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EROI 2010: Pedaling through Time

EROI 2010 LogoEROI 2010: Pedaling through Time
November 11-14, 2010

The ninth annual Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival, Pedaling through Time: New Perspectives on Pedal Technique, explored the art of playing the pedals from the seventeenth century to the present day. Designed especially for students and teachers, the festival offered new perspectives on pedal technique and provided wonderful opportunities for “feet-on” experience with important practice instruments, such as the pedal clavichord, pedal piano, and harmonium. Highlights included a keynote address by Cornell Professor David Yearsley and performances featuring David Higgs, Stephen Kennedy, and the Christ Church Schola Cantorum.

For a complete listing of presenters and events: Download the 2010 EROI Program Book



Thursday, November 11

Christ Church

3:00 PM–
5:30 PM
5:30 PM David Yearsley, Keynote Address: “The Invention of Musical Feet: The Organ’s Pedals and the Early Modern Body”


Rochester Club Ballroom

6:30 PM Light Supper Reception


Christ Church

8:00 PM Concert: Hans Davidsson, David Higgs, and William Porter


Friday, November 12

9 AM –

Christ Church of Pittsford

Pedal Techniques through the Ages

Orpha Ochse: American Pedal Technique in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Andrew McCrea: English Pedal Technique in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Joris Verdin: French Pedal Technique in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Joel Speerstra: German Pedal Technique in the 17th and 18th Centuries Seen Through the Lens of the Pedal Clavichord

Box Lunches Provided

1:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford

Concert: Christa Rakich

2:30 PM –
5:00 PM

Christ Church of Pittsford

Organ Methods of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Annelies Focquaert: Lemmens’ Pedal Technique as seen through his Ecole d’Orgue and Sonatas

Christopher Marks: Dudley Buck and the Evolution of American Pedal Technique

Wilma Jensen: Development of the Gleason Methods: The Pedal Technique of Great Teacher- Performers of the 20th Century

Panel: Graduate Students from the Eastman School of Music; Orpha Ochse, respondent

Rochester Club Ballroom

5:30 PM Conference Banquet


Christ Church

8:00 PM Concert: David Yearsley, organ; Joris Verdin, harmonium; Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy, director


Saturday, November 13

Eastman School of Music

9:00 AM –
11:00 AM
Practice Instruments Involving Pedals

Kerala J. Snyder: Buxtehude’s Pedaliter Keyboard Works: Organ or Pedal Clavichord?

David Yearsley: German Pedaling in the Middle of the 18th Century: Johann Samuel Petri’s Anleitung zur praktischen Musik (1767/1782)

Naomi Gregory: Poeticizing Canons: Schumann’s Six Studies in Canonic Form for Pedal Piano (op.56) and the Romantic Fragment

Joris Verdin: History of the French Harmonium

Christ Church

11:00 AM –
12:30 PM
Harmonium Workshop with Joris Verdin
Repertoire: César Franck’s L’Organiste

Box Lunches Provided

Eastman School of Music

1:30 PM –
2:30 PM
Pedal Clavichord Recital-Workshop with Joel Speerstra
Repertoire: J.S. Bach’s Trio Sonatas
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
Pedal Piano Workshop with Joris Verdin: The Pedal Piano and Franck’s Organ Works: A Means to an End
4:00 PM –
5:30 PM
Panel Discussion Teaching Pedal Techniques to the Next Generation
David Higgs, William Porter, Hans Davidsson, Eastman students

Dinner on Your Own

St. Michael’s Church

8:00 PM Concert: Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes, director; Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy, director


Sunday, November 14

Eastman School of Music

9:00 AM –
11:30 AM
Pedal Piano and Clavichord Workshops for Registered Participants Joris Verdin and Joel Speerstra, workshop instructors

Lunch On Your Own

Sacred Heart Cathedral

2:00 PM Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series: Olivier Latry
With members of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum

Memorial Art Gallery

5:30 PM Concert: Harry van der Kamp, bass; Veronika Skuplik, Bjarte Eike, violins; Edoardo Bellotti, organ
For EROI Participants Only
7:30 PM Concert: Repeat of 5:30 PM Concert for General Public

Christ Church

8:30 PM Candlelight Organ Concert and Compline: Eastman organ students David Baskeyfield, Jonathan Wessler, Steven Seigart, and Ryan Enright in a concert of improvisations.  Followed by the Office of Compline with the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy, director, Christ Church, 141 East Avenue.  FREE ADMISSION.

New this year: Add-on Day and Excursion to Cornell University

Monday, November 15

Sacred Heart Cathedral

9:00 AM –
Olivier Latry: Masterclass with Eastman Students


Eastman School of Music

9:00 AM –
In-depth session for organ builders on the Schnitger-style Organ for Cornell
Noon –
10:00 PM

Excursion to Cornell University: Preview of the Schnitger-style Organ in Annabel Taylor Chapel

3:00 PM –
4:30 PM
Annette Richards: A new organ for Anabel Taylor Chapel
6:30 PM Light Dinner
7:30 PM –
8:30 PM
Demonstration of the Aeolian-Skinner and Vicedomini organs in Sage Chapel