For the April meeting, AGO members and guests gathered at Christ Episcopal Church to hear a presentation by Carlton Monroe, DMA, concerning his use of Bach cantatas at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio. Musical examples were provided by musicians and singers from PLU, under the direction of Brian Galante and accompanied by Tacoma AGO chapter member Paul Tegels.
Dr. Monroe discussed how he chooses cantatas, based not only on the liturgical season, but also on the practicality of difficulty of solo and choir parts and availability of instruments. His document with suggestions of cantatas, difficulty, season, instrumentation and vocal requirements is attached below. You can navigate the pages by placing your mouse over the attachment and using the navigation bar that will appear at the bottom.
The Tacoma AGO plans to offer a scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. At this time, there is a committee working to revise the guidelines and criteria. This page will be updated as soon as their work is done, sometime in the Fall of 2017.
On Saturday, April 9, the Tacoma and Seattle chapters gathered to see Opus 37, a large four-manual organ being built for the University of Notre Dame Basilica. Paul Fritts welcomed the group, and talked about the organ planning and construction, followed by questions from chapter members. Several members volunteered to play, filling the room with magnificent 16-foot sound. No trip to the Fritts shop would be complete without a delicious lunch provided by Barbara Pasi!