All events will be live-streamed at the Tulsa AGO YouTube Channel.
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Lesser-known Gems of the Organ Repertoire
with Dr. Damin Spritzer
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 10:00am-12:00noon
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4200 S Atlanta Place, Tulsa
Damin Spritzer is the Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma. She earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and the University of North Texas. Known for her creative programming, she is in demand as a concert artist, a workshop presenter, and has recorded five CDs.
Her workshop promises to be full of great information with new repertoire possibilities that you will be able to use!
Join us online, or in person with limited attendance.
The program for the workshop can be found by clicking here.
OKLAHOMA CITY – TULSA CHAPTER EXCHANGE RECITAL
featuring Melissa Plamann, organ and Joseph Wenda, Oboe
Friday, November 6 at 7:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church
Please click the following links for the program and program notes.
ORGAN TONAL DESIGN WORKSHOP
“But I need a Rohrschalmei!” – Understanding Tonal Design in Mainstream Traditional Church Music Instruments
presented by Adam Pajan
Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at St. John’s Episcopal Church
How often do we see or hear of a scenario where an organist insists on having their one favorite stop on an instrument before supplying it with something more practical? Worse yet, how often have organs been removed or neglected because the organist at the time of design insisted on having a specific style of organ that may or may not be sympathetic to the congregation it serves? In this hour, we will take a survey of tonal design in organs in mainstream traditional music programs from 1900 to the preset, tracing changes in aesthetic trends and noting the necessities of a service-playing instrument. After a review of what “belongs” in specific divisions and why, we will design an organ of 30 stops jointly by committee, seeing where our collective knowledge, experience, and preferences take us.
HYMN PLAYING WORKSHOP
presented by Adam Pajan
Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at First Presbyterian Church (not open to the public; only available via live-stream)
Hymn Playing 101 … and 102! Even though hymn playing is the bread and butter of most professional organists’ lives, intentional, elegant hymn playing often takes a back seat to repertoire in the academy. Vierne’s Sixth Symphony is surely a masterwork, but most of us will find ourselves playing Nicaea, Hyfrydol, Duke Street, and Lobe den Herren 50 times to 1 over the fabulously difficult Finale. This workshop will rewind to the basics of hymn playing, seeking to articulate those things already commonly practiced and clearly define an approach to hymnody that places the organist at the forefront of musical leadership. Basic reharmonization techniques and registrational schemes oriented towards making the music come to life will ensure that those who have been playing hymns for five or fifty years will have something new to take home and share with their congregations.