Shelley Stoll I am part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). I play the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month and accompany the choir. The ten stained glass windows in our sanctuary each contain a word of affirmation (forgiveness, love, kindness, joy, hope, grace, caring, faith, devotion, and peace). My 2018 goal was to present appropriate music during worship service for each of these words of affirmation. I finished this project in November when I introduced and played music for the tenth window. 12-8-18
Shelley Stoll I am part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). I play the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month and accompany the choir. The stained- glass windows in our sanctuary each contain a word of affirmation. My 2018 goal is to present music appropriate for each of these ten words of affirmation. The word Joy is etched on one of the pieces of stained glass in the window furthest from the front on the piano side. There is a piece of paper taped above the word so you will know where to look.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month, and is choir accompanist. Work continues on building a repertoire of fanfares.
Shelley Stoll Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month, and is choir accompanist. Choir does not meet during the summer months so ‘Music for Worship’ during Sunday service will be organ and piano solos and duets with the occasional vocal soloist. Having the opportunity to take organ lessons from Jeannine is a treasured gift in Shelley’s life.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month, and is accompanist for the choir. Playing variations of hymn tunes with a reader reading the hymn text between variations is Shelley’s latest project.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month, is accompanist for the choir, and continues to work on building a repertoire of fanfares. Easter Sunday Shelley played ten minutes of joyful fanfares before the morning worship service began.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month, is accompanist for the choir, and is currently working to build a repertoire of fanfares.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one and sometimes two church services each month, and is accompanist for the choir. Her newest project is having a soloist sing a hymn as offertory with varied organ accompaniment for introduction, possible interlude, and ending.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one church service each month and is piano accompanist for the choir. Introducing new hymns is an ongoing project. Shelley is currently learning fanfares for use as worship service postludes.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one church service each month and is piano accompanist for the choir. As organist on December 15th Shelley will include Michael Burkhardt’s Five Advent Improvisations during worship service.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church (the other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle). Shelley plays the organ for one church service each month and is piano accompanist for the choir. This past Lenten season, particular attention was paid to the vast amount of music written for this time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Variations of ERHALT UNS, HERR (The Glory of These Forty Days) was Shelley’s musical offering on the Sunday during Lent when she was organist.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church. The other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle. Shelley plays the organ for one church service each month and is piano accompanist for the choir. Jeannine Jordan is an inspiration and wealth of knowledge which makes learning and practicing music a delight and a blessing.
Shelley Stoll is part of the music team at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church. The other half of the music team is Margaret Slagle. Shelley plays the organ for one church service each month and is piano accompanist for the choir. Learning and practicing music continues to be a delight and a challenge.
Student Recital December 8 2018
Four Advent Hymns…………………………………Traditional melodies
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival” and the text of Advent hymns speak of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing. Advent hymns are meant to prepare us for the Christmas season which in the Christian calendar does not begin until December 25th. The four Advent hymns are: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” (2 variations, hymn #621); “Savior of the Nations, Come” (4 variations, hymn #332); “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night” (2 variations, not included in Zion Lutheran hymnal); and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (1 variation, hymn #357). As I play, you may want to read these Advent hymn texts.
Rondeau ………………………………….Jean-Joseph Mouret
Jean-Joseph Mouret was a French composer whose dramatic works made him one of the leading exponents of Baroque music in his country. Even though most of his works are no longer performed, Mouret’s name survives today thanks to the popularity of the Fanfare – “Rondeau” from his first Suite de symphonies, which has been adopted as the signature tune of the PBS program Masterpiece and is a popular musical choice in many modern weddings.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring …………………...J. S. Bach
In 1689 German composer Johann Schop wrote the hymn tune WERDE MUNTER which roughly translated means ‘become cheerful.’ In 1723 Bach used this hymn tune in the last movement of his Cantata #147. The hymn is played through only once in this piece with the essential accompaniment woven throughout. We know the last movement of Bach’s Cantata #147 as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” As I play, listen for the oboe sound as that is the hymn tune. The words to the first verse are as follows.
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, Holy wisdom, love most bright,
Drawn by you, our souls aspiring, Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown, Soaring, dying, ‘round your throne.
Battle Hymn of The Republic….William Stefffe Arr. Tedd Smith & Don Hustad
Of all the songs written about the Civil War, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” became the most important song for the Union. The words were written by Julia Ward Howe using music from the song “John Brown’s Body”.
The melody first gained popularity near Charleston, SC, where it was sung as a Methodist camp meeting song, particularly in churches attended by free Blacks. By contrast, it was also used early on as a marching song on army posts. The song gathered new verses following the insurrection at Harper’s Ferry, led by John Brown and carried out by 19 men on October 16, 1859.
Following a visit to Washington DC by Julia Ward Howe in 1861, the song came to be called the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Howe and her husband were active abolitionists. They observed first hand skirmishes between Confederate and Union troops in Virginia where they heard troops march into battle singing “John Brown’s Body”. That evening, November 18, 1861, Ward was inspired to write a poem that better fit the music. The poem began “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”. Her poem was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in February 1862 and soon became known as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
Now Thank We All Our God ……Virgil Fox, arranger
Virgil Fox wove this well known 17th century hymn tune into Bach’s Cantata No. 79 creating a delightful and bright arrangement. In the 1970’s Virgil Fox toured our country playing ‘Heavy Organ’ which was an all Bach program, complete with light show, on the Rodgers Touring Organ. Virgil Fox is credited with bringing the music of Bach to young people with an innovative and exciting style
Rejoice Fanfare…George Frederick Handel
George Frederick Handel, who lived from 1685 to 1759, was well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Born the same year as J. S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era. This fanfare was composed as a call and response. In this arrangement the trumpet sound makes the call and big organ sound responds.
KIRKEN DEN ER ET GAMMELT HUS (Built on the Rock) ……… arr. Wade Peeples Maestoso, Agitato, Tranquillo, Maestoso, Cantabile, Allegro ma non troppo
Wade Peeples arranged the six variations of this Norwegian hymn tune written by L.M. Lindeman in 1840. Mr. Peeples has been a college music professor for over 20 years at the Eastman School of Music. His compositions include anthems, chamber music, organ, piano, and art songs. He is currently with the Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he and his wife, Mary Louise Kapp Peeples, are organists
KINGSFOLD ………………………………….. English folk tune
Variants of this tune are found in many parts of the British Isles, and the tune is thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages. The name KINGSFOLD commemorates a village in northern England. Robert Lind and Frank S. Lynn are the arrangers of these five variations.
GARTAN …………………………….. Irish traditional melody
The hymn tune GARTAN is a traditional Irish melody and is named for a parish and lake in County Donegal, Ireland. In 1883 English poet Christina Rossetti wrote ‘Love came down at Christmas’ which is the text to this Christmas hymn. The hymn variations were arranged by Charles F. Raasch. Please read aloud the text to this hymn between organ variations.
Rejoice ………....…………………….George Frederick Handel
Handel’s father wanted him to become a lawyer and did not want him to study music. A friend of the family helped hide a clavichord in the attic. On this small instrument, which has a tone so faint that it cannot be heard behind a closed door, Handel practiced without his father’s knowing about it. When Handel was seven the secret was out and Handel began to study music under the local church organist. ‘Rejoice’ is from Handel’s oratorio, Messiah.
Give to the Winds Thy Fears ........…………..William H. Walter
This hymn is #815 in the ‘Glory to God’ hymnal and the hymn tune is FESTAL SONG. This hymn tune first appeared in ‘The Hymnal with Tunes Old and New’ published in 1872. William H. Walter (1825-1893) was an American organist who served churches in Newark, New Jersey, New York City, and finally Trinity Chapel, Columbia University. Walter wrote masses, service music, and anthems, but is best known for FESTAL SONG.
ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR……...……George J. Elvey
This hymn tune name commemorates the royal chapel where the composer was organist for forty-seven years. We know this hymn as “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” which is a familiar Thanksgiving hymn.
Psalm 19 …………………………Benedetto Marcello
Marcello is remembered for his Estro poetico-armonico, a musical setting for voices, and solo instruments of the first fifty Psalms. Marcello was a younger contemporary
of Antonio Vivaldi and his instrumental music enjoys a Vivaldian flavor.
WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET DER MORGENSTERN (4 variations)… arr. Loeffler
The hymn, #827, ‘O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright’ is the hymn sung to this hymn tune in the Glory to God hymnal. James W. Loeffler styled each variation after a different composer. The first variation is after 15th Century organist Hieronymus Praetorius, who was the first to use the limited contrasting sounds on the organ. The second variation is styled after Bach so enough said about that. The third variation is styled after Mendelssohn who was known for huge lush romantic sounds. The fourth variation is styled after Widor who used big symphony sounds.
Festive Trumpet Tune…………...David German
The word ‘tide’ is an older English word that means time or season. Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Eastertide is a joyous season of the church year, and musically it is a time of alleluias and fanfares. David German’s composition is a proud and joyful fanfare meant to get our attention.
KREMSER (6 variations) ….arranged by Evan Becker
This Netherlands folk melody dates from 1626. Our new hymnals include two hymns sung to this hymn tune. I was familiar with hymn #336 ‘We Gather Together’ but hymn #612 ‘We Praise You, O God’ was new to me (copies of these hymns will be distributed before I play). Arranger Evan Becker resides in Colorado Springs, CO, where he is organist and instrumental director at First Lutheran Church. In the fourth variation of KREMSER the middle section is marked Agitato. Evan Becker creates agitation by using 55 accidentals in 49 measures. This music mood fits the text in the second verse of hymn #612 ‘We Praise You, O God’ which includes the words ‘trial’, ‘tempest’, and ‘perils’.
CHARLESTOWN (6 variations) ……………………… arranged by Hans-Dieter Karras
This hymn tune comes from the 1835 Southern Harmony hymnal. The hymn title, ‘All Who Love and Serve Your City’ is #351 in our new hymnals. The 20th-century text was written by Erik Routley in 1966. The arranger, Hans Dieter Karras, is a composer of symphonic, chamber, organ and choir music as well as an international concert and recording artist.
Five Advent Hymn Improvisations….arr. Michael Burkhardt
Savior of the Nations, Come (1524), Come, O Precious Ransom (1699), Jesus Has Come and Brings Pleasure (1733), O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (15th century), and Prepare the Royal Highway (17th century) are the hymns included in this suite. The arranger, Michael Burkhardt, is currently Director of Worship and the Arts at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia Michigan and is internationally known for his innovative and inspiring hymn festivals.
NICAEA (Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!) ………John Bacchus Dykes/arr. Sobaje
The hymn tune NICAEA is named after the early church council that firmly established the doctrine of the Trinity (AD 325). The text for this hymn was written for Trinity Sunday which occurs the Sunday after Pentecost as a celebration of the Holy Trinity. The tune was written specifically to accompany the text. The variations I will play are arranged by Martha Sobaje. I begin and end with typical hymn singing soundscapes.
Hymn tune CHRISTMAS …………………………Georg Frederic Handel
The hymn tune CHRISTMAS (hymn #59 in our Presbyterian Hymnal) is a melody from the 1728 opera Siroe Re di Persia by George Frederick Handel. In 1821 Lowell Mason arranged this melody into the hymn tune we know today as CHRISTMAS. I will play the melody from the hymnal then play the arrangement by American organist and arranger Charles Callahan.
Hymn tune TRURO ………………………………………… Thomas Williams
The hymn tune TRURO (hymn #8 in our Presbyterian Hymnal) was composed by Thomas Williams in 1789. All variations are from the Adrienne Tindall collection “120 More Musical Gifts part 7” with the exception of the last variation which comes from Hal Hopson’s “The Creative Use of the Organ in Worship.”
Noels are a music genre with origins dating back to the Middle Ages. The modern day composer of these two Noels used ancient French melodies from Provence that date from the 17th century. This music adheres to traditional French classical organ style.
Noel #8 “Oh! What a good luck!”………………………………………………………Guy Morancon
Noel #10 “In a rustic barn”…………………………………………………….Guy Morancon
_ A Joyous Christmas …………………Arranged by John Leavitt
John Leavitt, born in 1956 is a composer, conductor, teacher, and church musician. Currently, Dr. Leavitt serves on the faculty of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. “A Joyous Christmas” combines three well-known Christmas carols: O Come, All Ye Faithful; Angels We Have Heard on High; and Joy to the World! This arrangement begins as a processional and builds to the joyful end using a full organ soundscape
Trio VII, Opus 49………………………………………………………... Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Joseph Rheinberger was an influential German composer, organist, conductor, and teacher. All voices in this trio are equally important, and it was a challenge for me to master the pedal line. Listen for the wonderful French horn sound throughout this piece.
Voluntary VII ………………………………………………………………………William Boyce (1711-1779)
Voluntaries were written as church music but were not based on hymn tunes. This piece was composed for the mid-eighteenth century English organ which at that time had no foot pedals. I will play the prelude again after the fugue using the bass coupler. This is a digital instrument feature which couples the pedal soundscape to the great manual.
Trio VI, Opus 49 …………………Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901) Organ trios are a challenge for me. I first learned and played this trio slowly and quietly using two manuals. The piece is marked Alla breve (a faster tempo), full organ, one manual. Changing tempo and soundscape has added a postlude and an offertory to my church music repertoire.
Voluntary IV ……………………………………………………William Boyce (1711-1779) William Boyce was the foremost composer in England in the mid-eighteenth century. The English organ of his day did not have any foot pedals. The first part of this piece is contemplative and peaceful. The second part is bright and twinkling. Listen for the wonderful ornamentations.
This Aria is a challenge for me. Using the swell boxes is something I have not done before, and as I play this piece I can hear Miles Davis playing this on his trumpet. Anybody remember Sketches of Spain and the castanets clicking in the background?
I have now studied and performed all eight Little Preludes and Fugues. What an achievement for me (I started with Prelude in F major when I was in college). During Lent I played Prelude and Fugue in e minor which is very slow and legato. I then turned my attention to this Prelude and Fugue and could hear the brightness that comes from the extra pause, the note held just a bit longer.
Student Recital December 5, 2009
Johann Sebastian Bach, born in 1685, was to become one of the greatest composers of all time. Oddly, neither he nor anyone else thought he was anybody very special during his lifetime. For two hundred years before his birth the Bachs had been musicians. There had been so many musicians named Bach that in a certain part of Germany people called a man a Bach when they meant he was a musician, even though Bach was not his name at all. Today Johann Sebastian Bach is recognized as one of the world’s greatest composers. It is almost impossible to believe that for nearly a hundred years his music was neglected and forgotten. Thanks to Felix Mendelssohn, who began to play Bach’s music and urge others to play it, this great music has become known everywhere.
Praise Our God Above Chinese Hymn
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come Johannes Pachelbel
Confucius to Pachelbel or Thanksgiving to Advent. This hymn is based on a Confucian chant and comes via the Chinese Christian Literature Council. Confucius, who lived BCE, formulated ethical teachings which were introduced into Chinese religion. Organ variations and singing of this hymn were part of the Thanksgiving service at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian. Pachelbel, one of the foremost organ virtuosos of his time, was the music teacher of Johann Christoph Bach, who in turn taught his younger brother Johann Sebastian. Angels are the messengers of God – listen to the flutter of angel wings in this Advent piece.
I continue to work on hymn playing (the Doxology pedal line is still a challenge for me). Bach is my current favorite composer and playing and practicing on our 3 manual Rodgers is a joy. Two 2009 goals are learn the memory card and organize 3 boxes of music.
The Lord's Prayer Malotte
We both have been working on perfecting this piece for nearly a year. It was played for the dedication of our new sanctuary in Pacific City on October 26, 2008. It was placed on the program immediately following the dedication and sanctification of our new Rodgers organ and Steinway grand piano.
MARGARET SLAGLE AND SHELLEY STOLL
May 30, 2009
At my first organ recital, May 2008, I played this Bach prelude. I did not have the musical skill at the time to attempt the fugue. Practice does pay off!
Melita ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… John Bacchus Dykes
The hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" is known as the Navy Hymn because it is used at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. The tune name "Melita" is the ancient name for the island of Malta where Paul was shipwrecked (Acts 28: 1-2). This music will be played one variation at a time with one hymn stanza read between each variation at our July 5, 2009 church service. Today I will play two of the five variations. The arrangement comes from "Variations on Hymn Tunes" edited by Adrienne Tindall.
Shelley Stoll ismastering the memory card which includes keeping track of "where did I store it?" I have made no progress on the other half of my 2009 goal of organizing three boxes of music. I am making progress on Bach's eight little preludes and fugues. This summer I will again be the music person for our church Vacation Bible School. When Vacation Bible School was over last year I was worn out.