Contact:
Marlene Hallstrom
Conventions Coordinator
Pipes on the Plains
Region VI American Guilde of Organists Convention
mhallstrom@cox.net
316.687.3135
316.304.6089 - cell

 

Media Advisory

The Wichita Chapter AGO invites you to attend programs of
The American Guild of Organist's Region VI Convention in Wichita

Pipes on the Plains

 

(Wichita, Kan.) More than 200 members of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) from 10 states are expected in Wichita June 15-18, 2009, for the AGO Region VI Convention, "Pipes on the Plains." Headquarters for the convention is the Hotel at Old Town, with convention programs being held throughout the city.

Several events during the convention are open to the public and highlight the musical versatility of the pipe organ, which Mozart called "the king of instruments."

The American Guild of Organists, founded in 1986, is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild currently serves more than 20,000 members in more than 340 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Complete information is online at http://www.pipesontheplains09.org/.

Admission to the following programs will be open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door. All are welcome to register for the entire convention, which also includes workshops, meals, and connecting with other organ enthusiasts! Special, discounted rates are available for students.

Sunday, June 14

2-4:30 p.m. Family Pipe Organ Fair - a POPs for KIDs pre-convention event
Meet at First United Methodist Church (330 N. Broadway)
Organs with silent cartoon, youth recital, the "Toot Suite," and fair with food vendors

 

Monday, June 15

1 p.m. Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO)
East Heights United Methodist Church (4407 E. Douglas)
Organists compete to represent Region VI at National Competition.
Winner plays recital at East Heights on Wednesday afternoon.

1–5:30 p.m. Wichita Organ Crawl & Church Tour
University United Methodist Church, Churches of the Resurrection and the Magdalen,
St. George’s Orthodox Christian Cathedral, Hillside Christian Church

7:30 p.m. Choral and Brass Festival, Opening Convocation Service
John Romeri, Organist-Director
First United Methodist Church (330 N. Broadway)

Tuesday, June 16

9 a.m. Jan Kraybill & "The Great Marcussen"
Wichita State University (enter Campus just N. of 17th & N. Hillside)
Wiedemann Hall (continue to T intersection; Wiedemann Hall on left)

5 p.m. Choral Vespers
"St. Mary’s Cathedral" (307 E. Central)

7:30 p.m. Wichita Chamber Chorale (part of the Angulo Concert Series)
First Presbyterian Church (525 N. Broadway)

 

Wednesday, June 17

10:30 a.m. Shelly & Egler (Flute & Organ Duo)
Frances Shelly, flute, & Steven Egler, organ
Plymouth Congregational Church (1st and Clifton Streets) 

2:30 p.m. Winner, Regional Competition for Young Organists
East Heights United Methodist Church (4407 E. Douglas)

4 p.m. Gospel Music Worship led by Huron Breaux
East Heights United Methodist Church (4407 E. Douglas)

7:30 p.m. Organized Rhythm (Percussion & Organ Duo)
Clive Driskill-Smith, organ, & Joseph Gramley, percussion
Eastminster Presbyterian Church (1958 N. Webb Road)

 

Thursday, June 18

10 a.m. Anna Myeong, organist
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (600 N. Greenwich Road)

1:15 p.m. Musica Antiqua (Iowa State University)
Terrace Room — Botanica Gardens (701 N. Amidon)

3 p.m. Brett Valliant & "The Wichita Wurlitzer"
Century II Exhibition Hall (220 W. Douglas)

8 p.m. Lynne Davis & "The Great Marcussen"
Wichita State University (enter Campus just N. of 17th & N. Hillside)
Wiedemann Hall (continue to T intersection; Wiedemann Hall on left)

 

Friday, June 19

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Post-convention Tour - "Trackers of Central Kansas"
From Wichita to Lindsborg, visiting six pipe organs and Sandzen Gallery

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