Upcoming Programs

All events will be live-streamed at the Tulsa AGO YouTube Channel.
To access the channel, click here.

The Douglas A. Nelson Memorial Concert

Thomas Gaynor, Organist

Friday, November 19 at 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa
709 S. Boston

The Tulsa Chapter AGO is proud to present organist Thomas Gaynor at the Douglas A. Nelson Memorial Concert on November 19, 2021.
Program:
Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 550
Ireland – Elegiac Romance
Mendelssohn – scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
Demessieux – thirds and octaves from 6 etudes
Dupré-  Symphonie Passion
Thomas Gaynor is among the brightest stars in this generation of concert organists. He is the first-place winner of an unusual number of international competitions including St Albans 2017, Erfurt/Weimar Bach-Liszt 2015, and Sydney 2015. As a recitalist he has performed across the Americas, Europe and Australasia. Recent highlights include a recital in Notre-Dame de Paris; Lahti Organ Festival, Finland; Bogotà Bach Organ Festival, Colombia; Bergamo International Organ Festival, Italy; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland; Musashino Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan; and Sydney Town Hall, Australia. Thomas is a recent graduate of David Higgs’s studio in the DMA program at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he was awarded the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate – an honor the institution had not given an organist for three decades. Born in New Zealand, he began his organ studies at Wellington Cathedral, working with Michael Fulcher first as an organ scholar and later as honorary sub-organist. More recently, he was associate DOM at Christ Church, Pittsford, NY. He currently resides in Houston, TX, where he is associate DOM at Saint John Vianney, a Roman Catholic Parish of 15,000 members. His masterclass and private study with many of today’s most influential artists has given him a rare stylistic command across the whole spectrum of organ repertoire; these musicians include Cameron Carpenter, Ken Cowan, Olivier Latry, Jaques Van Oortmerssen, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Stephen Tharp and Harald Vogel.

Past programs

David Preston, organist – In Recital

Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4200 S Atlanta Place, Tulsa

David is a church music major at Texas Christian University, where he studies organ with H. Joseph Butler. He was awarded the Nordan Young Artist Scholarship to attend TCU in 2018 and was awarded the first prize and hymn-playing excellence prize at the William B. Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio in 2019. David has played in numerous chapter recitals in both the Fort Worth and Dallas chapters of the AGO and earned Colleague certification from the AGO in 2016. He is presently director of music and organist at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Haslet, Texas. David is the first-prize winner of the of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in our region, and will perform as a Rising Star at the AGO National Convention in Seattle in 2022.

All events will be live-streamed at the Tulsa AGO YouTube Channel.
To access the channel, click here.

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.