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Region IV of the American Guild of Organists covers the Southeastern United States and Bermuda, including the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. There are seven districts, 58 local chapters, and over 3,000 members. Our work supports the mission of the Guild: To promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

December 4, 2008

University of Alabama Church Music Conference

The University of Alabama School of Music 2009 Church Music Conference is celebrating "A Mendelssohn Year" with a unique and wonderful, world class series of events which will take place at the Moody School of Music on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31, 2009. Click here for the conference brochure.

On Friday evening, January 30 at 7:30 Gail Archer, organ faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Barnard College, and Columbia University will perform works by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger and others.

On Saturday, January 31 at 4:30 pm Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise will be performed by massed Tuscaloosa area church choirs under the direction of Dr. John Ratledge. Guest choirs from Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, First United Methodist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa including University Singers will also perform individually an anthem of its choice.

Saturday workshop topics include a lecture on Felix Mendelssohn and Company, organ masterclasses, handbells, Psalm singing, liturgical drama and dance, choral singing and a choral reading session. The Saturday sessions take place from 9-4:30 am.
Guest masterclass artists and clinicians include: Faythe Freese, Paul Houghtaling, Marvin Latimer, Jeff McLelland, Karen Nicolosi, John Orr, C. Noelle Partusch, John Ratledge, and Larry Smith. Cost is $85 if registered by noon on Friday, January 23, 2009. Registration at the door is $95.

Register online today!

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