Pittsburgh Organ Academy
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Organ Artists Series
Organist Olivier Latry,
The Organ Artists Series (OAS) Committee hosts world-renowned performers at concerts in Pittsburgh several times each year. Over a hundred organists have visited Pittsburgh in the past 35+ years under the sponsorship of this series. Visit that link for information about these special concerts.
Check the Pictures of Recent Events for some great pictures of recent concerts and meetings!
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The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.
Shape Notes and American Hymnody
Spring is right around the corner. Once more we can say that we’ve braved the cold, snow, roads, our Lenten music programs, assorted flu related ailments, and everything else that makes us hearty people. It’s all worth it somehow even though I tell myself that I’m not doing this again next year. The cold, that is! I always allow myself the luxury of dreaming. It’s free, and so very good for you! Dreaming up these programs is another matter. This one actually came from one of our members. Won’t you join us on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202-1805. Our guest is Penny Anderson and her program is “Shape Notes and Early American Hymnody.” In 18th-century New England a generation of self-taught composers created a new choral style. This music lives at the intersection of the oral and written traditions, giving life to the vigorous voices of the working people who made it. Too rambunctious and “incorrect” for the would-be sophisticated churches in the urbanizing northern states, the New England music gave birth to the shape-note tradition preserved in Appalachia and the deep South. This tradition has been revived all over North America and has spread overseas, with regular social singing groups springing up even in Asia.
Penny Anderson coordinates the Pittsburgh monthly shape-note sing and is one of the organizers of the annual Pittsburgh Area All-day Singing. She is a published composer of shape-note music, taught a course on the New England roots of shape-note music for the Osher Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, and will teach at the Augusta Heritage Center in August 2015. She writes songs and choral music and generally sings up a storm.
Our caterer, Clint Bleil has a sumptuous menu planned. Organic baby spinach with Feta, tomato, olives, red onions, and a warm balsamic dressing, quinoa and rice stuffed beef rouladen with Marsala gravy, rolled and stuffed eggplant with Ricotta and sauce, petite green beans with roasted red peppers and garlic, rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, Italian rolls with whipped lemon butter, and sliced tiramisu.
I’d like to extend a warm thank you to Barb McKelway and Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon for their kind hospitality and worship space. Barb says there will be some “nibbling’s” at 6:00, so come early for socializing.From downtown Pittsburgh, follow Rte. 65 North (Ohio River Boulevard) through the business area, (McDonalds, Wendy's, etc.). After crossing a bridge on 65N, Brighton Road veers to the right immediately before a traffic light. Continue through the intersection to Hilands (a stop sign). Turn right and then left onto Church Ave. The church is on the next corner on the left. There is a parking lot at the back of the church on the left as well as street parking.