From the Dean, Ann Frohbieter
Welcome to June and summertime and a well deserved change of pace.
Looming with great promise on our horizon is the AGO national convention in Chicago July 2-7. We've printed infor-
mation on the convention in this newsletter one last time to offer encouragement to anyone who may be thinking of
going but is still indecisive. AGO national conventions are always wonderful on so many levels: for inspiring and
informing our playing, teaching us creative approaches to various facets of our jobs, introducing us to new music,
and just providing a soothing balm to our souls as we sit in beautiful concerts and worship services and let
the music wash over us. You are well aware of registration information in The American Organist, I know.
July 1st is the beginning of a new season in the AGO calendar, and our new slate of officers will assume their role
of the leadership of our chapter on that date. It has been such a privilege to get to serve as Dean of the Houston
Chapter these past two years. I had no idea it would be such a delightful experience. Thanks to everyone who
served in so many ways. "Special thanks to Anthony Pessarra who produced the many excellent editions of the
Pipeline for us over the past several years, and who is retiring from that position with this June edition." You have
chosen a wonderful new slate of officers and exciting plans are already well underway for the new season.
My last act as Dean is to write a grant proposal, in hopes that the Houston chapter could receive a grant that would
help us with the costs of programming.
Here's to the exciting new adventure that lies ahead. Remember to be on the lookout for new members over the
summer. Our profession is so special and the music so glorious. It is our task to keep it alive so that its
beauty can to be savored by a new generation.
AGO Houston Chapter Officers
Ann Frohbieter —Dean ♦ Jan Jouett —Sub Dean ♦ David Henning — Secretary ♦ Don Hermanson — Treasurer
♦ Robert Bennett — Auditor ♦ Alice Spriggs — Auditor
Members at Large
2006 — Anna Marie Flusche; Kathryn Sparks; Glen Douglas
2007— Reg Brown; Dorry Shaddock; Maggi Tucker
2008 — Suzanne Anderson; Scott Mouton; Linda Thomas
Pipeline Editor, Substitute Listings & A.G.O. Website
C. Anthony Pessarra — 281-488-2055; Fax: 281-990-8960; email@example.com
A.G.O. Houston Chapter Website: www.agohouston.us
Marshall Maxwell — Marshall Maxwell Entertainment Agency
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: 713-522-3663, POB 66773, Houston, TX 77266-6773
From the Sub Dean, Jan Jouett
Hold the date: August 26, 2006, 8:00 A.M.--3:00 P.M., Memorial Drive Presbyte-
rian Church, 11612 Memorial Dr., Houston Tx. Sponsored by the Houston Chap-
ter AGO, Choristers Guild, Greater Houston Handbell Association, and the Hous-
ton Bronze Ensemble.
Classes for children and adults!
Hart Morris: Adult Handbells
Tammy Waldrop: Children's Handbells
Steve Roddy: Choral Clinician
Marsha Seale: Organ Practice Techniques
Stephen Morris: Service and Hymn Playing
Robert Bennett: Improvisation--You Can Do It!
Suzanne Anderson: Organ Class for Kids
Watch your mailbox for complete registration materials.
Contact: Ruth Seiwell email@example.com
Items of interest
Dr. Walter Burdette
Noel was a long-time Guild member, Organist of First Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, and a member of the Fac-
ulty of San Jacinto College. Dr. Burdette was a medical doctor with specialties in heart and thoracic surgery and
genetics, and was an organist and Guild member, as well, having served, within recent years, as chapter Chair of
Houston & Other Happenings
COUNTDOWN TO CHICAGO!
We hope you can join us in magnificent Chicago! We now want to begin to tantalize you with some of
the incredible musical opportunities that await you in the Windy City! For many years acclaimed as one
of the great choirs on the planet, hear the SWEDISH RADIO CHOIR in breathtaking acoustics! Enjoy
mother/son, piano/organ duo JEANNINE and ALAN MORRISON in recital in addition to our resident
virtuoso DAVID SCHRADER! Many, many more exciting details to come! One-step registration begins
December 1 and early registration closes January 31. ChicAGO 2006 is offering full on line registration.
Check out our Web site at <www.agohq.org/2006> or find the forms in your upcoming issue of The
American Organist Magazine!
See you in Chicago! Dennis E. Northway, Ch.M. Promotions Chair, 2006 ChicAGO Convention
June 28 (Wed.), 7:30 P.M. at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Ann Frohbieter will perform a re-
cital celebrating the 40th anniversary of the congregation's Aeolian Skinner organ. Admission: $10 at the
door; proceeds to benefit the Aubrey and Sylvia Farb community service fund of Emanu El. For more in-
formation call 713-529-5771.
ORGANIST/PIANIST - First Presbyterian Church of Rosenberg is a 250 member congregation off of Highway 59 in the suburb of Rosenberg Texas
about 25 minutes from Beltway 8 on US 59. We are looking for musicians of all types for substitutions and special services for special music. We have an
Allen organ and Tokai upright piano. We are looking for an organist or pianist and/or musicians that can participate in a traditional and an integrated form
of worship style. Qualifications would include well versed in musical ability and a congenial personality to work with our choir director and help the choir
and music program grow. Contact :Marialice Billingsley: firstname.lastname@example.org (281) 342-2076
FULL-TIME ASSISTANT ORGANIST/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MUSIC: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, TX. Position
Open - Fall 2005. Excellent choir, superb facilities and work environment. Traditional worship; Parish of 7600; Schoenstein 2004; 80R/4M; Competi-
tive Salary/Benefits; 48 hour week; "second in command" job/ Some administrative duties with responsibilities to play/direct in Director's ab-
sence. Successful applicant will be Christian with an evangelist's heart, pastoral skills and experience in Episcopal liturgy and skill set in organ/Choral reper-
toire, improvisation, accompaniment and hymn leading. Apply by October 1, 2005 to George Mims, Organist and Director of Music, St. Martin’s
Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Texas, 77056 or E-mail: email@example.com
PLYMOUTH UCC has a need to fill a part-time position to play piano for Sunday worship and to direct an adult choir and a children’s choir. The job
would include about 10 hours per week, primarily on Wednesday nights for choir rehearsals and for Sunday worship at 10:30 AM. Plymouth is a small, but
growing congregation that is special in its inclusive approach and is truly welcoming to all. It is located in northwest Houston at 5927 Louetta. Anyone
interested in applying should contact the pastor, Rev. Ginny Brown Daniel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at the
church number of 281-251-8147.
MUSIC COORDINATOR / Choir Director, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bryan. Our parish community of approximately 1,950 families is looking
for a full-time Coordinator of Music and Choir Director. We celebrate six weekend liturgies, plus daily mass with school students. In addition we have Mass
on Tuesday / Thursday with our middle school and high school students. Qualifications: a bachelor’s degree in music or related field, or equivalent experi-
ence; fully initiated practicing Catholic with liturgical experience; excellent collaborative and communication skills; proficiency in piano, keyboard and organ.
Full time responsibilities include recruiting and training parish music ministers and providing a diverse musical offering reflective of the parish. Send cover
letter and resume to the attention of the Search Committee, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 600 East 26th Street, Bryan, Texas, 77803. For more information call
(979) 822-2721 or email email@example.com Ricky Alderete, St. Joseph Church Office
ORGANIST/PIANIST (part-time) The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church is seeking a talented organist/accompanist who has a collegial spirit
and a heartfelt commitment to the church as God's people called to praise and service. In addition to exhibiting a high level of keyboard skills, the successful
candidate will be comfortable with a wide range of musical styles, including classical, contemporary and world music. Regular duties include selection and
preparation of service music for two Sunday morning services and accompanying the Sanctuary Choir (rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7-8:30
pm).Salary is in line with AGO guidelines (see AGO website) Send resume to: Beth Thompson, Director of Music Ministsries firstname.lastname@example.org 4881
W. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, 281-363-2040
WORSHIP LEADER Looking for person who will provide vision and leadership to the worship ministry area and effectively lead the congregation in
engaging, dynamic worship. Key gifts and abilities include: Leadership, Shepherding, Authentic worshiper with musical skills and training, Experience in lead-
ing worship at 700+ member church for 3+ years, Passion and experience for diverse worship styles, Experience and understanding of the technical compo-
nents of worship (sound, media, lights, etc), Excellent communicator, Proven planner and organizer. Please contact us if you fit our profile and want to be a
part of a dynamic, growing congregation. Parkway United Methodist Church, Paul Clines 281-494-50550, 5801 New Territory Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479
ORGANIST/ACCOMPANIST: Currently seeking part-time Organist/Accompanist for ELCA Lutheran parish in Humble, Texas. Atascocita
Lutheran Church is a “mid-size” congregation that is highly liturgical and musical in its worship. Our Sunday worship times are at 8:00 and 10:30
a.m. We are a growing congregation, and have recently secured an architect to begin design and construction on a new Nave/Sanctuary. Our
instruments include a 3-year-old Johannus, Rembrandt 370 electronic organ that features 56 stops and 3 manuals; a six-foot Sherman Clay grand
piano; and three octaves of Schulmerich hand bells. The ideal candidate for this position would possess education and experience in church organ
performance, choir accompanying, and possible hand bell direction. Duties and responsibilities would include but not be limited to:
Accompanying the congregation’s liturgy and hymns on the organ a minimum of three Sundays a month and during other worship gatherings as
designated by the church calendar, i.e., mid-week Lenten services, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Healing services, etc. Provide accompaniment
for the choir at weekly choir rehearsals and during worship. Provide accompaniment for soloists. Be available for weddings and funerals.
Teaching privileges would be available. Competitive salary offered based on experience. For more information, please call The Rev. Gary L. An-
holt at 281-852-7333 or send resume to email@example.com.
ORGANIST/PIANIST/ACCOMPANIST: Ashford United Methodist Church 2201 S. Dairy Ashford Rd Houston, TX 77077. 281/497-1146 (office)
281/497-7574 (fax). Ashford UMC's congregation of 500+ members celebrates with blended worship. We are searching for a highly-skilled keyboard per-
son to play our Sunday worship services (8:30 & 11:00), as well as accompany the chancel choir during rehearsals. There are eight choirs; additional accom-
panying opportunities exist! (A more comprehensive position description is available upon request. Please send resume or call for a job application. Faxes
and e-mail inquiries will be acknowledged within 72 hours of receipt. Website: www.ashfordumc.org/home.htm
PART-TIME PIANIST/MUSIC DIRECTOR: Woodforest Presbyterian Church, located off Beltway Eight in the East part of Houston, is searching
for an individual to play the piano and develop and lead a small choir for Sunday morning worship. Interested applicants should contact Rev. Cassandra
Dahnke @ 713-444-1254.
American Guild of Organist's, Houston Chapter Substitute List - (Revision 6.1.06)
List “A” List “B”
These members do not currently hold a permanent staff position These members currently hold a permanent staff position (organist,
(organist, music/choral director, etc.), and are available as a substi- music/choral director, etc.), and are not available as a substitute
tute organist on Sunday monings. They are also available at other organist on Sunday monings. However they are available at other
times for special services, funerals, weddings, etc. times for special services, funerals, weddings, etc.
Alford, H. C. 713-688-4978 Axelson, Kenneth L. 832-668-1823
Bardin, Margaret (281) 487-6457 Anderson, Suzanne 713-664-2880
Belenky, Alina 281-386-6853 Ballard, Melvin M. 281-444-4402
Bush, Phillip 832-860-8700 Bennett, Robert 713-668-0884
Caddy, Phillip 337-477-0961 Borling, Emily 713-723-6450
Choe, June 713-983-6516 Bowen, Andrew 713-302-5628
Elliott, Joanna 713-668-8751 Brown, Reg 713-436-1979
Faber, Dave 281-298-1217 Butler, Jack 713-827-9691
Gross, Peter 713-533-9896 Carty, Rob 713-861-0413
Golmon, Tony 281-344-9192 Causby, Joseph 713-874-0313
Hathaway, Christopher 281-392-5896 Connors, Jim 713-205-4348
Hazelip, Linda 713-668-2248 ** Doucet, Donald 281-890-0055
Hildreth, Cathy M. 713-668-6625 Espinoza, Rudy 713-329-9132
Krueger, Barry K. 281-859-4229 Farris, Jason 832-483-4842
Lynn, Robert 713-465-8849 Fenn, Dan 713-267-5061
Markert, John 713-966-9969 Gurney, Lois 281-682-0041
Mattax, Carolyn 713-468-4010 Haggott, Lee 281-370-1275
Maxwell, J. Marshall 713-524-3554 Hermanson, Don F. 713-621-8304
McKenery, David 936-522-8551 Jepson, Bryan 832-257-8122
Nelson, Kent 713-910-9535 Ingles, Robert 713-686-5629
Osborn, M. Jackson 713-526-1248 Jordan, Charles 281-293-0359
Patterson, Claire 713-436-1015 Jouett, Jan 281-480-7553
Roe, Gail H. 281-286-1375 Marsh, John 713-206-8896
Rosonberger, Dorthy N. 713-464-8732 King, Holly 281-367-3133
Samuels, Mariesse 713-869-6198 Miller, Crista 713-659-1561
Swank, Julane 281-361-8968 Morris, Stephen J. 713-591-1499
Tamper, Ralph 281-686-5772 Newsome, Rose 713-729-4665
Teel, Dr. Christopher 713-252-3879 Niermann, Priscilla F. 713-783-7026
Vahlkamp, Merle 281-533-9130 Norris, Tony 713-529-9187
Wylie, Peggy 281-353-5169 Ofield, Sue 713-723-8939
Painter, Joseph K. 713-864-7991
Palmquist, Richard N. 281-367-5166
Parks, Vincent 281-333-4535
Pessarra, C. Anthony 281-488-2055**
Siltman, Dennis 281-343-1011
Sparks, Kathryn 281-277-6931
Sutphin, Norman A. 713-975-0626
Thompson, Tom 281-451-6518
Tucker, Sondra 281-531-4245
Ward, Linda 713-266-0074
Weber, Keith 832-439-9400
Weiss, Jeffrey 281-488-5111 x116
Continue to send corrections to: C. Anthony Pessarra, 281-488-2055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals listed may have additional contact information at: www.agohouston.us
** Personal/Professional Website Available
FOR AGO NATIONAL CONVENTION
Forty-Eighth AGO National Convention Will Celebrate
the Centennial Anniversary of the Chicago Chapter, July 2-6, 2006
NEW YORK CITY-The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) will hold its 48th biennial NATIONAL CON-
VENTION in Chicago, Ill., July 2-6, 2006. More than 2,000 are expected to attend; 1,300 have already pre-
registered, eclipsing the mark set by the AGO National Convention in Los Angeles in 2004. While convention
registration is open to all, AGO members receive a discounted registration rate. Convention headquarters will be
the Downtown Chicago Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue and the "Magnificent Mile." Complete details, includ-
ing online registration, are available online at <www.agohq.org/2006>.
The convention program includes a plethora of inspiring performances of organ, choral, and handbell music by
leading artists in the field; 78 workshops on a variety of professional and interesting topics, including twelve cho-
ral reading sessions; and 100 exhibits by organbuilders, music publishers, and other vendors providing products
of interest and services to the organ and choral music profession. Premier performances of new music by Frank
Ferko, Adolphus Hailstork, Naji Hakim, Aaron Miller, Emily Maxson Porter, Richard Proulx, Shulamit Ran, Au-
gusta Reed Thomas, Richard Webster, Sharon J. Willis, and Carl Wiltse/Donald Allured have won the support of
the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chicago was last host of the AGO National Convention in 1925. The 2006 convention steering committee prom-
ises that the week-long celebration of the "King of Instruments" will be:
DAZZLING! An opening night concert spectacular on the Casavant organ in Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall
features organists Thierry Escaich, Philippe Bélanger, Maxine Thevenot, David Schrader, and the ChicAGO Or-
chestra performing newly commissioned works for organ and orchestra conducted by Julian Wachner.
DIVERSE! Hear Thomas Murray playing the 1922 E.M. Skinner at St. Luke's Episcopal; Chelsea Chen playing
the new Fisk at St. Chrysostom's; James O'Donnell playing the Dobson/Schlicker at Valparaiso University; Chi-
cago Community Chorus and Mickey Thomas Terry at Moody Church; plus Janette Fishell, Alan and Jeannine
Morrison, Carol Williams; and international artists Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (France), Alexander
Fiseisky (Russia), Wolfgang Seifen and Stefan Engels (Germany).
DYNAMIC! A symphony of performing ensembles includes Chicago a cappella, the Bach Week Festival Orches-
tra and Cathedral Singers, Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, Saint Clement Choir, House of Hope Presbyterian
Church Choir, and the Trinity Church Wall Street Choir.
DRAMATIC! Savor organ recitals and performances of choral music in many of the grandest cathedrals and
churches in the greater metropolitan Chicago area, including Holy Name Cathedral, St. James Cathedral, Fourth
Presbyterian Church, and Valparaiso University Chapel.
DIVINE! A heavenly host of worship opportunities in Chicago's houses of worship, plus daily Compline and Ves-
pers; a Festival of Hymns, a workshop on "Singing the Psalms," and an inspirational forum on "Where Is Worship
DEFINITIVE! Hear the award-winning finalists in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance
and the National Competition in Organ Improvisation, AGO/Quimby Rising Stars, as well as the world premier
performances of compelling works by the winners of the AGO/ECS Award in Choral Composition and the Holt-
kamp-AGO Award in Organ Composition.
DARING! An unprecedented array of workshop choices from Gregorian chant to Gospel music; Hispanic re-
sources to Dutch organ music; playing the pedals to performing arts medicine; the music of Buxtehude to that of
Reger; Leo Sowerby: a Chicago legend, to the life of Virgil Fox.
DELIGHTFUL! Exquisite dining, unparalleled shopping, fabulous fireworks, and all of the sights and sounds of
For further information, please contact ChicAGO National Convention Coordinator Ron Vanderwest at 630-369-
2994, or e-mail <email@example.com>.
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This will probably be my last edition. Thanks to all for your assistance and patience. C. Anthony Pessarra, Editor