` The Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
From the Dean...

Carolyn Mason, Dean

What fun we had at Trivia Night September 14 at Germantown Presbyterian. There was considerable chatter at each table as the questions were asked. Jim Thrash almost stumped the audience with his musical ‘snippets’ so aptly performed on the pipe organ. The winning team included Jane Gamble, Kathy Harrison Priestley, Samson Toe, Andre Duvall, and Thirza Sloan.

Trinity United Methodist Church*

Our next meeting will be a Birthday Bash on Monday, October 5, 2015. The music of Howells, Galuppi, Ives, Saint-Saens, Vierne, Willan and Young will be featured as we celebrate the fall season birthdays of these composers. Presenting the music will be guild members Phil Brown, Marc Cerisier, Jane Gamble, Lyn Joyner, Kristen Lensch, Carolyn Mason and John Palmer. The Bash will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church located in Midtown at 1738 Galloway Ave. (André Duvall provided helpful information about the meeting location and parking).

A second meeting for October will be of historical significance. The Memphis chapter will honor the memory of Billy J. Christian, who bequeathed $30,000 to our chapter, by presenting the first Billy J. Christian Memorial Concert Friday, October 23. Mr. Christian served as Organist/Choirmaster at Idlewild Presbyterian for 24 years and Germantown Presbyterian for 9 years. He was very passionate about church music and the pipe organ. His generous donation will go a long way in keeping organ music alive for years to come.

Idlewild Presbyterian

The guest artist for the inaugural memorial concert is Dr. Crista Miller, Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Dr. Miller has a great deal of knowledge and expertise regarding the cultural influences in the organ works of the contemporary French composer, Naji Hakim, with whom she worked with in southern France and Paris.  Publication of her work on the Middle Eastern elements in the music of Naji Hakim, and the connection to Charles Tournemire is forthcoming this year in the Church Music Association of America’s volume on Charles Tournemire and his liturgical legacy. Crista Miller earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in organ performance and literature and the Sacred Music Diploma at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studying under Hans Davidsson.

Dr. Miller will be performing at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union Ave., Memphis, which houses one of finest French organs in the Memphis area. I hope you will make plans to attend this regular meeting and concert Friday, October 23. Social hour is 6:00, meal at 6:30 and concert at 7:30. The concert is free and open to the public.

The September En Chamade is online

Click here to go straight to it or click the En Chamade link at the left to go the newsletter page if you are interested in viewing earlier editions.

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.

*Trinity photo courtesy Memphis CVB.