End-of-year roundup

I’ve recently finished up some enjoyable projects and experiences, just in time for the inevitable busyness of the year’s end:

¶  I’ve completed a semester of teaching as Adjunct Lecturer in Organ in the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. It’s been a pleasure to work with students from the freshman to the doctoral level and a welcome challenge to try to explain styles and techniques some of which may have been new to them.

¶  I’ve just turned in the files for the latest title I’ve designed for the Concordia University Press, Exodus of the Eight Hundred. This historical novel by Ingerose Paust treats the voyage of a substantial group of German immigrants who were a major force in the foundation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and is translated into English for the first time. Look for images to be posted soon.

¶  I recently played the first of the ‘Caroling at Noon’ concerts at St David’s Episcopal Church, a series for which I am responsible. For this first recital at my new place of employment, I played an all-Bach program featuring some works less well know to general audiences, such as the Pastorale and the two settings of the German Magnificat, demonstrating some of the lighter chorus work and the more delicate stops of the Pilcher-Hofmann organ.

In the spring I look forward particularly to Organ Vespers for the Eve of Candlemas and a solo recital, both at St Austin Catholic Parish, and to Choral Evensong for Ascension Day with the St David’s Singers, which I direct.