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||At the console of the famous Wanamaker
Grand Court Organ, the largest completely playable organ in the
world, at AGO Philadelphia, July 2002. Peter Richard Conte, the
wizard who presides over this magic giant, is a phenomenal artist
with a gift for "wowing the crowd" in any genre of
literature. Take in one of the daily recitals at the store and
enjoy a treat. At this convention, I attended every one he played
and learned a great deal from listening to him.
||With my friend and colleague, Dr.
Judith Hancock at ChicAGO '06 in July. Judith is a superlative
musician, organist, choirmaster and teacher who, along with husband
Gerre (both are represented by Karen McFarlane Artists) comprises
the archetypal dynamic duo.
||With Marie-Claire Alain at a party
given in her honor by the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild
of Organists, May 2006, an early recognition of her 80th birthday
year. Madame was presented with gifts and an extensive memory
book of tribute letters and photographs. Her recital the following
evening was a rare combination of mature, sophisticated musicianship
with a stunningly vibrant energy. MCA is a prime exemplar of
the aphorism, "Age is but our chronology, youth our state
||It was a privilege to play the organ part for
super-star soprano Renée Fleming in the Mozart "Exsultate
jubilate" with the Baton Rouge Symphony for its Pennington
Great Performers in Concert Series on October 9, 2006. Renée
is a consummate artist and a genuinely gracious person. Her stunning
Baton Rouge debut was the highlight of the fall concert season
||At the console of the Great Organ
(138 ranks) at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City,
September 2004 during an all-Karg-Elert program. I have been
privileged to play eight recitals at Saint Thomas Church over
the years and always am awed and inspired by the instrument and
the magnificent ambience of the building.
||With composer Kenton Coe and concert
patrons of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the East Tennessee
State University Friends of Music, October 2004, at St. John's
Episcopal Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. We both are
proud to have been original co-founders of the Friends of Music
and the anniversary occasion was celebrated with a concert devoted
entirely to Kenton's works. I performed with other colleagues
and gave the world premiere of his Second Fantasy for Organ.
||With my teacher, mentor and friend
Gerre Hancock on the occasion of the Hancock Farewell Gala at
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, May 2004.
Gerre has a quick wit and an ebullient sense of humor, coupled
with the ability to tell you a joke that contorts your face with
laughter, while his countenance remains one of sly innocence.
||Friend and fellow Gerre Hancock student, Dr.
Stephen Schaeffer, Organist/Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church
of the Advent in Birmingham, shares a laugh over the finer points
of organ shoe design with Dr. Judith Hancock after the Hancock
Farewell Gala in New York City in May 2004.
||With treasured friends Ken and Ellen
Hart at AGO Los Angeles, July 2004. Ken is Director Emeritus
of the Graduate Sacred Music Program in the Perkins School of
Theology at Southern Methodist University and Dean of the Dallas
Chapter, AGO. Ellen, a native of New Zealand, is a gifted organist,
choirmaster, teacher and composer, as well as a Past Dean of
the Dallas Chapter.
||My cherished friend, Dr. Stephen
Hamilton, in Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University
in May, 2006. Ken Hart was showing us the changes and additions
to the instrument, as well as the beautiful restoration of the
||Dear long-time friend concert pianist Kenneth
Huber is a truly poetic musician. Ken infuses the "mountaintop
experiences" from his hiking into his playing.
||My pal Dr. James Johnson, former organist of
the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, also is a fine
and versatile composer whose works
include a full-length musical comedy.
||On the organ bench with fellow artists and special
friends since undergraduate days at Ohio University, Steven Houser
and Richard Yoho after my recital at Rollins College Winter
Park, Florida, January, 2006.
||Presenting an illustrated lecture on Sigfrid
Karg-Elert at the Romantic Organ Music Conference in Knowles
Chapel at Rollins College - Winter Park, Florida, January, 2006.
||Teaching a Master Class as part of the Romantic
Organ Music Conference at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida,
January 2006. Along with leading hymn singing, there is nothing
I find so inspiring as working with students.