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.

June 28, 2010

Organ Dedication July 11, Vero Beach, FL

The Community Church of Vero Beach (UCC) is pleased to announce the Dedication Service and Recital of the new $1.6 million Lively and Fulcher organ. The service will be Sunday, July 11th at 10:00AM and the recital will be the same day at 4:00PM. The recital is free and will feature resident staff organists: Dr José Daniel Flores, Director of Music; and Ryan A. Kasten, Associate Director of Music.

For more information about the organ or the year-long celebration contact: Ryan A. Kasten or call 772.469.2306 or visit the church website.

We welcome colleagues to come experience the new organ in a wonderful vibrant sanctuary (recently completed a $3Million dollar renovation for aesthetics and acoustics). The room, when empty, can have a reverberation of 3 seconds or can be shortened to 1.8 seconds by utilization of sound absorbing curtains. Attached is a picture of the new organ façade and the organ stoplist.

Colleagues and organ students are welcome to come play the instrument by contacting Suzanne Rice, Music Administrator or 772.469-2317 to find out and schedule practice times following the Dedication Sunday.

Summer Organ Week at NCSA

There are still a few open slots for the Summer Organ Week at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, July 19-23, 2010. We are pleased to present UNCSA’s organ faculty member, Timothy Olsen, and two additional outstanding organists/pedagogues for a wonderful week of learning, practicing, and performing. Each day will include individual lesson time, master classes, and practice time, in addition to an occasional organ crawl to local instruments including the wonderfully restored historic 1800 II/P Tannenberg organ, the III/P Flentrop organ at Salem College, and a newly restored V/P Grooms & Payne organ at First Baptist Church.

We are pleased to offer this week full tuition scholarships! The only fees are for Room & Board, and the application fees.

For more information about application, please email Timothy Olson, or go to the summer session web site. We will continue to accept applications up until the week before the camp – if you can get all the appropriate materials submitted and there’s dorm space, you’ll be admitted!

Also, if you’re going to be at the national AGO convention, please stop by and introduce yourself at the UNCSA booth in the exhibit hall.