Springfield AGO
Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts — Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Events

Upcoming Events

Livestreamed: Pipes Alive! Organist Peter Niedmann in Concert
December 6, 2020 — 12:30pm
Livestream from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford CT at

https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/pipes-alive-peter-niedmann-organist-2/
Livestreamed: Pipes Alive! Organist Peter Niedmann in Concert

The 2020-2021 Pipes Alive! recital series, and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of St. John's Austin Organ, continue with a performance by Peter Niedmann, playing a selection of his new organ compositions for Advent and Christmas. Join us for half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, November through June, 12:30 p.m. with regional organists. Free! Due to COVID-19, this is likely to be a livestream-only event. More info and link to livestream at

https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/pipes-alive-peter-niedmann-organist-2/

Organ info: https://www.reddoormusic.org/organ/
Livestreamed: A Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
December 13, 2020 — 3:00pm
Livestream from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford CT at

More https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/candlelight-festival-of-nine-lessons-and-carols-6/
An amazing start to the Advent season – this year, online! In the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge, prepare your soul for the Christmas miracle with carols for choir and organ. This event is a long-standing tradition at St. John’s – a “must” to center your soul during the Advent season. This live-stream only event features choral music from the St. John’s Adult and Youth Choirs, and the St. John's Schola, with organists Ted Babbitt and choirmaster Scott Lamlein. More info: https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/candlelight-festival-of-nine-lessons-and-carols-6/

Organ info:

https://www.reddoormusic.org/organ/

Livestreamed: Pipes Alive! Organist Kari Miller in Concert
January 3, 2021 — 12:30pm
Livestream from St. john's Episcopal Church, Hartford.

Find the livestream link at

http://www.reddoormusic.org
The 2020-2021 Pipes Alive! recital series, and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of St. John's Austin Organ, continue with a livestreamed performance by organist Kari Miller. Join us for all the Pipes Alive! concerts -- half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, November through June, 12:30 p.m. with regional organists. Free!

Details at https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/pipes-alive-kari-miller-organist-2/

Due to COVID-19, this is a livestream-only event.

Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org.

Organ info:

https://www.reddoormusic.org/organ/
Livestreamed: Choral Evensong with the Anglican Singers
January 24, 2021 — 5:00pm
Livestream from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford. Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org
The ancient and beautiful service of Choral Evensong is presented on the fourth Sunday of selected months at St. John’s. Join us on January 24th at 5:00pm for music by The Anglican Singers; Benjamin Straley, choirmaster.

Details at: https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/choral-evensong-anglican-singers/

Due to COVID-19, this is likely to be a livestream-only event.

Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org
Livestreamed: Pipes Alive! Organist Scott Lamlein in Concert
February 7, 2021 — 12:30pm
Livestream from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford. Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org
The 2020-2021 Pipes Alive! recital series, and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of St. John's Austin Organ, continue with a livestreamed performance by organist Scott Lamlein, director of music and organist at St. John’s. Join us for all the Pipes Alive! concerts -- half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, November through June, 12:30 p.m. with regional organists. Free!

Details at: https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/pipes-alive-scott-lamlein-organist-5/

Due to COVID-19, this is likely to be a livestream-only event.

Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org

Organ info: https://www.reddoormusic.org/organ/

Livestreamed: Choral Evensong with the St. John’s Youth Choir
February 28, 2021 — 5:00pm
Livestream from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford.
http://www.reddoormusic.org
The ancient and beautiful service of Choral Evensong is presented on the fourth Sunday of selected months at St. John’s. Join us on February 28th at 5:00pm for music by The St. John’s Youth Choir.

Details at https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/choral-evensong-st-johns-youth-choir/

Due to COVID-19, this is likely to be a livestream-only event.

Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org
Livestreamed: 25th Anniversary Organ Concert: David Hurd
March 6, 2021 — 3:00pm
Livestreamed from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford. Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org
The year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of St. John's Austin Organ continues with a performance by acclaimed organist and composer David Hurd Mr. Hurd is organist and choirmaster at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York, and well-known composer of sacred music.

Details at https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/anniversary-organ-concert-david-hurd/

Due to COVID-19, this is likely to be a livestream-only event.

Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org

Organ info: https://www.reddoormusic.org/organ/

Suggested donation: $20.
Livestreamed: Pipes Alive! Organist Carolyn Craig in Concert
March 7, 2021 — 12:30pm
Livestreamed from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford. Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org
The 2020-2021 Pipes Alive! recital series, and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of St. John's Austin Organ, continue with a livestreamed performance by organist Carolyn Craig, a graduate student in organ performance at Yale University and Senior Organ Scholar at Trinity on the Green in New Haven. Join us for all the Pipes Alive! concerts -- half-hour organ concerts featuring St. John’s magnificent Austin pipe organ, on the first Sunday of the month, November through June, 12:30 p.m. with regional organists. Free!

Details at https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/pipes-alive-carolyn-craig-organist/

Due to COVID-19, this is likely to be a livestream-only event.

Find the livestream link at www.reddoormusic.org

Organ info: https://www.reddoormusic.org/organ/
The Springfield AGO hopes to reschedule events cancelled from this current season as the situation allows.
We would also like to have a special event to celebrate our 75th anniversary year but cannot plan one at this time due to the pandemic. Our vision includes...
  • Silent Movie with Peter Krasinski at United Congregational Church of Holyoke
  • Members Recital and Banquet at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Hadley
  • A Jazz Vespers at Church of Atonement in Westfield
  • A special event for our 75th anniversary year

Past Events

Livestreamed: Wednesday Online Recital Series – Christa Rakich, Organ
November 25, 2020 — 10:37pm
Livestream from Oberlin Conservatory.
Livestreamed at https://youtu.be/_qiuDRTfI3o
During the COVID-19 self-isolation, Music at the Red Door is presenting half-hour live-stream-only recitals on Wednesdays during the month of November. Donations benefit organizations that assist the homeless and hungry. On November 25 at 12:15 pm, St. John’s Organ Artist-in-Residence Christa Rakich performs on the Flentrop organ, Warner Hall at Oberlin Conservatory.

https://www.oberlin.edu/conservatory/divisions/keyboard-studies/organ/warner

Details at https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/christa-rakich-organ/

Livestreamed at https://youtu.be/_qiuDRTfI3o
Livestreamed: Wednesday Online Recital Series – Ezequiel Menéndez, Organ
November 18, 2020 — 12:15pm
Livestream from St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford.
https://youtu.be/OobNZZOiFBw
During the COVID-19 self-isolation, Music at the Red Door is presenting half-hour live-stream-only recitals on Wednesdays during the month of November. Donations benefit local organizations that assist the homeless and hungry. On November 18 at 12:15 pm, Organist Ezequiel Menéndez performs. Ezequiel Menéndez is Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, in Hartford; Chapel Organist at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut; Music Coordinator at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford; Professor of Organ at Central Connecticut State University; teaches at the University of Hartford (Community Division); and maintains a large private organ studio.

Details at https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/ezequiel-menendez-organ/

Livestreamed at https://youtu.be/OobNZZOiFBw

Zoom Happy Chat--How to plan church music for the holidays.
November 1, 2020 — 5:00pm
Via Zoom.To obtain link to the meeting, please email agospringfieldma@gmail.com
During this time of isolation, the Board has decided to hold Zoom chats on a variety of topics. The gatherings are fun and friendly, so please join us! We plan to hold them on the first Sunday of each month.

Our Dean Martha Sienkiewicz will host. The topic will be "How to plan church music for the holidays".
A special 90 minute program on Baroque Ornamentation taught by International Bach Festival Competition winner Balint Karosi, presented live-stream via Zoom.
October 17, 2020 — 10:00am
Zoom-Registration required for this event via the "contact us" feature on this web site
We are thrilled to present a special program on Baroque Ornamentation taught by International Bach Festival Competition winner Balint Karosi. This is being brought to you by the Springfield Chapter and is being opened to our sister chapters. It will be held online and you must register for this Zoom event. Registration should be in the form of an email request to : agospringfieldma@gmail.com. Please reserve, as there will be a cap on attendance. Open to organists, pianists and music teachers. If you are working on a baroque selection with ornaments that you want some fresh ideas on, this is the workshop for you!
Zoom Happy Chat
October 4, 2020 — 5:00pm
Via Zoom.To obtain link to the meeting, please email agospringfieldma@gmail.com
During this time of isolation, the Board has decided to hold Zoom chats on a variety of topics. The gatherings are fun and friendly, so please join us! We plan to hold them on the first Sunday of each month.

Our topic will be "piano music that works well in church services". Some of us could use some fresh ideas.
If you have some music to recommend, bring it along to the chat for our "Show and Tell". We will then compile a list of the favorites and send it out.
Zoom Happy Chat
September 6, 2020 — 5:00pm
Via Zoom.To obtain link to the meeting, please email agospringfieldma@gmail.com
During this time of isolation, the Board has decided to hold Zoom chats on a variety of topics. The gatherings are fun and friendly, so please join us! We plan to hold them on the first Sunday of each month.
This month's topic is "How are our non-church music endeavors going?".
Special guest Elizabeth George, AGO Director of Member Engagement & Chapter Development
Until the Vaccine Arrives
August 7, 2020 — 6:30pm
Zoom
Presented by Church Music Institute
August 7-8

The live, online workshop offers attendees the chance to interact with our esteemed clinicians: Dr. Don Horisberger and Dr. David Arcus.

Topics include:

· “Choral Music for these Times – Dr. Don Horisberger.
· “Navigating the New Normal” – Panel discussion with Drs. Horisberger and Arcus and other practicing worship leaders
· “Composing Organ Music Using Public Domain Hymn Tunes” - Dr. David Arcus
· “Building a Lessons & Carols for Advent for Live Streaming” - Dr. Horisberger
· "Church Copyright Compliance - Even Now." – Tim Binkley

The cost of the workshop is $25 for CMI members, including those with joint AGO/CMI membership. AGO members can learn how to activate their discounted CMI membership when they login to AGOHQ.com. Further info at:
https://www.churchmusicinstitute.org/event/tips-from-the-masters-workshop/
Springfield Chapter De-Isolation Meeting and Chat
August 2, 2020 — 4:00pm
Zoom
Topic: Staying Inspired During Times of Isolation- what are you doing to keep yourself motivated? Come share your best practices. Bring a cool drink and find out what other musicians have been up to!
RSVP to request access to the call. Accessible by video and/or phone
Email:agospringfieldma@gmail.com
Transitioning from Piano to Organ
February 29, 2020 — 9:30am
St. John Episcopal Church
48 Elm St., Northampton, MA
Organ Recital
October 27, 2019 — 3:00pm
The Brick Church
Old Main St., Deerfield, MA
Music of Bach, Bohm, and an improvisation
Opening Event
October 5, 2019 — 9:30am
Grace Lutheran Church
1552 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA
Coffee and Donuts
Installation of Board Members
Anthem Reading