Organ Articulation, Part I: Freeform vs. Structured Articulation
This is the first of a pair of back-to-back workshops on organ articulation, or “the space between the notes”. Part one demonstrates how varied articulation, when determined in response to other salient musical elements, can define both a composer’s style and an organist’s style with compelling results. Part two (at 9:45 a.m.) covers how to notate articulation in musical scores and the presenter’s own guidelines for interactive participation. It also includes a demonstration, using the work of J.S. Bach, of the effects of applying grammar-like rules to articulation.
Frederick Hohman, an American organist based in greater Chicago, has toured internationally as a concert organist since 1984, is presently one of the most viewed of organists on YouTube, and is in demand as a recording and music video producer with the Pro Organo label. With the recent publication of his music scores and instructional articles, he is gaining attention as a composer and organ pedagogue. He earned the Performer’s Certificate, Bachelor and Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts in the organ class of David Craighead at the Eastman School of Music between 1974 and 1990. In 1984, he won First Prize in both the Clarence Mader and Arthur Poister organ playing competitions. He has performed at American Guild of Organists regional and national conventions, and currently serves as a co-director of the Guild’s Committee on Continuing Professional Education. His musical life is chronicled at www.frederickhohman.net.