American Guild of Organists - Duquesne University Chapter

Concerts and Recitals

We are pleased to invite you to attend the following
concerts and recitals the week of the Pipe Organ Encounter.

These are all free and open to the public.

Sunday June 27, 7:30PM at First Lutheran Church,
615 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA

POE Staff recital, in a varied program.


Jubilo, A Prelude for Organ

Dan Locklair

Jeffrey M. Alban


Jean Langlais

Stephen J. Lipnichan

Communion, Op. 10

Louis Vierne

Jon J. Danzak

Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

Johann Sebastian Bach

Vincent Rone

Toccata in Seven

John Rutter

Robert G. Olsavicky, II


Moto Ostinato

Petr Eben

Adam J. Brakel

Sonata No. 2 in C minor Fuga: Allegro Moderato

Felix Mendelssohn

Linette Zabrosky

Miniature Jean Langlais Kate Scott
Prèlude et Fugue sur le nom d’ALAIN Maurice Duruflé Jeffrey M. Alban


Monday June 28, 7:30PM at Shadyside Presbyterian Church,
Amberson and Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA

Peter R. Conte, who plays one of the largest organs in the world at the Wannamaker Department Store in Philadelphia, will perform a spectacular selection of works

Peter R.Conte. Mr. Conte is highly and widely regarded for his skill as a performer, arranger of organ transcriptions, and for his unique and varied programs. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio and on ABC national television's "Good Morning America".

He is Grand Court Organist of the world-famous Wanamaker Organ (pictured below with performer) in the Philadelphia department store now owned by Lord &Taylor. When not touring, he performs on the six-manual 29,000 pipe instrument twice daily, six days per week. He performed several times at this instrument as a featured artist at the national convention of the American guild of Organists in 2002.

His are certainly not run-of-the-mill organ recitals by any stretch of the imagination; yet they absolutely delight audiences which are organ recital regulars.  He can bring veteran organ recital attendees, including fellow recitalists, into a real frenzy of enthusiasm and renewed appreciation for what the organ can be as a performance instrument.


Overture to Candide

Leonard Bernstein ( transcribed by Peter Richard Conte )

Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23 no. 1

Sergey Rakhmaninov ( transcribed by Gotfried Federlein )

Fantasy on Nursery Tunes

Robert Elmore

Funeral March for a Marionette

Charles Gounod ( transcribed by W. T. Best )

Scherzo, from Sonata VIII

Alexandre Guilmant

Overture to ‘Pirates of Penzance

Arthur Sullivan ( transcribed by Peter Richard Conte )

Graceful Ghost Rag

James Hewitt ( transcribed by Peter Richard Conte )

Sorcerer’s Apprentice Paul Dukas ( transcribed by Peter Richard Conte )
Stars and Stripes forever John Philip Sousa ( transcribed by George Faxon )

Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Hartford , Connecticut
Mr. Conte records for Dorian Records
Audio or video recording of this recital without
prior written consent is strictly prohibited.


Tuesday June 29 th, 7:30PM at Calvary Episcopal Church,
Shady Avenue and Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Faculty recital, many noted organists from the eastern USA will perform.


Symphony No. 6, Op. 42, No. 2, I. Allegro

Charles-Marie Widor

Huw Lewis - Holland , MI


Olivier Messiaen

David Craighead - Rochester , NY

Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV 541

Johann Sebastian Bach

Donald K. Fellows - Pittsburgh , PA

Sine Nomine

John Weaver

J. Barbara McKelway - Pittsburgh , PA

Improvisation on submitted themes


Ann Labounsky - Pittsburgh , PA


Prelude and Fugue in B major

Marcel Dupré

Jonathan Biggers - Binghamton , NY

Choral - Sweet Sixteenths

Joseph Jongen - William Albright

Donald Sutherland - Baltimore , MD

Symphony No. 3 Finale

Louis Vierne

Gary Garletts - Havertown , PA

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Johann Sebastian Bach

Stephen Schall - Pittsburgh , PA


Jean Langlais

Alan Morrison - Philadelphia , PA

Prelude and Fugue on B.A.C.H.

Franz Lizst

Gregory D’Agostino - New York , NY

Wednesday June 30, 7:30PM at Saint Paul Cathedral,
Dithridge and Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Peggy Haas Howell – internationally known recitalist, performs on the cathedral organ

Peggy Haas Howell is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, Virginia. Ms. Howell is an internationally known recitalist who has won top prizes in many organ playing competitions, including the National Organ Playing Competition of the American Guild of Organists, and the St. Alban’s International Organ Interpretation Competition in England. She has played recitals in Finland, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, and the United States. She has recorded for the BBC, for Sender Freies Berlin, for the Finnish Broadcasting Service, and for Raven Recordings. Before moving to Lynchburg, Peggy Howell taught organ for ten years at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

She graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music, and from Union Theological Seminary with a Master of Sacred Music degree. She also attended the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Hamburg, Germany. Her organ teachers have included Harald Vogel, Cherry Rhodes, Heinz Wunderlich, and James Boeringer. She is married to organ builder Richard Howell.


Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BuxWV 139)

Dieterich Buxtehude

Renaissance Dances from the Susanne van Soldt Manuscript
-Brande Champanje
-Almande Brun Smeedelyn
-Almande de La nonette

Anonymous Dutch

Echo Fantasia (L 34) Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Ballo del granduca

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Two Chorale-preludes
-Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655
-Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, Vater, BWV 740

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata V, Opus 65, no. 5
-Andante con moto
-Allegro Maestoso

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Yankee Doodle with variations

James Hewitt

Variations on " America " for organ

Charles Ives



Friday, July 2, 10:00AM at Heinz Memorial Chapel,
Bellefield and Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Parking is available in Carnegie Museum lot at Forbes and Craig Street. Click here for map. Phone 412-624-4157 or 412-624-4156 for information about the Chapel.

Students of the Pipe Organ Encounter demonstrate their skills in the gothic splendor of this historic landmark. Please see the Pictures of Recent Events for pictures of the event!


Recital Program


Note - the program below was preserved via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Inteface). Clicking on the student name will replay the work on the computer. The default computer voicing for MIDI is typically a piano, so the piece will appear to be played on the piano. The file may be downloaded and edited with any MIDI editing program as well as replayed on the Reuter instrument at Heinz Memorial Chapel. The recording was started several seconds before the student actually began playing. It may be necessary to wait as many as 30 seconds before hearing the piece begin.

Prelude & Fugue in F major (little) J.S. Bach Frank VanAtta & Melissa Kate Crawford
Où S’en vont Ces gais bergers Claude Balbâstre Emily Howell
Psalm Prelude, Set 1, No. 1 Herbert Howells Frank Dodd
Hymn to Joy arr. Wayne Leupold Danielle Martinez
Fugue in G major (“Jig fugue”) J.S. Bach John A. Morabito
Communion John Barr Valeriya Varpakhovich
Anthem I Marcel Dupré Thomas Dale
Wer nur den Liebe Gott Läßt Walten J.S. Bach Alex Benestelli
Praeludium Herman Schroeder Alanna Ropchock
Full Organ Fanfare John C. Barr Rachel Pratt
Prelude & Fugue in B b major (little) J.S. Bach Elise Fasnacht
Carillon Louis Vierne Peter Dierkes
Hornpipe Robin Dinda Anna Berry
Onward, Christian Soldiers arr. J. Bastien Matthew Wilkolak
Vater unser im Himmelreich J.S. Bach T. Wade Hook
Fugue sur le nom d’ALAIN Maurice Duruflé Nathan Laube
Panis Angelicus César Franck Kim Zavage
Fugue in G minor J.S. Bach Nicole Cochran
All’ Offertorio Domenico Zipoli Trisha Scott
Fanfare Janet Correll Emilie Dye
Toccata in F major Dietrich Buxtehude Bethany Wright
Fantasie in D minor W.A. Mozart Angelina Ngo
Toccata on “Old One Hundredth” Austin Lovelace Laura Marshall
Trumpet Tune Janet Correll Mark Kiefer
Trumpet Tune in E b major John Becker Betsy Scott
Festive Trumpet Tune David German Olivia Seale
Choral Louis Vierne Olivia Hauck
Prelude & Fugue in E minor (little) J.S. Bach William “Buddy” Scott, Jr.
Moderato con moto César Franck Heidi Rittmeyer
Wondrous Love arr. Judith Maggs Zachary Allen
The Cuckoo and the Nightingale Janet Correll Jessica Deal
Prelude in G minor (little) J.S. Bach Bill Kuriger
Hymnus Wilbur Held Laura Neely
Partita on “Crucifier,” III. Musette Charles Callahan Christopher Imms
Chant Hèroïque Jean Langlais Kenneth Miller


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