TCAGO Chapter Events


2023-2024 Program Year

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Professional Enrichment Day 2024

The King's Singers

Before Bach's Birthday Bash

TCAGO 2024 Competition in Organ Performance

AGO/Quimby RCYO Winners' Recital


Pipe Organ Discovery Day

February 17, 2024, at two Saint Paul churches
Presented by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in Minnesota

This year, the Education Committee will offer three options for students and parents to participate.

Option #1: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Full participation at both venues. Includes morning session, pizza lunch, and afternoon session

Option #2: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Morning session only at the University of St. Thomas.

Option #3: 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Afternoon session only at The Church of St. Mark. Includes pizza lunch.

You are welcome to share this event with your community with these materials:

Facebook post
Poster (11 x 17")
Flyer (8.5 x 11")
Advance registration is required. Please register using our online registration page.

Morning session: University of St. Thomas, Iversen Center for Faith, Cleveland at Ashland, Saint Paul

9:00 a.m. Check-in at Schoenecker Hall

9:15 a.m. Demonstration by Jacob Benda of Gabriel Kney organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

9:30 a.m. Morning track #1 (two activities in rotation)

  • Hands-on playing time—Gabriel Kney organ
  • Videos showing how pipe organs are built—from molten metal to installation

11:30 a.m. Morning session ends; drive to The Church of St. Mark for lunch

Afternoon session: The Church of St. Mark, 2001 Dayton Avenue, Saint Paul

11:45 a.m. Check-in and pizza lunch in Carolyn Hall, 220 North Moore St., Saint Paul (across the street from The Church of St. Mark) with lunchtime speaker Michael Barone of Pipedreams

12:45 p.m. Demonstration by Kathrine Handford of Hendrickson organ in The Church of St. Mark

1:00 p.m. Afternoon track #2 (two activities in rotation)

  • Hands-on playing time—mini opus demonstration organ in Carolyn Hall
  • Hands-on playing time—Hendrickson organ in Sanctuary of The Church of St. Mark

2:50 p.m. Closing announcements; return to Carolyn Hall

3:00 p.m. Event ends in Carolyn Hall

For questions, please contact Phil Asgian, chair of the TCAGO Educational Outreach Committee, at philasgian@gmail.com.


Professional Enrichment Day 2024

Monday, February 19 (Presidents' Day), at 11:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities

4100 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

Join the TCAGO and Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities Music Series for a day of professional enrichment. These workshops are intended for vocalists, choral directors, church musicians, and clergy. They are free and open to the public. Registration for workshops and lunch is required by February 11. 


The King's Singers

Schedule:

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Workshop with The King's Singers.

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.: Lunch (registration and payment required)

Register online for lunch options and $20 payment by Sunday, February 11. No refunds.

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Keynote speaker Don Saliers, distinguished professor emeritus from Emory University in Atlanta, presents "The Lamentable and the Praiseworthy: The Travail of Musical Liturgy Today." 

3:00–3:45 p.m.: Discussion and Q&A Session

Synopsis of "The Lamentable and the Praiseworthy: The Travail of Musical Liturgy Today"

Christian liturgy and its music, over time, confronts us with an undeniable set of contrasts—between unspeakable joy and deepest sorrow, between death and resurrection. This is life rhythm we find in the psalms and in the seasons of the Christian year. The question in a world of such contrasts in which we now find ourselves is “can the music and the deep pattern the Church’s prayer restore us to the great rhythms of life before God in our time and place?” We live with Dostoyevsky’s question: “Can beauty save us?” These reflections aim to restore the meaning and depth of our liturgical life: lament and doxology, the “full stretch” of the unfathomable riches of God in sound, sense, and ritual action.

Don Saliers biography


The King’s Singers
Sponsored by the Bethlehem Music Series
Sunday, February 18, at 4:00 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities
4100 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

Don’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity of hearing the famous King’s Singers! A pre-concert conversation at 3:30 p.m. will be hosted by Steve Staruch of MPR. The concert is free and open to the public, but due to the popularity of this group, reservations are encouraged through the Music Series website, bethlehemmusicseries.org using the Eventbrite link there. Tickets will become available in late January.

Complimentary valet parking is available for your convenience, a free nursery is available for children three months to three years of age, and refreshments will be served in the gallery following the performance.
The King’s Singers were formed in 1968 at King’s College in Cambridge, England and have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivaled technique, versatility, and for their consummate musicianship. Their discography has led to numerous awards including two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame.


Before Bach’s Birthday Bash

Saturday, March 16
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

TCAGO will present the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of five hour-long concerts devoted to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed this year at various venues in Saint Paul. All events are free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Join us for the entire day or at any of the five individual destinations.

The 9:00 a.m. program will be streamed and broadcast live on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio network stations (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities) and co-sponsored by American Public Media’s Pipedreams. More information will be available on the here in the coming weeks.

Enjoy hearing organists Samuel Backman, Nils Halker, Kathrine Handford, David Jenkins, Ju Young Lee, Stacie Lightner, Mark Overman, Catherine Rodland, Emily Roth, Wolfgang Rübsam, Tim Strand, and William (Bill) Wilson; as well as additional instrumental performers Charles Asch (cello), Katie Boardman (soprano), Hyein Choi (piano), Ines Guanchez and Osip Nikiforov (piano), Sehee Jeong (piano), Chris Kachian (guitar), Brenda and David Mickens (violin), Charles Yan Ming Lee (violin), Zachariah Mandell (trombone), Koki Sato (piano), and Ruizhi Gabrielle Wang (piano).

9:00–10:00 a.m., featuring the 60-rank 1959 Casavant/2022 Letourneau pipe organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

10:30–11:30 a.m., featuring the 52-rank 2007 Casavant organ at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church

11:30 a.m., Lunch on your own

1:00–2:00 p.m., featuring the 55-rank 1921 Skinner/2008 Schantz pipe organ at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church

2:30–3:30 p.m., featuring the 44-rank 1965 Noack mechanical-action pipe organ at Unity Unitarian Church

4:00–5:00 p.m., featuring the 97-rank 1979 C. B. Fisk mechanical-action pipe organ at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church


TCAGO 2024 Competition in Organ Performance
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 Snelling Avenue South, Saint Paul

The public is invited to listen in during the competition. The hours of the competition are TBD and will be posted here when known.

The competition is open to organists under 24 years of age as of August 1, 2024. First prize is $2,500, sponsored by the Schubert Club, and second prize is $1,000, sponsored by TCAGO member Phil Asgian.

See the Competition in Organ Performance page under the Education tab for more details.


AGO/Quimby RCYO Winners' Recital 
Sunday, May 12
3:00 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 Snelling Avenue South, Saint Paul

The winners of the 2023 North Central Region AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO), Trevor Good (first place) and Aaron Looney (second place), will perform on the 3-manual, 60-rank 1959 Casavant/2022 Letourneau.

A reception will follow and the event is free and open to the public.





Previous Events


Nathan Laube in Concert

Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

4100 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan Laube holds a place among the world’s elite performers and pedagogues. His brilliant playing, creative programming, and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences on four continents. He is Associate Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom. Nathan was previously on the organ faculty at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany.

Mr. Laube’s extensive international recital career takes him continually to major concert venues and festivals around the world. His recording of the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony was awarded a GRAMMY for Best Classical Compendium at the 58th annual awards ceremony in February 2016. Nathan Laube is regarded as “one of the best organists of his generation in the United States.”

The TCAGO invites you to several events with internationally acclaimed organist Nathan Laube, beginning with a pre‑concert conversation at 3:30 p.m. hosted by Steve Staruch of Minnesota Public Radio. Nathan Laube will then present an organ concert for the Bethlehem Music Series. The conversation and concert are both free and open to the public. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Chef Will Spann (La Belle Vie, Bunglaow Club, W. A. Frost) and Kathy Handford will team up to prepare a French inspired autumnal dinner, served at 6:30 p.m. after Nathan Laube’s concert and before his presentation-masterclass at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Avenue South in Minneapolis, approximately a 20-minute drive east from Bethlehem Lutheran.

Schedule of Events

4:00 p.m. Concert with 3:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Conversation, presented by Bethlehem Music Series at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis

6:30 p.m. Dinner

The TCAGO will host a dinner and presentation at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Avenue South in Minneapolis. Register online hereRegistration and payment required by November 14.

Dinner ($35 per plate)

Wine ($6 per glass)

Menu

  • Roasted Chicken Dinner (vegetarian option available)
  • Fall Vegetable Succotash
  • Salad and Dessert
  • Coffee or Tea
  • Wine: red or white

7:30–9:30 p.m. Presentation-Masterclass at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Avenue South in Minneapolis. Registration required.

For more information, contact Jeremy.Haug@mountcalvary.org, 612-578-8058


Saint Paul Organ Crawl

Saturday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Center City (Downtown) and Summit Hill, Saint Paul

The TCAGO’s Pipe Organ Heritage Committee has organized an Organ Crawl, a rare chance to see and hear instruments up close. TCAGO members and the general public are invited!

Saint Paul Organ Crawl Schedule 

9:30 a.m. Assumption Catholic Church, 1935 Kimball-Welte

51 West Seventh Street

Simon Pick, organist

10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1927 Reuter

261 Eighth Street East

Mary Joy Rieder, organist

11:30 a.m. First Baptist Church, 1875 Steere & Turner, revised

499 Wacouta Street

Bruce Jacobs, organist

2:00 p.m. James J. Hill Mansion, 1889 Hutchings

260 Summit Avenue

Stacie Lightner, organist

3:00 p.m. Virginia Street Church, 1919 Hall

170 Virginia Street

Ed Copeland, organist

4:00 p.m. Unity Unitarian Church, 1965 Noack

732 Holly Avenue

Tom Ferry, organist

Instruments will be demonstrated and, in some cases, ‘open-console’ access will follow. Join in for the entire day or come when you can to any of the individual venues. The event is free and open to all who are curious.


2023-2024 Opening Event and Dinner: 

Pipedreams 40th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, September 17, 2023

2:00 p.m.

Benson Great Hall

Bethel University

3900 Bethel Drive, Arden Hills, Minnesota

Concert with reception (free and open to the public with ticket).
TCAGO Member Dinner to follow (registration required)

The Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and YourClassical Pipedreams present a 40th Anniversary celebration of continuous national broadcasts of Pipedreams with a free festive concert of music for organ and orchestra, featuring the 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University. Repertoire includes Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva, William Bolcom’s Humoresk, Franz Liszt’s Hunnenschlacht and Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante, Op. 81. Soloists are Aaron David Miller, Brenda Sevcik, Stephen Self, and Michael Barone. William Eddins conducts.

General admission is free but ticket reservations are required. Ample parking is available. The concert and post-concert reception are free and open to all.

Concert Ticket Registration (Free)

The annual TCAGO member dinner, for members and their guests only, along with YourClassical Pipedreams guests will follow at Green Mill Restaurant, 1000 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, Minnesota. Additionally, there will be an installation of officers. 

Registration and payment for the plated meal options will be required by September 6, 2023 online at TCAGO.org or contact Jeremy.Haug@mountcalvary.org, 612-578-8058. Event registration and payment required for dinner.

Dinner Registration

SCHEDULE:

2:00 p.m. Concert with reception to follow at Benson Great Hall

4:45 p.m. TCAGO Member Dinner at Green Mill, 1000 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, Minnesota

Meal options (includes gratuity):

  • Chicken Piccata ($38) with Green Bean Almondine, Baby Red Mashed Potatoes, and House Salad
  • Kabeelo Lodge Walleye ($47) with Green Bean Almondine, Baby Red Mashed Potatoes, and House Salad
  • Vegetarian ($34) Roasted Portobello stuffed with asparagus, red peppers, basil pesto, roasted red pepper hummus, balsamic glaze, and House Salad

Wine options: ($7 per glass)

  • No Wine
  • Cabernet
  • Merlot
  • Chardonnay
  • Rosé


More event links:

Pipedreams Regional Calendar



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