John Karl Hirten, Bay Area Organist and Nationally-known Composer will

present a workshop at Christ Church, 15th and H Streets, Eureka, Saturday
July 15th from 2-4 p.m. Reception to follow:

Mode, Melody, and Improvisation

Every musical piece, whether written down or improvised, is constructed out of a variety
of building materials. Over time, musicians carry with them an ever-growing tool box
containing these techniques, acquiring new ones while, at the same time, honing the
tools that they have. In this interactive workshop, John Karl Hirten will delve into two of
those tools, mode and melody, and explore ways to use them to develop a
compositional “personality” through simple improvisation. Hirten will be using the piano
as well as organ in presenting this workshop.

Participants will be invited to contribute their talents in a generous, non-judgmental and
low-stress atmosphere. Everyone is welcome; active participation is optional.

Suggested Donation $5.00

Sponsored by the Sequoia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

If you would like further information, please contact Doug Moorehead (707) 443-0700

John Karl Hirten has been a finalist in the American Guild of Organists National
competition in Organ Improvisation. His Master of Music degree in organ
performance is from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has
performed extensively in the Bay Area including over 300 monthly recitals at the
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, various venues throughout the country and
in Europe. www.hirten.com

John Hirten will give an organ concert at Christ Church on July 15th at 7:30 p.m.