PipeChat Digest #3727 - Wednesday, June 4, 2003
 
RE: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting)
  by "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
Re: Copyright petition
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
RE: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting)
  by "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
RE: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting)
  by "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu>
RE: the AGO
  by "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
Re: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting)
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Wedding Saturday evening.
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
RE: Wedding Saturday evening.
  by "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com>
weddings
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Ken Cowan recital at Altoona Steinmeyer et al
  by "MARAUDER" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
 

(back) Subject: RE: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting) From: "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 14:05:04 -0400   Blair,   I think money is the reason for this. It is cheaper to pay one person to = do both jobs than to pay two separate people. However, they should not have mislead you like that. If that was the reason which is sounds like it likely was, they should have told you that.   Andrew Meagher   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Blair Anderson Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 8:02 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting)     Gentle ListFolk:   I need some opinions to determine whether or not our Choir Director and myself (organist) have been mis-treated or mislead. I will do my absolute best to tell only the facts, the truth, and stay away from hearsay or gossip.   The background:   I am the organist in a suburban church in a moderately-sized city in a Canadian prairie city. It is a congregation of the United Church of = Canada. The city has less than one million people. Our church has a membership of some 450 families, a sanctuary that seats 525 when absolutely full, a bright, light sanctuary (built in 1948) and have always maintained a high standard of "traditional" worship and music over the years. Currently the choir has six paid soloists (2 S, 1 C, 1 T, 1 Bar, 1 B) and a twenty-year-old Allen 505 S which has been cascaded and sounds = particularly well in the space.   The Choir Director has many years of choral experience including a few = years as a choral scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge, has taught high = school music for nearly 30 years as well as church choirs, amateur and = professional choral groups, an adjudicator across Canada, and a lovely Bass soloist.   I have been playing the organ in United and Anglican churches since 1966 = and can play almost all genres of organ music including some of the more complicated Bach fugues and the Widor Toccata, etc. I am known for my service playing skills, hymn leadership, and choir and solo accompaniment. = I believe that organ music in church, for me, is a true calling and I = express myself through the organ as the spirit moves me.   There are three other United Church congregations in our area of the city that are in similar situations - falling attendance, reduced giving, and increased expenses. It was decided a year ago to merge the three congregations into one. One of the three buildings was too small and in great need of repair, so the decision was made to choose from only two of the three buildings. Unfortunately, the building chosen was not ours, but rather the smaller of the two sanctuaries (525 versus 430). The church chosen has an ancient three-manual Allen installed in 1954 at the rear in the balcony of the building. It is in desperate need of replacement. It hasn't been much of an issue in the past two years as the organist and = choir director were let go two years ago and the congregation has been = struggling along with the "praise band" model of musical worship, including words projected on the front wall, etc. They are of the firm belief, at least = some members of the congregation, that this form of worship is the future.   As part of the amalgamation, each musician on the staffs of the three churches were given their notice on February 1st of this year. The amalgamation is to take place on July 1st this year. So, there was a team music ministry from our church, an organist/choir director from another church and the contemporary worship leader from the church chosen.   When the Job Descriptions were presented to the staff members, there were two positions to fill: Choir Director/Organist and Contemporary Music Co-ordinator/Accompanist. The descriptions clearly delineated a difference between the two worship styles as the "new" amalgamated congregation is to meet all together at 10:00 for 15 or 20 minutes of worship and then split into three "tracks": traditional, contemporary, and children. There was no indication that there would be any blending of services now or in the future. Older people, who are, face it, the best givers and stewards in the church, were extremely happy that they were finally able to worship in a "traditional" manner without the pressure of turning congregants off who wanted a "contemporary" style. In short, attempting to be all things to = all people.   The Choir Director and myself discussed whether we should apply or not as = we are both staunchly traditional and really are of an age and experience = that we don't want to have to deal with praise band or "contemporary" worship music styles. We don't want a microphone used for anything but speaking - something that we were completely able to achieve in our current, but soon-to-be-shut sanctuary. The new sanctuary needs a new organ (we were willing to move the organ from our church there and install it = temporarily, but clearly a new instrument would be needed as soon as possible). The = choir needs to move from the rear of the church to the front - extensive alterations need to be made to accommodate the choir and organ console at the front of the sanctuary. The chosen church is wider, shorter, and has a roof that is really like a large inverted bathtub. Our sanctuary has a pleasant 2 - 3 second acoustic when full. The chosen sanctuary has less = than 1 minute when empty! Our sanctuary is cheery, light, bright with tall = light coloured glass windows on three sides. The chosen church has small dark coloured glass windows at chest level on two sides. There are no windows above your shoulders. It's dark at any time of the day, even with the lighting fully on.   We decided to apply and to ensure that we spoke, at length, to the principals of the "traditional" service and use the Job Description as the basis for our answers. We were interviewed individually as that was what = was requested. I had applied with the understanding that I was eminently qualified for the single position, but that we wanted to work together as = a team.   The positions' salaries were $CDN3,000.00 apart - the "contemporary" music leader was paid the higher salary.   Everyone in our church agreed that we were the best suited for the = position - the best qualified, the most experienced, and the most personable.   Both of us left the (separate) interviews feeling we did well and were confident that we were successful in our application.   Guess what? We weren't. The position was given to the Choir Director/Organist of the smallest church with the smallest organ, with the smallest choir, with the least experience and ability. We were told that = we weren't flexible enough for the "blended" services that they intended to have in the new church - of which we were absolutely not aware!   We are gobsmacked! We are disappointed, confused, angry, disheartened, upset, spiritually broken, and in need of some opinions and suggestions. I will reply to anyone off-list if you wish further clarification or information.   I apologize profusely for the extreme length of this posting, but you can, I'm sure, understand why it had to be of such a length. I believe this discussion to be pertinent as, I'm sure, we'll all be faced with a = situation like this in the near future - if we haven't all ready!   CHEERS! Blair...   _________________________________________ "Two enemies are just two potential friends who don't yet know each = other."     "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: Copyright petition From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 13:09:41 -0500   Paul Emmon wrote, in part:   > I encourage you to sign a petition to congress on behalf of a law that = would > establish a fee of $1 per work on publishers who wish to avail = themselves of > the copyright extension granted by the Sonny Bono act.   in response to which I would make two comments:   First, if you really want to see such a change to the law, rather than = sign the petition, take the time to find the addresses of your U.S. Senators, and = U.S. representative, and write them a letter (not just one you copied off a = website) asking them to do what you wish. Be sure to include your voter's = registration number on your letter.   One independently written letter is worth more than 100 form letters, = which are worth more than 10000 petition signatures.   Second, as an alternative, I am crafting a request to my Senators and representative to amend the 17 USC (the copyright law) to provide that it = is an obligation of copyright holders to provide a copy of any item previously published, at a fair price (equal to, or less than actual costs to make = the copy, plus a fair profit) upon request. The holder of the copyright of = any work   previously published, who refuses, or is unable to provide such copies, = either shall not be entitled to any compensation for any copy made, or shall = waive all further benefits of copyright in such works.   ns      
(back) Subject: RE: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting) From: "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 14:21:57 -0400   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0035_01C32AA4.A858C960 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   But you can get kicked out for being a scab when a church is listed for wrongful termination. -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Bill Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 1:00 AM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting)     >>How is the AGO not a union?   Well, for one, I haven't seen many dungaree-wearin' AGO'ers with raised, clenched fists (with pipe in hand?).   Secondly, their kneecaps aren't in jeopardy for not joining -- that we know of.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0035_01C32AA4.A858C960 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META HTTP-EQUIV=3D3D"Content-Type" CONTENT=3D3D"text/html; =3D charset=3D3Diso-8859-1">     <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 6.00.2800.1170" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><SPAN class=3D3D156362118-04062003><FONT face=3D3DArial = color=3D3D#0000ff =3D size=3D3D2>But=3D20 you can get kicked out for being a scab when a church is listed for =3D wrongful=3D20 termination.</FONT></SPAN></DIV> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=3D3Dltr style=3D3D"MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV class=3D3DOutlookMessageHeader dir=3D3Dltr align=3D3Dleft><FONT =3D face=3D3DTahoma=3D20 size=3D3D2>-----Original Message-----<BR><B>From:</B> =3D pipechat@pipechat.org=3D20 [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]<B>On Behalf Of </B>Bill<BR><B>Sent:</B> = =3D   Wednesday, June 04, 2003 1:00 AM<BR><B>To:</B> =3D PipeChat<BR><B>Subject:</B> Re:=3D20 Opinions welcomed... (Long posting)<BR><BR></FONT></DIV> <DIV>&gt;&gt;How is the AGO not a union?</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DVerdana size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>Well, for one, I haven't seen =3D many&nbsp;dungaree-wearin'&nbsp;AGO'ers=3D20 with raised, clenched fists (with pipe in hand?).</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DVerdana size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>Secondly, their kneecaps aren't in jeopardy for not joining -- =3D that we=3D20 know of.</DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0035_01C32AA4.A858C960--    
(back) Subject: RE: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting) From: "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 14:20:38 -0400   > But you can get kicked out for being a scab when a church is listed for wrongful termination.   And rightly so IMHO.      
(back) Subject: RE: the AGO From: "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 14:26:58 -0400   Jim,   Do you study with Todd Wilson? I had a masterclass with him last month = and he is an excellent teacher. Hymn playing, in my opinion is only basic if you play them straight. Once you get into hymn impovisation like in Gerre Hancock's book, it is far from basic. When I was a master's student in organ at Bowling GReen State University, my teacher spent lots of time = with me on hymn improv and it will be years before I come close to mastering = it. I also agree that AGO is helpful. Like you, I have met many great people and organists through AGO(it was through AGO that I got the masterclass = with Todd) and had many great opportunities taht I would not have otherwise = had.   Andrew Meagher First Congregational Church Norwich, NY   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Jim Clouser Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 1:19 AM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: the AGO     Bud,   I'm sorry that you don't feel that the AGO isn't worth the time.   > Amateur organists and pianists pressed into service as organists need > workshops in the basics: pedals, hymn-playing, choral conducting, > repertoire, etc.   I personally don't consider hymn-playing a basic. I haven't met a lot of church organists (even "professionals" with bachelors and masters degrees, amazingly) that can play hymns at a top drawer level. Hymn playing is all too often overlooked I think. Even if you have mastered the technical issues of service playing (I celebrate that day like I do my birthday!), workshops are good for fresh ideas. All too often, I find myself doing = the same old stuff over and over again! I have to force myself to analyze my service playing every once in a while, or else worship becomes tedious and boring.   As a serious conservatory student, I have felt taken care of by the Guild via: scholarship support, a free ride and performance at the 2003 = Convention (this year, having been selected to compete in the finals of the Region V competition), and opportunies to meet and have dinner with Frederick = Swann, amongst other top concert artists (all in this past year, my first year of conservatory). I would not have the contacts nor opportunities that I = have and have had without the Guild.   All in all, my experience with the AGO has been excellent. I hope that I didn't step on anyone's toes (I sincerely didn't mean to if I did).   Jim Clouser Cleveland Institute of Music         ----- Original Message ----- From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 11:09 PM Subject: the AGO     > Innkawgneeto@cs.com wrote: > > I must respectfully object... > > > > Unions, which is essentially what the AGO is, were created to protect > > the small people. > > > > The American Guild of Organists is NOT a union. > > > > Neil Brown > > Bud here -- > > More's the pity ... though they have become MUCH more aggressive with > job actions in the last few years. Sadly, almost ALL the current job > actions are against Episcopal churches. > > Here's the problem: professional church musicians (a minority of the > Guild membership) need different things than part-time amateur musicians > ... nothing against amateur musicians, mind you. > > Britain solved it by having two organists' organizations ... the Royal > College of Organists for professionals, admission by examination (as the > Guild was in the beginning), and an organization for amateur organists > (I forget the name right now), open to all. > > As a full-time professional church musician, I need such things as > collective bargaining for health benefits, pension, job security, etc., > and action on pending denominational legislation ... in our case, the > repeal of the "Rector's Pleasure" canon. Benefits could either be > negotiated through the denomination, the parish, or the Guild itself as > the insurer. > > Amateur organists and pianists pressed into service as organists need > workshops in the basics: pedals, hymn-playing, choral conducting, > repertoire, etc. > > MOST Guild programs are geared to the amateur, and that's fine ... but I > don't need workshops in the basics (grin). > > I'd be interested in master classes on Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique, > for instance, or possibly a presentation on the "new" Solesmes rhythmic > interpretation of the Chant, or a series of master-classes using Dupre's > Improvisation Method as a text. None of those things would interest the > amateur organist. > > I'm not a snob; just that my needs are different, and there's really no > place else to get them met. > > Cheers, > > Bud > > > > > > > "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 > >     --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.487 / Virus Database: 286 - Release Date: 6/1/2003   "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: Opinions welcomed... (Long posting) From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 16:02:09 EDT     --part1_f9.2dd3296b.2c0faa41_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 6/4/03 10:29:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time, ArieV@classicorgan.com writes:     > It sounds like the best thing to do is look elsewhere where your talents =   > and music making will be appreciated. >   This is the toughest part. After all, if our love is classical organ = music, traditional hymns and anthems, precisely WHERE are we to turn.   My solution has been to find a source of income OUTSIDE of church music = that will allow me to continue to enjoy the music I love without having to = depend on the church. I'm not there yet, but I am well on the way.   I want to be able to share my personal ministry without having to go = through committees, parish scheduling and fees, and the whims and convenience of others.   The only way to do this is to do as they did in the "good ole days." Have =   your own studio and your own pipe organ. You must be in full control.   Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui in the Muttastery at Howling Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502   FEED AN ANIMAL FOR FREE <A = HREF=3D"http://tinyurl.com/2j5i">http://tinyurl.com/2j5i</A> (please it'll = only take a minute!)     --part1_f9.2dd3296b.2c0faa41_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>In a message dated = 6/4/03=3D 10:29:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time, ArieV@classicorgan.com writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3D3DCITE style=3D3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-=3D LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">It sounds like the best = thi=3D ng to do is look elsewhere where your talents=3D20 <BR>and music making will be appreciated. <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D3 FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D3D"Ar=3D ial" LANG=3D3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D2 FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D3D"Ar=3D ial" LANG=3D3D"0"> <BR>This is the toughest part. &nbsp;&nbsp;After all, if our love is = classic=3D al organ music, traditional hymns and anthems, precisely WHERE are we to = tur=3D n. <BR> <BR>My solution has been to find a source of income OUTSIDE of church = music=3D20=3D that will allow me to continue to enjoy the music I love without having to = d=3D epend on the church. &nbsp;&nbsp;I'm not there yet, but I am well on the = way=3D .. <BR> <BR>I want to be able to share my personal ministry without having to go = thr=3D ough committees, parish scheduling and fees, and the whims and convenience = o=3D f others. <BR> <BR>The only way to do this is to do as they did in the "good ole days." = &nb=3D sp;Have your own studio and your own pipe organ. &nbsp;&nbsp;You must be = in=3D20=3D full control. <BR> <BR>Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui &nbsp;in the Muttastery at Howling = Ac=3D res http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR> <BR>FEED AN ANIMAL FOR FREE <A = HREF=3D3D"http://tinyurl.com/2j5i">http://tinyu=3D rl.com/2j5i</A> (please it'll only take a minute!) <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_f9.2dd3296b.2c0faa41_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Wedding Saturday evening. From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 16:28:02 -0400   You all know that D. Keith Morgan and Lee Hocolm are getting married at 7, Saturday, 7 June, at Saint Luke's Church, 308 West 46th Street, Theatre District, Manhattan. Four short blocks north of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.   Organist: Felix Hell. He'll start playing at 6:15.   We expect maybe 50 people; church seats over 250. On the other hand, one lister has told me that we could easily end up with 800 people, if the = word gets out--and that it will.   If there's anyone from this list (plus their friends) who's coming, and thinks I don't know it, I'll welcome a note telling me how many seats you want. I want to make sure that PipeChatters don't miss a thing, and will gladly save at least a pew or two, near the organ, with good sightlines, = for them.   Best Man is Malcolm Wechsler.   The ushers (as of now) are Mike Getteman and TommyLee Whitlock. Doubtless most of you know at least ONE of them. They'll take care of you--if you arrive by 6:10, anyway; after that, I'm instructing them to sit in the fourth pew and enjoy the music. If you want to be an usher, just say so, and we'll enhance the staff. (No big duties, nothing up front, no tux. Just be at the front door handing out bulletins until the music is about = to begin. But let me know, so I can put your name in the bulletin tomorrow.)   Alan    
(back) Subject: RE: Wedding Saturday evening. From: "andrew meagher" <ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 16:41:23 -0400   Alan,   I desperately wish I could go, but I have to play a wedding myslef that night. This couple hasn't even bothered to call me to set up music. They just told me to play "traditional music." That means I don't have to play all the usual things that I am sick of hearing. I just hope they don't change there mind at the rehearsal. Anyways, this couple has been a pain = in the butt and I would much rather go to Lee and Kieth's wedding. I hope = you all have a great time and wish I could be with you.   Andrew Meagher First Congregational Church Norwich, NY   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Alan Freed Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 4:28 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Wedding Saturday evening.     You all know that D. Keith Morgan and Lee Hocolm are getting married at 7, Saturday, 7 June, at Saint Luke's Church, 308 West 46th Street, Theatre District, Manhattan. Four short blocks north of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.   Organist: Felix Hell. He'll start playing at 6:15.   We expect maybe 50 people; church seats over 250. On the other hand, one lister has told me that we could easily end up with 800 people, if the = word gets out--and that it will.   If there's anyone from this list (plus their friends) who's coming, and thinks I don't know it, I'll welcome a note telling me how many seats you want. I want to make sure that PipeChatters don't miss a thing, and will gladly save at least a pew or two, near the organ, with good sightlines, = for them.   Best Man is Malcolm Wechsler.   The ushers (as of now) are Mike Getteman and TommyLee Whitlock. Doubtless most of you know at least ONE of them. They'll take care of you--if you arrive by 6:10, anyway; after that, I'm instructing them to sit in the fourth pew and enjoy the music. If you want to be an usher, just say so, and we'll enhance the staff. (No big duties, nothing up front, no tux. Just be at the front door handing out bulletins until the music is about = to begin. But let me know, so I can put your name in the bulletin tomorrow.)   Alan     "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: weddings From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 13:58:33 -0700   I have BLISSFULLY given over ALL my weddings to my sub-organist, unless they're choir members, choir members' families, or close personal friends of mine. Even though I need the money, and the aggravation is minimal at St. Matthew's compared to MOST places (grin), it's still a lot of fuss and feathers for nothing, as far as I'm concerned.   The wedding SHOULD be a BEGINNING, *not* a culmination. But even in our church, which has a VERY high sacramental view of marriage, it comes off like "I finally caught a rich one, and look at all the money Daddy's spending on MY SPECIAL DAY."   Excuse me while I hurl (grin).   I've probably told the story on here before, but it's worth repeating: the BEST wedding we EVER had was between an impoverished seminary student and a refugee from Eastern Europe ... one of the Altar Guild ladies loaned her daughter's wedding dress; St. Mary's Guild decorated the church and the parish hall, and cooked for the reception; the choir and I donated our services; virtually the whole parish got involved. It was like a village wedding of a hundred years ago.   Remember me telling about the first wedding in the new church? I KNEW we were in trouble when I arrived to find an EIGHTEEN-WHEELER from the florist parked in the lot (chuckle). Our church seats 150 (grin). Sure enough, the decorations were WAY out of hand ... fire exits were blocked, the sacristy was inaccessible, I couldn't get to the stairs to the choir loft. The rector made short work of all THAT (chuckle), and we now have a VERY explicit "Your Wedding At St. Matthew's" booklet (grin).   Cheers,   Bud      
(back) Subject: Ken Cowan recital at Altoona Steinmeyer et al From: "MARAUDER" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 17:02:42 -0400   Ken Cowan, organist at St. Bartholemew's Church, NYC, will appear at the OHS convention recital the evening of Wednesday 25 June at the large three-manual Steinmeyer in Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. (There is a fourth manual, but that division was never completed.) Thje organ is heavily referenced in Charles Callahan's books and cast an important influence on G. Donald Harrison, State Sen. Emerson Richards, and others. Cowan's program:   C=E9sar Franck Chorale in E major Liszt Variations on "Weinen, Klagen" Karg-Elert Valse Mignon   Bach Chromatische Fantasie und Fugue (transcribed by Max Reger)   Bach O Lamm Gottes, unschulding, BWV 656 Allein Gott in der H=F6h sei Ehr, BWV 664   Reger Fantasy on "Hellelujah, Gott zu loben."   Earlier that day the convention will hear am 1868 Charles D=FCrner at Boalsburg, near State College, for which a relative of mine was the chief instigator and who died while playing its dedication. Dr. Anne Marie Rigler will play a 30-minute program:   Mendelssohn: Prelude in G, Oop. 37, no. 2   Arthur Foote Canzonetta. Op. 71, No. 4   John Knowles Paine Concert Variations on Austrian Hymn, Op. 3   Dr. Rigler is now the organ prof at Penn State, replacing June Miller, who retired.=20   The D=FCrner is, I believe, the earliest D=FCrner extant and was lovingly an= d capably restored some years ago by Ray Brunner, author of the standard book on the Pa. German builders. It is played from a reversed/detached console= .. It's been a thrill to play programs there on its 100th and 125th anniversaries, and I made out better than Joe did while playing it! :-)   Cordially,   Karl E. Moyer Lacnaster PA