Events 2016-17

Mark your calendars now and join us for our 70th Anniversary Season of recitals, education opportunities, and social get-togethers.  To request a schedule of Executive Committee meetings, please use the contact form on our Contact page.


September 11 (Sunday) – 3 p.m. – Richard Gowers, Organ Recital
The Cathedral of St John, 318 Silver Ave. SW, Albuquerque

gowers-headJoin us at our first program of the season to hear British organist Richard Gowers, organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, UK. King’s is best known for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast to millions around the world on Christmas Eve. Richard now accompanies the famous Choir he once sang with as a boy treble. He will include works of J.S. Bach, Richard Wagner, and Julius Reubke. (More information in this newsletter.)

This Friends of Cathedral Music concert is co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter of AGO.

Saturday, Oct 22 – 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. – Two Music Workshops
First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St. NE, Albuquerque

karmen9:30 a.m. Including Youth and Children in Worship Leadership (especially music!)
Lead by Karmen Van Dyke, Music Director, Second Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque.

Whether we believe that children and youth are the future of the church or, rather, that children and youth ARE the church, we must seek meaningful ways for them to take their place in leadership. Ms. Van Dyke will provide resources for both your congregation’s children and you which allow them to provide leadership in Sunday morning worship, especially (but not entirely) through music.

juan-hernandez10:45 a.m. – Choral Techniques
Lead by Juan Hernandez, Interim Director of Choral Activities, University of New Mexico

Organists often need a third hand to conduct their choirs! Mr. Hernandez will provide practical methods for choral directing – a practicum on choral leadership.

These workshops are co-sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and the Albuquerque Chapter of AGO.

Friday, November 11 – 7 p.m. – Peter Richard Conte, organ concert
First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St. NE, Albuquerque

prc01_richard_conte_organ_categoryMr. Conte is celebrating his 26th year as Wanamaker Grand Court Organist in Macy’s Department Store in Philadelphia. He is also Principal Organist of Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. (More information in this newsletter.)

This final concert of the Organ Jubilee Series of First Presbyterian Church concert is co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter of AGO.

Saturday, November 12 – 10 a.m – Mind the Gap: Demystifying the Art of Improvisation
The Cathedral of St John, 318 Silver Ave. SW, Albuquerque


Lead by Edmund Connolly (pictured right), Assistant Organist-Choir Director, The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, and Dr. James Yeager (pictured left), Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

If the idea of improvisation scares the living daylights out of you, then this workshop is for you!!

Come and learn techniques for creating music on the spot. Learn how best to move freely from key to key and feel confident in doing so. This workshop is for the beginner and the more advanced player and everyone in between.

Friday, January 20 – 5:30 p.m. – James David Christie, Organ Recital
First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe

jamesdavidchristie-hiresAs part of First Presbyterian’s TGIF Recital Series, a recital by noted teacher and organist, James David Christie, Chair and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Ohio. Free admission to all, donations accepted.

Saturday, January 21 – 8:30 a.m – James Christie Master Class
First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe

A unique opportunity for Chapter members to participate in a Master Class with James David Christie. If you are interested in performing in the master class taught by Mr. Christie, please contact Linda Raney, Organist/Music Director, First Presbyterian Church, at 505-982-8544 or The class is open free of charge to member and non-member observers. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter of AGO.

Monday, February 20 – 10 a.m – An Introduction to the Pipe Organ for Adults
St John’s United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona St. NE, Albuquerque

maribeth-2xwwzdrjixcgi6oe5hwt1cLead by Maribeth Gunning, Organist, St. John’s UMC, Albuquerque.

Ever wonder how pipe organs work? What all those knobs and tabs are for? Why are there foot pedals? Don’t miss this demonstration lead by Maribeth Gunning on the three-manual Reuter organ. If you play the piano, bring one of your piano pieces and try it out on the organ! This will be a learning and fun experience for you.

Sunday, March 19 – 3 p.m. – Members Recital
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque

This year, the Members Recital will be an all-Bach program in celebration of the Master’s birthday which is March 21. Members who are performing and their repertoire are:

Nancy Granert – Two settings of “Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier” BWV 730 and 731
Maribeth Gunning – Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572
Pamela McClain – “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott,” BWV 720 and “Nun freut euch,” BWV 734
Beverly Simmons – Prelude in B minor, BWV 544
James Yeager – Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536

Sunday, April 2 – 3:30 p.m. – Maxine Thévenot, Organ Recital
Keller Hall, University of New Mexico

mtJoin us in the gala festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Holtkamp Organ (Job 1468) in Keller Hall, University of New Mexico.

The organ recital by Maxine Thévenot at 4 p.m. will be preceded at 3:30 p.m. by remarks from Chair of Music Department, Eric Lau, and a lecture given by Christian Holtkamp, great-grandson to Walter Holtkamp, Jr., who was responsible for building and installing the Keller Hall instrument. Following the recital, from 5:30-6:30, will be a reception for AGO members and other invited guests at the UNM Art Gallery.

Tickets are on sale now at $15 per person if you purchase in person at the box office. For online (visit UNM Ticketing, select April 2 from the calendar, then 50th Anniversary Concert) or telephone orders (505-925-5858) add $6.25/person for handling fees and postage.

This day will be a wonderful time of music, fellowship and celebration.

Saturday, May 20 – 10:00 a.m. Organ Crawl of Home Installations
(Locations TBA)

Sunday, June 4 – 5:00 p.m. – Annual End-of-Year Dinner
The Bosque Center, 6400 Coors Blvd. NE, Albuquerque

Keynote Speaker: AGO President, Michael Bedford

More details to follow!