Category Archives: Dean’s Message

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Dean’s Message, May 2016

This will be my final Dean’s letter, as we install our newly-elected officers for 2016-18 at our May meeting. It has been a privilege to serve these past four years, first as Sub-Dean and program chair, and then as Dean. Our talented members have thought of interesting topics for our meetings and then have given generously of their time to bring these ideas to life for us. We’ve also had great times for fellowship at members’ homes, especially at holiday times.

Several officers and board members are leaving office after dedicated service: Joyce Hopkins, who as secretary the past four years has brought us informative monthly newsletters. Paul Tegels and Jonathan Wohlers leave the board after many years’ service. Many thanks to Joyce, Paul and Jon for inspired service to our chapter.

It will be a delight to install our new officers and board members at the beginning of our May 23 meeting:
Dean: Naomi Shiga (currently Sub Dean)
Sub Dean: Una Hwang (currently a board member)
Secretary: Tom Clark
Treasurer: Sandra Tietjen (incumbent)

Board members at large: Satya Jaech and Curt Sather
Continuing on the board: David Dahl and Mark Brombaugh (as immediate Past Dean)

I look forward to the leadership of these colleagues as the Tacoma Chapter continues to thrive and offer interesting and educational programs.

Mark Brombaugh, Dean

Bach Cantatas and Officer Elections

Dear Tacoma AGO Members and Dual Members:

Don’t miss our meeting Monday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church.
Election of officers: Please arrive a bit early so we can begin with the election promptly at 7:30 p.m. and move on to the evening’s program. The slate is listed below.
Bach Cantatas: Carlton Monroe will describe how J. S. Bach’s cantatas can be integrated into worship services. Singers and instrumentalists from PLU will help illustrate the lecture. Dr. Monroe, Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. He is Director of the Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, a vespers series centered around Bach cantatas.
Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street, Tacoma. Parking is available on the street, in the small lot behind the church off 4th Avenue, and in the lot next to the parish house off K Street.
Bach Cantata Concert: Tuesday, April 26, 8:00 p.m., Lagerquist Hall, PLU. The Men’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, and University Singers present a Spring Concert, featuring works by J.S. Bach. Richard Nance directs the Men’s Chorus; Brian Galante leads the Chamber Singers and University Singers. The Chamber Singers will be joined by guest conductor Carlton Monroe performing full versions of two of Bach’s cantatas discussed during the AGO workshop, and select movements from two other cantatas. Free admission.
I look forward to seeing you at both of these events!
Slate of Officers, 2016 election
 
Dean:   Naomi Shiga (currently Sub Dean)
Sub Dean:  Una Hwang (currently a board member)
Secretary:   Tom Clark
Treasurer:   Sandra Tietjen (incumbent)
Board member at large:  Satya Jaech (2-year term, completing Una Hwang’s term expiring in 2018), Curt Sather (4-year term, expiring 2020)
   (Board member at large David Dahl continues on the board, 4-year term expiring 2018, and current dean Mark Brombaugh continues on the board as immediate Past Dean.)
Mark Brombaugh
Dean
Tacoma Chapter, AGO

Two Bach Cantata Events

Dear Tacoma AGO Members and Dual Members:

We have two great events coming up focusing on performing Bach cantatas in the context of liturgies. Our presenter is Dr. Carlton Monroe, Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. He is Director of the Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, a vespers series centered around Bach cantatas.
In his lecture-demonstration, Dr. Monroe will describe how the cantatas can be integrated into worship services. Singers and instrumentalists from PLU will help illustrate the lecture. The following evening PLU choral ensembles will perform complete cantatas at Lagerquist Hall. Both events are free. Our chapter is helping sponsor these events by providing travel expenses for Carlton Monroe.
The lecture-demonstration is user-friendly for non-musicians, so please invite your congregation members and friends who are interested in great music to attend and learn more about Bach cantatas and their meaning for contemporary audiences.
Here is information you may share and have inserted in your church bulletins and newsletters:
Bach Cantata Workshop: On Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street, Tacoma, the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the PLU choral department will present Carlton Monroe in a workshop exploring the performance of Bach cantatas in the context of worship. Dr. Monroe is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park (Cincinnati), Ohio where, in addition to leading an active music program for children and adults, he established and conducts the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, a professional ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform services, concerts and educational retreats centered on the music of J. S. Bach. Singers and instrumentalists from PLU will help illustrate his presentation.
Bach Cantata Presentation: On Tuesday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m., in Lagerquist Hall at PLU several PLU choral ensembles will perform complete Bach cantatas under the direction of Carlton Monroe and Brian Galante. Join us in considering a 21st-century cultural context for Bach’s sublime choral works.
A PDF poster is also attached which can be emailed or printed.
Tacoma AGO members: In appreciation of our support of the Bach cantata events, the PLU choral department is extending free admission to our members to the University Chorale performance of the Duruflé Requiem, Brian Galante, director and Paul Tegels, organist. Just identify yourself as a Tacoma AGO member at the ticket desk. Thursday, April 21, 8:00 p.m., Lagerquist Hall
Our chapter’s election of officers will take place promptly at the beginning of the April 25 meeting at Christ Church.
Please be present at 7:30 p.m. for a very brief meeting before the lecture.
And…  the Seattle Chapter invites us to a performance by Nathan Laube this Friday, April 15, at St. James Cathedral:
On Friday, April 15th at 8:00 pm, St. James Cathedral and the Seattle Chapter AGO will host Grammy Award-winning organist Nathan Laube in concert. Mr. Laube is quickly establishing himself as one of the finest young organists of this generation and has already performed across four continents at the great concert halls and cathedrals around the globe. He will be performing music of Bach, Howells, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and Reubke in works written for the organ and some that have been transcribed for it. A full program listing, as well as how to purchase advance passes, can be found at the St. James website: www.stjames-cathedral.org/music.
Get the word out about Bach!!
Warmly,
Mark Brombaugh
Dean

Two Great Programs This Month

Fritts organ shop open house: Joint meeting with the Seattle Chapter
AGO. Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. The 70-stop organ for Notre Dame
University, the largest organ built by the Fritts company, will be
standing on the shop floor. This is a wonderful opportunity to see an amazing organ under construction,
take a tour of the shop to see how the many parts of a pipe organ are
made, and visit with your colleagues from Seattle. The open house will
extend to 3:00 p.m., but come at 10 a.m. to be with your AGO friends.
The Fritts shop is in Parkland, minutes from I-5 off SR512. There is
ample parking at the shop, but carpooling is encouraged.
Bach Cantata Workshop: On Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ
Episcopal (310 North K Street, Tacoma), our chapter and the PLU
choral department are sponsoring Carlton Monroe in a workshop
exploring the performance of Bach cantatas in the context of worship.
Dr. Monroe is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church,
Terrace Park (Cincinnati), Ohio, where, in addition to leading an active
music program for children and adults, he established and conducts the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, a
professional ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform services, concerts and educational
retreats centered on the music of J. S. Bach. Singers and instrumentalists from PLU will help illustrate his
presentation. Several PLU choral ensembles will perform Bach cantatas on Tuesday, April 26, at 8:00
p.m., in Lagerquist Hall, under the direction of Carlton Monroe and Brian Galante.
Please invite your friends and congregation members to this workshop, which will provide excellent
cultural context for Bach’s sublime choral works.
Mark Brombaugh, Dean
Naomi Shiga, Sub-Dean and Program Chair