GREAT HARTFORD

AGO EVENTS

All events will take place (posted, premiered, or streamed) on our new 
GH-AGO YouTube Channel

NOVEMBER 2020 

 

08 November
Dexter Kennedy, Organ Concert

The concert is co-sponsored (GH-AGO & South Church Music Series) 

A feature-length organ concert, filmed on the Gress-Miles organ at South Church (New Britain, CT) and featuring works by Bach, Liszt, Messiaen, Gigout, and Litaize. 

30 November
Introduction & Season Announcement

Introduction of Michelle Horsley, the new Dean, description of our upcoming season, and an invitation to participate in December Gems. 

DECEMBER 2020 

 

20 December
December Gems: Seasonal Repertoire Favorites

 

A collection of interviews with local organists/music directors. We’ll discuss their response to the pandemic and their strategies for hosting Zoom choir rehearsals, choosing music for online collaborations, what they’ve learned about navigating through technology during this time, and the mishaps they’ve experienced along the way. 

Chapter members submit short video submissions of their favorite organ selections for the season, which are compiled and shared via YouTube.

 

Kari Miller - People Look East by Dale Wood

Simsbury United Methodist Church, Simsbury

https://youtu.be/eWllP-EfSJc

 

Peter Niedmann - Gloria-Toccata by Peter Niedmann

Church of Christ Congregational, Newington

Cheryl Wadsworth - Veni Emmanuel by Gerald Near

St. James Episcopal Church, West Hartford

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer - Toccata on "Veni Emmanuel"
by Andrew Carter

Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford

John Parsons - Two Settings of "In Dulci Jubilo" by Paul Manz

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Bristol

Scott Lamlein - Weihnachten by Max Reger

St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford

Michelle Horsley - Chorale Prelude on "Greensleeves"

by Searle Wright

Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford 

JANUARY 2021 

 

Shop Talk: Interviews with Organists/Choir Directors

A collection of interviews with local organists/music directors. We’ll discuss their response to the pandemic and their strategies for hosting Zoom choir rehearsals, choosing music for online collaborations, what they’ve learned about navigating through technology during this time, and the mishaps they’ve experienced along the way. 

 

Jack Pott
Director of Music and Arts at Asylum Hill Congregational Church shares his perspective on online music ministry and safe in-person opportunities. He talks about choral participation, visual considerations, employment of section leaders in virtual choir anthems, livestream technology, and someof the creative projects he's been able to pursue in this time. Some of these include a hymn singalong, live outdoor nativity, outside services, pre-recorded footage, collaborations with masked dancers, etc. 

Scott Lamlein

Director of Music at St. John's Episcopal Church and Artistic Director
of Music at the Red Door
, discusses his approach toward virtual choir anthems and Zoom rehearsals, as well as his perspective on choral engagement through these mediums. He also discusses live-streamed concerts through the Music at the Red Door, which offers a huge variety of recitals, both physically at St. John's and performed elsewhere. He shares how this kind of live concertizing transitioned over to be exclusively online during the pandemic and what his hopes are for the future. 

Michelle Horsley

Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church & The Choir School of Hartford 

and

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

Director of Music at Emanuel Lutheran Church

share their experience of collaborative musicianship during this time and their approaches to congregational participation as well as exploration of what music in worship has to look like. In addition to conversations about video editing, recording, virtual choir programming, masked live- music,  etc., larger questions are asked about the future of church music and what we can learn about it from this time. What does it mean to be part of a choir? How can we un-think what worship music needs to look like in the pursuit of inclusion? What needs to die in the church so that the new can be born? 

FEBRUARY 2021 

 

21 February 

Virtual Organ Crawls

Several local organists take cameras into their organ chambers and share their instruments/answer questions with a live online audience. 

Virtual Organ Crawl: feat.
St. John's Episcopal Church (West Hartford)

Scott Lamlein and former organist, Ralph Valentine, narrate a virtual tour
of the 64-rank Austin organ, Op. 2761, with stories about the former instrument, the church fire, and how they rebuilt.
https://youtu.be/jGlj5spedZQ

 

St. John's Episcopal Church

Virtual Organ Crawl: feat.
Trinity College Chapel (Hartford)

Christopher Houlihan shares stories about the 79-rank Austin organ, Op. 2536 as well as the tracker-action instrument housed in the crypt beneath the chapel. This overview offers a glimpse into the instrument's history and noteworthy organists who were associated with it.

Trinity College Chapel 

St. Mary's Church 

Virtual Organ Crawl: feat.
St. Mary's R.C. Church (New Britain)

Michelle Horsley narrates a tour of the historic instrument at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in New Britain, CT, while John Parsons plays. Enjoy this story about an experience inside the organ chambers of this old treasure

 

MARCH 2021 

 

14 March

Jolidon Scholars Concert

A series of videos featuring organ students who are or have been sponsored by the Jolidon Fund of the Greater Hartford AGO. 

 

May 2021 

25 May

Annual Meeting _ Held via Zoom

 

JUNE 2021 

 

20 May – 03 June

Window to accept submissions for Chapter Member Concert

06 June

Chapter Member Concert

End of year concert, featuring members of the GH-AGO. Videos filmed, submitted, and compiled into a YouTube presentation, if in-person events are still unsafe. 

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