American Guild of Organists
San Francisco Chapter Newsletter
SFAGO February Chapter Event 2008–2009
The Nordic Choral Style SFAGO Chapter Programs
with Ragnar Bohlin
By John Karl Hirten February 16, 2009 – Monday, 7:30 p.m.
“The Nordic Choral Style”
On Monday, February 16, at 7:30 PM, the SFAGO Ragnar Bohlin, Director of the
presents choral conductor Ragnar Bohlin in a SF Symphony Chorus, with
presentation about the “Nordic” choral style. The The Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus
evening will also feature the Sacred and Profane St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Belvedere
Chorus directed by Rebecca Seeman.
March 22, 2009 – Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
Ragnar Bohlin began his SFAGO Member Recital & Dinner
tenure as director of the San Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Francisco Symphony Chorus A program of Holtkamp Prize winning
in March 2007. Previously compositions
he served as choirmaster of
Stockholm’s Maria May 1, 2009 – Friday, 8:00 p.m.
Magdalena Church. He Cameron Carpenter
holds a Masters degree in St. Agnes Church, San Francisco
organ and conducting and a
postgraduate degree in June 1, 2009 – Monday, 6:00 p.m. dinner;
conducting from the Royal 7:30 p.m. concert
Academy of Music in SFAGO Dinner & Annual Meeting
Stockholm. Mr. Bohlin Compositions for organ and/or choir
studied with the renowned by SFAGO members.
choir director Eric Ericson, First Congregational Church, Berkeley
and also studied piano with Peter Feuchtwanger in
London on a British Council scholarship. Through a
Sweden-America Foundation scholarship, he visited
choruses throughout the United States. He studied
singing with the great Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda
and has performed as an oratory tenor.
With Stockholm’s KFUM Chamber Choir, the Maria
Magdalena Motet Choir and the Maria Vocal
Ensemble, Mr. Bohlin has toured internationally and
won numerous prizes in international competitions. Issue at a Glance
He has prepared choruses for some of the world’s
foremost conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Dean’s Letter.......................................3
Valery Gergiev, Esa Pekka Salonen, and Alan Gilbert. SFAGO Used Music Sale ........................3
Mr. Bohlin has appeared regularly on Swedish radio Classified Ads......................................4
with the Swedish Radio Choir, the Maria Vocal 2011 Regional Convention News ..............4
Ensemble, and the Maria Magdalena Motet Choir and Region IX Festival 2009.........................5
has worked frequently with the Ericson Chamber Call for Scores.....................................5
Bay Area Concert Calendar.....................8
(Continued on page 2)
SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009 | Page 1
The Sacred and Profane Chorus
directed by Rebecca Seeman
(Bohlin, Continued from page 1)
Choir, the Royal Philharmonic Choir and the Opera The SFAGO Newsletter is published monthly
Choir of Stockholm. With the Maria Vocal Ensemble (except July) by the San Francisco Chapter,
and special guests Rigmor Gustafsson and Lena American Guild of Organists. Opinions stated
Willemark, Mr. Bohlin recorded a CD of new jazz herein are those of the individual contributors and
music by composer/pianist Elise Einarsdotter and do not necessarily reflect official policies of this
lyrics by great poets including E.E. Cummings. Chapter. The deadline for receipt of all newsletter
items is the 10th of the month preceding
In October 2007, Mr. Bohlin conducted the world publication.
premiere of a new requiem by Fredrik Sixten featuring
choir, orchestra, and two soloists, broadcast on Dean: John Karl Hirten, 415.927.4775,
Swedish Public Radio. Bohlin's CD of the Saint Mark firstname.lastname@example.org
Passion, also by Fredrik Sixten, was released in Sub Dean: Matthew Walsh, 510.292.9782,
Sweden in the spring of 2008. Bohlin regularly email@example.com
teaches at the Royal Academy in Stockholm, and in Sub Dean Elect: David Howitt, 510.523.2414,
February 2008 he was a visiting professor at Indiana firstname.lastname@example.org
University. In 2008 he also conducted and recorded a Secretary: Simon Berry, 415.255.0640,
performance with trombonist/composer Christian email@example.com
Lindberg and the Swedish Radio Choir. Treasurer: William Montgomery, 415.383.4233,
This February SFAGO event will take place at St. Registrar: Robert J Kerman, 415.206.9907,
Stephen’s Church, Belvedere. Our host, John Hirten, firstname.lastname@example.org
will provide an informal meal for anyone who wants to Webmaster: Robert J Kerman,
arrive early at 6:30. Donations will be accepted. If you email@example.com
would like to join us for dinner, please RSVP to Chapter Website: www.sfago.org
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-435-4501 x17.
Newsletter Departments: Send your entries to the
You can get to St. Stephen’s via Highway 101 in Marin. appropriate editor; all submissions due by 10th of
From 101, take the Tiburon Blvd. exit and go east the month preceding publication
towards Tiburon (about 3 miles). Turn right at San
Rafael Ave., and right again at Golden Gate Ave. There Events Calendar Listings: Robert T Adams,
is plenty of parking at the church. AGOCalendar@yahoo.com
Job Placement & For Sale Listings: Simon Berry,
Obituary Listings: James Aylward, 415.333.5702
Newsletter Articles: Robert J Kerman,
Page 2 | SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009
Dean’s Letter: Announcing the
Good, Bad, or Indifferent SFAGO Online Used Music Sale
By John Karl Hirten By Robert Kerman
The December 15 edition of The New Yorker included a Announcing our online used music sale, a benefit for
brief article about Cameron Carpenter (whom, you the San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of
may remember, will be playing an SFAGO sponsored Organists.
recital on May 1 at St. Agnes Church in San
Francisco). In the article, Carpenter recalls the Here is a link you can use to access the SFAGO
fascination and thrill on the possibility of hearing an webpage, where you can download our lists of used
organ. He says that “it was not even at the knowledge music available for purchase:
that there was a great organ. There was no poor organ http://www.sfago.org/music-sale.html.
or great organ to me; there was just the organ—I would
be filled with this sense of wonder, just to experience Music is sold on a first-come basis. Our lists will be
the most humble pipe organ.” updated periodically as items are sold (therefore, some
items listed may already be sold). Music is available in
He also laments the tendency of members of the organ the following categories:
community to “venerate the instrument at the expense • Organ Music, Collections & Anthologies
of the performer.” He goes on to say, “Every artist • Organ & Instruments
wants his due. You don’t go to hear Van Halen’s guitar • Wedding & Vocal Music
or Lang Lang’s piano.” • Books (Including Organ Methods)
Although one could quibble that the organ is a How to purchase:
different animal, he has a point. It’s very important • To order music, send an email to Steve Wallace
for us not to automatically dismiss an organ recital <email@example.com> containing a listing
because of the venue, especially as there are several of the music you wish to purchase. Orders will
venues which have been providing for performances. only be taken via email.
Two in question (and not the only two) are St. Mark’s
Episcopal Church in Berkeley and St. Mary’s • In your email, list the music you want exactly as it
Cathedral in San Francisco. In the case of the former, appears in our files (with composer, title,
it is an intimate setting on a fine small instrument, publisher, and price); otherwise the music you
and there has been a parade of excellent players, both want could be sold to another buyer because we
from the Bay Area and afar, all of whom have acquitted could not identify it clearly.
themselves wonderfully on the Flentrop. In addition, • Music is sold on a first-come basis as determined
one can always count on really tasty food at the by the date and time of your email.
• Music will be sent to you at your cost, as per
The St. Mary’s series can be full of surprises. Only a arrangements you make with Steve Wallace.
few months ago, a small audience was treated to two
• Regardless of when you arrange to receive your
consecutive weeks of Reger performances by Isabelle
music, your payment by check (payable to SFAGO)
Demers, a young phenom from Canada who is finishing
must be delivered within two weeks of
up her studies at Juilliard. At these two events, she
confirmation of your order. Otherwise, the item
played from memory the entire set of Reger’s choral
(s) will be made available to the next person who
fantasies! This is not something one hears every day,
requests it (them).
and it was stunning playing. A couple of months after
this, she was picked up by the Philip Truckenbrod
Don’t have email? Don’t use the Internet? Have music
management agency and now appears on the inside
to donate? Call Steve Wallace (510-834-7708). Music
front cover of TAO every month. See what you missed?
lists can be mailed to you via postal mail at your own
The movie Yes Man came out this past month to mixed
reviews. It was based on a true story of a man who
simply said “yes” to everything that came his way. Let’s
try that with the SFAGO as well!
SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009 | Page 3
2011 Regional Convention Update
Collected by Simon Berry It’s Official!
By Pat During, Convention Co-Chair
This information is provided as a service to SFAGO members and the
employing institutions. Inclusion of information in this column does not After many weeks of negotiating, receiving direction
imply endorsement by the SFAGO. Send Job Referrals items, from National Headquarters, and negotiating again,
Substitutes Available notices, and For Sale items to: Simon Berry, we are happy to announce that our contract with the
1035 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117; email firstname.lastname@example.org. San Francisco Holiday Inn Golden Gateway as the
Next issue deadline is February 10 for the March issue. official hotel for the 2011 Region IX Convention has
been approved by AGO Executive Director James E.
Job Listings Thomashower. We will be signing the contract shortly
and look forward to hosting the convention at a
Music Director: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic centrally-located 26-story, 499-room hotel with
Church: Martinez. Organist/pianist/choir director. newly-renovated guest rooms and fantastic city views!
Midweek choir rehearsal. Weekend Masses at 4:30pm
Saturday; 7:30am, 9am and 10:30am Sundays. Our current endeavors center around selection of
Contact: Deacon Albert Dizon 925-324-3589. members to serve on the Steering Committee. Please
feel free to call or email us to indicate your interest
FOR SALE and ideas. Of course, keep the date, July 3-7, 2011,
free on your calendar!
For Sale: Steinway 5'10" grand piano, in excellent
shape, for a great price. Contact Bill at
email@example.com or 707-373-0643 for more details
Page 4 | SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009
Phoenix Rising: Call for Scores
Region IX Festival 2009 By Robert Train Adams
June 22-25 Our June 1 Chapter event will feature compositions
By Mark Ramsey, Program Chair for choir and/or organ by SFAGO Chapter members.
If wish submit compositions for inclusion in this
Phoenix Rising promises to be an event you’ll not want to program, please send them by February 15 to Robert
miss. Register now! Regular registration (or spouse/ Adams at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 66 St,
partner) is $345, and special registration (over age 65) Stephen’s Drive, Orinda CA 94563. Scores may also
is $295. Registration forms are available online at be sent electronically (PDF or Finale format) to
While online checkout the Biltmore Resort link and Compositions submitted should not be more than five
reserve your room at our rive-star jewel of the desert, minutes long. Multi-movement works may be
the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa! You’ll also want to submitted, but there is no guarantee that more than
arrive early for the festival and plan to stay a little one movement will be selected. Scores must be legible.
longer! Do not send recordings.
Peter Conte, Court Organist at the world-famous The choirs of First Congregational Church of
John Wanamaker Store, will perform one of our pre- Berkeley, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley, and
festival recitals on Sunday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. at La St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Orinda, will perform
Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, Scottsdale. The the choral works. Their directors, Larry Marietta,
recital will feature the church’s new 92-rank, 4- George Emblom, and Robert Adams, along with
manual Berghaus organ in its complete state. SFAGO Dean John Karl Hirten, will select
compositions appropriate for these groups. In
A post-festival organ tour will feature world-renowned addition, some music will be performed by the massed
artists on two of the valley’s finest home organ choirs.
installations, the Bigelow organ in the Biltmore Estates
home of Susan and Samuel Robinson The jury will also select organ works from those that
(www.mlbigelow.com/mlb/organs/27/stopList.cfm) are submitted. If you do not wish to play your own
and the Midmer-Losh organ in the Phoenix home of work, please state so in your submission.
Adrian Phillips (www.midmerlosh.com/
specification.htm). So make plans now to Feel the Heat
and Catch the Fire at Phoenix Rising, the Region IX Festival
2009! Act now; spaces are filling quickly
AGO Region IX Convention
Hosted by the
San Francisco Chapter
July 3-7, 2011
SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009 | Page 5
(Calendar, Continued from page 7) 31 Sunday
10 Sunday 3pm. Great Paschal Vespers. GC
5pm. Benjamin Bachmann, organ. TE
6:10pm. Reiko Lane, organ. Recital follows 5:30 June
Evensong. SME-B 1 Monday
7pm. RLC musicians and guests, George Biester, 6pm. SFAGO Dinner and Annual Meeting. FCC-B
director. Abendmusik: Music by Women Composers.
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 391 Euclid Avenue, 7:30pm. SFAGO Chapter Event. Compositions for
Oakland organ and/or choir by SFAGO
5pm. St. Paul’s Choristers and Chancel Choir. Festive 7 Sunday
Choral Evensong. SPE-BU 3pm. The Choir of Men and Boys. Buon Viaggio in
3pm. San Francisco State University Choirs. A 14 Sunday
Mendelssohn Festival. GC 6:10pm. Julie Vidrick Evans (Washington, DC),
organ. Recital follows 5:30 Evensong. SME-B
5pm. Mark Bruce, organ. TE
Page 6 | SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009
(Calendar, Continued from page 8) 7pm. RLC musicians and guests, George Biester,
director. Abendmusik: Bach’s Birthday. Resurrection
March Lutheran Church, 391 Euclid Avenue, Oakland
3pm. A Lenten Procession. GC 29 Sunday
3pm. Jeffrey Smith, organ. Improvisations on the
3pm. Hector Olivera, organ. Church of the Stations of the Cross. GC
Assumption, 1100 Fulton Avenue, San Leandro
3:30pm. Garret Collins, organ. CSMA
3:30pm. Christoph Tietze, organ. CSMA April
4pm. Jeremy Filsell (Washington DC), organ. Recital 3pm. A Palm Sunday Meditation. GC
preceded by 3pm choral evensong. GC
3:30pm. Mauro Correa, Guitar, and the Latin
6:10pm. Brian Swager, organ. Recital follows 5:30 American Chamber Music Society. CSMA
13 Friday 6:30pm. John R. S. Walko, organ. Recital followed by
7pm. John R. S. Walko, organ and piano; Corey Mike, Tenebrae Service. FPC-B
violin. Opening event of 16th annual Lenten Organ
Recital Series. Debussy Violin Sonata; organ works by 12 Sunday
French composers. FPC-B 3:30pm. Angela Kraft Cross, organ. CSMA
14 Sunday 19 Sunday
5:30pm Choral Evensong for the 5th Sunday in Lent. 3pm. A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Eastertide.
Music of Proulx, Purcell, Gibbons, Brahms, Pärt; GC
featuring the motet Ich lasse dich nicht by J.S. Bach. St.
Francis Choir & instrumental ensemble, Robert 3:30pm. David Pickering (Graceland University,
Kerman, Choirmaster, with Rodney Gehrke, Iowa), organ. CSMA
3:30pm. Louis Perazza (Philadelphia), organ. CSMA
3:30pm. Christoph Tietze, organ. CSMA May
4pm. Christopher Herrick (UK), organ. Recital
preceded by 3pm choral evensong. GC 8pm. Cameron Carpenter, organ. SFAGO Chapter
Event. St. Agnes Church, San Francisco
7pm. John R. S. Walko, organ and piano; Corey Mike, 3 Sunday
violin. Lenten Organ Recital Series. Brahms 3rd 5pm. John Karl Hirten, organ. TE
Violin Sonata; organ works by German composers.
FPC-B 7 Thursday
8pm. Grace Cathedral Choir with the American Bach
21 Saturday Soloists. A Handel 250th Celebration: The Dettingen
5pm. St. Paul’s Choristers and Chancel Choir. Lenten Te Deum and excerpts from Water Music and Royal
Meditation on Passion of Christ. SPE-BU Fireworks Music. GC
22 Sunday 8 Friday
3:30pm. David Phillips, organ. CSMA 8pm. Grace Cathedral Choir with the American Bach
Soloists. (Repeat: see 4/7) GC
4pm. SFAGO Member Recital. SFAGO Chapter
Event. Recital preceded by 3pm choral evensong. GC (Continued on page 6)
SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009 | Page 7
Bay Area Concert Calendar | February 2009
Collected by Robert Train Adams
Events, dates, times, and locations subject to change without notice. Compiled from flyers, press releases, and list-
ings submitted by members and organizations. SFAGO is not responsible for errors, although every effort is made
to be accurate. Submission deadline for the next issue is February 10 for the March 2009 issue. Send event list-
ings to AGOCalendar@yahoo.com.
1 Sunday 16 Monday
4pm. James Welch, organ, Dan Levitan, harp. The
Music of Dale Wood. FCC-B 7:30pm The Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus
with Ragnar Bohlin, (conductor of the SF Symphony
3pm. A Candlemas Procession. GC Chorus). SFAGO Chapter Event. The Nordic Choral
Style. First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo
3:30pm. Artemio Contreras, Tenor. CSMA
4pm. John R. S. Walko, organ. Music on the theme of 4pm. Hans U. Hielscher (Germany), organ. Works by
War and Peace. CPLH Bedard, Bairstowe. Goemanne, Ketelbey, Hielscher et
al. Redwood Empire Chapter event. Pacific Union
8 Sunday College, Angwin.
4pm. Angela Kraft Cross, organ. Recital preceded by
3pm choral evensong. GC 22 Sunday
3:30pm. Hans-Uwe Hielscher (Germany), organ.
5pm. John Walko, organ. Music of Debussy, Ravel, CSMA
4pm. Benjamin Bachmann and Jeffrey Smith, organ.
5:30pm Choral Evensong for the 5th Sunday after the Organ Duets. Recital preceded by 3pm choral
Epiphany. Music by Krebs, Powell, Bairstow, and evensong. GC
Moeran, including Mendelssohn’s Hymne—Hear My Prayer
with soprano Ellen Kerrigan. St. Francis Choir & 5pm. David Hegarty, organ. Music of Korngold,
instrumental ensemble, Robert Kerman, Choirmaster, Morricone, Lloyd Webber. TE
with Rodney Gehrke, Organist. SFE.
(Continued on page 7)
6:10pm. Jain Cain (Davidson College Presbyterian
Church, NC), organ. Recital follows 5:30 Evensong.
SME-B Recurring Venues
7pm. RLC musicians and guests, George Biester, Churches and institutions offering programs on a regular basis have
director. Abendmusik: All-African Program. been assigned abbreviations so as to save space in our listings.
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 391 Euclid Avenue, Abbreviations are listed below with the full name of the venue. When
Oakland no city is stated, San Francisco is assumed.
14 Saturday CPLH: California Palace of the Legion of Honor
5pm. Deborah Tien Price, violin, Susan Jane CSMA: Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption
Matthews, organ and piano. SPE-BU FCC-B: First Congregational Church, Berkeley
FPC-O: First Presbyterian Church, Oakland
15 Sunday GC: Grace Cathedral
SFE: St. Francis Episcopal Church
4pm. Douglas Cleveland (Seattle), organ. Recital SME-B: St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley
preceded by 3pm choral evensong. GC SMV: St. Mary the Virgin
SPE-BU: St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame
5pm. David Hatt, organ. Music of Rheinberger, Hatt, TE: Trinity Episcopal Church
Johnson, Reger. TE
Page 8 | SFAGO Newsletter | February 2009