AGO Region VII Convention

T he Austin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will have the honor of hosting the biennial convention of the five-state Region VII in just over a week. I’ve been involved in the preparations for two years now, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on:

¶  The convention program book
– the culmination of two years of design work that began with a save-the-date ad for the last regional convention, continued with the creation of a logotype (wait til you see it on the tote bags!) and other ads, a brochure and flyer, and finally this 80-page document;

¶  Choral Evensong
sung by my parish choir, with music by Howells, Harris, and Russell Schulz, and

¶  A new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis that I’ve written for the occasion;

¶  Organ Vespers for the Feast of the Visitation
with polyphonic organ verses on the proper chants by Frescobaldi, Scheidt, Hieronymus Praetorius, and Peeter Cornet played, as intended, in alternation with sung verses, which will be provided by

¶  Schola Aliquando
– a group of musicians experienced in singing chant, gathered for the first time for this service; and

¶  A demonstration of the unique 1862 Holbrook / 1966 Fisk organ
at Redeemer Presbyterian Church – a little gem, my favorite organ in Austin.

Obviously there’s a lot more to the convention than this: recitals by Ken Cowan, Isabelle Demers, Damin Spritzer, Scott Montgomery, and the winner of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists; concerts by local early-music groups La Follia Austin Baroque and Ensemble Settecento; the Widor Mass, Op. 36, for two choirs and two organs, and several commissioned works; all sorts of workshops...what a week it will be!