- Sunday, May 20, 1990Read more
What a thrill it was to be in the presence of this giant of peace, justice and reconciliation. I was awe-struck. This first visit was during the time that Apartheid was still very much the law of the land in South Africa. All Saints and the Anglican Church in South Africa had established a relationship, working together to help dismantle that system of extreme oppression. So, this visit was a celebration of that relationship and a re-commitment to the cause. It was the first time the All Saints choirs learned and sang “Nkosi Sikelel ‘iAfrica”. At each of the Archbishop’s…
- Friday, September 1, 1989Read more
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
- Saturday, January 2, 1988Read more
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
- Saturday, November 8, 1986Read more
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…
- Tuesday, December 24, 1985Read more
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
- Sunday, November 3, 1985Alternating weeks between Canterbury and Coventry choirsRead more
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.
- Sunday, October 6, 1985Read more
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.
- Thursday, September 1, 1983Read more
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!
- Sunday, February 27, 1983Read more
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
- Friday, March 26, 1982Read more
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.