PipeChat Digest #5153 - Sunday, February 13, 2005
Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
  by "jhumbert" <jhumbert@ptd.net>
Re: Substitute organists
  by "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com>
Re: "Massive" Organ in Kansas
  by "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com>
Re: Lead Sheets
  by "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk>

(back) Subject: Music for Entrance of the Queen of Sheba From: "jhumbert" <jhumbert@ptd.net> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 00:34:13 -0500   List,   Begging the lists indulgence for a moment. I think I recall a discussion recently about music for the Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (not positive, but it seems to ring a bell). I'm not finding this in the archives (and was not listening when it was earlier discussed), but would appreciate some suggestions on arrangements for organ that people have liked. This is for my sister-in-laws wedding in June. She is studying violin (at Philadelphia Biblical University) and her husband-to-be has graduated from there with a Music Education degree with a focus in piano performance. They have already decided that this is to be the processional and I would like to get working on it soon. If this discussion is a repeat or not of "general interest," please respond privately.   Regards, Jonathan Humbert Elizabethtown, PA  
(back) Subject: Re: Substitute organists From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 15:21:35 +0800   Ok, I'm -WAY- disorganized at home, but if my church had a console and we n= eeded a sub, I'd have the service music layed out ahead of time ... either = photo copies or the pages in the hymnal marked with the small size (1" X 1.= 5") post-its. I'd certainly try to help any way that I could. But we're in = a "pack it up" situation each week. The hymnals and bibles go on a rolling = cart and there is a 1/150 chance of getting the same one again any given we= ek. ("My" hymnal has numerous pencil markings and goes home with me every w= eek.)   I suspect that if I were playing at a permenent console there'd be a coffee= cup with a dozen or more mechanical pencils, none with erasers. If we were= there long enough, I think the organ bench would be well stocked with a lo= t of music that I never play -- just like my piano bench at home. The piano= bench at the SDA church we use has two SDA hymnals and several lead sheets= in it; they have not been changed in the last two years.=20   I suggest having a small hanging file crate near the console with the (non-= hymnal) music you use often. Two organists I have worked with had the Glori= a Patri (Meineke), Doxology (Old Hundredth) and Hear Our Prayer O Lord (Whe= lpton) laminated on card stock and always at the ready on the music desk. I= 'd keep a box of Altoids or some-such at the console with a note that the s= ub is welcome to have some.=20   Now my subs have it easy ... they just have to bring their own "organ", mus= ic, bench, cables, and music stand along. Really, if I know I'm going to be= gone, I'll pass my keyboard and associated gear along to the sub ahead of = time. All the "church organ sounds" are programed into user memory location= s 100-109 (& various pianos & pads 90-99). The sounds go from quiet to loud= as the number increases. Many of the subs just opt for the Young Chang on = stage and call it a day.=20         ----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas Gregory" <tgregory@speeddial.net> To: Pipechat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Subject: Substitute organists Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 19:22:27 -0600   >=20 > Greetings: >=20 > In the past few years I have had the opportunity to sub in many churches = in > our area....(Presbyterian/Methodist/Lutheran/Baptist/UCC/etc). Although > nearly all experiences are positive, I would like to make a few > suggestions to help the substitute feel at home. >=20 > The console should be clean. One or two pencils should be sufficient. (= The > last church I subbed at had over 50 dull or broken pencils, bent paper > clips, used scotch tape, fingernail files, etc. spread throughout the > console)! >=20 > It is nice to have family pictures in your home, but I question the need = of > having baby & family pictures/get well cards/Valentine day cards/shopping > lists/gum wrappers/candy bar wrappers etc. spread throughout the console. > Please leave the clutter at home. >=20 > It only takes a few minutes once a month to gently clean the keys. I find > myself doing this at nearly every console I play. >=20 > One of two hymnals should be sufficient....moving several books and hymna= ls > to find room to sit on a bench seems to be excessive. >=20 > A short note explaining problems with the instrument is always helpful. > Information regarding lights, blower switch location, etc. saves the sub > much time. >=20 > Phone numbers of the custodian, organ technician, pastor, choir director, > church office, etc. should be available. >=20 > I always appreciate the hymn titles, tunes and #'s in advance. Church > secretaries are nearly always glad to phone or email this information. >=20 > Pistons should be available for the sub to use and change. Although I try > reset them at the conclusion of the service, organists should keep a list= of > their settings and be able to resent them if the need arises. >=20 > Pastors are usually very willing to discuss the service if they know a sub > is playing. Please tell pastors and choir directors when a sub will be > playing. >=20 > Please inform the treasurer in advance so a check will be waiting at the = end > of the service. Many times I will wait for several weeks to be paid. >=20 > A marked bulletin from a previous week will help the sub know what is > expected for responses, hymn introductions, etc. Some pastors announce > hymns, others don't. It is always nice to know what to expect. >=20 > In one church where I sub frequently, the organist always has a very neat > console equipped with a tin of mints. This is a nice touch, especially w= hen > there is a long rehearsal prior to a lengthy service. (The pastors always > discuss the service in advance). >=20 > Qualified substitutes are becoming a rarity. Treat them well and they wi= ll > be glad to return. >=20 > Best wishes....(Tomorrow I am a United Methodist!) >=20 > Tom Gregory     -- Jan Nijhuis nijhuis@email.com   --=20 ___________________________________________________________ Sign-up for Ads Free at Mail.com http://promo.mail.com/adsfreejump.htm    
(back) Subject: Re: "Massive" Organ in Kansas From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 15:27:35 +0800     Alan B said:=20 > Yes, I installed a 3 rank Artiste in a small church and they thought it w= as > "Huge". This from people who live a few miles from the behemoth in=20 > Ocean Grove.   Well, yeah, but compared to the Magnus chord organ...     -- Jan Nijhuis nijhuis@email.com   --=20 ___________________________________________________________ Sign-up for Ads Free at Mail.com http://promo.mail.com/adsfreejump.htm    
(back) Subject: Re: Lead Sheets From: "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk> Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 08:02:01 -0000   It kind of reminds me of composers presenting 'fingered bass' parts to = their ensemble musicians / keyboard players who, too, were "just expected to get =   on with it and play". They were professional musicians after all.   Are we not the same ?   I'll get on to "sussing-out" the music when I've returned from Sunday's duties - 'cos next week were singing Ps. 121 - chant by Sir J.L. Rogers   Harry Grove [a.k.a. musicman about to go and play (though there's more wind to drive through than will go up the pipes this morning)     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 11:47 PM Subject: Re: Lead Sheets     Over the years I have received many submissions for "praise music." Almost =   all of this music is submitted in the form of Chords over words; many = times just lyrics. Rarely is there a scriptural reference, an indication of the lyricist/composer, or a copyright notice. Often the chords do not fall = over the syllables where the change occurs, are missing or just plain wrong. Sometimes the lyrics are written out all run together, not as poetry. I suspect that the 13-17 year old crowd that make these suggestions believe that musicians should "know the music"; that somehow we can sense melody within the white-space on the page.   [snip]