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Saturday, Feb. 5th Workshop - Wolfgang Rubsam: There Are No Mistakes in Improvisation

Please join us Saturday, November 13th, for this month's chapter event. We'll begin at 10:30 am with a brief business meeting then at 11 am German organist Wolfgang Rubsam, our guest presenter, will lead a demonstration class entitled “There Are No Mistakes in Improvisation.”

In describing his presentation, Rubsam wrote Improvisation can be approached and learned via a number of platforms. These will be addressed in part during this AGO class February 5th 2022, mainly focusing on a basic guide to achieving a polyphonic style, and directions of free options in the French manner. While this class provides demonstrations on the organ, it also invites participants to be motivated “riding the bench” briefly for experimentation and immediate discovery, as we will never admit to a “mistake”, but learn and discover how to “repair” such after the fact.

We'll gather in the sanctuary of Independent Presbyterian Church for the meeting and program. Following the program, you’re invited to join in a dutch treat lunch at a nearby restaurant.

In consideration of all, we will continue to practice social distancing and wear masks.

The program will be livestreamed via Zoom. The link for that will be emailed to you a few days before the program.

Spring Election Process Is Underway

The Nominating Committee is currently working on a slate of nominees for 2022-2024 dean, treasurer, and secretary and the 2022-2025 Executive Committee Class. Their slate and the election schedule will be presented to the chapter at the February 5th business meeting.

Please see the Chapter Operating Procedures for a definition of the responsibilities of each of these positions and of the election process.

Change in Calendar Entry Submission Process

Please email notice of coming recitals, concerts, workshops, etc. to Mark Hayes. He will post them to our online calendar within a few days.

Include a description of the event; performers; composers and titles of specific works to be performed; the date, time and location of the event; and any other info of interest. Remember to provide your contact email and phone number. Thank you!

2021-22 Chapter Program Calendar

Listed below is the schedule of this year's meetings and activities.

Plans will be updated as we near each event, and are dependent on COVID requirements.

Mon., Sept. 13, 2021: Q&A with voicer Nami Hamada and Noack Organ Co. representatives at St. Paul's Cathedral

Mon., Oct. 11, 2021: Continuo Tips and Techniques by Fred Teardo at Cathedral Church of the Advent

Fri., Nov. 5, 2021: Optional carpooling to FUMC Montgomery for David Higgs' dedication recital of new Schoenstein organ

Sat., Nov. 13, 2021: Workshop with Colin Lynch

Fri., Jan. 14, 2022: Epiphany Party CANCELLED

Sat., Feb. 5, 2022: Wolfgang Rubsam: There Are No Mistakes in Improvisation at Independent Presbyterian Church

Mon., March 14, 2022: Benjamin Kolodziej of Dallas: Copyright-free software sources with recommendations of categories, little-known composers, and more

May 2022: Open.

Coming Events

To add an event to our calendar, email Mark Hayes the details of the event, being sure to include your email address and phone number in case he needs to contact you.

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