Event reminder / Parking info

Don’t forget our event tomorrow: John Longhurst will deliver a special lecture on Joseph Ridges at the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

Saturday April 12
10:30 AM
Tabernacle on Temple Square. Enter through the doors by the flagpole on the east side of the building.

Parking is on your own. A map of available facilities is available here: Downtown-Parking-Map—2012—COMPLETE, and you can always take FrontRunner/Trax to the Temple Square station.SLCAGO Joseph Ridges lecture poster web

Grover Franklin Eddings Obituary

Grover Franklin Eddings
February 9, 1933 – March 4, 2014

Grover Franklin Eddings, accomplished composer, music teacher, and father, passed away peacefully on March 4th, 2014 at the age of 81. He is now with his beloved wife, Josefin.

Franklin at the Organ

A fixture in Utah music circles for 60 years, Franklin Eddings brought the gift of music to thousands of piano, organ, and at one time, accordion students along the Wasatch Front. At least 35 of his top students were first place winners in statewide, BYU, and national performance competitions. He produced over 250 compositions and arrangements in his career, and was published by Warner Brothers Music. A favorite student of Tabernacle organist Dr. Alexander Schreiner, Franklin Eddings’ works have been performed by Mormon Tabernacle organists and shared with musicians all around the world.

Franklin Eddings was born on February 9, 1933 to Grover Cleveland and Phyllis Lofthouse Eddings. He grew up in Salt Lake City and attended West High school. He then attended the University of Utah where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Education. Franklin enlisted in the Army in 1952, serving in counter-intelligence. While on assignment in Europe, Franklin met Josefin Kriener, asking her for directions on a street corner in Vienna, Austria. After having lunch that one day, and exchanging letters for a year, Franklin returned to Austria to marry Josefin on December 18, 1956. The two departed for America starting their married life in Salt Lake City, Utah and ultimately in Bountiful, where they lived for 55 years and raised seven children. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on December 11, 1958.

Franklin Eddings has been a devoted member of the LDS Church all his life, a specialist in genealogy, and early in his career, an employee of the LDS Church Genealogy Department. Among other callings, he served in the Bishopric of the Bountiful 7th Ward as ward clerk for many years, as a stake missionary, and as a ward and stake organist. From his Bountiful studio he not only taught composition, improvisation, and every kind of music, he also ran his daily online news service. The “Eddings News Service,” featuring his hand-picked local and national news, has been reaching business professionals, musicians, friends and family all across the country for fifteen years. His music site, www.EDDINGSMUSIC.com continues to receive thousands of hits every month from musicians around the world.

Franklin is survived by seven children: Arnold (Debbie),Bountiful; Sonja Eddings Brown (Lowell), Los Angeles, CA; Eric (Julie), Centerville; Roy, Logan; Calvin (Kristene), Bountiful; Xiomara, Atlanta, GA; Mark (Sarajane), Knoxville, TN; and his brother Alan Eddings (Valerie), Las Vegas, NV. He was preceded in death by his wife Josefin Kreiner, who suffered a stroke in December of 2013.

Friends, students, and colleagues may share memories or contact the family at eddings@xmission.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Perpetual Education Fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (www.ldsphilanthropies.org). A memorial service for Franklin Eddings will be held on Saturday, March 15th at 11am, at the LDS Chapel at 1250 South Main, Bountiful, Utah. Friends, students and their families are especially welcome.

Dean’s Column

Dear Fellow AGO Members,

It is now April. We have 2 events left for the year. I don’t want any of you to miss them. We will be meeting Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 10:30 am in the Tabernacle to hear Dr. John Longhurst give us a lecture on Joseph Ridges, who built the original Tabernacle organ. Robert Poll will also be there to show us some of the actual pipes. You will NOT want to miss this opportunity. Come to the Tabernacle and let the people at the door know you are attending the lecture which will be given at the organ console.

We will have our closing social, Saturday, May 10, 2014. We will meet at the Conference Center at 9:30 am. There will be a demonstration of the organ by one of the Tabernacle Organists. Then, Bill Hesterman will do a pipe chamber tour. We will also have about an hour for open console – meaning if you would like to play the Conference Center organ, you will get that opportunity. At 11:30 am, we will go to the organs in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and Assembly Hall. You will be given time to play these organs. We will wrap up at 1:00 pm. I hope you will make an effort to see and play these beautiful instruments.

We had a wonderful evening on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at St. Ambrose. Christ Huntzinger, Ryan North, Dr. Ken Udy, and I presented our favorite “Tacky Toccatas.” Ryan had some easy, fun ways to make your own toccata. Chris played his favorite toccata and Ken presented his “quick and easy” toccatas. I gave my favorites for 3 seasons plus some great ones to have under your fingers. We ended the night with refreshments and talking to those who came to the meeting. It was a lot of fun and we all came away with some great ideas.

We will be voting on a new board next month. If ANY of you would like to serve in a capacity – be it big or little, please let Ken Udy or Linda Margetts know. They have graciously accepted to be our nominating committee.

Franklin Eddings, long time organ and piano teacher passed away on March 4, 2014. Many of you will remember him as I do. He was an advocate for the organ and taught many people over the years. I personally remember him as a young girl attending organ competitions. I have enjoyed playing his pieces over the years. If any of you would like to share a memory with his family, you can do so at: eddings@xmission.com. If you would like to see any of his music, go to eddingsmusic.com.

There is one last thing that I would like you to know about. The Alexander Schreiner Memorial Fund was created in memory of the noted composer and long-time Mormon Tabernacle organist with the vision of building a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between the professional community (i.e. the AGO) and the School of Music. Since Libby Gardner Concert Hall was completed with its wonderful, custom-built Lively-Fulcher organ in 2000, the organ community has made regular use of Gardner Hall for concerts and recitals, master classes, and annual professional development conferences. Because of the fund, we are allowed to use these facilities for free. Also, the fund helps pay for the professional organists and lecturers who come. If any of you feel so inclined, it would be wonderful for the University to receive donations to the fund to keep it healthy and viable. You can do this by contacting Matthew Plooster at: matthew.plooster@utah.edu.

Have a wonderful Easter Season. Let me know YOUR favorite Easter pieces.

Heidi J. Alley, Dean

Chapter/Community Events

DR. JOHN LONGHURST, SPECIAL PRESENTATION
on JOSEPH RIDGES:  LONDON – SYDNEY – ZION
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Salt Lake Tabernacle (Temple Square)

SLCAGO Joseph Ridges lecture poster web

Join us for this once in a lifetime event as Dr. John Longhurst, Emeritus Tabernacle Organist, gives a special presentation on Joseph Ridges, who built the first Tabernacle organ.  Some of his original pipes still play in the organ, including the ten largest pipes in the case which form the bottom octave of the 32′ Montre.

 

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410834545834046/?ref=5

 

CLOSING SOCIAL
Temple Square Organ Crawl
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Our closing social will be May 10 with an organ crawl and open console on the organs of Temple Square. Like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/slcago and stay tuned for more details!

HANS UWE HIELSCHER Organ Concert
Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Salt Lake Tabernacle (Temple Square)

Hans Uwe Hielscher, organist and carillonneur at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden, Germany, will present a concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as part of the Temple Square Performance series.  The concert is free.

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Great City·Wonderful Music·Inspired Learning·Compelling Instruments·Gracious Hospitality
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
On behalf of the Steering Committee, I extend a warm invitation for you to join us June 23-27 for the 2014 National Convention in Boston. Centered in Boston’s Back Bay, within easy walking to many of our great churches, this 4 ½ day convention will inspire and thrill with a diversity of instruments – from Meantone to WurliTzer – played by an outstanding international roster of organists. It will feature many recently installed instruments in addition to a long list of landmark organs.We will not only feature great organs, but outstanding choral concerts, many commissioned works, a diverse array of worship opportunities, and stimulating workshops.The convention is created for you to be comfortably paced. Celebrate your choices.We encourage you to register before January 31, 2014 to take advantage of discounted rates. Register online now at  regonline.com/agoboston2014 to ensure your choices. Registration by paper is available using the form in the October issue of The American Organist.The Marriott Copley place is our convention headquarters hotel.  You may register for hotel reservations through the Marriott’s online system at https://aws.passkey.com/reg/326GFM29-G682, or by calling the hotel directly at 800.228.9290. Ask for the AGO 2014 Convention rate of $195/night when calling.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@agoboston2014.org.  We will respond quickly to your inquiries. New England beckons you to join us for an inspirational week.

Ray Cornils
Convention Coordinator

GABRIEL DESSAUER Organ Concert
Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Salt Lake Tabernacle (Temple Square)

Gabriel Dessauer, cantor and organist at St. Bonifatius in Wiesbaden, Germany, and a member of the organ faculty at the Musikhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz, will present a concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as part of the Temple Square Performance series.  The concert is free.

SUPER SATURDAY
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Libby-Gardner Hall (President’s Circle, University of Utah)

Mark your calendars now to attend Super Saturday.  There will be fabulous presentations, opportunities to hear great recitals, and more.  There’s something for everybody.

At the Bench

At the Bench

by Kymberly Stone

I was the first competitor at the Bakersfield RCYO Competition this summer, so I got to hear the other competitors play after me. The last competitor played Litanies by Jehan Alain. I immediately fell in love with it! The driving rhythms made my heart race and the harmonies were unlike anything I had heard before. When she released the last chord I sat in awe. I knew I had to learn it! Within a week or so of hearing it, I made my score to work off of and began searching for recordings.

The perfectionist in me struggles with the last two pages of the piece. Of the tricky passages on the second to last page, Jehan Alain wrote: “Push yourself to the limit of speed and clarity. Never mind, however, the sixths in the left hand near the end. At the true tempo, this will be unplayable. But the rubato was not made without reason, and it would frankly be better to mess up a bit rather than to take a pace that would distort my Litanies.” When I figure out a way to play it as quickly as Alain wanted with the clarity that Marie-Claire Alain was able to play it with, I’ll let you know :) For now, I’ll stick with my slow practice.

The more I read about Litanies, the more I love it. In the dedication of Litanies, Jehan wrote: “When in its extremity the Christian soul can find no new words to implore God’s mercy, it tirelessly repeats the same plea with vehement faith. The limits of reason are reached, and only faith can pursue its ascension.” He also wrote, “When you play this piece, you must give the impression of an ardent evocation. The prayer is not a complaint but an irrepressible hurricane that overthrows everything in its path. It is also an obsession: one must fill the ears of men . . . and of the Good Lord! If, in the end, you do not feel exhausted, then you will neither have understood nor played as I want it.” Alain’s wording really resonated with me. After reading that, I thought back to times of trial in my life. There was a time when I felt like my prayers weren’t being heard, but all that kept me going was a constant, almost frantic prayer in my heart. I remembered the desperate desire to feel the Lord’s presence in my life and then the juxtaposition with the feeling after the trial of my faith when I was able to see the Lord’s hand had been there for me all along, I just hadn’t recognized it. I am striving to play this piece from my heart as a small gesture of gratitude to the Lord for always being there for me, even when I have fallen short.

If you haven’t heard this piece, I highly recommend Marie-Claire Alain’s recording of it! She is Jehan Alain’s baby sister, and (in my opinion) the most authoritative source on his music. Give it a listen. It is well worth your time!

Petit Plein Jeu

The Organ, an Encyclopedia

Douglas E. Bush, Editor
Richard Kassel, Associate Editor

(Following is one short article taken from the “P” section.)

PETIT PLEIN JEU

French term for the Organo pleno ((Plenum) of the Positif (Positiv) division.  Medium-scaled stops from the lowest pitch through the highest mixture available on a given Positif are included in this registration.  Normally, the 8′ Montre is doubled by the Bourdon 8′.  On a large instrument of the year 1700, the registration would include, on the Positif:  Montre 8′, Bourdon 8′, Prestant 4′, Doublette 2′, Fourniture, and Cymbale.  Composers and theorists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries recommended a light, articulate touch for this registration, and numerous Plein Jeu pieces of the period show a distinct differentiation in texture and rhythmic style between the Grand Plein Jeu and the Petit Plein Jeu.

 

Dean’s Column

Welcome my fellow organ lovers. It is time once again for me to greet you all. In February we had the delightful experience of listening to our fellow organists play pieces. There was music from all time periods and composers. I loved what was presented and went home with an idea for a new piece – which I now have and am learning. I was surprised with the number of people who joined us – even though we were competing with the Super Bowl. But, let’s face it, the Super Bowl was rather boring this year and our recital was not! A big thanks goes to each person who played and to Wasatch Presbyterian Church and Dr. Ken Udy for hosting the event for us. Thank you.

Now, just around the corner we have our Tacky Toccatas event. It will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 7:30 pm St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Ryan North will be giving us ideas on how to present our own toccata. Chris Huntzinger and myself will give you a list of our favorite toccatas. I will present my favorites for Christmas, Easter, and all occasions. I hope this will give each of you some new ideas for fun music. The truth is, people love HEARING toccatas.

This year we will be holding elections. It is time for you all to have a new board. Dr. Ken Udy and Dr. Linda Margetts have graciously accepted to be on our nominating committee. If any of you would like to serve in any capacity, please let them know. It is a good experience to be involved with the AGO. We will be having elections in April. Each one of you will receive the opportunity to vote on the people selected. Make your membership count by participating on the board and in the election process.

The year is already racing by. Lent will be upon us soon bringing Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday. After that we have Holy Week and Easter. It is a busy time for organists despite the fact that many congregations have quieter music during the Lent season. Quiet does not necessarily mean easy. Get a jump start on your music that you will be performing. Learn a new fun piece for Easter. People love a reason to hear joyful music.

In the January and February TAO, there have been many articles written worth your while. One that caught my eye was “Learn How to Improvise in 15 minutes a Day.” That sounds like a recipe I need to get over my fear of improvisation. I am looking forward to trying Leonardo Ciampa’s ideas on improvisation. What catches your eye? Are you finding new ways to improve your organ playing? Did you find some new information in your TAO? We have many resources to help improve our skills. We will all enjoy playing the organ more if we continue learning and trying to excel at what we are doing. I hope each one of you is trying to do just that.

Have a wonderful March. Please put on your Calendar Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 10:30 am. Dr. Longhurst will be giving us his lecture on the Joseph Ridges organ right in the Tabernacle. Aren’t we lucky? I look forward to seeing you in March.

Heidi J. Alley, Dean

Chapter/Community Events

TACKY TOCCATAS
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
St. Ambrose Catholic Church
2315 Redondo Avenue, Salt Lake City
Tacky Toccatas flyer

Gain insight into some new festive toccatas which you can use for Easter and other occasions.  Presenters include:  Heidi Alley (SLCAGO Dean), Ryan North (Chapter Education Coordinator), and Chris Huntzinger (Organist, St. Ambrose Catholic Church).

 

 

 

DR. DANIEL KERR Organ Concert
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Salt Lake Tabernacle (Temple Square)

Dr. Daniel Kerr, Director of Organ Studies at BYU-Idaho, will present a concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as part of the Temple Square Performance series.  The concert is free.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC                                      presents the third annual CAMPBELL ORGAN FESTIVAL
with Richard Elliott, Principal Organist, Mormon Tabernacle

Rick Elliott USU posterWorkshop
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

Masterclass
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

In Concert
Wed., March 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Kent Concert Hall
Utah State University

 

 

 

DR. JOHN LONGHURST, SPECIAL PRESENTATION
on JOSEPH RIDGES:  LONDON – SYDNEY – ZION
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Salt Lake Tabernacle (Temple Square)

SLCAGO Joseph Ridges lecture poster web

Join us for this once in a lifetime event as Dr. John Longhurst, Emeritus Tabernacle Organist, gives a special presentation on Joseph Ridges, who built the first Tabernacle organ.  Some of his original pipes still play in the organ, including the ten largest pipes in the case which form the bottom octave of the 32′ Montre.

 

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410834545834046/?ref=5

 

CLOSING SOCIAL
Temple Square Organ Crawl
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Our closing social will be May 10 with an organ crawl and open console on the organs of Temple Square. Like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/slcago and stay tuned for more details!

HANS UWE HIELSCHER Organ Concert
Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Salt Lake Tabernacle (Temple Square)

Hans Uwe Hielscher, organist and carillonneur at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden, Germany, will present a concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as part of the Temple Square Performance series.  The concert is free.

GABRIEL DESSAUER Organ Concert
Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Salt Lake Tabernacle (Temple Square)

Gabriel Dessauer, cantor and organist at St. Bonifatius in Wiesbaden, Germany, and a member of the organ faculty at the Musikhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz, will present a concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as part of the Temple Square Performance series.  The concert is free.

SUPER SATURDAY
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Libby-Gardner Hall (President’s Circle, University of Utah)

Mark your calendars now to attend Super Saturday.  There will be fabulous presentations, opportunities to hear great recitals, and more.  There’s something for everybody.

Corno Flute

(1) A reed stop of 8′ pitch, invented by William Hill.  It had wooden resonators and a quiet tone similar to that of an Oboe or Orchestral Oboe.

(2) A flue stop invented by Herbert Norman of NORMAN AND BEARD.  Its tone is hornlike in the tenor range and flutelike in the treble, and was an accompanimental voice used in place of the usual Dulciana or Dolce.  The pipes are metal, having inverted languids, without nicks, and arched upper lips that are left unbeveled and slightly rounded, rather than being flattened.  Both forms of this stop are very rare.

AGO Student Members – New College Scholarship Program

To All AGO Student Members:

The American Guild of Organists is delighted to announce a new college scholarship program for organ majors with financial needs.

The Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarship will be available to six students (four undergraduate, and two graduate) beginning with the 2014–2015 academic year. Four undergraduate scholarships in the amount $7,500 each will be offered: one each to an incoming college freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Each scholarship will be renewable through completion of the student’s undergraduate years of study.  Two graduate scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each will be offered and will be renewable for a total of two years of graduate study. Eligibility requirements and application details are available online at Agohq.org. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.

The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. For more information, please call 212-870-2310 or e-mail info@agohq.org.