Welcome to the Region IV Blog!

Welcome to the Region IV Blog!

Greetings to all members in the Southeast Region of the American Guild of Organists. I hope that this blog can be an easy way for us to keep in touch. Please contact me for news and events from your chapter that should be included. I'm happy to spread the word! Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Region IV events calendar.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2013-2014 season.


Monday, March 3, 2014


Did you know that there is a new POE page on Facebook? Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/PipeOrganEncountersoftheAGO

Our Southeast region is looking for chapters to host POEs during the summer of 2015. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a part of the most fun and exciting outreach program the AGO has to offer!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Greater Greensboro Hymn Festival and Masterclass

Rob Ridgell, director of Music-Organist at Christ Church, Charlotte, led a masterclass and hymn festival for the Greater Greensboro chapter. The improvisation masterclass was well attended with three performers gracing the bench. The hymn festival, entitled "The Gift of Creation", included a choir of around 25 singers from area churches. Pictured below are Ridgell and some of the hymn festival participants:

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Tennessee Centennial

The AGO has been in Tennessee for 100 years (1914-2014)! On Sunday evening, I had the pleasure to attend “Night of 100 Stars: Organ Concerto Concert” at Bartlett United Methodist Church. 

The orchestra? The GPAC Youth Symphony (GPAC=Germantown Performing Arts Center!). The program? In addition to the opening of “Also sprach Zarathustra” and the Overture to Candide, we were treated to Widor’s Symphonie pour Orgue et Orchestre, Op. 42 (different performers for each mvt: Jane Gamble, Eva McPeters, and Karen Strawhecker) and the world premiere of Dennis Janzer’s Concerto No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 24. Oh, what a night!

From left, performers of the Widor Symphony: 
Jane Gamble, Eva McPeters, and Karen Strawhecker

Dennis Janzer following the premiere of his organ concerto. 
Movement titles: Intrada, Basso Ostinato, Flourishes and Fanfares

Earlier posts on this blog have outlined the yearly events – check it out, perhaps you can attend one of the remaining concerts!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

High School Organ Festival & Competition

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts/Salem College/Winston-Salem Chapter of the AGO announce the 2014 High School Organ Festival & Competition to be held on January 24-26, 2014.  On Sunday, January 26, Salem College artist-in-residence and world-renowned keyboard pedagogue, Barbara Lister-Sink, will present a workshop on Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique. The workshop will also offer an introduction to Alexander Technique by Salem faculty member, Susan Perkins. Following the workshop will be a master class and optional individual lessons with UNCSA & Salem College organ professor, Dr. Timothy Olsen.

For more details, please visit the competition website

Monday, October 21, 2013

Some more photos from NE Tenn/SW Virginia

You all may recall that I visited Johnson City, Tennessee, last week. Well, now more pictures to prove it! Here is a candid pic of me speaking to the members of the Northeast Tennesse/Southwest Virginia chapter in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City. (I must use my hands a lot when I speak, eh?)

Here I am with the chapter officers and members from the host church. 
What a great time. Thanks NETN/SWVA!

A visit to Central Florida

On the road again . . . . this time, not too far (just a two hour drive down to Orlando). On Sunday evening I joined the executive board of the Central Florida AGO chapter for their meeting. Great discussion and a great meal (bring your own salad toppings!) What a lovely group (and they all have great smiles, too!)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A visit to NE Tennessee/SW Virginia Chapter

Your regional councillor traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee, to visit the NE TN/SW VA chapter. In the afternoon, members of the chapter drove me around the beautiful area. Here's a pic of the Court House on Main Street in Jonesborough (Tennessee's oldest town). Ah, the weather was beautiful.

Pictures from the dinner meeting will appear tomorrow :-)