SNC:AGO RECITALISTS

The Chenaults: June 2, 2017

 
 
 
 

Named "The World's Premiere Duo-Organ Team" by the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault, duo-organists, have concertized throughout the United States and in Europe. Specializing in works written for two performers the Chenaults have commissioned and premiered over fifty organ duets, thereby making a significant historical contribution to this slighted area of organ literature.

Because of their unique and refreshing repertoire, combined with their exciting and sensitive artistry, the Chenaults are in demand as recitalists and have established themselves as America's leading duo-organists.

Mr. and Mrs. Chenault, natives of Virginia, completed their Bachelor of Music.degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University studying organ with Lawrence Robinson. Mr. Chenault received his Master of Music degree in organ

performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he and Mrs. Chenault studied organ with Wayne Fisher. Upon graduation, Mr. Chenault became a Fellow in Church Music at Washington Cathedral studying with Dr. Paul Callaway. Other organ teachers include Harold Abmyer, Arthur Poister and John Fenstermaker.

In 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Chenault became Organists and Choirmasters of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, directing the music program and concert series. The Chenaults taught choral music at The Lovett School in Atlanta for 31 years, where Mr. Chenault was the Director of Fine Arts and Choral Director of the Upper School. Mrs. Chenault was Choral Director of the Middle School. Their choirs won many national competitions, and were featured at American Choral Director's Conventions, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Washington Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina.

Recitals by the Chenaults have been critically acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. They have been featured on “Pipedreams.” Their four CDs have been on the best­selling list nationally and have received rave reviews. Several volumes of The Chenault Organ Duet Library Collection have been published by Warner Bros. Pub., Inc.

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PROGRAM

Choral (Sonate a Deux) (1992): Gaston Litaize (1909-1991)

Eclogue (1991): Richard Shephard (b. 1949)
(Chenault Library Collection, Vol. II)

Allegro for Organ Duet (1993): Philip Moore (b. 1943)
(Chenault Library Collection, Vol. II)

The Emerald Isle (based on Londonderry Air) (1994): Charles Callahan (b. 1951) (Morning Star Publications)

Phantom of the Opera Medley (2012) (arr. Chenault): Andrew Lloyd Weber (b. 1948)

I. The Phantom of the Opera
II. Think of Me
III. Angel of Music
IV. Music of the Night
V. The Point of No Return

Shenandoah (1993): Nicholas White (b. 1967)

A Fancy for Two to Play (1987): Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)
(Chenault Library Collection, Vol. I)

Variations on 'Veni Creator Spiritus' (2007): David Briggs (b. 1962) (Morning Star Publications)