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Mount Angel Abbey Church & Seminary

Organ Sonatinas of Christopher Wicks

The Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Presents: Nine Organ Sonatinas composed by Christopher M. Wicks with organists Matthew O’Sullivan, Heidi Kohne, and Grant Edwards

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Organ Sonatinas of Christopher Wicks
Organ Sonatinas of Christopher Wicks

Time & Location

Feb 11, 2024, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Mount Angel Abbey Church & Seminary, 1 Abbey Dr, St Benedict, OR 97373, USA

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About The Event

The Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Presents:

Nine Organ Sonatinas composed by Christopher M. Wicks with organists Matthew O’Sullivan, Heidi Kohne, and Grant Edwards

What is an organ sonatina? According to prolific local composer Christopher Wicks, “These are smaller-scale sonatas, so the first movement of a multi-movement work needs to be in a “Sonata-Allegro” formal design, with two distinct theme groups in two distinct tonal areas at the first of two iterations, with an intervening development section. Call me pedantic, but calling it a sonata otherwise seems like playing tennis without the net.”

Christopher is a composer and organist who lives in Oregon's Willamette Valley. He is the organist at two churches in Salem, and is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. He holds a M.Mus. in Composition from the University of Montreal, and a M.Mus. in Organ from the University of Oregon.

Matthew O’Sullivan is an organist, choir director and composer living in Portland, OR. He is Organist and Instructor of Organ at Lewis & Clark College, Director of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Beaverton, OR, and is serving as Dean of the Portland AGO chapter for the 2023-4 season.

Heidi Kohne is organist at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church in Portland, and the accompanist for the Bravo! Northwest Chorale. With AGO, Heidi holds both the Service Playing and Colleague certificates and is the Portland chapter’s Treasurer, and Placements Coordinator, as well as the Coordinator for the recent West Region regional convention.

Grant Edwards is a well-established conductor, composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist in the Portland area. He has served at First Congregational UCC as musician in residence since 1995, and is currently Music Director at the historic church.

A freewill offering will be taken, and there will be a wine and charcuterie reception afterwards.

Event program is available to view here.

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