Musings of a Supply Organist on the End of 2012
Written by Donald Moro   
Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:00

As I finish the year of 2012, I am grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves this year. 

One Year Ago

Looking back a year, at this time last year I was the interim organist at 2nd Church of Christ, Scientist, a most interesting and unusual church.  The worship services were more like business meetings with hymns, but the musical standards were very high and I found the requirements for 30+ minutes of music plus 4-5 hymns each week to be very demanding.  However, the experience stretched me in new ways and I am thankful for being able to play the fine new Allan digital at that church.

Surviving the Apocalypse

December 21, 2012 came and went, and somehow I and my family survived.  My poor 11 year old son was freaked out by the whole thing and probably didn't sleep at all that night.  Myself, I slept like a log.

St. Edwards Candlelight Concert

I was honored to play at the St. Edwards Candlelight Concert this Christmas at St. Edwards Church in Richmond, VA.  Each year the concert attracts more and more people, and this year the church was nearly full.  I was asked to play the Christmas hymns as well as some pedal tones for piano pieces and a very challenging Sanctus from the Rutter Requiem.  The interesting thing about that concert was the new position of the organ.  By placing the console at the front of the choir area, in the midst of the congregation and in front of the choir, I had a hard time gauging how low the organ was relative to the instruments and singing.  I'm guessing that I played too loudly since my family told me that the windows rattled and the pews vibrated.  Oh well, I hope folks found it inspiring.

Gayton Road Christian Church, Richmond, VA

Gayton Road Christian Church

As I end the year of 2012, I find my self as interim organist at Gayton Road Christian Church, pictured here.  It's a warm and inviting church with a small but devoted choir of 5-8 people.  I enjoy playing for them, and especially enjoy accompanying Megan Martin who is their choir director and soloist.  She has a beautiful voice.  The assembly at this church seem genuinely appreciative of my musical selections as I have tried to pick prelude/postlude music that is what I like to call "for the people."  This is music that is easy to listen to because it is based on a familiar tune or theme. 

A Word About Newtown

Knowing that what I write will be captured in the digital ether forever, I wanted to close my New Year's Blog with a word about Newtown.  In December of 2012 a gunman shot 20 children in a school in Newtown, CT.  I have struggled with this tragedy and have found my musical selections subliminally tending towards sorrowful, healing, and reconciliation.  I hope that in some tiny way the music I play will bring comfort to people who, like me, are blessed with a wonderful family.

My best wishes to you and your family for a happy and successful 2013!