All evening programs are at
8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Prior to the program there is dinner at 7:00 p.m.
preceded by punch bowl at 6:30 p.m. The cost for dinner this year is $15.00. For more
information contact email@example.com
September 14, 2009
For our opening program, Grand Rapids AGO
Chapter Member Joel Gary
performed on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Van
Andel Public Museum and also gave a very interesting history of the Wurlitzer Company and
this particular instrument. Prior to the program a lovely dinner was enjoyed at the Days Hotel
across the street from the museum.
The participants in the masterclass were Rebecca Eekhof,
student of Joan Ringerwole, who performed Toccata in e minor by Pachelbel;
Carolyn Hiestand, student of Karl Schrock, playing Basse de trompette and Recit from
Marchand's Premier Livre d'Orgue; Jeffrey Roland, student of Elizabeth Claar, who
performed the Fugue from Sonata no. 11 in d minor by Joseph Rheinberger;
Christopher Dekker, former student of Huw Lewis, performing Maurice Durufle's Fugue on
the Theme of the Carillon of Hours.
Pictured l-r - Carolyn Hiestand, Huw Lewis, Jeffrey Roland, Karl
Schrock, Chris Dekker, Joan Ringerwole, Elizabeth Claar, Rebecca Eekhof
David Briggs (Organist
Emeritus, Gloucester Cathedral, England) presented a master class on organ improvisation
at Park Congregational Church. Helen Hawley,
Director of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Larry Visser, Director of Music
at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church participated in the MasterClass.
Pictured l-r Helen Hawley, Larry Visser, David
The evening honoring Larry
Visser as Grand Rapids Chapter AGO Composer of the year was a time of worship
including several of Larry's choral and organ compositions, three hymn concertatos, and an
original hymn. LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church was host to a capacity crowd for
The service participants included The Rev. John Steigenga, LaGraves Minister of
Seniors, who served as liturgist, the LaGrave Chancel Choir under the direction of Merle
Mustert, a brass ensemble made up of amateur and professional musicians, timpanist Perrin
Rynders, oboist Alanna Rynders, and organist and pianist, Larry Visser.
The service was entitled Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down and was
divided into various sections following the liturgical year (e.g. Worship the God of
Praise, Worship the Good Shepherd, Worship the Infant Christ, Worship the Suffering
Servant, Worship the Ascended King, Worship the Spirit of Truth, and Worship the Christ to
Anthems included Be Lord, Within Me,I Am Jesus Little
Lamb,Do This in Remembrance of
I Give to You,The Lord Bless You and
Organ solos included Four Chorale Preludes on LOBE DEN HERREN: In organo pleno,Noel on IN
DULCI JUBILO,What Wondrous Love Is
This?, Partita on VENI CREATOR: Come as a Dove, and Come as Fire.
Hymn concertatos includedPraise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, Christ Shall Have Dominion, and Jerusalem
The evening concluded with Larrys hymn text and tune, From the Heights of Heaven
March 15, 2010 Stewart Wayne Foster, organist at First Congregational Church in Los
Angeles, presented a workshop on the performance of French music on American organs. Mr.
Foster shared expertise gained from from his extended residence in Paris in translating
registration from many periods to our instruments.
Peter Stoltzfus Berton,
Organist and Choir Director at All Saints Episcopal Church in Worcester, Massachusetts,
presented a master class on choir training at the chapters April meeting at First
(Park) Congregational Church.During his six
years at All Saints, he rebuilt the choir of Men & Boys and the St. Cecilia
Girls Choir into flourishing groups.Using
the chapter members as the demonstration choir, he led them through a
rehearsal, including practical hints about rehearsal planning and employing a
variety of his choral techniques, from vocalization to teaching new choral pieces of
varying difficulty.To end the
rehearsal, the group listened to his choir performing one of the pieces used
in the workshop.What a fitting way to end the
May 17, 2010
Our final meeting of the season was held at Westminster Presbyterian
Church where we enjoyed a meal prepared by the cooks at Westminster. At this time
election of officers and council members for the ensuing year was held and appreciation
was expressed to those retiring from office. Cliff Hill, owner of Cliff Hill Music in Westlake, Ohio,
was the featured presenter for the evening.Mr. Hill gained his
expertise in choral, organ, piano and orchestra literature during twenty-four years
working with the Princeton University Bookstore Music Shop. He opened his own music store
in 1999. Mr. Hill is a great resource for music and provided complimentary packets
of choral music to all who attended this fun reading session.