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Ann Marie Rigler

Since the spring of 2011, during a one-semester sabbatical leave from William Jewell College, I have been working on a video-based project titled “Conversations and Legacies: Exploring late 20th century American organ pedagogy through oral history.”  To date I have interviewed eighteen American organ teachers active in higher education during the period 1970-2005, and there remains a long list of individuals to be included in the project.  As I have conducted the interviews and shared excerpts from those conversations in various presentations, I have been repeatedly reminded of lessons in organ playing and in life taught by my own organ teachers: Muriel Powell Hatfield, Robert L. Burns, James W. Thrash, Jr., Robert T. Anderson, Jerald Hamilton, Delbert Disselhorst, and Delores Bruch Cannon.  Each selection performed on this afternoon’s program has a special connection either to one of those teachers, or to a guest performer or a fellow student during my doctoral studies at the University of Iowa.  To all of my organ teachers, both living and of blessed memory, I offer a heartfelt “thank you” for our time together in lessons and conversations, and for allowing me to be a small part of their legacies.

 

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