David and I had a free day following our workshop/concert weekend in Carson City, so with Harry Bennett as host we toured three different churches in Virginia City, Nevada. Each of the three, the Episcopal, Catholic, and Presbyterian had unique 19th and early 20th-century instruments (an 1876 Mills organ, a Schuelke organ of 1898 and a Hinners of 1925). It was my pleasure to play each of these organs in three lovely historic churches. Harry gave us a wonderful tour of the city, the churches and the organs.
Archive for October, 2009
On Saturday, October 17th, I met with six organists interested in enhancing their skills and learning more about the new Rodgers Trillium organ at the Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Carson City, Nevada. The three-hour workshop included questions, answers, comments, music sharing, and new ideas regarding the use of the organ in church, teaching, and concert were shared. We also enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by the church and the North Nevada American Guild of Organists Chapter where the conversations continued.
A grand time was had by all at the Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon, October 18th, 2009 when Dr. Jeannine Jordan played the dedication concert on the church’s new Rodgers Trillium organ. The large and receptive audience enjoyed music of the exciting free pieces from Buxtehude, Handel and Bach to a set of chorale preludes by other Baroque composers in the first half of the program. The second half of the program showcased the orchestral sounds of the organ in Romantic and Contemporary literature.
The Shepherd of the Sierra choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Ruppel sang an anthem with piano and organ accompaniment and were the worship leaders for the singing of two stirring congregational hymns.
Also adding to the visual aspect of the concert was the live projection of Jeannine’s keyboard and pedal technique. Projected via cameras directed on the organ from its balcony position to a large screen in the front of the sanctuary, every audience member could see as well as hear every note played by Jeannine. Exciting concert! David Jordan made all the technical aspects of the event work perfectly.
Congratulations again to the Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church of Carson City, Nevada on their outstanding new organ! It was indeed a privilege to be a part of the celebration!
Come one, come all to the upcoming organ skills workshop. Saturday, October 17 – Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Gardnerville, Nevada – 9 a.m. to noon.
Discover new skills, enhance existing skills, hear new repertoire, meet other organists, share ideas – AND hear a wonderful new digital organ!
Please join me.