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April Meeting – Bach Cantatas

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Carlton Monroe, DMA

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.


New Publication from David Dahl

20160412-Dahl-GodofGraceTacoma AGO member David Dahl  has published a new volume of organ music entitled “God of Grace and God of Glory,” named for the the first piece, a festive prelude on “Cwm Rhondda”.

The Foreward includes some interesting background on the pieces, including comments about structure and performance.

The volume is published by The Sacred Music Press, ISBN 978-0-7877-3478-7.

The table of contents includes

  • Festive Prelude on “Cwm rhondda”
  • Hymn Prelude on “Gatescarth”
  • Old 124th: Plein jeu avec chant en taille
  • Carson’s Chaconne
  • Built on a Rock the Church Shall Stand
  • The Lamb of the Rose Window


AGO visits Fritts Organ Builders to meet Opus 37

Paul Fritts and Opus 37On 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!