Installation of officers by DC and Potomac chapters, September 2022
The DC and Potomac chapters installed 2022-23 officers at a Sept. 25 program at Church of the Redeemer Episcopal in Bethesda. From left are DC chapter life member Ken Lowenberg, FAGO; DC chapter web administrator and newsletter editor Pat Henry; DC chapter member-at-large Rebecca Yoder; Potomac member Ann Bartlow, CAGO; DC chapter secretary Armand Peterson; DC chapter dean Paul Byssainthe Jr., AAGO; Master of Ceremonies Dr. Eileen Guenther; Potomac chapter dean Brenda Weiser, CAGO; and Potomac chapter members John Widmann, Gerald Piercey, Michael Hart, George Drumwright, Dr. Jeffrey Pannebaker, Clarice Snyder and Potomac subdean Adam Scott Graham.
Juneteenth workshops in June 2022
Our chapter’s daylong program June 20 at First Baptist Church
featured workshops plus a recital by Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry. Dr. Jeffrey Smith, far left, offered a master class in conducting from the console. From left, Ronald (Trey) Walton, David Swenson and Alexander Bean took turns accompanying anthems by African-American composers. Other workshops focused on complying with copyright law and incorporating music from global perspectives. Dr. Terry’s recital included pieces by David Hurd, Mark Fax, Robert A. Harris, Mark A. Miller, Tournemire, Franck, Bach and Mozart.
National Competition in Organ Accompaniment in January 2022
David Heinze, left, won first place in the Jan. 8 National Competition in Organ Accompaniment sponsored by our chapter. Jerrick Cavagnaro, right, won second place.
Other finalists chosen for the live competition were Jordan Prescott, second from left, and Rees Roberts.
Heinze is associate director of music at Grace Church in Providence, RI. Cavagnaro serves as assistant director of music and organist at Christ Church in Charlotte, NC.
The competition at St. Paul’s K Street was organized by chapter treasurer Rob Church and St. Paul's music director, Dr. Jeffrey Smith.
Most organ competitions focus on solo organ repertoire and not on what most organists do on Sunday mornings-- which is to accompany a choir and play hymns.
An eight-member professional choir was engaged for the program. Judges were professor Thomas Murray, Dr. John Walker and Michael McCarthy of the National Cathedral.