Programs

Monthly programs for 2021 – 2022

Here is the lineup of AGO meetings for this season, 2020-2021. Our meetings take place at various venues throughout the area and are typically the third Monday evening of the month although there are certainly exceptions.

Monday, September 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Out of Silence Music Rises

Calvin University Chapel
1845 Knollcrest Circle S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
 

Service of Installation of New Officers for Grand Rapids and Muskegon Chapters, followed by a reception.  Featuring Handbell Duo, Larry and Carla Sue, organists Rhonda Edgington and Larry Visser, countertenor, Michael Match, treble Ben Zuzelski, our Chaplain, The Rev. Dr. John Witvliet, and our Regional Councilor, Caron Farmer.

Monday, October 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Year of the Young Organist: Investing in our Future

Cathedral of St. Andrew
215 Sheldon Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

We will feature eight young organists in recital at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.  We have a great representation of ages, colleges and denominations with our performers: Chan Gyu Jang, Bethany Dame, Aaron Goodyke, Audrey Thomas, Jordan Malone, Ben Honeyford, Jonathan Bading and Andrew Chesebro.

 

Sunday, November 14, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

Renee Anne Louprette in recital

Trinity Lutheran Church
2700 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Hailed by The New York Times as “splendid” and “one of New York’s finest organists”, Renée Anne Louprette performs widely as organ recitalist, accompanist, and teacher. Based near New York City, she has performed with many of the city’s premiere ensembles, including the Mostly Mozart Orchestra and the New York Choral Society, and she has appeared in Carnegie, David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall), Alice Tully, and Merkin Halls. Her recording of J. S. Bach’s ˆGreat Eighteen Chorales” (on the Axis label) was named Critics’ Choice 2014 by The New York Times.  In February 2018, Acis released her new CD, One Voix Française: A French Voice.  She frequently collaborates with Irish pipes Ivan Goff and the American Brass Quintet. Ms. Louprette is University Organist and Coordinator of the Organ Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

 

Friday, Decmber 31, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

New Years Eve Concert

Central Reformed Church
10 College Avenue N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Featuring Gregory Hand from University of Iowa.  Childcare available. Reception following

Gregory Hand is associate professor of organ at the University of Iowa. Prior to this appointment he held the position of University Chapel Organist at Northwestern University, where he also taught in the Music Theory department. He was awarded the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied organ with James Kibbie and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier.

Dr. Hand is in high demand as a performer and pedagogue. He was recently appointed to a five-year term on the jury of the Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg (ION), and has given recitals and masterclasses in the United States, France, Spain, Germany and Brazil.

His debut CD, “The Complete Gospel Preludes of William Bolcom” on the Naxos label marked the world premiere recording of all twelve of these landmark pieces.  Critics praised the recording as “stunning” (American Record Guide) and noted the “sonorous and probing performances” (Gramophone), and the “brilliance of his technique” (allmusic.com).

 

Monday, March 14, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

2022 Annamae Rotman Young Organist Competition

Mayflower Congregational Church
2345 Robinson Road S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The Annamae Rotman Young Organist Competition was founded and underwritten by Dr. Richard Rotman in honor of his mother, Annamae Rotman.  The competition is for  young organists under 24, residing in or a student in Kent and adjacent counties.  Location is Mayflower Congregational Church, and updated information is on our website.   The application will be available on our website after January 14, and deadline to apply is February 15.  Encourage all young organists in your circle to apply! For more information please visit our website. https://grago.org/competitions/

 

Monday, March 21, 2022 

John Dixon, composer

Second Congregational Church, U.C.C.
525 Cheshire Drive N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

6:30 p.m. Punch bowl
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Program

Born in England, composer/organist John S. Dixon has lived in Virginia for thirty years. Since 1990 he has written more than 800 pieces, mostly for organ, but also for choirs and instrumental ensembles.  He is the organist at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, and serves as the executive director of the Academy of Music, a community music school based in Norfolk.  Currently he holds the office of Treasurer/Councilor for Finance and Development of the American Guild of Organists.  John will play a program of his own compositions, including arrangements of familiar melodies, and explain why and how the pieces were composed.  After the concert he will have complimentary pieces available for organists to take home.

César Franck Bicentennial

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 3pm, Basilica of St. Adalbert

Basilica of St. Adalbert
654 Davis Avenue, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Monday, May 16, 2022, LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church
6 p.m. dinner
7 p.m. concert

LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church
107 LaGrave Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Scott Dettra performs the complete organ works of César Franck in two recitals, at the Basilica of St. Adalbert and at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church.  Thanks to his mature harmonic language and ability to write achingly beautiful melodies, Franck’s music has become an enduring foundation of the organ repertoire.  Praised for the clarity, rhythmic intensity and musical elegance of his playing, Mr. Dettra will bring his hallmark poeticism and suave sense of expression to this beloved music, which is rarely performed live in its entirety.

Praised as a “brilliant organist” (Dallas Morning News), an “outstanding musician” (The Diapason), and described as a “prodigy” by The New York Times at age 13, Scott Dettra is acclaimed as one of America’s leading concert organists. Mr. Dettra’s playing is praised for its clarity, rhythmic intensity, and musical elegance, and has been described by The American Organist as “music making of absolute authority and sophisticated expression.” He combines an active performance schedule with his post as Director of Music at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, where he leads a vibrant music ministry in one the country’s largest Episcopal parishes. In addition to his work at Incarnation, he is a member of the organ faculty at Southern Methodist University, and is organist of The Crossing, the Grammy-winning professional chamber choir based in Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment in Dallas, he was Organist of Washington National Cathedral.

Recent and upcoming performances include appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, San Diego, Phoenix, Kansas City, Barbados, Canada, and Germany. Festival appearances include the Lincoln Center Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Arizona Bach Festival, the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has been a featured performer at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Organ Historical Society, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator for master classes, workshops, and competitions.

Mr. Dettra is featured on many compact disc recordings, including The Anglo-American Classic Organ (Gothic), Majestus (Loft), recorded at Washington National Cathedral, and Tongues of Fire (Pro Organo), recorded on the 325-rank instrument at West Point’s Cadet Chapel. Additional recordings may be found on the Gothic, Innova, Lyrichord, Pro Organo, and Linn labels. In addition to commercial recordings, his performances have been broadcast numerous times on such radio programs as American Public Media’s Pipedreams and Performance Today, the BBC’s Choral Evensong, and The New York Philharmonic This Week.

An accomplished choral conductor, Mr. Dettra’s choirs have been featured on national radio broadcasts in the United States and the United Kingdom, and at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.  He has prepared choirs for performances with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and has also led and taught several courses for the Royal School of Church Music. 

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Mr. Dettra began piano study at age 3 and organ study at age 8 as a student of his father, Lee Dettra, holding his first church organist position at the age of 9. He made his New York debut at Riverside Church at the age of 11. Mr. Dettra holds two degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, where he was a student of Joan Lippincott, and has also studied organ and jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music. 

In addition to Washington National Cathedral, he has previously held positions at the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, the American Boychoir School, and church positions at St. Paul’s, K Street in Washington; St. Mark’s, Locust Street in Philadelphia; and Trinity Church, Princeton. He and his wife Haley reside in Dallas with their daughter.