_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Newark, NJ From: <Oboe32@aol.com> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 16:35:27 EDT   Hey All, I was curious if anyone knew any good organs in Newark, NJ. I know =   about and have been to the Sacred Heart and Grace Church, but i was = curious about First Baptist, First Reformed, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, and a =   gorgeous english gothic building right by the waterfront, or any other = organs of note.   -Pete Isherwood  
(back) Subject: Concert Announcement, Newark, NJ From: <Oboe32@aol.com> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 16:40:46 EDT   Westminster Symphonic Choir of Westminster Choir College will be singing = "The Spectre's Bride" of Antonin Dvorak with the NJ Symphony this weekend. The Symphonic Choir of 185 voices is under the direction of Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt and Dr. Andrew Megill, with Nancianne Parella as accompanist. Maestro Zdenek Macal will be conducting the NJSO with Symphonic Choir this =   Friday and Sunday at the NJ PAC in Newark, and Saturday at the War = Memorial in Trenton, NJ. Performances are: Friday, September 28th, 8pm at the Newark PAC Saturday the 29th, 8pm at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ Sunday the 30th, Matinee at the PAC in Newark.   For Ticket Information, call the NJSO at 1-800-Allegro.   -Pete Isherwood  
(back) Subject: Walt Strony's Theatre Organ Registaration Book (x post) From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 00:05:54 EDT     --part1_154.1aff657.28e55122_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this? I loaned mine out and it =   never came back, and I am seeking some reference info out of that book. I =   also want a copy of it back in my library since it is a fantastic = resource.   If anyone has one to sell also, that would be welcome too. Thanks so much = in advance.   Scott Foppiano   --part1_154.1aff657.28e55122_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D2>Does = anyone know where I can get a copy of this? &nbsp;I loaned mine out and it = never came back, and I am seeking some reference info out of that book. = &nbsp;I also want a copy of it back in my library since it is a fantastic = resource. <BR> <BR>If anyone has one to sell also, that would be welcome too. Thanks so = much in advance. <BR> <BR>Scott Foppiano</FONT></HTML>   --part1_154.1aff657.28e55122_boundary--