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Greetings, fellow organists!

 

I'm finally back online, and settling into my new post. The 2100+ mile journey was rather eventful, and I've spent the first couple of weeks trying to begin to figure out how this place operates. I relinquished my 2m 32 rk pipe organ for a 3-decker Alien... (errmm ALLEN), but gained better acoustics and a fantastic choir in the bargain. Wisconsin is much colder than S. California, too...

 

Now that I'm less an event producer and more of a musician, I've also spent more time at the console trying to begin the process of regaining my skills.... I've sadly discovered that my 12 years away from serious practice have resulted in 1) the loss of sightreading ability and 2) a rather horrid pedal technique. The good news is that even with only 2 weeks of more intentional practice under my belt, things are beginning to come back (albeit slowly).

 

I doubt I'll have much time to post for awhile yet, but as time permits I hope to spend some pleasant hours renewing the friendships I've made here on the Mander Board.

 

Now, off to dinner and an early bedtime - today was a long one (2nd day back on the bench!)

:lol:

 

 

Cheers,

 

- Giwro

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Greetings, fellow organists!

 

I'm finally back online, and settling into my new post. The 2100+ mile journey was rather eventful, and I've spent the first couple of weeks trying to begin to figure out how this place operates. I relinquished my 2m 32 rk pipe organ for a 3-decker Alien... (errmm ALLEN), but gained better acoustics and a fantastic choir in the bargain. Wisconsin is much colder than S. California, too...

 

Now that I'm less an event producer and more of a musician, I've also spent more time at the console trying to begin the process of regaining my skills.... I've sadly discovered that my 12 years away from serious practice have resulted in 1) the loss of sightreading ability and 2) a rather horrid pedal technique. The good news is that even with only 2 weeks of more intentional practice under my belt, things are beginning to come back (albeit slowly).

 

I doubt I'll have much time to post for awhile yet, but as time permits I hope to spend some pleasant hours renewing the friendships I've made here on the Mander Board.

 

Now, off to dinner and an early bedtime - today was a long one (2nd day back on the bench!)

:lol:

Cheers,

 

- Giwro

 

Dear Jonathan,

very best wishes for your new post. Hope your clergy are totally normal and totally straight-forward. Seems you have taken a bold step... good for you, but fingers crossed!

 

P.

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Greetings, fellow organists!

 

I'm finally back online, and settling into my new post. The 2100+ mile journey was rather eventful, and I've spent the first couple of weeks trying to begin to figure out how this place operates. I relinquished my 2m 32 rk pipe organ for a 3-decker Alien... (errmm ALLEN), but gained better acoustics and a fantastic choir in the bargain. Wisconsin is much colder than S. California, too...

 

Now that I'm less an event producer and more of a musician, I've also spent more time at the console trying to begin the process of regaining my skills.... I've sadly discovered that my 12 years away from serious practice have resulted in 1) the loss of sightreading ability and 2) a rather horrid pedal technique. The good news is that even with only 2 weeks of more intentional practice under my belt, things are beginning to come back (albeit slowly).

 

I doubt I'll have much time to post for awhile yet, but as time permits I hope to spend some pleasant hours renewing the friendships I've made here on the Mander Board.

 

Now, off to dinner and an early bedtime - today was a long one (2nd day back on the bench!)

:o

Cheers,

 

- Giwro

 

'All sounds fun - welcome back.

 

AJJ

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Dear Jonathan,

very best wishes for your new post. Hope your clergy are totally normal and totally straight-forward. Seems you have taken a bold step... good for you, but fingers crossed!

 

P.

 

So far I find the staff and clergy are a dream to work with - we had a program staff retreat earlier this week to get to know each other better and do some planning and dreaming for the future. Everyone so far has been kind and helpful as we settle into a new town, new state and new job...

 

I've now had 3 choir rehearsals, and am still in awe at the talent I have at my disposal... my last choir didn't always read so well (and to be honest, some members were getting on in years). The average age here is about 20-30 years younger, and I have a LOT more good sight-readers, so we go very quickly from notes and rhythm almost directly to interpretation... it's very musically satisfying.

 

I have 2 very talented keyboardists in the choir, so that encourages me to work harder at my organ and piano skills... I want to earn their respect, so I need to spend plenty of hours at the console getting my "chops" back up to speed.... I spent a couple of hours the other day slogging through the Final to Widor's 2nd, and was pleased that even after 12-13 years, I still remember a good bit of it!

 

Thanks for the welcome back!

 

- G

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