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EROI 2011: Improvisation and Organ Pedagogy


EROI 2011 LogoEROI 2011: Improvisation and Organ Pedagogy
November 10-13, 2011

The 2011 Festival was presented in conjunction with the American Guild of Organists’ 16th Biennial Conference on Organ Pedagogy. This event was made possible with support from the Westfield Center.

The tenth annual Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival centered on the topic of organ improvisation through a variety of compositional techniques and styles. Conference events alternated between master classes featuring students at a variety of levels, panel discussions addressing the teaching of improvisation, and sessions to provide attendees with resource material in the pedagogy of improvisation. Highlights included a keynote address and performances by William Porter, along with collaborative performances featuring William Porter, David Higgs, and Hans Davidsson.

For a complete listing of presenters and events: Download the 2011 EROI Program Book



Thursday, November 10

Eastman School of Music

3:00-5:00 Registration
5:00 p.m. William Porter, keynote address: Why Is Improvisation So Difficult?

Rochester Club Ballroom

6:00 p.m. Light dinner reception

Christ Church

8:00 p.m. Concert: Hans Davidsson, David Higgs, William Porter

Friday, November 11

Eastman School of Music

Special Bonus Event

9:00 a.m.
Michael Dodds: Contexts and Strategies for Organ 
Improvisation in 17th-Century Roman Catholic Liturgy

William Marvin: Storms and Sonatas: Improvisation in 19th-Century France.

Christ Church

10:45 a.m.
Rudolf Lutz: Improvisation in 18th-Century Germany
Gerre Hancock: CANCELLED

Rochester Club Ballroom

Noon Lunch

Christ Church

1:00 p.m. Concert: Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Rudolf Lutz, William Porter

Third Presbyterian Church

2:30 p.m. Panel discussion: What do we mean by Improvisation? In What Ways Has the Term Changed Over Time?
Rudolf Lutz, Michael Dodds, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, David Peckham, David Arcus.

3:30 p.m.  Workshop: Jeffrey Brillhart and Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin

Auditorium Theater

8:00 p.m. Concert: David Peckham, William Porter
On-stage reception and open console

Saturday, November 12

Sacred Heart Cathedral

9:00 a.m. Workshop: Jeffrey Brillhart and Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin

10:45 a.m. Concert: William Porter, Jeffrey Brillhart, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin

Eastman School of Music

1:45 p.m.  Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra: Resources for Teaching Improvisation 
2:30 p.m. Panel discussion: Developing an Improvisation Curriculum
Rudolf Lutz, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Jeffrey Brillhart, Denise Lanning, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, John Shannon
4:00 p.m. Daniel Zager: Improvisation Resources:  Theory and Practice

Hyatt Regency Hotel

5:30 p.m. Banquet

Third Presbyterian Church

8:00 p.m David Arcus, Jeffrey Brillhart, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin

Sunday, November 13

Morning: Option to attend worship services featuring improvisation

Sacred Heart Cathedral

2:00 p.m. Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series: Bruce Neswick

Memorial Art Gallery

5:30 p.m. Jazz piano reception with Tony Caramia and Italian Baroque Organ Demonstrations.

Christ Church

9:00 p.m. Compline with the Christ Church Schola Cantorum
Stephen Kennedy, director

Monday, November 14

Sacred Heart Cathedral

9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Masterclass with Bruce Neswick


2011 Sponsors
American Guild of Organists Committee on Professional Education • Westfield Center • Christ Church • Memorial Art Gallery • Sacred Heart Cathedral • Third Presbyterian Church • Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists • WXXI Public Broadcasting • Rochester Theater Organ Society • Eastman School of Music • EROI Working Committee • Encore Music Creations