Organ Olympics 2017: Notes from the Organ Scholar
The city of Montréal, Quebec, Canada is home to a rich French-Canadian heritage featuring great architecture, fantastic food, and shopping opportunities. In the summer of 1976, this great city was home to the XXI Olympiad, of which remnants can still be seen on the Montréal skyline. In more recent history, from October 6-21, Montréal was home to the 4th Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC), which some have dubbed “The Olympics of the Organ.” This is the largest international organ competition in the world, in terms of both the number of competitors and prize money awarded. The competition consisted of three performance rounds.
I, your Organ Scholar at Epiphany, was one of the twenty young organists from around the world invited to compete in the CIOC. We were selected from fifty-six applicants and represented twelve countries. Over the two-and-a-half week period, we were treated to many magnificent performances given by both fellow competitors and jury members. The activities also included a wonderful masterclass given by Epiphany’s own Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Carole Terry, who also served on the competition jury.
The quarterfinal round of the competition, featuring all twenty competitors, took place from October 9-11 on the beautiful von Beckerath organ at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. I was the final competitor to play on the evening of October 11. You can watch the livestream of that performance by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/YmoYP12YlkA (it begins around 1:52:00). As thrilling as it was to perform this program of music by Bach and Buxtehude, I was one of the eight competitors eliminated at the first round. The remaining twelve went on to compete in the semifinals on the gorgeous Casavant organ at the Church of Ste. Jean Baptiste. Another six competitors were then eliminated, sending the final six organists onto the final round which were held at the stunningly blue church, Basilique Notre Dame, in Old Montréal on October 19. I had a wonderful time sitting in these churches listening to my colleagues and friends perform at levels higher than many performances heard at organ conventions around the country, knowing that, for some, these performances would help define their careers.
In the end, the music was great and the sights sublime. However, that is not what I will remember. My memories of this experience are that of my new friends from around the world and of the camaraderie that we shared intensely for two-and-a-half weeks, which will carry us into our future endeavors as we have now gone our separate ways. Many of us shared meals together, whether it was a bleary-eyed hotel breakfast or dinner at 1 o’clock in the morning to celebrate the conclusion of the CIOC, along with many other fun adventures.
I am grateful for all of the support I received from my Epiphany family through this entire process. I am looking forward returning to the organ benches at Epiphany to serve you in our worship and in the ceaseless praise of our Lord and Savior. If you want to know more about my experience in Montréal, or just about me in general, catch me at Church or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, one of the best gifts of this entire trip came at the very end: a surprise greeting at the airport from Joseph O’Berry and my roommate Natalie Ham, which came complete with my new title, reading “The Rev’d Deacon, Doctor, Professor, Wyatt Smith, by the Grace of God & Head of the Commonwealth of King County, Duke of Madrona, Earl of West Seattle, & Queen of the Pasi.” You can see the joy in all of our faces.
All Pilgrims Past, Present, and Someday Maybe
Pilgrim Reunion & Benefit for Ahli Hospital, Gaza
November 2, 2017 from 7 pm to 9 pm
You are invited to a Pilgrim Reunion and Benefit for Ahli Hospital to hear first-hand reports of Gaza and the Holy Land by members of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ).
Delicious food will be on hand and wine will flow, and you will have an opportunity to give in support of Ahli Hospital’s free Community Clinic, which is one of the few medical facilities in the whole of Gaza.
Please RSVP to Mike Evans at email@example.com or 206-329-6302
The 2017 Thanksgiving Drive is Here
Every year Epiphany parishioners come together to donate turkeys, pies, potatoes, and all the other ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner to families in YWCA housing who can’t afford the extra expense of holidays. Will you help us provide 35 Thanksgiving dinners?
1. Sign up your family, your small group, or another team for at least one meal.
2. Decide how many complete meals you can donate.
3. Email Sherilyn Peterson with your team name and contact information and how many meals you will provide by November 10.
What if I can’t provide a whole meal and just want to give a turkey or other items without a team?
Not a problem this year! Thanks to our Formation Team and the youth Confirmation Class, this year you can sign up to bring individual items at the November 5 First Sunday Brunch and the youth Confirmation Class will collect those items and package them into baskets.
1. Click here to download the list of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients.
Your team is responsible for all items on the list.
2. With your team, devise a plan for who will bring what and when and where you will assemble it.
3.Assemble it all in a large family-sized laundry basket. This makes delivery to the YWCA easier for our volunteers and ensures that meals do not get mixed up. It also provides YWCA families with a laundry basket!
4. Delivery Day is November 19. Please bring your completed basket to the Parish Hall before the 11 am service. Have someone from your team responsible for getting the basket where it needs to go and ensuring that all the contents are present. We have a very narrow window for delivery to the YWCA that day so we need everything to be ready on time.
Please contact Sherilyn Peterson with any questions.
Women’s Mini Retreat
November 4 from 9 am to 1 pm in the Garden Room and the Fireside Room
It’s time again for our annual fall mini retreat. Please join us as we gather to strengthen our faith and explore new ways of doing that. We will be meeting on Saturday, November 4 from 9 am to 1 pm for sessions of meditation, Visio Divina, and labyrinth prayer. We will all have an opportunity to participate in each of these practices.
The meditation will be guided by our own Pieter Drummond. Those of you who have participated in Pieter’s meditations know how calming it is. The Visio Divina will be guided by Carmen Hoffman and The Saint John’s Bible will be the source. Ann Lockhart will be leading the labyrinth walking and can answer any questions you may have about it. Remember there is no wrong way to walk it!
As usual these sessions will be followed by a light salad lunch. Greens and salad dressing will be provided, and we ask that you bring any add-ons for salad that you like. If you would prefer to bring dessert that too would be welcome!
A donation of $10.00 is suggested to help defray costs. We hope to see you there. Sign up lists will be available in the Great Hall on Sunday at the coffee hour. You can also sign up online by contacting Epiphany and and emailing Diane that you will be attending.
Dr. Rowan Williams to Preach at Epiphany Parish
November 12 at the 8:45 and 11 am Services
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams will preach at Epiphany on Sunday, November 12, at both the 8:45 am and 11 am services. This is a most unusual opportunity to hear and meet an amazing pastor, scholar, teacher, and author. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the office that symbolizes the unity of the entire Anglican Communion – all those churches, like the Episcopal Church – that trace their heritage back to the Church of England and the English Reformation. Currently serving as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Dr. Williams also sits as a life peer in the British Parliament’s House of Lords. It is a great honor for us to host Dr. Williams and hear him preach. We expect a full house, so be here early!
Remembering Our Departed Loved Ones in November
During the month of November, it is the custom at Epiphany to give members of our community the opportunity to remember and honor family members and friends who have died. This year we will be commemorating our departed loved ones with:
Commemoration of All Faithful Departed Service
On Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel we will have a Solemn High Holy Eucharist service to commemorate our departed friends and family members. There will be candles, incense, and Epiphany Choir at this service. Many parts of the service are chanted. The Parish Necrology will be read. Incense will be used.
Altar of Remembrance
Beginning November 1 there will be an Altar of Remembrance in the Chapel until Sunday, November 26. You are invited to bring a photo of your departed loved one for the altar. Make sure you put your name on the back so it can be returned. A candle of remembrance will remain lit during the day.
The Book of Remembrance
The Book of Remembrance will be kept near the Altar of Remembrance in the Chapel during the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your departed loved ones in this book. Our clergy will remember them in their prayers.
…You can watch the service at Epiphany Parish live on Facebook every Sunday at 11 am!
Go to: https://www.facebook.com/1805epiphanymusic/
20s & 30ish Spice O’ Life Get Together
October 27 at 6 pm in the Fireside Room
An evening of fellowship. Bring your favorite fall savories & sweets. Beverages provided, including a seasonal cocktail.
For inquiries, please call Joseph at 206.402.8467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join our group on Facebook for updates and more information.
Contact Amy Tullis at email@example.com for information and registration.
The Commemoration of All Faithful Departed Solemn High Eucharist and the Reading of the Parish Necrology
Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel
In the Chapel on Saturday evening, November 4, we will celebrate the lives of All Faithful Departed. We will rejoice with the saints in heaven for the lives we knew and for those whom we did not know. A Solemn High Mass will be observed this evening; the Propers will be chanted and the Epiphany Choir will sing the Mass to a setting by William Byrd, one of the most prolific of Renaissance composers. And, the anthem will be English poet Edmund Spenser’s beautiful text, which was set to music by William Harris, called Faire is the Heaven.
“Faire is the heav’n Where happy soules have place In full enjoyment of felicitie; Whence they doe still behold the glorious face Of the Divine, Eternall Majestie.”
For each life we acknowledge, for the hovering of incense which will surround us, and for each prayer spoken and sung, we will remember them.
Come to Epiphany this night. Be inspired. Be transformed. Be nourished by the presence of the Divine and see the image of such endless perfectness which is the Kingdom of Heaven.
There will be incense at this service.
Upcoming Baptisms at Epiphany
All Saints’ Day
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:00 am
Baptism Preparation Class and Rehearsal for Families and Godparents
Saturday, November 4 at 9 am – 10:30 am
Please contact The Reverend Todd Foster for more information at 206-324-2573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebration of Life
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
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