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Dale G. Rider

Dale G. Rider

Staff Organist

International Headquarters

Dale G. Rider, MSM, CAGO is a life-long Community of Christ member. In February 1969 he auditioned before Franklyn S. Weddle and John Obetz and was appointed to the staff organist team at International Headquarters to begin playing recitals that summer. During 1971–1973 he earned a Master of Sacred Music degree at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where he was organ graduate teaching assistant and Daily Chapel organist at Weaver Chapel. Study of liturgics and other music-worship courses were taken with the late British musician, Elmer Blackmer. Dale’s study of composition was with Jan Bender, famous Dutch-German composer/organist; voice with Aurora Smith, musical daughter of Clarence Dickinson at Union Seminary; harpsichord with Fulbright scholar/concert artist, Trudy Faber; and conducting with John Williams.

Dale has done considerable post-graduate study, attending numerous Organ and Church Music Institutes at the universities of Kansas and Nebraska, learning from guest artist-teachers Marie-Claire Alain, Robert Baker, Catharine Crozier, Harold Gleason, Arthur Poister, Alec Wyton and others.

Dale earned Associate and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education at Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. His organ study was with Oliver Houston, Jr., and composition with Louita Goode Clothier during a semester independent study. Throughout his junior and senior years, Dale was Campus Organist, accompanying the 80-voice Chapel Choir conducted by Frank K. Hunter.

Dale was one of several young musicians gathered in the early 1960s to form the first “AGO Student Group” of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of American Guild of Organists. Many years later, after university, he served the same Chapter in several capacities, including Bombarde newsletter editor for many years, Chapter Sub-Dean, and Dean during the 1982-83 season. Dale has taken two AGO examinations, earning The Service Playing and The Colleague (CAGO) certificates.

In 2010 Dale became Organist and Composer-in-Residence at historic First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) off the Square in Independence. He was employed by the Independence School District and worked for eight years as a choral accompanist, vocal coach and faculty assistant in the choral department at Truman High School. In February 2015, a new position was created at yet another historic Independence church: Trinity Episcopal Church where Dale is Music Minister/Organist where Bess Truman was a life-long member and was married Harry S. Truman. The choir at Trinity Church is quartet of advanced university students for whom Dale creates an extensive number of musical arrangements and new scripture-based compositions for each Sunday’s liturgy.

In 2013, Dale’s career came full circle, returning to a mix of printing and music-making. Concurrent with his ministry at Trinity Church, Dale is employed at Central Mission Center, Community of Christ as printing specialist, serving 36 congregations of the denomination in their various needs for printing, including unique weekly service bulletins and announcement inserts for each congregation.