Welcome to the Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Our website has a lot of information contained within and I hope you will find it useful. Programs for the upcoming 2016-17 year, information about scholarships for organ students, a list of organ substitutes and photo gallery of past events are just a sample of what you can find here.
Thanks to St. Brigid’s Catholic for hosting “Pedals, Pipes and Pizza” in October. There were about 15 students who participated in this event, designed to encourage the study of the organ. Greg Koziel, organ technician, Jim Walsmith, piano teacher at Colonial Middle School and André Duvall, SubDean facilitated the demonstration and explanation of the pipe organ. It was fascinating to see the student’s and parent’s faces when they played and heard the different sounds of the organ. Students were reminded of the scholarship program for lessons available through the AGO and several were interested. What a worthwhile endeavor for our chapter.
I hope to see you at Lord of Life Lutheran on November 7 to hear Bob Knupp of Mississippi College (Debbie Smith and Marc Ceresier’s alma mater) present his program Historic Organs of Germany: Performance and Presentation.
Robert Knupp is a Professor in the music department at Mississippi College, located in Clinton. His area of primary teaching is applied organ and organ area classes. He is also the organist of Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson.
Dr. Knupp’s students have won state competitions of the AGO and MTNA, have garnered praise at regional and national competitions, and awarded full teaching assistantships at major universities, and fellowships to national organist conventions. The studio also takes an annual tour to locations such as New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.
An active performer, Knupp has performed with the several symphony orchestras, AGO regional conventions, and has been heard nationally on the program “Pipedreams.” He has performed in twenty nine states and in Europe. Significant performance venues include the Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Church and St. Mary’s in New York City, St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, King’s Chapel in Boston, The Old Church concert hall in Portland Oregon, Church of the Ascension in Seattle, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster PA, National City Christian Church in Washington DC, and the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. During the summer of 2015, Knupp embarked on a five week historic organ tour of central Germany with concerts on Silbermann Organs in Forchheim and Frieburg, and on the Max Reger Organ in Bad Salzungen.
Knupp is a native of Johnstown, PA, and holds degrees from the University of Alabama (D.M.A.), East Carolina University (M.M.), and Susquehanna University (B.M.) Primary mentors include the late Warren Hutton, Janette Fishell, and Susan Hegberg.
Carolyn Mason, Dean