Organist on the radio!

Gene Schiller, Hawaii Public Radio

Gene Schiller, Hawaii Public Radio

It’s been three days since Joey Fala’s triumphant concert last Sunday, and people are still commenting and raving about his performance to me.

Last Friday, Karl Bachman, the Dean of the local Hawaii Chapter of the American Guild of Organists,  arranged for Joey to be interviewed by Gene Schiller of Hawaii Public Radio.

Joey certainly kept his cool, in spite of being asked some very challenging questions!

Click this link to go to the Hawaii Public Radio website and hear the interview.

As you will see, they used the photo of Joey taken seven years ago at the Central Union console just before his senior recital in high school.

Joey at Central Union, seven years ago.

Joey at Central Union, seven years ago.

Today I had a lesson with Steven Severin, organist of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, who turned pages for Joey in Sunday’s concert. Being up close, he marveled at the large size of Joey’s hands, which give him a great advantage in playing the organ, especially in playing the works of Franck, which have sometime call for stretches of a tenth (an octave and a third).

I then pulled out a picture of Joey taken shortly after he finished sixth grade. Even then, you can see that he had wonderfully long fingers at a young age! What was also fun was that this weekend, in cleaning out a box of miscellaneous papers, I found the Midsummer Night’s Organ Concert program dated Sunday, July 18, 2004, Joey’s first public concert appearance!

Here’s Joey’s bio from that time: Joey began piano at age five with Toni Leong and has continued piano study with Jill Fong since he was six. He has been an organ student of Katherine Crosier since May 2003 and a recipient of an AGO Scholarship in 2003 and again in 2004. Joey just completed the sixth grade at Iolani School and looks forward to seventh grade in the Fall.

Joey and myself, 2004

Joey and myself, 2004. 

Look at the length of his fingers, compared to mine—and this was in the sixth grade! No wonder he’s such a marvel at the organ.

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The rock star of the organ world!

Joey and Lisa Preston

Joey and Lisa Preston

That’s what Iolani School teacher Lisa Preston posted about Joey Fala’s concert last night. “It was positively glorious! What a treat to hear this; if you’re not a fan of organ music, he’d convert you for sure. I was his class adviser for six years, and now he’s all grown up and the rock star of the organ world!”

The reviews are starting to come in for my former student, Joey Fala, and as I told him, he made people so happy!

Here is a collection of comments from Facebook:

Joey and Miki Yamamoto

Joey and Miki Yamamoto

Awesome organ music. It really was a fantastic concert, with such varied music. And I was also impressed with Joey’s personable public speaking skills. It’s an under appreciated aspect of being a performer and he did a great job of situating the repertoire and welcoming the audience. (Erin Richardson Severin) [By the way, kudos to Erin’s husband, Steven Severin, one of my organ students, who turned pages so expertly!]

I thoroughly enjoyed the concert!! Excellently done, Joey!! (Jerry Groth)

Rucci Aamodt, a former student from over 20 years ago, wrote, “Bravo! Great concert. I guess the Escaich was my cup of tea.”

Ajaon Chen, “… it (was) beautiful.”

Joey, greeting his fans after the concert.

Joey greets his fans after the concert.

Miki Yamamoto, another former student, wrote: I first met Joey in high school when I started organ lessons and now, so many years later, (he’s) back to play at the annual Hawaii AGO organ concert. He’s honestly amazing and I know he’s killing the game at Yale. Such an amazing concert, congrats Joey!

From Diane Martinson, former Iolani School chaplain: I was intrigued by the Escaich piece and, of course, it was wonderful to hear Joey play a Marcel Dupre piece given your tutelage under him. Joey even threw in one of my favorite hymns and played such a beautiful interlude! I’m so happy he has followed his passion, and besides being a performance organist I’m sure there will be many churches over the course of his lifetime who will be very blessed by his musical gifts. As a teacher who could ask for anything more?! 🙂

Gloria Moore, long-time Hawaii AGO member, wrote: Joey’s playing last night was thrilling. He amazed us all with his flawless technical skills, beautiful registration and a thoroughly delightful and varied repertoire. Congratulations, Joey!

Allen Bauchle, our former assistant at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, said that he’d wished that Carl Crosier could have been here. He would have been so proud!

Betsy McCreary, likewise, told me, she wished John McCreary could have seen this. Joey called him a “grandfatherly figure” in his musical upbringing, helping him pull the stops, attending every recital, and always offering support.

Joey and the John McCreary, seven years ago at Joey's senior recital

Joey and the late John McCreary, seven years ago at Joey’s senior recital

And Erik Floan, who was not at the concert, but has visited Hawaii a number of times, wrote: Not only is he a good organist, he could probably anchor a national news program.

That’s our Joey!

 

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Beautiful program, beautifully played

The Executive Board with Joey Fala.

The AGO Executive Board with Joey Fala.

My heart is full of joy after tonight’s concert which was the culmination of a fifteen year journey that the community of Honolulu has taken with Joey Fala, a kid whose passion for the pipe organ led his fifth grade homeroom teacher to speak to me about it that many years ago.

Joey and his fifth grade teacher, Cindy Scheinert

Joey and his fifth grade teacher, Cindy Scheinert

“Kathy, you have to do something for Joey because he is absolutely driving his parents CRAZY asking for organ lessons!”

Cindy Scheinert, who was in tonight’s audience, reminded me that “every piece of homework somehow had the organ in it!” and put the two of us together to begin this journey.

It was a technically demanding concert which would challenge the most seasoned performer, and Joey absolutely rose to the occasion. He registered the organ so stylistically and brought out a myriad of colors in a program which included Elgar, Shearing, Bach, Franck, Rheinberger, Howells, Escaich

Joey with two of my young organ students, Sophia and Raphael.

Joey with two of my young organ students, Sophia and Raphael.

and Dupré. With every note, my heart rose higher and higher— he made such beautiful music, beautifully phrased, with “love” in every single note. I told him after the concert that he made everyone fall in love with organ music!

He recounted that day seven years ago when he was downstairs, right here in Central Union Church, nervously waiting to play his senior recital, that I told him “Joey, your playing makes people happy! Just go out and do it!”

I would like to share what Karl Bachman, our AGO Dean (American Guild of Organists) said at intermission.

Karl Bachman's remarks tonight.

Karl Bachman’s remarks tonight.

[Aw, shucks, Karl! I didn’t do anything!]

Joey said he had a lot of fun tonight.

Joey said he had a lot of fun tonight.

Joey, we all went home happy!

 

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Our homeboy, Joey

Missing were Angie Delight, Stephen Strugnell and Simon Crookall who had to leave early.

The Hawaii Chapter AGO. Missing were Angie Delight, Stephen Strugnell and Simon Crookall who had to leave early.

Joey with Karl Bachman (left) and Donald Matsumori

Joey with Karl Bachman (left) and Donald Matsumori

Last night I hosted (with the help of the Executive Board) the Hawaii Chapter American Guild of Organists on the eighth floor party facility of my building. It was a welcome home reception for our homeboy, Joey Fala, whose passion for the pipe organ began when he was in preschool at Holy Nativity in Aina Haina, and whose quest to become a concert organist started in the fifth grade. That’s when I met him and gave him seven years of organ lessons before he left for college. In the fifteen years since then, we’ve all seen him grow up and realize his dream.

The first time Joey played the St. Andrew's Cathedral organ.

The first time Joey played the Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Andrew’s Cathedral was for an Iolani Chorus concert.

It was St. Patrick's Day, and Don Conover had just come from work!

It was St. Patrick’s Day, and Don Conover had just come from work!

The room was noisy with laughter and excited conversation and as Erin Richardson Severin wrote on Facebook, “the pride for Joey was palpable.” Every single one of us had to feel an enormous sense of joy and pride as we greeted Joey and reflected on his journey from a little kid to a mature adult.

I had to smile a little, when I heard Joey’s interview yesterday on Hawaii Public Radio, because Joey gave me a shout-out as being his mentor and his teacher, as well as his “second mom.”

Except for an afternoon doctor’s appointment, I took the entire day off yesterday to prepare for the reception, and put together smoked salmon cucumber chips, a fresh fruit platter, a cheese platter, honey-glazed chicken wings and lemon square bars. (Click the link for the recipe! They were all gone by the end of the evening!) Karl Bachman, the chapter Dean, took four hours to make homemade Chinese dumplings, and even had help via a FaceTime call to China!

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Tomorrow night is the Twelfth Annual Organ Concert at Central Union Church, March 19th at 7:00 pm. The program has a little something for everyone— Joey said he programmed the Elgar because it is his teacher, Thomas Murray’s favorite composer, plus jazz (George Shearing), Bach of course, and at my request, a hymn so that Joey can show off his masterful and creative hymn playing skills. He also programmed Dupré, knowing that I was a former pupil of his in 1968!

Caught on camera!

Caught on camera!

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4, Op 39 (Arr. Sinclair)

George Shearing (1919-2011)
There is a Happy Land

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
“Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele” BWV 654

César Franck (1822-1890)
Choral No. 1 in E Major

-INTERMISSION-

Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Organ Sonata No.8, Op.132: Introduction and passacaglia

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Rhapsody No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 17

Thierry Escaich (b.1965)
Cinq versets sur le “Victimae Paschali”

HYMN: Be Thou My Vision

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Prelude & Fugue in B Major Op 7 No. 1

What a spectacular program it promises to be! Several of the pieces have a special history for me: I played the Bach G-minor Fantasy and Fugue on my senior recital, the Franck E Major Chorale on my master’s recital, and the Dupré B Major during graduate school.

Don’t miss this concert by perhaps Hawaii’s only concert organist! We are so very proud of Joey!

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Aloha, Frances

Frances Viglielmo, 1931-2017

Frances Viglielmo, 1931-2017

Tonight I went to the Church of the Crossroads where I attended a memorial service for Frances Viglielmo, a former soprano in the Lutheran Church of Honolulu choir. I mentioned her name once before in my blog post called “Blue and red“, when I wrote about the “defectors”— singers who sang at St. Andrew’s Cathedral for a number of years before “defecting” to “the enemy”— the Lutheran Church of Honolulu choir as described by the late John McCreary, former organist-choirmaster of the Cathedral. You can read her obituary here.

Frances sang in the LCH choir for about twenty years under Carl Crosier, whom she sometimes called “Maestro” or “Teacher.” She had beautiful white hair which she claimed was completely natural and not out of a bottle. I remember when I got my first gray hairs in my late thirties, and she never hesitated to point them out to me!

Valdo Viglielmo died last November.

Valdo Viglielmo died last November.

She and her husband, Valdo Viglielmo, were united in marriage for 57 years, and now they are united in death: Valdo only died last November 14, 2016 at the age of 89. The Rev. Neal MacPherson, who gave the homily tonight in addition to giving the homily just a couple of months ago for Val, said the two just couldn’t live without each other, as Frances died on February 3, 2017. That’s only about two months apart!

Both were known for their lifelong political activism. They met in Cambridge, MA where Val attended Harvard University and Frances attended Radcliffe. From the memorial program, I read:

Frances traveled on her own to Cuba to view the effects of socialism there. Frances and Valdo worked tirelessly for peace and justice, and were awarded the Peace Prize in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1998. They helped to bring the Nagasaki Peace Bell to Honolulu. Prior to that, they also were granted one of the first Peacemaker Awards from the Church of the Crossroads.

In fact, you can thank Frances that the Compline Choir performed at a peace commemoration of the dropping of the Nagasaki nuclear bomb. Seems like she asked Carl almost every year if the choir could perform, and one year he actually made it happen.

The Compline Choir

The Compline Choir, singing and ringing handbells

At the memorial service, Rev. MacPherson recounted that Val had to bail Frances out of jail so many times after being arrested for peaceful protests that he had lost count, and made her promise to only get arrested once per year! In a Honolulu Star-Bulletin article titled “High court upholds trespassing conviction,” Frances was arrested for trespassing at the Toys R Us store at Ala Moana Center: “Viglielmo was given six months probation and fined $100 for refusing to leave Ala Moana Center, where she was protesting the sale of military toys on Dec. 15, 2000. She was handing out pamphlets and holding a sign outside a toy store that read, ‘Stop selling war hero toys to kids.’ “

Rev. MacPherson saw Frances on the day before she died, and asked what she wanted for her memorial service. Her requests were for the songs “Jesus loves me,” “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “Tis the gift to be simple,” which the congregation sang, accompanied on the piano by Angie Delight (my former organ student).

Frances also wanted everyone who attended the memorial to “DUMP TRUMP!” — yes, her dying words!

We’ll miss you, Frances!

An old picture of the LCH Choir. Frances is in the front row.

An old picture of the LCH Choir. Frances is in the front row.

Ikebana arrangement for Frances.

Ikebana arrangement for Frances.

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The real unsung heroes

From time to time, I have written posts about organists being a dying breed—we are few and far between, and going the way of the dodo bird. Fewer students learn how to play the organ, and it’s just not possible to pick up the instrument “in ten easy lessons”—it takes years of commitment and practice. With my own young students, organ lessons and practice have always competed with sports practice and games, drama club practice, speech and debate tournaments, etc.

Something I found out last summer, though, when I was traveling with the Historic Organ Study Tour group in France, was that if you think organists can be classified with the dinosaurs, an even rarer breed is the organ technician: they just don’t make ’em any more! I happened to meet an organ technician on the tour, and he was the one who made me aware of the problem.

Jim Gruber at Makawao Union Church, Maui

Jim Gruber at Makawao Union Church, Maui

In last Sunday’s concert at the Higashi Hongwanji Mission, I wanted you to be aware of two men behind the scenes who were key to Joey Fala’s recital. One was Jim Gruber, a local retired organ technician who now lives on Maui. He used to be part of the Joliet (Illinois) Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts— I’ve heard that theatre pipe organ technicians are even rarer! Jim will be coming to Oahu to tune the Central Union organ for Joey Fala’s recital this coming Sunday, March 19th at 7:00 pm.

Jude Oliver at Punahou School

Jude Oliver at Punahou School, Honolulu

Jim, along with Jude Oliver, an associate of Bob Alder in Church Organs Hawaii, spent two days working on the Wicks organ last week that included rebuilding the massive DC rectifier, fixing multiple dead notes and ciphers, and a complete tuning. On Sunday morning, Jude was called in for an emergency cipher repair (stuck note!) on the low C pedal note. As you can see by the picture, Jude is in is 20s and we are thrilled that he has taken up this line of work!

The last few weeks, I’ve been driving back and forth on the Pali Highway to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Kailua, to observe the organ restoration work on their 1983 J. W. Walker & Sons organ. Thirty-four years ago, the company shipped the organ from England to Hawaii—and sent one page of instructions on how to put it together. According to Mark Wong, who was St. Christopher’s organist for over twenty years, the first instruction was “Assemble the Great,” meaning the main division of the organ: a herculean task! Mark was present every day of the installation and says that no one from the company ever came to Hawaii to oversee the construction.

The J. W. Walker & Sons pipe organ, St. Christopher's Episcopal, Kailua

The J. W. Walker & Sons pipe organ, St. Christopher’s Episcopal, Kailua

Consequently, in my mind, the St. Christopher’s organ always sounded unfinished: it was never “voiced,” which is a procedure in which organbuilders manipulate the loudness and softness, tone quality and timbre of each organ pipe.  It is a meticulous task which when finished, make the pipes sound even in tone and volume, forming a beautiful music instrument.

In addition to never being voiced, after so many years, there were many broken parts of the Walker organ—features which simply didn’t work any more after years of use and being subject to the salty ocean air.

So our friend Hans-Ulrich Erbsloeh from Germany has been in the islands since January 28th, along with his assistant, Berndt, to do a complete overhaul and restoration of the Walker organ. If you remember, Hans was the chief voicer of the Beckerath organ at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu in 1975, has maintained the organ for many years, and has been a close friend ever since.

The re-dedication concert of the Walker organ will take place on May 21st at 4:00. Guess who has been asked to play? Here are some of the pictures I took of the work in progress.

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Hans also attended the four hand, four feet recital at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu recently:

Hans with Paul Tegels and Dana Robinson at LCH

Hans with Paul Tegels and Dana Robinson at LCH

Bless you, organ builders and organ technicians!

 

 

 

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Secret mission 

 

Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Hilo.

Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Hilo.

Shhhh! Don’t tell Joey!

This was a title of an email I sent to Bob Alder and Rick Mazurowski, two members of the Hawaii Chapter American Guild of Organists who live on the Big Island and in charge of Joey Fala’s recital at the Higashi Hongwanji Mission, March 12th.

You see, I really wasn’t planning on flying to Hilo for the concert, 210 miles from Honolulu, and in fact when I last talked to Joey on Saturday, we both said, “See you Tuesday.”

But when I asked Bob and Rick to take pictures in my absence,  Bob wrote back to me:

You should come over for it. There’s a flight that gets here about 1:30 (plenty of time before the concert), and then the last flight back to Honolulu (Joey is on it) is at 9:00. We’re all going to dinner after the concert and you would be welcome to join us.

I immediately went to the Hawaiian Airlines website and booked a ticket!

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Bob picked me up from the airport and gave me a quick tour of Hilo, as my last trip here was in 2007. When I got to the temple and was sitting outside on the front porch, Joey happened to walk outside and was in utter shock! “What are you doing here?! Now you’re going to make me nervous!”

I also had a joyful reunion with Elizabeth Bell, a parishioner at Church of the Holy Apostles who had met Joey that morning where he played several hymns and the postlude. I have known Liz for decades(!) as she was the maid of honor at Carl’s and my wedding in 1977, forty years ago!

We were astounded at the huge crowd which filled the temple—after that big write-up in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper, people must have been curious about the organ and Joey. Every pew was filled! (Yes, they have pews and hymn books in Buddhist temples here.) Early in the concert, Joey did a segue from Jean Langlais’ Chant de paix to a singalong Buddhist hymn which he introduced with a beautiful improvisation.


Poor Joey! In addition to the usual difficulties of sitting at a strange organ with extremely stiff action, he was assailed by swarms of mosquitoes which bit him repeatedly on his hands and legs. I must say there is nothing worse for an organist than having to play a concert or service and looking down to see mosquitoes on your hand and not being able to swat them away in the middle of your piece! Joey did an admirable job under the circumstances and was rewarded with a standing ovation.

“The kid can play!”proclaimed Walter Greenwood, organist of Christ Lutheran in Hilo.

Afterwards the ladies of the temple put on a sumptuous spread of homemade goodies, sweet and savory.


Bob Alder hosted a dinner after the reception with his business associate, Jude Oliver, his girlfriend Maria Gacula, Rick Mazurowski, Joey and myself—all organists! Isn’t that amazing!

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Like going into someone else’s kitchen

Today the Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper on the Big Island published a story by Katie Young Yamanaka about our homeboy, Joey Fala, and his upcoming recital at the Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Sunday, March 12th at 3:00 pm.

I was surprised that Joey came up with the same analogy as I have previously written about, particularly in regards to playing a service or concert in someone else’s church: it’s like cooking in someone else’s kitchen and not knowing what ingredients you’ll have to prepare a meal. You see, every organ is custom built to the room it resides in, and although there are similarities of one organ to another, each is unique for what stops it contains and how it sounds in the room.

Here’s the story:

Story about Joey Fala, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, March 9, 2017

Story about Joey Fala, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, March 9, 2017 (Click to enlarge)

I can’t tell you what a thrill it has been for me to see a young boy grow into a man, a child who was so curious about the pipe organ and who has now become its master. As Samuel Lam, our American Guild of Organists (AGO) treasurer wrote recently, “Our recitalist will be Joey Fala who grew up before our eyes here in Honolulu.”

Joey, I hope you forgive me when I post this photo of your first Hawaii Chapter AGO meeting, which was a silent film performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, improvised by John McCreary on his home theatre pipe organ.  How far you have come! and wouldn’t John be so proud of you, as we all are.

Joey is shown at the home of John and Betsy McCreary (seated) with Roy Helms in the background.

Joey is shown at the home of John and Betsy McCreary (seated) with Roy Helms in the background.

Joey’s recital in Honolulu will be Sunday, March 19th at 7:00 pm at Central Union Church. The concert is free, but donations will be welcomed.

 

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Organ music in a Buddhist temple!

Higashi Hongwanji Mission

Higashi Hongwanji Mission

This weekend, Joey Fala will play a concert at Higashi Hongwanji Mission in Hilo on the Big Island. According to Bob Alder, who does electronic organ service in Hawaii and is underwriting Joey’s transportation to Hilo through his firm, Church Organs Hawaii, said:

“This organ has always been used by Higashi Hongwanji for their regular services. As far as we know, the Higashi Hongwanji pipe organ has not been in a public concert since its dedication concert was played by Dr. Frank Tabrah in 1962. Rick Mazurowski and I talked it over and both felt that this was the right time for this magnificent organ to be heard by music lovers on the Big Island. Being the largest musical instrument on this island, and the largest outside of Honolulu, makes it unique and very special. Having a musician of Joey Fala’s talent available to perform on it was an opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up.”

Rick Mazurowski, the organist of Holy Apostles, who was mentioned in the paragraph above, said:

“Joey was giving another organ concert in Honolulu, and desired to play at an outer island this time.  We were very lucky that he decided to choose Hilo, since he is an exceptionally virtuosic and moving artist.  I have only been lucky enough to hear him play once about 10 years ago, when I took one of my students to Honolulu for Kathy Crosier’s Young Organists Concerts.  At that time he was a teenager who could hold his own with any seasoned adult organist.  It was a beautiful experience hearing his skills at such a young age. “

Rick has helped Scott Bosch (another AGO member on the Big Island) maintain the beautiful old three manual Wicks organ at Higashi Hongwanji several times a year since retiring to Hilo in 2004, and has always viewed it as an unknown “diamond” that needed to be heard by the local community. Luckily the fairly new sensei at the temple, Rev. Sawada, was open to hosting a community concert!

Rick continues,

“It is truly a concert instrument with beautiful gilded exposed pipework and excellent acoustics.  Music lovers in Hilo will simply be delighted to discover this amazing instrument played under the hands of such an amazing artist, Joey Fala. Joey’s program is varied and will show the many capabilities of this instrument:  whisper soft Erzähler stops, fiery trumpets, and heart stopping thunderous full organ sounds! Audiences will also experience the welcoming beauty of the congregation and leadership from Higashi Hongwanji members!”

Poster for Joey Fala's concert in Hilo.

Poster for Joey Fala’s concert in Hilo.

If you would like to see the actual concert program, you can click here.. The concert is Sunday, March 12th at 3:00 p.m., Higashi Hongwanji Mission, 216 Mohouli Street, Hilo; corner of Mohouli and Kapiolani.

Don’t forget Joey’s Honolulu concert the following Sunday, March 19th at 7:00 pm at Central Union Church!

 

 

 

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Four hands, four feet

It’s not as easy as it looks.

From day one, you are taught to always sit in the middle of the organ bench so you can develop a sense of where the pedals are without looking.

So if I were to play a duet with someone else on the organ, I would be discombobulated.

This Sunday, March 5th at 5:00 pm, there will be a solo and duet recital with Paul Tegels and Dana Robinson, both college organ professors, on the Beckerath organ at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Both hold degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston and the University of Iowa. They have concertized in solo and duet performances in the US, Europe, New Zealand, and Japan.

The program will include works of Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn (including a new 4-hand organ arrangement of the last two movements of the Reformation Symphony).

Paul Tegels

Paul Tegels teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

Paul Tegels, a native of the Netherlands, is Associate Professor of Music, and serves as University Organist at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy and his Master of Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied organ with Delores Bruch, and choral conducting with William Hatcher.

Other degrees and awards include the Artist Diploma and the Master of Music Degree in organ performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Yuko Hayashi and William Porter.  He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship from the Netherlands-America Commission for Educational Exchange.

He holds the teaching and performance degrees from the Stedelijk Conservatorium in Arnhem, The Netherlands, where he studied organ with Bert Matter and harpsichord with Cees Rosenhart. He has done extensive research on the organ and harpsichord concertos of Franz Joseph Haydn, and has played the first American performance of the Haydn Organ Concerto in D, Hoboken XVIII-2, of which he has prepared a performance edition.

He is the past dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is currently president of the Westfield Center, a national resource for the advancement of Keyboard Music.

Prior to his appointment at PLU, he taught at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.

Dr. Tegels is a good friend of Scott Fikse, the present Director of Music and Liturgy at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. He was also the teacher of my former student, Miki Yamamoto, who graduated from Pacific Lutheran University.

Dana Robinson teaches at the University of Illinois.

Dana Robinson teaches at the University of Illinois.

Dana Robinson teaches at the University of Illinois. A native of Boston, has performed on some of the most significant modern and historic organs in the United States, and has presented recitals, master classes, and lectures for the Boston and River Valley chapters of the American Guild of Organists, the Round Lake Historical Society, Boston’s First Night festival, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, the Old West Organ Society, Baroque Artists of Champaign, and the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society. He has also appeared with The Boston Cècelia, Baroque Artists of Champaign, and with Dutch organist Paul Tegels, with whom he gives frequent duet recitals. His performances are frequently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams.

An active church musician, Professor Robinson has served as organist and choir master of Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, and as organist and director of music for the Center of Faith and Life at Luther College. Professor Robinson is presently organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign. He has held teaching appointments at Central College of Iowa, and Luther College. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Professor Robinson won the Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Concerto Competition, and First Prize in the Arthur Poister Competition. In 1988 he received the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for study abroad. His principal teachers include George Faxon, Yuko Hayashi, Harald Vogel, and Delbert Disselhorst, and pianists Julius Chaloff and Kenneth Amada.

The concert is free and donations are welcome.

 

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