The Dallas Chapter–American Guild of Organists is comprised of both professional and amateur organists of various denominational backgrounds, all of whom support organ and choral music in both traditional and innovative roles. The Dallas Chapter, geographically expanded through the suburbs, is blessed with many fine pipe organs, both large and small, many of very vintage. We are not only proud of our wide array of organs, but of the qualified members who offer their services week after week. We are blessed with members both professional or amateur, conservatory-trained or self-taught, experienced concert organists or service playing neophytes alike. Some play large pipe organs, whilst others may play electronic instruments.
We have most recently welcomed into the Dallas Chapter the members of the former East Texas Chapter.
Chapter Dupré Event
UNT and the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists combine forces next May 30 – June 2, 2021 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Marcel Dupré, the great titan of the organ world who died at his home in Meudon, France on Pentecost Sunday, May 30, 1971.
The three day conference, staged in Dallas, will begin with an opening, all-Dupré recital featuring Dallas member Ethan Gainer, FAGO, who has prepared the Dupré integral for the 50th anniversary year. The conference will launch his series of nine recitals.
Other organ events feature Samuel Gaskin, Rudy Devos, Susan Ferre, Lerie Dellosa, S. Andrew Lloyd, and Destin Wernicke who will recreate Jeanne Demessieux’s famous 1946 debut recital at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, featuring her Six Etudes.
Steven Harlos has agreed to present a program of Dupré’s piano works. Recitals of his chamber music, solo voice, and choral works are also planned as is a program of organ-piano works, all written for his concert pianist daughter Marguerite Dupré-Tollet.
Lectures will include presentations by Dupré’s only living grandchild, Alice Tollet, and the president of the Dupré Association in Paris, Bruno Chaumet. Scott Cantrell will present on Nadia Boulanger and her interactions with Dupré, and Lorenz Maycher will discuss Dupré’s American students.
Save the dates: May 30-June 2, 2021. Details concerning registration will be available this fall.