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Mr. Lorenz Maycher

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Organist and Choirmaster

Phone: (903) ***-****  HQ Phone
First Presbyterian Church
815 East Main
Kilgore, Texas 75662
United States

Company Description: e, the First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, Texas, faithful to the Reformed tradition and heritage of our church are a community of God's people bound together by...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    East Texas Pipe Organ Festival

Education

  • honorary doctorate of sacred music
    St. Dunstan's College
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Founder and key planner Lorenz ...
www.kilgorenewsherald.com, 22 Aug 2014 [cached]
Founder and key planner Lorenz Maycher, organist and choirmaster for First Presbyterian Church, is hard at work inside 115 S. Kilgore Street this month, setting it up as a home-away-from-home for the pipe organ celebration.
It's the first new operation to move into Kilgore's Downtown Entertainment District since the zone was established by city council members in March 2013.
"My office at the church has been uninhabitable now for three years," Maycher said joking ... mostly. His space at the church, 815 E. Main St., is wall-to-wall equipment and keepsakes. "Since the festival started, I've been receiving so much memorabilia."
Much of the vintage pieces come from the collections of private donors, long-time fans of Maycher's First Presbyterian pipe organ predecessor, Roy Perry, the local festival's namesake.
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Dedicating one of several offices to playback equipment and a computer terminal, "I've already started transferring reel-to-reel tapes," Maycher noted.
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Call it a 'train wreck,'" Maycher quipped Tuesday morning. Once he's sorted through the piles of framed pictures and boxes of pipe organ artifacts carted over from his office at First Presbyterian and his home storage, the new building will be staged as a reception area for festival-goers, a mini-museum and workspace for volunteers.
Some of the pieces are particularly priceless for Maycher, a longtime Perry devotee and admirer of not only the organ designer's First Presbyterian masterwork and his St. Luke's United Methodist Church construction but of numerous other lauded instruments built throughout East Texas and across the country. Many play pivotal roles in the annual festival.
Perry's influence on the organ circuit is well-known through his work with Aeolian-Skinner, and Maycher credits his legacy for the hundreds of organ aficionados who have descended on Kilgore the past several years for a week's worth of concerts and lectures.
Through supporters' donations, "We have almost all of Roy Perry's manuscripts now and his letters and files," Maycher said, such as "All his plans and blueprints for the Washington (National) Cathedral, which was his largest installation back in the '70s.
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Moving the assembled collection will open Maycher's office once again for not only workspace but as a "green room" for festival performers.
Down Main Street and around a corner, the festival headquarters - as yet unnamed - will be open to the public, particularly those festival attendees who register for special events. As ever, the annual event is free but select activities are RSVPonly - so far, 65 people have registered for this year's festival, closing in on 2013's 105-member roster with weeks to go.
Beyond the week of the festival, "It'll be by appointment. We're going to have exhibits in there that are open to the community, I would say probably four times a year," Maycher explained.
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Maycher anticipates the office could host as many as 80 people for a reception or mini-concert. This year's Nov. 9-14 series of events will start there.
"Larry Palmer from (Southern Methodist University) is going to play a clavicord recital, which is going to be a first for us," Maycher explained.
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"He's taking photos of all the organs that we visit," Maycher said.
Local organ fans can whet their appetites for the upcoming festival through First Presbyterian's Noonday Meditations beginning Sept. 3. The weekly, half-hour performances begin at 12:05 p.m. each Wednesday through Dec. 17.
"There's a brief welcome at the beginning, prayer, a couple of scripture readings," Maycher said, "followed by organ music that is either related to or reflects what has just been read."
October marks the diamond jubilee of First Presbyterian's sanctuary. Moving into the building 75 years ago, the month is also the 65th anniversary of the installation of Perry's Opus 1173 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The church will celebrate the organ's anniversary inparticularwitha2p.m. concert Oct. 19 featuring Maycher, prior organist Jimmy Culp and Kilgore High School junior Jace Mankins.
Pastor's Update
www.churchofthepilgrims.org [cached]
5. This morning as I was writing this, a couple of hundred members of the Organ Historical Society (according to Rob these are serious organ geeks) were in the sanctuary, listening to Lorenz Maycher, Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore, Texas, play several pieces by Richard Purvis (1913-1994) on our 1928 Skinnner organ.
First Presbyterian church organist and ...
www.kilgorenewsherald.com [cached]
First Presbyterian church organist and choirmaster Lorenz Maycher – founder of the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival – jots down a melody Wednesday night. NEWS HERALD photo by NAMENAME First Presbyterian church organist and choirmaster Lorenz Maycher - founder of the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival - jots down a melody Wednesday night.
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The thing that most surprised Lorenz Maycher is how far-reaching the festival and Perry's organs have become, attracting people from all over the United States.
"Who would have thought in Kilgore, Texas, that there would be organists coming from literally all over the world? Jeff Binford from Tuscaloosa, Ala., said.
Maycher was 14 years old the first time he played the organ at First Presbyterian, saying he could not wait to play it.
Binford added that churches across the country have taken various features from the First Presbyterian's organ and copied them.
A 1957 record of the Austin College choir made the organ an "overnight success," he said. With the church's tradition of choral music, Maycher said one of the suggestions he got this year was to feature a choir in the first concert.
First-Trinity Presbyterian Churc
www.first-trinity.org, 22 April 2010 [cached]
Lorenz Maycher
Director of Music - Lorenz Maycher
Recital honors organist
www.news-journal.com, 21 Jan 2007 [cached]
Lorenz Maycher, organist of the First Trinity Presbyterian Church of Laurel, Miss., will be the guest organist at the 4 p.m. recital at the church, 815 East Main St., Kilgore.
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