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.
Hymn Playing With Style
April showers bring May flowers but April meetings bring welcome greetings with first class feedings for planting the seeding of music ministry needing. Oh,go on…I couldn’t resist.
This will most definitely be a seeding meeting! Won’t you please join us on Monday, April 27, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 5801 Hampton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412.661.1245. Our most distinguished guest, Eric Plutz, will be planting seeds of creativity as he teaches us how to play hymns in different styles.
Eric is University Organist at Princeton University. There his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the chapel, academic ceremonies, solo concerts and accompanying the chapel choir in services and concerts. He also coordinates the weekly afternoon concert series at the University chapel. In addition, Mr. Plutz is rehearsal accompanist for the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and Princeton Pro Musica, both in Princeton, NJ. He is also instructor of organ at Princeton University and maintains a private studio of organ students.
As an organ concert soloist, Mr. Plutz has accepted engagements in distinguished locations across the United States and abroad. As an accompanist, he has worked with many organizations, including The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Washington Ballet.
Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 1989 and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1991.
Our own Chef Clinton Bleil has prepared a “first class” feeding of field green salad with roasted beets, walnuts and goat cheese, seafood Newburg, classic chicken ala king (old school) pan seared wide egg noodles with parsley & butter, brown rice pilaf, steamed broccoli with side hollandaise, brownie bars, chocolate chip cookies with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce. (I can’t wait!)Special thanks and appreciation are extended to Peter Luley, George Knight, and Saint Andrew’s Church for sharing their heavenly space and making time for us, as they are quite busy with activities and serving the needs of others. Deadline for reservations is Friday, April 17th. Thank you for your cooperation. Until then……!