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Fright Night!

Film poster showing Buster Keaton sitting in a pile of money with a can of glue
Publicity poster from 1921 silent movie The Haunted House

By day, Tacoma AGO Dean Cheryl Drewes is a respectable church organist. When Halloween rolls around, though, she reveals another aspect of her talent. On the evening of October 17, 2022, dressed in her witch costume, Cheryl accompanied Buster Keaton’s 1921 silent movie “The Haunted House” on the organ at Spanaway Lutheran Church as the highlight of the October combined meeting of the Tacoma and Olympia chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

Cheryl Drewes bows to the audience
Cheryl Drewes acknowledges the audience after accompanying The Haunted House

Cheryl Drewes is not new to theater organs. Growing up near Boston, MA, her family was in the American Theater Organ Society, and frequently attended silent movie events in a local restaurant. She doesn’t remember accompanying this particular silent movie in the past, and doing so required unusual preparation. In most theater organ settings, the organist sits at a console in front of the screen and can easily follow the action. Spanaway Lutheran Church, however, was not designed for silent movie productions, and the organ is behind the screen. Cheryl had to memorize the movie by watching it repeatedly on her phone. She was then able to match her accompaniment to the action by using a small mirror on the music rack in which she could see enough of the screen to keep her place. In the theater organ tradition, most of the music was improvised.

The program also featured several additional performers. The evening opened with Tim Drewes playing a movement from Suite Gothique, Op. 25 for organ composed by Léon Boëllmann in 1895 followed by the Scherzo from Grand Sonata, Op. 22, by Dudley Buck published in 1868. While the Buck composition may not have a direct Halloween link, Tim stated that he had always thought of it as “diabolical.”

Man playing an organ in costume with woman in costume assisting
Tim Drewes plays the organ with assistance from Cheryl Drewes

Past Dean Sheila Bristow accompanied her husband, opera singer Glenn Guhr, in a selection from Howard Hanson’s opera “Merry Mount” (1934) followed by a rendition of “That Old Black Magic Called Love,” by Harold Arlen. Arlen is known for composing the music for the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Man singing in long black robe with organ and piano in background
Opera singer Glenn Guhr performs in costume

Dennis Northway, a member of both the Tacoma and Olympia chapters, led the group in singing “pumpkin carols” beginning with “We Love Bewitching Time,” sung to the tune America. Other selections included “O Pumpkin Patch!,” sung, of course, to the tune of O Tannenbaum, and “The Twelve Days of All Hallows.”

Man in costume playing organ
Dennis Northway accompanies “pumpkin carols”

Following the program, members Sandy Tietjen and Jan Regier prepared a beautiful reception where attendees stood around talking for quite some time.

Sandy Tietjen and Jan Regier at refreshment table
Sandy Tietjen and Jan Regier at refreshment table

Special thanks to Spanaway Lutheran Church for hosting this event, and to Dick Tietjen for assisting with the reception.

Seattle Organ Tour 2022

On Saturday, May 30, Seattle AGO members toured four important Seattle organs.

The day began at Queen Anne Lutheran Church. Organist Kyle Haugen introduced the Wechs organ and briefly demonstrated its capabilities. Several members then played pieces to try out the organ.

At the next stop, organist Andrew Koch was not present, but David Dahl, who played the dedication recital, was able to introduce Fritts Organs opus 4. The organ is especially meaningful to David because his father did the wood carving for the pipe shades.

At St. Andrews Episcopal Church, organist Tim Drewes introduced the organ and provided a bit of history. The organ was initially in equal temperament, but Tim, who is also an organ builder, modified it to Kellner.

Members ate lunch in the community room of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, then heard a brief introduction to Fritts opus 6 by organist Thomas Clark. Several members then played pieces to demonstrate the organ.

A Day Down South!

You are cordially invited to explore the Chehalis Valley in an organ crawl and then go up to the South Sound for an organ recital.

The Olympia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites you to explore three REMARKABLE organs and then enjoy a concert by Doug Cleveland on June 4, 2022!

10:00 a.m. St. Timothy Episcopal Church Chehalis

Kay Flores, Rector
Phone: 360.748.8232. Mobile: 307.265.6516
1826 SW Snively Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532 US

Randall J. McCarty (Dedicated 11 March, 1979)
Plaque on organ states: Originally A. B. Felgemaker Opus 521 (1893) for
Trinity Methodist Church, Xenia, Ohio
Obtained through the Organ Clearing House
Exhibited in the 1982 OHS convention

Great (58 Notes):
8’ Open Diapason 58 m
8’ Dulciana 58 m
8’ Melodia 58 m
4’ Octave 58 m

Swell (58 Notes, enclosed):
16’ Bourdon TC 46 w
8’ Violin Diapason 50 m
8’ Salicional 58 m
8’ Stopped Diapason 58 w & m
4’ Flute d’Amour 58 m
8’ Oboe 46 m
8’ Bassoon 12m (plays bottom octave only)

Pedal (27 notes, pneumatic key action)
16’ Bourdon 27 w

Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell to Great Super Octave
Bellows Signal
Wind Indicator

Pedal Movements (2 un-labeled double acting pedals)
Great Piano
Great Forte
Great to Pedal Reversible
Balanced Swell Pedal
Water Motor hitch-down pedal

11: 15 a.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church

2190 Jackson Highway
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748 4741
Joan (Pronounced Joanne) Jahnsen, Director of Music and Organist

S. L. Huntington & Co. (1993)
Originally Koehnken & Grimm (1895)

8′ Open Diapason
8′ Melodia
8′ Dulciana
4′ Octave
3′ Quinte
2′ Super Octave

8′ Geigen Diapason
8′ Stopped Diapason
8′ Salicional
4′ Harmonic Flute
2′ Piccolo**

16′ Bourdon

Two Pedal Movements
Great Forte (Left shoe activates six Great stops)
Great Piano (Right shoe retires all Great stops EXCEPT Dulciana and Melodia)

**The piccolo pipes (also by Koehnken and Grimm) replace an 8′ Aeoline. Original pipes and rackboard were preserved.

Unused for over 25 years at St. Mary’s R. C., Shawnee, OH. In 1992 the organ was moved and reinstalled here by some 50 volunteers from the church. S. L. Huntington (of Stonington, Connecticut) worked with Herbert and Marianne Huestis (Ladner, BC, Canada) on the restoration and installation in Chehalis.
Painted decorations copied from the original facade pipes. Amy Huestis, student at Concordia University, Montreal, prepared stencils which reproduced the original colors.

12:30 p.m. Chehalis Seventh-day Adventist Church

120 Chilvers Rd.
Chehalis, WA 98532 US
360 748 4330

CASAVANT FRÈRES Ltée., Nº 3027, 1983
16’ Quintaden 61
8’ Prinzipal 61
8’ Bordun 61
4’ Oktav 61
4’ Rohr Flöte 61
2’ Flach Flöte 61
IV Mixtur 11/3’ 244
8’ Trompette 61 [hooded]
8’ Festival Trompette 61
Chimes (Maas; TF – F4- 25 tubes)
Carillon (Schulmerich)

Great Unison Off

8’ Gedackt 61
8’ Erzähler 61
8’ Erzähler Céleste (GG) 54
8’ Geigen Prinzipal 61
4’ Kooppel Flöte 61
2’ Block Flöte 61
1 1/3’ Quint Flöte 61
III Zimbel 1’ 183
8’ Krummhorn 61
8’ Festival Trompete (Gt)
Harp (preparation

Choir Unison Off
Choir 4

SWELL (Expressive)
8’ Rohr Flöte 61
8’ Salizional 61
8’ Vox Cœlesstis (GG) 54
4’ Prinzipal 61
4’ Spitz Flöte 61
2’ Oktav 61
II Sesquialtera 22/3’ (TC) 98
IV Scharf 2/3’ 244
16’ Oboe 12
8’ Oboe 61
8’ Festival Trompete (Gt)

Swell Unison Off
Swell 4

16’ Prinzipal (1-30 Façade) 32
16’ Subbass 32
8’ Oktav 32
8’ Gedackt Pommer 32
4’ Choral Bass 32
IV Mixtur 2’ 128
16’ Posaune 32
16’ Oboe (Sw)
8’ Trompette 32
4’ Schalmei 32
Chimes (Gt)
8’ Festival Trompette (Gt)

Swell to Pedal 8,4
Great to Pedal 8
Choir to Pedal 8,4

Swell to Great 8,4
Choir to Great 8,4

Swell to Choir 8,4

General 1-8
Swell 1-6
Swell to Pedal (reversible)
Swell to Great (reversible)
Swell to Choir (reversible)

Swell to Pedal 8,4
Great to Pedal 8
Choir to Pedal 8,4
Swell to Great 8,4
Choir to Great 8,4
Swell to Choir 8,4

General 1-8
Swell 1-6
Swell/Pedal (reversible
Swell/Great (reversible)
Swell/Choir (reversible)
Great 1-6
Great/Pedal (reversible)
Choir 1-6
Choir/Pedal (reversible)
Choir/Great (reversible)
Pedal 1-6
Full Organ (reversible

General 1 – 8
Pedal 1 – 6
Sw./Ped. (reversible)
Gt./Ped. (reversible)
Ch./Ped. (reversible)
Sw./Gt. (reversible)
Ch./Gt. (reversible)
Sw./Ch. (reversible)
Full Organ (reversible)
Zimbelstern (preparation) (reversible)

Swell Expression (balanced)
Choir Expression (balanced)
Crescendo (balanced)

ACTION: E-S; E-P unit; VOICES: 36; STOPS: 44; RANKS: 48; PIPES: 2554
(including. Chimes & carillon)

3:00 PM Doug Cleveland in concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia

April program: Seattle Organ Tour

Our April 30, 2022 program will be a tour of Seattle organs. Hold that date!

We are still working on the schedule, but the tour will involve at least three, and probably four Seattle organs. We are planning to spend about an hour at each church. At each stop, the host organist will spend about 15 minutes demonstrating the organ, focusing on the sounds of the organ and not playing complete pieces. Afterward, members are invited to try the organ or to play a piece.

Lunch will be at a downtown church where there are multiple take-out options within a short radius, including Subway, Taco Del Mar, and Whole Foods.

Within a few days, we will send out an email with the schedule.