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Timeline: James Walker at All Saints Church

1983–2017

  • Carrie Holzman-​Little begins contracting instrumentalists

    In Timeline All Saints on

    I remember when Carrie started doing this, especially because she was pregnant. The choir was doing a Howard Hanson piece with chamber ensemble, and she and I did a viola/​organ piece together. I don’t know how she stood up to play. When I became Director of Music in 1991, she and I developed a close professional relationship, the goal of 

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    First Love

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    All of those pedals, keys and pistons might look like so much hardware to some people, but to James it was love at first sight. It was Great. He wasn’t overwhelmed by the prospect of a lifetime of manual labor; he was totally excited by the possibilities. Unlike sports, James knew that when he was on the bench, he was in 

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    Walker awarded 1st Place at Mader National Organ-​Playing Competition

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    I was three years out of grad school when the 1986 Ninth Organ-​Playing Competition of the Ruth and Clarence Mader Foundation was announced. The required repertoire was intriguing — all music from the 20th century. All competitors were to learn the new Sonata en trio by Jean Guillou, one of the most technically-​demanding works I have every learned. And then there were three other groupings of pieces, from which the competitors could choose the rest of their repertoire. I remember learning the pieces for a May 1986 faculty recital at Occidental College. With pieces from that recording, I entered the…

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  • New 3-​service Christmas Eve schedule begins

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    4:00 PM Family service led by children’s choirs 7:30 PM Eucharist led by Canterbury Choir 10:30 PM Eucharist led by Coventry Choir For many years, All Saints was on a schedule of two services for Christmas Eve — the 4pm Family Service and the 10:30pm service with Coventry Choir, that began with a 30-​minute “concert”, usually a major work such 

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  • Choirs begin a two-​morning-​services schedule

    Alternating weeks between Canterbury and Coventry choirs
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    When I was hired as associate organist, there was one adult choir and one sung service each Sunday at 10 AM. It was sweet, sweet, sweet. Within a year or so, that one service had grown to the point that people really couldn’t find a seat. The decision was made to move to a two-​sung-​service schedule, with identical services (i.e.

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  • Canterbury Choir makes its debut

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    It was time to get serious. After a year of being “Seasonal Choir,” singing about one Sunday a month and rehearsing two Saturday mornings each month, the members were up for the challenge of increasing their duties. As I recall, we added one Wednesday evening per month to the two Saturdays, making a total of three rehearsals per month.

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    First Coventry Choir Retreat

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    This was the first Coventry Choir Retreat, with Ray Egan as Director of Music. This 1983 retreat was the first of three overnight retreats at retreat centers in the San Gabriel mountains. For whatever reason, we soon grew tired of sleeping in sleeping bags for these events. This first year, we were all in one big room!

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  • James Walker begins as Organist; Associate Choirmaster

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    It was the summer of 1982, and I was 25 years old — fresh out of grad school and content with my work as Organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church and College Organist at Occidental College — when I received a phone call from the Director of Music at All Saints. He told me about an open Associate Organist position, wondering if 

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    USC Masters’ Recital at All Saints Church

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    All Saints served as the USC teaching organ for the studio of Cherry Rhodes from 1976 until 1991. So, I came to ASC for my lessons with Professor Rhodes every week for four years (the first year as a private student and then three years in the master’s program. Almost all degree recitals given by Cherry’s students were at All Saints. We got 20 hours of practice on the instrument in the two weeks prior to the recital.

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