Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Chapter news

  • 09 May 2013 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    Our chapter celebrated World Organ Day on Sunday, May 5, 2013, with concerts in three locations, covering different parts of the extensive territory of our chapter: Central Lutheran in Winona, Our Savior’s Lutheran in Austin, and St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna.

    We thank Brian Williams, James Hammann, Matthew Lehman, Ryan Hulshizer, Neal Erickson, Erik Floan, Nancy Edstrom-Bacheler, Ian Shultz, Aleah Harvey and students from St Mary’s University in Winona .  We also thank Charles Whitcomb for hosting an Organ Crawl in the churches of Chatfield, MN.

    Following the concerts and crawl, we gathered for dinner in Mantorville at the historic Hubbell House.

  • 15 Apr 2013 8:39 PM | Anonymous

    Chapter members will be boarding the Pelican Breeze on June 23, 2013, at 4:30 PM for a pleasant cruise on Albert Lea Lake. We will be joined by naturalist Al Batt for this boat ride. Dinner will follow at Crescendo Fine Dining in downtown Albert Lea. This whole evening will be lots of fun! Register with Brian Poch (brianpoch@charter.net) by June 13.

  • 15 Apr 2013 8:31 PM | Anonymous

    Our chapter will be celebrating World Organ Day on Sunday. May 5, 2013, with concerts in three locations: Central Lutheran in Winona, Our Savior's Lutheran in Austin, and St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna, MN. The three concerts will be presented at 3:00 PM staffed by members and friends of the SEMN chapter.  Among those scheduled to play are Erik Floan, Ryan Hulshizer, Brian Williams, Matt Lehmann, and friend of the chapter, Dr. James Hammann.

    Following the concerts, there will be an in-gathering of the chapter for dinner in Mantorville. All chapter members are encouraged to attend one of the concerts and then to join us for dinner! Reservations for the dinner will be needed; watch for an email!  In addition to the concerts, there will be a town organ crawl in Chatfield to celebrate the day. The crawl will start at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 3:30 PM.

  • 28 Feb 2013 10:45 PM | Anonymous

    From Michael Barone:

    I have just received word (confirmed) that Marie-Claire Alain, the foremost French organist, teacher and recording artist, has died today at age 86. I cannot think of any single person who had a more profound impact on the organ world than M-C A.

    Read about Marie-Claire Alain

    She was the 'little black sheep' daughter, the late last of four children of a very musical family (her father Albert was an organist, composer, and amateur organ builder; her eldest brother Jehan an exceptional composer, who was killed early in WW2 at the age of 29; her second brother, Olivier, a musicologist; her sister Odile, also musical, also died young in a tragic skiing accident). Marie-Claire, encouraged by Jehan, showed remarkable talent, and went on to become the first French woman to record the complete works of Bach (several times), and enjoyed an international reputation for her numerous recordings and concert tours. The list of her students is a 'whose-who' of the present-day organ world.

    Madame Alain's performances are included in numerous PIPEDREAMS programs. Her commentary, in particular, is features in two special broadcasts:

    Alain on Alain, Part 1

    Alain on Alain, Part 2

    Hers was a bubbly personality, a quick wit, an elegant turn of phrase (musically and verbally), and a virtuosic yet also deeply perceptive and expressive performance style, as attested to by her dozens of recordings.

    Her health had been deteriorating in recent months. She will be sorely missed.

    Requiem Aeternum, Marie-Claire Alain.
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  • 28 Feb 2013 10:22 PM | Anonymous

    The successful Lenten event on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist is available on YouTube.

    Part 1

    Part 2


  • 03 Feb 2013 7:45 PM | Anonymous

    Chapter members and hundreds of visitors enjoyed the beauty of three magnificent churches and the sound of three impressive instruments!

    We thank First Congregational Church, St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka for their wonderful hospitality, and AGO Board member Jon Nienow for his hard work!

    Visit the Winona Daily News for an article and a photo gallery.

  • 15 Jan 2013 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Chapter members are encouraged to join in for our Winona Organ Crawl on February 3. This event will begin at 9:30 AM at the First Congregational Church in Winona. Additional sites to be visited are St. Marin's Lutheran Church and the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kotska. Members are encouraged to bring along some music for trying each of these organs. Lunch arrangements have been made at Signatures in Winona. An afternoon option, following lunch, will be a visit to Winona's famous Maritime Museum.

  • 11 Oct 2012 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Mark Rich of our chapter will present a Reformation Organ Recital on Sunday, Oct. 28, 7:30 PM at Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester. Mark has prepared music by Bruhns, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Bach, Walther, and Zachow. The program will be performed on the 3 manual Wicks organ at Bethel. Hope to see many of you there!

  • 04 Oct 2012 5:42 PM | Anonymous

    Mayowood House Tours will take place, and we will once again be signing up to provide seasonal music for these tours. These tours happen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout November. This is a great opportunity for our chapter to be in contact with many people from many walks, both near and far. A signup will be coming through email and at the next workshop (Oct. 13). There was some question about whether these would happen or not, both due to rehabilitation on the house and the condition of the organ air plant.  But all is a go, so we hope to fill many of the slots. Please be alert to chances to sign up for this.

  • 15 Aug 2012 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    Once again we are fortunate to have Joby Bell play a concert at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. The Concert will be Friday, September 7, at 7:00 PM. 

    The workshop/master class will be on "Preparation and memorization of organ literature"; this will also be held at Bethel on Saturday, September 8.   Gather at 8:30 AM for morning refreshments and conversation; the class will begin at 9:00 AM.

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