Dayton AGO
2017-2018 Programs

 2017-2018 Dayton AGO Programs


When: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Where: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 239 Wayne Ave, Dayton 45402

What: Church Tour following our Carry-in Dinner (entrée and drink provided)

Following the dinner, we will tour historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church that will close in December. Most of the organ is in the back balcony, and the Swell is in the front chancel.  A high water mark commemorates the flood of 1913. Built in the 1900’s it is one of the oldest of the churches still in use with a fascinating history.  Mrs. Huber (of Huber Homes and Huber Heights) was a member there. Distinguished organists and composers such as Lani Smith and Dr. Nancy Crandall served there.  This is a last chance to see this historic building event.  Come join us!


When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church 125 N Wilkinson Street, Dayton, 45402

What: Free workshop by Richard Elliott - Secrets of Successful Organ Playing

Richard Elliot, principal organist at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, is sharing an appealing workshop on specific concepts and techniques gleaned from his teachers and experience over the past 45 years. People who have attended this workshop have given it rave reviews. Come – it’s FREE to YOU!  



When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm                                                       

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N Wilkinson Street, Dayton, 45402

What:  Organ Recital – Richard Elliott, Guest Artist

Dr. Elliott originally planned to become a studio musician and studied organ as part of this goal. However, after joining the Mormon church, he made a right turn and changed his goals. After degrees at Curtis Institute and Eastman, he taught music at BYU. In 1991 he was appointed tabernacle organist when Robert Cundick retired. He has given numerous recitals, and recorded many organ pieces as well as his arrangements.


When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm                                                      

Where: Rieger’s Labarn in Waynesville, OH
(Directions will be printed in October Trumpetings)

What: “Scary” Halloween Party and “Scary” Carry-in Dinner

We will pool our carry-in resources – how about providing pig’s tails, bird nests in soup and eyeballs in marinara sauce? We like to wear costumes, eat together, tour the organ (see the bats in the loft) and play scary music! Directions in newsletter.  Come join the fun!


When: January 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Where: Place to be announced in the Trumpetings                                            

What: The Service Playing Exam – the First Step!

How about exploring in a low-key (no pun intended) setting how to prepare and pass this very do-able hurdle in organ playing. Details coming. At this meeting we will outline what is required to pass the exam, why you should be interested and spend time on the two hurdles, hymn transposition and sight-reading hymns.


When: Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4:00                                      
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N Wilkinson Street, Dayton. 45402

What: Matt Phelps Organ Recital

Matt Phelps is a “local boy done good” graduating from Wright State, and CCM before being hired at the West End Methodist Church, Nashville, as their Minister of Music. West End is possibly one of the largest UM churches in the U.S. with a very large choir and music program.

Matt began organ lessons with Jerry Taylor, was accepted into Juilliard to study with Paul Jacobs and spent two years as a Director of Music in New York before returning to Cincinnati and now Nashville. He sang in the Westminster Choir during his Wright State days and has composed several choral anthems that are sung by major choirs.



When: Sunday, April 15, 2018  (Van Leaves Westminster at 2:00 pm)

Where: Details and directions will be published in the spring

What: Organ Crawl of three churches north and dinner together.

Leader: Sub-Dean Terry Donat.

We enjoy touring a particular area in the greater Miami Valley with its interesting churches. Once at each location we get intros, background, see spectacular interiors, play one or more organs if we feel like it. Details, maps and churches will be announced in the spring. We will end the tour with dinner together.



When: Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm                                                               

Where: Shiloh United Church of Christ, (Corner of Philadelphia and Main)

              5300 Philadelphia Dr. Dayton 45415

What: Organ Academy Student Recital and Installation of Officers

Come hear our Academy students in recital followed by the installation of Officers

A cookies and punch reception will follow.

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