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Online Portfolio for Aaron Tan

All documents herein were personally typeset, designed, performed, and/or recorded.

PART 1: CHURCH MUSIC SKILLS
A Brief Statement on Church Music
This short essay outlines my philosophical views on music and its role in corporate worship. It was written in 2008.

Reger - Fugue from "Halleluja! Gott zu loben", op. 52, no. 3

This is a live recording of the Reger Fugue played on October 6, 2013, as a postlude to a service at St. John's Episcopal Church, Detroit.

Bach - Prelude from Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532; St. Paul's Cathedral, Syracuse, NY, April 2013

This is a live recording of my performance during the final round of the 2013 Arthur Poister Competition, in which I placed first.

Video recording of AGO Christmas organ concert, First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, 2013

This fun concert at FUMC Ann Arbor featured Monnikendam's Theme and Variations for Christmas Eve as well as movements from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite. The Boychoir of Ann Arbor performed Malcolm Archer's "Rejoice and be merry". The audience ended the evening with a rousing rendition of "Hark! the herald angels sing".

[URL] Service recordings archive for West Side United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor
This website features several months worth of live service recordings at West Side United Methodist Church, where I am the Organist and Asssistant Director. Several examples of my hymn playing and voluntary performances may be found here.

Minor propers in modern notation
Sample files of minor propers typeset in Finale 2014 with revised text underlay and updated notation from the Anglican Use Gradual.

Fauxbourdon arrangement of "Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding" (MERTON)
I composed this fauxbourdon harmonization of the hymn tune "MERTON".

"For all the saints" arrangement
choral score | instrumentalists score

This arrangement utilizes two hymn tunes, "SINE NOMINE", and "SARUM" (also called "ELLERS"), and also employs trombone, violin, trumpet, and snare drum to enhance the text.

Rehearsal audio sample 1: volunteer church choir, Sussex Carol (arr. Willcocks), West Side United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, December 17, 2015
MP3
This rehearsal clip showcases leading a rehearsal during the choir's early note-learning stages. This included focus on improving intonation, keeping a steady pulse, and envisioning a larger phrase architecture. It should be parenthetically noted that I received only 4 hours notice that I would need to lead this rehearsal, due to a sudden illness of the choir director. A PDF score for the portion of music rehearsed is provided (beginning at v. 2). Duration: 9 minutes, 32 seconds

Rehearsal audio sample 2: professional church choir, The Strife Is O'er (C. A. Gibbs), St. John's Episcopal Church, Detroit, May 5, 2013
MP3
This clip exhibits rehearsal on the interpretive aspects of an exuberant section. Imagery was provided to the choir in order to achieve the desired tonal color. A PDF of the rehearsed section is provided. Duration: 2 minutes, 46 seconds


PART 2: ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING SKILLS
[URL] Music personnel role distribution spreadsheet for West Side United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor
This document is shared among all music staff at West Side United Methodist Church and is a helpful resource that outlines roles and responsibilities of musicians during the service.

Chorister's Handbook prepared for First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, September 2009 to June 2010
This document provides the majority of service music chosen for a large portion of the church year (Advent through Trinity) during my tenure as Organist and Choir Director. It was provided to the pastor and all music staff in late August 2009.

Rehearsal plan for the Sunday after All Saints, 2016
A rehearsal plan for a pre-service rehearsal on the Sunday after All Saints, November 6, 2016.

Communication and Publicity Pieces for Ann Arbor AGO, 2008-2011
The programming and content of these season brochures was conceived by me and my Co-Sub-Dean during the years when I served the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. These pieces also showcase my deep involvement with the church music community in Ann Arbor, and my ability to produce professional-quality publications.

Lessons and Carols service booklet, December 18, 2006
This unique Lessons and Carols service held in 2006 featured traditional carols and readings, but was novel in that all the choral music was chosen from the Afro-American musical tradition. The service was preceded by a November 2006 workshop on spirituals led by preeminent director Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, the Founder and Artistic Director of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation and performance of Afrocentric music of all styles. The choir had an opportunity to rehearse with Blyden-Taylor as well as learn the history and context in which these songs were written.

2006-2007 "Music at Ascension" series publicity pieces and descriptions; Church of the Ascension, Toronto, Canada
Poster, event descriptions, and brochure of the "Music at Ascension" concert/workshop series—a series of six concerts and four workshops exploring various styles and traditions of church music. All events were held at the Church of the Ascension.

Corporate sponsor packet for "Music at Ascension" series
A sponsorship packet prepared to attract potential corporate donors to support the "Music at Ascension" series. Approximately $4000 was raised from five sponsors.

PART 3: TEACHING AND MENTORING SKILLS
Student evaluations for Teaching Assistantship
In Fall 2011, I taught two sections of an introductory Materials Science course, for which I received a Best GSI of the Year award from my department. Comments and scores from students are provided in the attached document.