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Convention Workshops

Block 1 of 4

1. Pacific Northwest Tracker Organ Building in the U.S.A.
(David Dahl, Tacoma WA USA)
The Pacific Northwest region of the USA is currently recognized as an important center of organ building, particularly for high quality mechanical action organs. Names such as John Brombaugh, Paul Fritts, Martin Pasi and Richard Bond have become internationally respected organ builders. Part of the region's organ history involves the relocation of several historic organs. This presentation traces the path from the earliest known pipe organ through a period of imported instruments, and ultimately to the establishment of Northwest organ builders after 1960.

David Dahl MA AAGO is Professor of Music and University Organist Emeritus from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, having retired in 2000 after thirty-five years of teaching. He continues as Director of Music Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, where he has served for forty years.

Dahl has been a consultant for several organ projects in churches and academic institutions, actively supporting high quality organ building, especially encased mechanical action organs. He was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Organ Historical Society.

2. Multi-publisher Sacred Choral Reading Session
(Frances Pollet, Victoria BC)
This session will present a diverse and appealing array of recently-published anthems spanning the entire church year. These have been chosen for worthy texts, in settings for unison, two-, three- and four-part mixed voices, and will include items suitable for choirs of all skill levels.
All works are provided compliments of Long & McQuade Music: vanchoralmusic@long-mcquade.com.

Frances Pollet BMus EdDip is Minister of Music at First Metropolitan United Church in downtown Victoria, where she is responsible for a children's choir, handbell ringers, a contemporary youth ensemble and the Sanctuary Choir. She particularly enjoys the collaborative opportunities afforded in drama, dance, and music for worship presentations. She was conductor of Linden Singers for 20 years.

Pollet serves on the executive of Music United, the national music committee of the United Church of Canada, and is Secretary of the RCCO Victoria Centre and of the RCCO 2010 convention committee.

3. Repertoire and Registration on Smaller Organs
(David Stratkauskas, Victoria BC)
Many if not most organists find themselves at one stage or another playing modest-sized instruments which, on paper at least, appear to have limited variety for the presentation of organ literature, anthem accompaniments, or leading congregational singing. By exploring organ repertoire and service music both new and old, we can, with a little ingenuity, produce sounds which provide a satisfying palette of colour appropriate for most requirements. Above all, the fundamentals of listening, and using our good taste ("le bon gout" as Couperin phrased it) will yield many tonal riches from even the smallest instruments. Bring your ideas and questions for discussion and favourite liturgical repertoire to share!

David Stratkauskas ARCO Bmus MA (music theory) completed his MA at the University of British Columbia, studying with Dr. William Benjamin. His organ tutors have included Darryl Nixon and Gerard Brooks. He moved to London in 2003, where he held posts as director of music at St Michael Wandsworth Common and at the parish church of St Mary Stoke Newington. He worked as a jazz pianist and a teacher of Kodaly musicianship, conducted the choir of News International, the publisher of the Times, and appeared as organist with choirs including the Harsnett choir and the Syred Consort.

Stratkauskas moved back to Canada in 2010 to take the position of organist at St John the Divine, Victoria. He is married to Soile, an accomplished Baroque flutist.