Workshops

Staying Healthy: Start your convention day by waking up body and mind. Day 1 involves exploration of the muscles and bones that support us daily and power our performances. Day 2 takes that newfound awareness into the practice room and into our classrooms, creating personalized routines that can be implemented anywhere, anytime. Day 3 demonstrates how the use of the body aids in performance, both in expression and anxiety, and how to form a daily routine that avoids pain and injury. Based in yoga, no previous experience is necessary and mats are not needed. While non-tight-fitting clothing is recommended for comfort, you may wear your usual convention outfits. Each day will be tailored to attendees’ requests and needs. Modifications will be provided to allow all to fit a personal routine into any busy schedule and lifestyle.
Presenter: Meg Griffith

Hymn Playing: Discussion and demonstration of playing the text; different hymns, different styles; articulation and registration.
Presenter: Michael Shake
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Planning a Pipe Organ Encounter: Discuss effective ideas for planning and sponsoring a successful Pipe Organ Encounter event for young students by your chapter!
Presenter: Vicki Schaeffer

Conducting Masterclass: Addressing specific issues that are often universal, Dr. Hightower will make suggestions to improve each conductor’s style. Those wishing to be a conductor for the masterclass may apply when registering.
Presenter: Allen Hightower
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Add “Taking an AGO Exam” to your bucket list!: A workshop providing information on taking the AGO exams. What’s in your career portfolio? Does your career stock move up and down?
Presenter: Mary Ann Winden
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Nurturing the Aging Voice I: The first of these two (2) sessions will discuss the aging voice and the anatomical changes in the voice as it ages. Handout
Nurturing the Aging Voice II: This workshop will continue discussions from Session I and will focus on keeping the aging voice healthy and functional. Handout
Nurturing the Young Voice: This session will focus on nurturing the young voice, discussion on range, musical styles, and the boy’s voice. Handout
Presenter: Jennifer Ciobanu

Luther’s Musical World: Dr. Faulkner will discuss the musical world known to Martin Luther and its influence in the Protestant Reformation.
Presenter: Quentin Faulkner
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Help! I Have to Lead a Handbell Choir!: This session will offer helpful information on directing a handbell choir, various ringing techniques and repertoire.
Presenter: Stephanie Rhodes
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Introducing African American Sacred Music: Dr. James will address how to introduce the African American musical experience to your congregation beyond singing an occasional spiritual. The wealth of this music, both the spirituals and the sacred art music, is astonishing. With the recent anniversary of the Amancipation Proclamtion, the election of our first African American president, and the 150th anniversary of the first publication of “slave songs,” it is appropriate to examine the full gamut of this music.
Presenter: Rendell James
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Playing Continuo: Realizing a bass-line accompaniment is a skill, but it can also be elevated to an art form. Playing figured-bass harmonies correctly is surely important, but almost more important is how you play them. This workshop will identify goals and ways to begin as well as improve. Techniques for realizing bass lines for harpsichord and organ will be addressed. Learning this skill can also enhance your ability to better understand the score and how to identify your contribution to the full texture.
Presenter: Elizabeth Farr
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Growing Your AGO Chapter: This session will present ideas for increasing the size and participation level of your local AGO chapter – from the perspective of our Regional Councillor.
Presenter: Vicki Schaeffer

Max Reger: Accessible organ works for the American church organist for use in worship and recital: 2017 marks the 100th anniversary + 1 of Reger’s death (1916-2016). With the focus on Reger and the realization that many of his organ works continue to be unknown in the U.S., we will explore several compositional sets which are very useful and helpful for organists in terms of easy or medium difficulty and various issues of performance practice.
Presenter: Stefan Engels
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Revival of Trackers in the Southwest: “It all started with Otto [Hofmann]” – organ builder George Bozeman will discuss the revival of the tracker organ in the South and Midwest. A review of this often neglected region in the 20th-century historical organ movement.
Presenter: George Bozeman
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Tableau vivant: Several imagined musical scenes presented as tableaux vivants (the popular late 19th and early 20th-century art form) in visual and aural homage to the founders of the Dallas Chapter, American Guild of Organists (1918), and in high anticipation of the chapter’s upcoming centennial celebration (2018).
Presenters: Charles S. Brown, Graham Clarke
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Fundamentals of Good Choral Conducting: This workshop will focus on conducting gestures, both at the console and away! Participants will have the opportunity to engage in developing several basic beat styles that will facilitate the rehearsal process rather than hinder.
Presenter: Alan Raines

Liturgical Use of Handbells: This session will focus on the liturgical use of handbells, including original works suitable for worship.
Presenter: Stephanie Rhodes
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Slurs & “Grand-Choeur” registrations in 19-20th century French repertory: This session (to be held at Christ the King Catholic Church) will focus on two issues in later 19th/20th century French repertory that continue to mystify performers today: the meaning and interpretation of slurs and “Grand-Choeur” registrations.
Presenter: Jesse Eschbach
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Basic Choral Techniques: “Keeping the Space ‘Sacred'” involves five critical components to making your choir an outstanding ensemble. Easy to implement in your rehearsals, these techniques will take care of most problems in your choir, including vibrato issues, pitch problems, blend and balance.
Presenter: Alan Raines

Improve Your Sight-Reading & Other Keyboard Skills: This session will focus on improving essential keyboard skills: practical advice on sight-reading, accompanying choirs, and score-reading.
Presenter: Steven Harlos
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The English Choral Tradition: Nicholas White was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He will offer insights into the English choral tradition, its history and practice.
Presenter: Nicholas White

Choosing a Position/Advancing Your Career (Panel): This workshop will focus on advancing your professional career: how to choose a position, how and when to move, negotiations with personnel committees, red flags!
Presenters: Quentin Faulkener, Graham Schultz, Glenn Stroh, Rebecca te Velde
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Hispanic Traditions in a Non-Hispanic Church: This session will focus on the use of Hispanic traditions in a non-Hispanic church, including resources and publishers, Hispanic music idioms and styles.
Presenter: Carol Anne Taylor
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Practical Service Improvisation: This workshop will share accessible techniques for creating hymn introductions, thematic interludes, organ stanzas, verset groups, and hymn-based voluntaries for service use, with particular focus toward assisting those hesitant to extemporize their own settings. POE and POE+ students wishing to be introduced to simple solutions are also welcome.
Presenter: Donald Rotermund
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Anthem Reading – Church Music Institute: During the course of this anthem reading session in association with the Church Music Institute, Allen Hightower will discuss specific challenges that various pieces present.
Presenter: Allen Hightower

Energizing Your Chapter (Panel): Current and former deans of the Dallas Chapter will discuss successes of the chapter, offering ideas that may be helpful to other chapters.
Presenters: Charles S. Brown, Grady E. Coyle, Kathryn Johnson, Michael Shake

Organ, Worship and Culture (Panel): Panel members will discuss current resources and perspectives on the relevance of the organ and traditional worship as churches seek to incorporate communities of diverse ethnicities and young people who have not grown up with a traditional worship background.
Presenters: Brian Hehn, Patricia Hughes, Rebecca Tankersley
Moderator: Charlotte Kroeker

Playing Bach: No body of organ repertoire has been subject to the shifting paradigms in performance style and playing technique than J.S. Bach’s. The last century has witnessed the emergence and dissemination of multiple traditions of Bach playing across the United States, often stemming from the roots of notable European Bach interpreters (Schweitzer, Widor, Straube, Dupre, Walcha, Heiller, etc.). Where and how does one begin to untangle this 250-year-old web of received performance traditions – both progressive and retrospective? Does unpacking all of that accumulated interpretive baggage offer any useful insights into Bach performance as we receive it in 2017? Could this constellation of musicians, philosophies, and numerous subsets of performance practices that have crystallized posthumously – particularly as they relate to various instrument types – aid our interpretive decision-making today? This workshop will provide an overview of 17th and 18th-century source material concerning issues of articulation and registration., in addition to a discussion of the music’s reception in Europe and the United States, and its adaptability to American instruments.
Presenter: Nathan Laube