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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.
New Instrument and Concert Society Winner
With much anticipation, we look for signs of spring, from the green tips of emerging crocuses and daffodils to the sighting of the first robin as they return from their southern winter holiday. Hopefully we will have a break in the weather. I would like to share with you the details of the upcoming meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Route 19) 2040 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 (412.835.6630)
Let’s begin with the menu. Cindy Bowen is preparing a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with stout lamb stew, chicken and vegetable dumplings, colcannon-potatoes and cabbage, assorted vegetables, family style salad and rolls, and bread pudding with Irish whiskey sauce. Thank you Cindy!
Next, we will be in the sanctuary to be entertained by the winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society competition.
Everyone's probably familiar with the old sign on the wall of an organ-building shop: "Organs built while you wait. And wait...well, it's still true: the thousands of hours that go into the construction of a new organ sometimes exceed the anticipated time-frame. This is proving to be true for the new Taylor & Boody organ at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Upper St. Clair. It'll surely be worth the wait--but it means it will not quite be ready for our meeting there in March.
To accommodate this, we'll do a little shifting around of content. Part of our program at Westminster Presbyterian on March 24 will be the "Show and Tell" originally scheduled for the April meeting. How often do you stumble across a little gem of a piece (for organ or for choir), and think, "I wish I'd known about that before!" We'll have tables set up for small-group sharing of such finds, organized in categories like "Recital Pieces," "Voluntaries," "Choral Music (short)," "Choral Music (longer)," "New Music," and "Vintage Finds." Bring a single photocopy of the piece(s) you want to share (it's for educational use!), and be sure your name is on it. Leave the copies on the relevant tables. We'll be able to mingle freely from table to table, sharing one another's discoveries. If you want to stay by your "finds" and tell others about them, that's even better, but if you want to float free, the music can probably speak for itself. Please also send an email with the composer, title and publisher information for each piece you'll bring, and what category it fits into: that way, we can have a summary bibliography ready for everyone to take home. (Entries should be received by 9 a.m. on Monday, March 24: don't be late!)
Finally, we extend our thanks and appreciation to our hosts Jim Burns and WMPC for sharing their worship and gathering space.