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10. Chinese and Korean Organ and Harpsichord Music
(Calvert Johnson, Decatur GA USA)
Western music entered China and Korea through missionary hymns and military music. Today's composers are thoroughly grounded in both Western music and their own musical traditions, and often combine Asian musical elements and melodies with Western forms and procedures. This workshop will examine representative works by contemporary Chinese and Korean composers in many styles: traditional, 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.

11. Organists' Health Issues: Musculoskeletal Health for Maximum Performance
(Dr. Steven Benson, Chiropractor, Victoria BC)
Chronic muscle tension and shortening in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands is the basis of most musculoskeletal problems for keyboard performers. This workshop will teach dynamic and passive stretching, and simple strengthening exercises that can be done in about 10 minutes a day. The latest research on healthy aging, diet and supplementation will be presented.

Steven Benson DC BSc is a chiropractor in general practice since 1982, with emphasis on repetitive injuries incurred by musicians and dancers.

Dr. Benson is also sub-organist at First Metropolitan United in Victoria. He studied pipe organ in Salt Lake City with Clay Christiansen and dramatic organ with Frederick Landwehr. He loves to play organ as accompanist to the Pipes and Drums of the Canadian Scottish Regiment, and has performed with them in a number of military tattoos.

12. Performing Messiaen: Tips on learning and interpreting music for Organ
(David Palmer, Windsor ON)
The music of Messiaen presents unique challenges along the path to successful performance. After mastering the complex harmonies and singular approach to rhythm, the player must interpret the detailed indications of tempo and dynamics and the directions for registration in the light of performing traditions which seemingly depart from the score. In this workshop, we will examine ways of learning the music, ideas of interpretation, when to follow the score and when to go beyond, and of adapting the music to various instruments and settings.

David Palmer BMus MMus FRCCO(hon) got his start as a choir boy in Victoria. He is Organist and Choir Director of All Saints' Church, Windsor, Professor Emeritus in the School of Music at the University of Windsor, and a Past President of the RCCO.

Palmer is a specialist in the keyboard music of Olivier Messiaen. He studied with the composer's wife, Yvonne Loriod, in 1981. He gave the first Canadian performance of Livre du Saint Sacrement at St. James' Cathedral in Toronto in 1990, which was broadcast on CBC Radio, and performed excerpts at the Fifth International Congress of Organists in Montreal in July 1993.