` The Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
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Thanks to Calvary Episcopal for hosting a wonderful meal and shopping spree on January 4. Elizabeth Smith from Lois Fyfe Music, Nashville and John Palmer, Calvary Episcopal played for us some new music in print as well as good standards for use in worship. Lois Fyfe provided us with copies for purchase. I, for one, spent too much money…… too many temptations! I am enjoying reading through the new music I purchased, however, and will use some of it very soon.

I hope to see you February 1, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, 166 Poplar Ave, Memphis 38103 for our monthly meeting. Dr. David Ouzts will present a survey of Musical Settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimitti.

In his words: In the liturgical worship world, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are the canticles used in the Vespers or Compline or Evening Prayer/Evensong liturgical rites. However, these beloved, rich, strictly scriptural-based texts also make splendid anthem literature for church choirs of every denomination and tradition at various times during the year. The Song of Mary (Magnificat) and The Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) will be presented in choral settings throughout the ages, from Tallis and Gibbons to 20th century composers. We will listen to a few recordings and sing a few settings ourselves, and a bibliography listing numerous settings of these canticles will be distributed.

See you soon.

Carolyn Mason

AGO Memphis is a local chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields.

The Chapter was chartered February 1914 as the Tennessee Chapter and rechartered in 1954 as the Memphis Chapter, the Original Tennessee Chapter.

Programs are open to the public and free. We welcome you to join us anytime. Visit our programs page for a schedule.

Membership is open. To anyone. Music skill is not required, only interest. Visit our membership page to learn more.