Morning Musicale

On the morning of Saturday, November 18, 2017, about 75 residents and guests of Madison’s Oakwood Village – University Woods Senior Community enjoyed a one-hour program of music presented by members of the Association of Church Musicians / Madison Chapter AGO in Oakwood’s Resurrection Chapel.

Selections included pieces for organ, violin, and harp by Bach, Pachelbel, Nicolai, Zabel and others.  The chapel’s organ, a two-manual tracker, was built by ACM-member Bruce Case 23 years ago.  Since the organ’s installation, ACM/AGO has presented many member recitals at Oakwood as part of its outreach programming.

Following a greeting from ACM President / AGO Dean Naomi Matthees, musicians for the program included (bottom, left-right) Deborah Krauss Smith, organist, Monroe; Ted Reinke, organist, St. Luke’s Lutheran in Middleton; Elijah Cynric, organist, student of Ken Stancer, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Madison;  Cora Rund, organist, St. Peter’s Lutheran, Janesville; Linda Warren, harpist, First Unitarian Society, Madison; (back) Lyle Anderson, organist, Plymouth Congregational UCC and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Madison; Gary Lewis, organist, Bethel Lutheran, Madison; Jaret Schroeder, organist, Calvary Lutheran Chapel, Madison; Robert Eversman, violinist and organist, Heritage Congregational, Madison; and Tyler Pimm, organist, Lake Mills Moravian Church, Lake Mills.  Also debuting was ACM’s new banner, which will be displayed at ACM’s public events to increase awareness of the existence and work of ACM / AGO.

ACM Members at the Morning Musicale at Oakwood Village

Field Trip to Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology

Several ACM members met on Saturday, October 7th in Franklin, Wisconsin for a chance to see the beautiful chapel on the grounds of the Sacred Hearts Seminary and School of Theology.

Deborah Krauss Smith, Greg Smith, Lucy Dechene, Don DeBruin, Naomi Mathees, Morris Sadicario at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Franklin WI

The chapel is an octagonal shaped building that is home to a Berghaus Pipe Organ (Opus 30, ca. 1994 – 2 manuals, 27 stops, 35 ranks).

Berghaus Organ.


Berghaus Organ Sacred Heart Franklin

Several members went on a field trip to the Sacred Heart School of Theology and had an opportunity to play the Berhaus Organ. In the video above, Deborah Krauss Smith is checking out the stops. The circular chapel contributes to a warm acoustical experience, with a pleasantly long decay time.

Don DeBruin takes his turn at the organ, as we get a view of the chapel interior.