Chapter hosts ‘Annual’ Anthem Reading Session

Chapter hosts ‘Annual’ Anthem Reading Session

We kick off the new program year on Saturday, September 27 with an Anthem Reading Session. Last year’s session was so helpful and fun, many attendees asked for it to be repeated. This year’s event will be held at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 2183 Main Street, Glastonbury. We start at 9:30 am and finish at 1:00.

We encourage you to bring a potential new AGO member if possible. Also, bring 1 or 2 of your favorite anthems (less well-known encouraged). A wonderful lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees. The program will provide plenty of time for singing, sharing, and socializing.

5ef79ccd86881f21f38dc48cae5038ffThe anthem reading session will emphasize works accessible to small choirs. Please bring enough copies to share (at least 12). Participants serve as the choir, sight- singing each anthem. You can accompany the anthem you bring, or someone else will be happy to play. A list of titles will be compiled as a resource for all.

In order to help our planning, please email Mary De-Libero (marydelibero@comcast.net) by September 22nd if you are attending. Let her know who’s coming and the anthem titles, composers, voicings, publishers.

Come and get some great fresh ideas for your choirs’ upcoming season.

Directions to First Church, Glastonbury

From points West of Hartford

Take 84 East to exit 55, Route 2 East to Norwich-New London. Route 2 to exit 8, Hebron Avenue/Route 94, take right off exit. Go 1/2 mile to stop sign at Main Street. Take left onto Main Street. Church is 2/10 of a mile down on the right.

From points East of Hartford

Take 84 West to exit 55, Route 2 East to Norwich-New London. Route 2 to exit 8, Hebron Avenue/Route 94, take right off exit. Go 1/2 mile to stop sign at Main Street. Take left onto Main Street. Church is 2/10 of a mile down on the right.

From points South of Hartford

Take Route 91 North to exit 25, Route 3 North. Follow over bridge and follow signs for Route 2 East-Norwich. Take exit 8, Hebron Avenue, take right off exit. Go 1/2 mile to stop sign at Main Street. Take left onto Main Street. Church is 2/10 of a mile down on the right.

From points North of Hartford

Take Route 91 South to exit 25N. Follow over bridge and follow signs for Route 2 East-Norwich. Take exit 8, Hebron Avenue, take right off exit. Go 1/2 mile to stop sign at Main Street. Take left onto Main Street. Church is 2/10 of a mile down on the right.

From points East of Glastonbury

Take Route 2 West to exit 8. Take right off exit, then a quick left onto Route 94, Hebron Avenue. Go 1 mile to stop sign at Main Street. Take left onto Main Street. Church is 2/10 of a mile down on the right.

Chapter Anthem Reading Session Review

 

On Saturday, September 21st, our first program of the 2013-2014 season was presented. A hearty group of
21 organists and music directors gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford (Erik Eickhoff, Organist & Music Director) to share and sing anthems they consider worthy and useful for the “average” choir.

5ef79ccd86881f21f38dc48cae5038ffA wide range of styles–from early Baroque to CCM– was represented. The attendees led the anthems they brought, conducting an excellent “instant” choir. Percussion spiced up the morning as well.

The program concluded with a complimentary lunch. Many thanks to Kari Magg, Erik Eickhoff, and Deb Gemma for their work running the event. Here are the anthems that were shared:

 

“All Things New” by Randy Cox, Kris Crunk Discover Worship.com, SATB and piano

“Amid the Calm of Winter’s Rest” by Richard Weidner, unison or SATB, accom- panied

“Be Still” by David Kauffman, SATB

“Blessed” by Dave Parker, Kathy Walden OllieCreations.com (available from J.W. Pepper), SATB or SAB

“Epiphany Alleluias” by John Weaver, SATB or 2pt. and organ

“A Communion Invitation” by Martin

“Gentle Mary” by Margaret Sandresky, SATB a cappella

“Holy God, Faithful and Unchanging” by Anthony Marks, RSCM, St. James Music Publishing, SAB choir and keyboard

“I Can Do All Things” arr. Mark Burrows,

Choristers Guild #CGA1309, unison/2-pt. with piano, optional tambourine

“I Will Praise the Name of God” by John Blow

“If We Will Seek the Lord” by Nancy Price, Don Besig. Glory Sound #D-5377, SAB

“Improperium” by McNeil Robinson

“Jesus, Gentlest Saviour” arr. Alan MacMil- lan, Paraclete Press, unison/2-pt. and piano or organ

“Let in the Light” by Alfred Fedak, Selah Publishing Co. 410-674, 2-pt. mixed choir and organ

“Let the Praise Go Round” by William Boyce, arr. Hal Hopson, HW Gray Publications/Bel- win Mills Publishing Corp. SAB

“Listen” by Dave Parker, Kathy Walden OllieCreations.com (available from J.W. Pepper), SATB or SAB

“Lord, You Have My Heart”
by Martin Smith, arr. James Koerts, Lorenz 10/4183L, SATB

“The Prayer of St. Francis” by Bradley Ellingboe, Kjos Music Ed. 5767,
SAB choir and keyboard

“Rejoice, My Friends” by Betty Bertaux

“The Shepherd’s Story” by Alan MacMillan, Paraclete Press, unison choir and piano

“Sing Out With Joy” by Mark Patterson, Choristers Guild CGA1051, Unison/2-pt. with piano, optional finger cymbals, claves

“The Stone Is Rolled Away” by Victor C. Johnson, Lorenz Music Publishing, SATB a cappella

“Wexford Carol” by Peter Neidmann, Augsburg-Fortress, SATB and organ

Be Our Guest! Anthem Reading Session

Be Our Guest!  Anthem Reading Session

AGO pic 1Our Chapter will kick off the 2013-2014 season on Saturday, September 21st with an Anthem Reading Session from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. We are encouraging you to bring yourself, bring an anthem, and most importantly, bring a guest who is not a chapter member.  A lovely lunch of sandwich platters, salads, sides, and cookies will be provided at no cost…something you can be proud to offer to a guest.  (Vegetarian options will be included.)  The program will provide plenty of time for singing and socializing.

The anthem reading session will emphasize works for the smaller choir. Pick an anthem that has worked well for you and bring copies to share. Participants will serve as the choir, sight-reading each piece. An accompanist will be available as needed. A list of titles and other ordering information will be compiled as a resource for all.  Guests may also bring an anthem, and people may attend even if they choose not to bring an anthem. Reaching out and inviting a guest is an important focus of this event.  At first thought, it is easy to think you don’t know anyone who would be interested and you might decide to come alone.  But don’t dismiss the idea of inviting a guest. Examples of people who might be interested include:

  • – Church/synagogue musicians in our towns who do not belong to the Guild
  • –  School music teachers who also serve a church or synagogue
  • –  Musicians who are primarily choral directors and may not know that our mission includes    the choral arts
  • – Choir members who also are interested in and supportive of the organ
  • –  Organ, piano, and voice students
  • –  Musicians new to the organ who think the Guild is only for degreed professionals!
  • Take a chance and invite someone to join you. If the first person you ask is unavailable, ask one or two others. Prepare to be surprised at how receptive and appreciative people can be to receive a personal invitation!
Suggested RSVP information: In order to facilitate planning, it would be helpful to get a head count for lunch and a partial list of anthems by Monday, September 16th.  Email Kari Magg at kari.magg@snet.net with name/number of attendees and if possible, anthem title, composer, voicing, publisher and pub- lisher’s item number.  Late RSVPs will still be helpful, and walk-ins are also welcome.

Chapter Opens 2013-2014 Season

Ah, the lazy days of summer… sipping iced tea on the terrace… lounging under a shady tree with a good book…this is the life…

WHAT??  You say I should be using this time to plan next year’s choir anthems?? Ugh, why bother? My poor choir is probably going to sound even worse next year – at least that warbling alto retired (ten years too late)- but that leaves only one alto who sings so softly I wonder why she bothers… and the tenors! – those lost sheep… that new bass reads music really well, but didn’t I just hear that he was getting a divorce and moving to Texas? Well, at least          there are those two high-school girls in the soprano section – they sing pretty well – if only I could get their attention…

5ef79ccd86881f21f38dc48cae5038ffWait, I just remembered! The Greater Hartford Chapter of the AGO has a great event scheduled on Saturday, September 21st, an Anthem Reading Session focusing on pieces that aren’t too complicated, pieces that don’t need a huge choir, anthems that might work really well for choirs like mine. I think I’ll bring my friend along (her choir is even smaller than mine) – I know the lunch will be good, too!

 

 

 

WHEN:  Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

WHAT:  Anthem Reading Session, with emphasis on works for the smaller choir, Membership event with lunch

WHERE:  Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford

 

 

Calling All Members…Bring a Friend!

Calling All Members…Bring a Friend!

by Deb Gemma

June is here, and with it the call to renew our membership in the Guild. We are fortunate, as members of the Greater Hartford Chapter, to be part of a large, healthy chapter with many resources available to us. However, the realities of the 21st century are with us; many of our traditional institutions and organizations are experiencing declining membership. We ignore this trend at our peril. It is no longer sufficient to expect participants to seek to join our association, we must proactively reach out to others.

It is not simply about the numbers. We want to encourage new people to get involved with the Guild, not so we can boast of having a large chapter or keep the dues money rolling in, but because we value what the Guild has to offer and think others would benefit as well. Why do you belong to the American Guild of Organists, Greater Hartford Chapter? Is it so you can list affiliation on your resume or receive the journal, or does it go beyond that? I belong to the Guild in part for the workshops and concerts produced by our chapter and in part for the resources online and through the journal. But most importantly, I belong to be part of a community of colleagues. I value my affiliation with all of you: those whom I have sought for advice through the years and those who have sought help from me, friends and acquaintances, people who love the organ and choral music, and understand the particular joys and challenges of our profession. Why do you belong to the Guild? If you care to share, I’d love to hear! (I’ll be at the Regional Convention or email deborahg@aya.yale.edu; please mention AGO in the subject line.)

Our chapter’s next program season will open with an Anthem Reading Session
on Saturday, September 21st from 10:00am-1:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford; details to follow in the September newsletter. We are en- couraging everyone to bring a non-member to this event. Who are the organists in the town where you work or live that do not belong to the Guild? A personal invitation is always more effective than a blanket announcement…who can you invite to come? I wish each of you a summer of refreshment and renewal, and look forward to seeing you (and your guest) in September!