On April 18, 2015, twenty-four individuals attended the masterclass for Southeast Minnesota chapter’s scholarship students. Isabelle Demers, Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, was our guest instructor. Four enthusiastic students had the opportunity to play a piece for Professor Demers. The selections played by the students were: Toccata in B Minor by Eugène Gigout, Antiphon from First Suite by Calvin Hampton, Prelude in A Minor, BWV 543 by J. S. Bach, and Epitaphe (24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31) by Louis Vierne. She was kind, encouraging and insightful in her instruction. As a chapter, we are grateful to Professor Demers for this instructional time with these students.
A special thanks to the J. Isabelle Dyck Fund of the Rochester Area Foundation facilitated by the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for supporting these chapter students. With deserved respect, we thank our dedicated instructors, Lee J. Afdahl, Andrew Galuska and Brian Williams, for their fine work with these students. Finally, in gratitude we thank Lee J. Afdahl and First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, MN for hosting this chapter event.
From left (front row) Andrew DeZiel, Jonathan Beardall, Hope Giesen, Maria Kramer, Teresa Kramer, Professor Isabelle Demers, Grant Natzke (students). (back row) Lee J. Afdahl and Brian Williams (teachers). (Not pictured) Annie Sun (student) and Andrew Galuska (teacher).