Officers, members, and friends of the Grand Strand Chapter of the American Guild of Organists gathered at Georgetown Presbyterian Church on Friday, January 28 for a convocation and installation of officers. A new anthem, ‘On Patmos,’ by Jonathan Blamire (Prince George Winyah Episcopal, Georgetown) and a new setting of Psalm 71 by Karen Kearney (Resurrection Episcopal, Surfisde Beach) were premiered by the combined choirs of Georgetown Presbyterian and Prince George Winyah along with members of the Camerata Indigo.
AGO Region IV Distrct Convener Mark Husey (St. Peter Catholic, Columbia) was on hand give an address and to install the chapter officers. Also, dean of the chpater Billy Fallaw gave a moving remembrance of Sebron Hood, who died this past December.
Choir and congregation of the Grand Strand AGO Winter Convocation, Georgetown Presbyterian Church.
Many officers and members had a hand in the logistical and musical preparations that made the evening a success. Host organist Thomas A. Martin, IV is especially to be commended for his organizational efforts as well as his fine service playing.
For more photos of the event, please visit the chapter website here; to hear music from the service, click on the links below.
Guilmant: Grand Choeur in D, Op. 18
Mark Chaney (Trinity Episcopal, Myrtle Beach), organ
When in our music God is Glorified (Engelberg)
Thom Martin (Georgetown Presbyterian), organ
setting by Karen Kearney
Brian Monroe, cantor; Karen Kearney, organ
Blamire: ‘On Patmos’ (world premier)
Thom Martin, organ; Zhongliang Chen, piano
The text (a mixture of direct quotation and paraphrase) is taken from the early chapters of the final book of the Bible, the Revelation of the Apostle John. John, one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus, in his old age was exiled for his faith to the island of Patmos (now in modern Greece). Revelation is an account of his amazing encounter with the Lord and having heaven revealed to him.
Blessed is the one who reads and blessed are they who hear
The words of this prophecy and keep them, for the time is near.
Rev 1 – 3 (Paraphrase)
Exiled on Patmos, the Apostle John saw many things:
A vision of the risen Christ, walking amongst the churches.
He heard both praise and warnings from the Lord,
That the Church might be rebuked, corrected and built up.
Rev 4 (Paraphrase)
After that I looked up, and there in heaven was an open door.
And I heard a voice say, with a sound like a trumpet,
“Come up! And I will show you what must take place after this”
At once I was in the Spirit and there in Heaven I saw a throne,
Set amidst a crystal sea, surrounded by the elders and the four living creatures,
And day and night they never cease from crying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
who was and is and is to come”.
Then the elders fall in worship:
“Our Lord and God, You are worthy
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You made all things by Your will.
German: Festive Trupet Tune
Billy Fallaw (First United Methodist, Conway), organ