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John Scott, Organist & Director of Music at St. Thomas Church, New York City
John Gavin Scott
June 18, 1956 – August 12, 2015

We are greatly saddened by the sudden death of John Scott on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Dr. Scott had been Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue since 2004. He was an esteemed colleague and musician of the highest order, an inspiration to all who heard him perform as a conductor and organist and in recordings, and a mentor and friend to many. John Scott was an honorary chapter member since receiving the International Performer of the Year Award in 1998. Our condolences are offered to his wife, Lily, who is expecting their child in September, his children, Emma and Alex, his two sisters, Judith and Helen, and to the choir and congregation of Saint Thomas Church.

A said Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul was offered at Saint Thomas Church on Thursday, August 13, at 5:30 pm. A celebration of John's life and witness will be held at Saint Thomas Church on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 11.00 am.

Requiescat in pace.


September 29, 2015 • 7:00 PM

Chapter Event – Members' Recital

The 2015–16 season begins with "Fantasia", a Members' Recital and champagne reception on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 PM on the newly restored III/44 Casavant Frères, Op. 2892 at Saint Ignatius of Antioch. The church is located at 552 West End Avenue between 86th and 87th streets. Interested performers should contact Sub-Dean James Kennerley at This is an excellent opportunity to perform for and entertain your colleagues, and to try out new repertoire.

2015 Regional Competition Winners

  David L. Ball, organist
  David L. Ball
  Colin MacKnight
  Colin MacKnight, AAGO

The NYC Chapter is extremely proud to announce that we have TWO winners of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists!

On June 24, 2015, David L. Ball won first place in the 2015 North Central AGO/Quimby Regional Competition held at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of St. Louis, David studies with Mr. Paul Jacobs as a graduate organ student at The Juilliard School. David serves as the Assistant Musician at St. Malachy’s - The Actors’ Chapel in Times Square, and, when in St. Louis, serves as the Assistant Musician at St. Luke the Evangelist Church. David will perform as a "Rising Star" at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, Texas.

And then, on June 27th, Colin MacKnight won first place in the 2015 Northeast AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists that took place at Christ Church, Episcopal in New Haven, Connecticut. Colin is a student of Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, and is Organ Scholar at Church of the Resurrection in Manhattan. In June of 2014, Colin was awarded the Associate certification of the American Guild of Organists. Colin won first prize in our chapter competition on March 21st, and will perform as a "Rising Star" at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston.

NYC Metro Area Concert Calendar

A diversity of concerts and recitals are offered in the metropolitan area throughout the year. Check out the Concert Calendar pages to see listings. More...


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Centennial Millennium Fund Update

The New York City Chapter is pleased to announce that it will award grants from the Centennial Millennium Fund in the amount of $2,500 to $10,000 in 2015. More...