PipeChat Digest #4136 - Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Re: Economy of motion
  by "Douglas A. Campbell" <dougcampbell@juno.com>
Re: wedding rehearsals
  by <FastToccata@aol.com>
Double-Organ Concert in Allentown PA
  by "Stephen Williams" <stepwill@enter.net>
RE: Ethics Advise...
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net>

(back) Subject: Re: Economy of motion From: "Douglas A. Campbell" <dougcampbell@juno.com> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 18:14:35 -0500   In a recent post Steve Chandler wrote (in part): On Mon, 01 Dec 2003 11:17:12 -0600 Steve Chandler <stevec@open-tech.com> writes: > There's been some commentary regarding motion while playing that > impresses me as less than thoughtful. If any of you wonder why thye > > organ is declining in popularity go no further than some of this > discussion. The criticism of rock music has been especially > parochial > and frankly uninformed. > <big snip> > >Douglas A. Campbell wrote: > > > >You read my mind-sort of. If you really want to take it > further-look at > >all those idiotic pop guitar players who play the guitar (and > other > >instruments) really hard, arms flying around to pluck the strings, > >jumping etc...to make people think its really something, when it > reality, > >they are playing 3 chords over and over, and a pentatonic scale > (they > >only know one or two of these at most), and have NO command over > the > >guitar at all. > > ************* That is NOT my quote ! What I said on the subject was as follows:   I just wish to set the record straight. In regards to the playing of Felix Hell.............Felix is quite animated when he plays. For those of you who have never been to one of Felix's concerts -- there is no justification / explanation I can give. For those of you who HAVE seen (and heard) Felix play -- there is no explanation necessary !   I just wish to set the record straight.   Douglas A. Campbell Skaneateles, NY  
(back) Subject: Re: wedding rehearsals From: <FastToccata@aol.com> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 21:27:00 EST   My fees are no different for members or non-members. I am not in a paid position by the church at the present (which has been my choosing - I am = the Principal Guest Organist as I do many substituting jobs), but am asked to = play for weddings. Even if I was the regularly paid organist by the church from = Sunday to Sunday, I still have in times past and feel that the couple should pay = for the services rendered by the organist. Otherwise, you are being taken for =   granted! No matter what church I do weddings for, the same fees apply = unless there is a great distance involved in commuting and I don't usually know = if the couple is a member or not. Basically, this is my job and I should get = paid for my time and expertise on the subject.    
(back) Subject: Double-Organ Concert in Allentown PA From: "Stephen Williams" <stepwill@enter.net> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 22:43:29 -0500   Hi Folks . . just wanted to let you know the third concert of our = anniversary series at St. John's Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown = is coming up on Friday, Dec 5 at 7:30. Organists Richard Van Auken and = Rebecca Kleintop-Owens have put together a program that will probably be = interesting to most of the many and varied tastes that are represented = in the organ world, so I hope some of you can join us. Richard Van Auken served as Artist-in-Residence and organ instructor at = Moravian College in Bethlehem for 28 years and has had an amazing career = as a performer. Interesting to note that one of his teachers was Robert = Elmore when he was a student at the Philadelphia Conservatory - just a = few years ago (grin). He was also a student of Guiseppe Moschetti, = former organist/composer here at St. John's. Rebecca Kleintop-Owens was a student of Van Auken's at Moravian College, = is a Curtis grad, was senior organist at Coral Ridge Pres in Florida, = and is now Dir of Music and Organist at Central Moravian Church in = Bethlehem, PA (one of Robert Elmore's former churches). The two organs will be St. John's IV/87 Reuter (rebuild of EM Skinner), = and a III/100 (approx) digital instrument by the Walker Technical = Company. A personal note . . the sound is amazing. I don't know what I = was expecting, but I am truly awed by the developments of this = technology. The program: Voluntary (Purcell); Chorale Prelude on Vater Unser (Bach); = Christmas Fantasy for Two Organs (Callahan); 3 from the Nutcracker Suite = (Tchaikovsky), Dialogue Monastique (Purvis); Christmas Suite for Two = Organs (Brian Henkelmann - a Bethlehem composer, wrote this piece for = the occasion); Ave Maria (Schubert); Christmas Medley (Neilson & Young); = Concerto Gregoriano (Yon). Admission is $5 donation. More info at = 610-435-1641. =20 Stephen Williams Organist, St. John's Lutheran, Allentown PA College Organist, Muhlenberg College  
(back) Subject: RE: Ethics Advise... From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 23:06:30 -0600   Kelly,   This is a tough one. Objectively speaking, it sounds like a lot of = people want this windbag back, you may be fighting an uphill battle. = Are you married to this particular church? Denomination? There are a = multitude of churches needing people, this might be a sign from above = that it's time to change. Many times, that's a GREAT sign to get. Of = course, it's hard to see when you're in your vantage point, but = hindsight will often yield favorable results. I know that was true in = MY case, and I think Dennis would agree for HIM as well.   Just something to think about. I think it's quite unethical, if not = downright rude, for this guy to do what he did, but the AGO may not have = much they can do in this case.   Just my thoughts.   Jeff