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403 South Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607



Friday, October 17, 2014

Advent Noonday Series Begins December 5

Thirty-minute Advent recitals will take place in the serene sanctuary of First Congregational Church.

            Dr. Steven Egler – Organ
Friday, December 5, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.
            Nicholas Schmelter – Organ | James Royle – Narrator
Friday, December 12, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.
James Gladstone – Organ
Friday, December 19, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Steven Egler Performs Recital on the Mills Memorial Pipe Organ

The third event of the 2014-2015 Friends of Music series of recitals takes place on November 14 at Saginaw’s historic First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Avenue.  Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence at the First Congregational Church, performs the third full recital on the Mills Memorial Pipe Organ beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Egler has selected works by Bach, Bédard, Hebble, Locklair, Vierne, and Yon. 

Instructor of organ at Central Michigan University since 1976, Egler holds Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees in organ performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied organ with Robert Glasgow and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier. Additional study has been with Lillian McCord, Catharine Crozier, Charles W. Ore, Quentin Faulkner, and George Ritchie. He has appeared as a soloist, collaborative musician, and clinician throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway, and France, and he has performed as a member of the Shelly-Egler Flute and Organ Duo for over thirty-five years. His performances have been featured several times on Pipedreams, and he has performed and given workshops for eight regional and national conventions of The American Guild of Organists and the National Flute Association. He has also taught in six Pipe Organ Encounters sponsored by the AGO, and he has adjudicated various organ competitions, including the prestigious National Organ Competition in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Many of his current and former students hold major church and college teaching positions throughout the USA, and Egler has been honored by his colleagues five times with the Professor Merit Award for histeaching, creative endeavors, and scholarly work. He has been involved with the AGO in many official capacities, including the National Council on which he served as Councillor for Region V.  The Shelly-Egler Duo’s CD, The Dove Descending, is available from Summit Records, and Dr. Egler’s first solo CD, When In Our Music God is Glorified, was recorded in 1999 by Prestant Records on the 1997 Casavant organ, Opus 3756, at Central Michigan University. This CD is available from The Organ Historical Society. Dr. Egler’s collaboration with the late Dr. Paul Willwerth, professor of trumpet emeritus at Central Michigan University, resulted in two CD’s: Music for Trumpet and Organ (a remastering of an earlier LP recording) and Ecclesiastical Music for Trumpet and Organ (compositions by Dr. Willwerth). His most recent CD, The Organ Works of Gerald Near, was recorded by White Pine Music and is available from MorningStar Music. An active church musician, Egler has served several churches in Illinois and Michigan for over fifty years including his current appointment as Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church in Saginaw held since 2011.

The fourth autumn program, a piano recital by Miguel de Sousa, will take place on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.  Miguel Luis Inocencio de Sousa, a traveled classical pianist and coach from Portugal completing an advanced music degree at Central Michigan University, will perform pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, and Kapustin.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Oct. 11 - Recital Repertoire Listed

Wueppers Involved in AGO Service Project

Ken and Harriet Wuepper, Friends of Music and members of First Congregational Church, take part in a local American Guild of Organists service project concerning the pipe organ at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church in Bay City.  Note the interesting photo tour courtesy of MLive.

Sousa Interviewed in University Newspaper

December recitalist Miguel de Sousa was interviewed in Central Michigan University's newspaper about the challenge of international study.  Follow the link for the Sept. 22 piece.

Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence, is also cited in the article.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Piano Recital Scheduled for October 11

The second event of the 2014-2015 Friends of Music series of recitals takes place on October 11 at Saginaw’s historic First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Avenue.  Wendy Chu and Yu-Hsuan Yang perform selections by Barber, Bizet, Brahms, and Gershwin beginning at 7:30 p.m.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Saginaw Brass Quintet Will Premiere Composition by Bernard Sanders

The Saginaw Brass Quintet will collaborate with organist Nicholas Schmelter in the October 19 premiere performance of  “Invocation” by internationally celebrated composer Bernard Wayne Sanders.  The performance will take place at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Avenue. 

Scored for brass quintet, tympani, and organ, “Invocation” is penned in celebration of the congregation’s recently renovated 1928 organ built by Ernest M. Skinner.  The composition is 8’30” in duration. 

Bernard Wayne Sanders (b. 1957) is a native of De Pere, Wisconsin, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree at St. Norbert College in 1979.  Graduate study in composition and organ at Wichita State University led to the MA degree in 1983.  Postgraduate study in Germany culminated in a further degree in organ performance form the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg in 1989.  He has also completed examinations for church music in Hamburg and Cologne.  Sanders’ activities as a composer have been recognized in competitions and through representation in American and German publishing houses.  Since 1974, he has been active as a church musician in Tuttlingen, Germany and as a diocesan liaison and official organ consultant (Baden-Wurttemberg).