News 2005-2009

News 2005-2009: (US) Early Keyboard Conference (WEKA) (Sept. 19-20/2009)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 20, 2009

“A conference of special interest to organists, harpsichordists and fortepianists will be held September 19-20, 2009, in Tacoma, WA.  It is sponsored by the Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA) in association with Christ Episcopal Church and Pacific Lutheran University. 

Organizers of the event are  harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree; organist/harpsichordist Barbara King; David Dahl, Director of Music Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma; and Kathryn Habedank, Director of Early Music Concerts at Pacific Lutheran University.  We hope you will plan to join us; mark your calendars now!

September 19 events will be at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street, Tacoma.  Saturday’s schedule will feature Jordi Verges-Riart from Spain and Fabio Ciofini from Italy.  Their presentations will include speaking about the 1750 Italian meantone temperament organ housed at Christ Episcopal Church plus a demonstration of Italian and Spanish repertoire (some four-hand) and continuo examples. Saturday afternoon will feature Dr. Janet Pollack of Colorado State University with a session on the early English keyboard publication, Parthenia (c.1611), with virginal demonstrations;  this will be followed by a builders’ symposium.  Verges-Riart and Ciofini will conclude the day with an evening four-hand concert on the John Brombaugh organ.

September 20 events will feature a visit to the Paul Fritts’ Organ Shop near Pacific Lutheran University, Mike Reiter’s Broadwood and Streicher pianos with fortepianist Tamara Friedman, and a faculty Early Music Concert: “Music in the Age of Thomas Jefferson.”

The conference schedule will be full but will allow time for exploring the available instruments and socializing.  Please note unforeseen events might cause a change in the schedule.

Dues paid by WEKA members will support this conference: $45 regular, $35 senior (over 65) and $25 student.  There is no additional conference charge for WEKA members.  The cost for non-WEKA members is $50 regular, $40 senior and $30 student. The pre-registration conference deadline is September 1, 2009. If registering after September 1, please add $10 to each category.

For further information, WEKA membership forms and September conference registration forms please contact Barbara King, WEKA president, at or go to “