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Block 3 of 4

7. Contemporary Canadian Music
(Valerie Hall, Regina SK)
Regional styles of Canadian music are often classified as French or English, Catholic or Protestant. This workshop, however, will seek common threads among trends in composition by three other groupings: Western Canadian RCCO member-composers, Western Canadian non-member composers writing for the organ, and Canadian Music Centre Associate Composers writing for the organ.

Valerie Hall MMus MCM is Director of Music at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina, Saskatchewan, and National President of the RCCO for the 2008-2010 term.

Hall increasingly views herself as an ambassador of Canadian organ music, and has a particular interest in regional differences in composition. In 2007, she gave recitals in East Germany and represented Canada at the Internationaal Orgelfestival in Tongeren, Belgium.

8. Improvisation for Organ and Instruments
(Paul Halley, Halifax NS)
Organists are often required to improvise music in liturgical situations and may have opportunities to work with various other instruments on these occasions. This session will explore practical ways in which you can work with other instrumentalists to improvise together when such occasions arise.

Paul Halley MA(Cantab.) FRCO ARCT is Director of Chapel Music at the University of King's College, Director of Music at St. George's Anglican Church, and University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From 1977 to 1989, he was Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City and was a principal member of the Paul Winter Consort.

Halley's music ranges from modern traditional to innovative, including music integrating indigenous instruments from around the world and the songs of the wild.

9. Japanese Organ and Harpsichord Music
(Calvert Johnson, Decatur GA USA)
From 1868 Japan adopted Western marches and Protestant hymns. Schools teach mostly Western music. By 1890, Japanese composers actively composed in Western idioms, and from the 1930s Japanese musicians have been abreast of developments in Europe and North America. This workshop will examine representative works by contemporary Japanese composers in many styles: traditional Japanese, minimalist, hymn arrangements, avant-garde, post-modern, and neo-Romantic.

Calvert Johnson DM is Professor of Music and College Organist at Agnes Scott College, and Organist at First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, Georgia. He is Treasurer of the American Guild of Organists for the 2008-2010 term.

Johnson has performed in Japan, Mexico, Honduras, England, Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland, and Germany. He is known for his performances of multicultural music by black, Asian, Hispanic and female composers.