Saturday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church will offer an organ concert for the community and our members. It has reportedly been more than a decade since there was an organ concert on the Monterey Peninsula. Funds raised by charitable donations at the door will be designated for All Saints’ Organ Fund, to preserve and further the art of organ music on the peninsula.
About the Musicians
Richard Wilson is the current organist at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Richard came to All Saints’ in 1977, and has faithfully served the parish not only as organist, but as a member of the choir, a lay reader, and a member of many committees. Richard currently plays for services at All Saints’, including the monthly Evensong, and accompanies the Chancel Choir. Richard worked as a copy editor, writer, and news editor for thirty years at the Monterey County Herald. He also wrote a column on language usage called “The Gimlet Eye” for the newspaper. He currently works as a legal editor at Aon Hewitt in San Francisco.
Clay Couri was organist and director of music at St. John’s Chapel in Monterey, retiring in 2010. Clay earned his A.B. and M.S. degrees in geology, and had a successful career in the petroleum industry before returning to music in adulthood. Clay has performed a number of organ concerts in Connecticut, Texas, and California, with this concert marking his official retirement. Clay has made many repairs and adjustments to All Saint’s organ, and is eager to show off what this instrument can do.
About All Saints’
All Saints’ Episcopal Church began in 1912. The earliest services were held in the Pine Inn on Ocean Avenue. Soon thereafter the congregation built the first church, what is now the City Hall for Carmel-by-the-Sea. Since its inception, All Saints’ has been an advocate of the arts and the community throughout Monterey County, both through its own programs and by generously supporting many community organizations.
Proceeds benefit the creation of a new organ fund to replace the current instrument and continue to provide classical sacred music on the peninsula. The current organ was installed in 1987, largely made possible by a designated gift from Mrs. Charles (Sally) Shedd, who wrote in a letter to the rector, “It is my hope that the new organ at All Saints’ be made generously available to those who love great music in the Carmel area, and most particularly to the Carmel Bach Festival, which is an annual event of international musical importance. The gift is given to the glory of God.” Our centennial book, Our First One Hundred Years, written by historian Elizabeth Barratt, tells more of the story.