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Presidents Day Conference


Chapels Royal – a celebration of music and organs old and new
  Benjamin Sheen, organist
  Benjamin Sheen
  Jonathan Ambrosino
  Jonathan Ambrosino
(credit: Len Levasseur)
  Avi Stein, organist and harpsichordist
  Avi Stein
  Peter Sykes, organist
  Peter Sykes
  Julian Wachner, conductor
  Julian Wachner
As a prelude to the our annual Presidents Day Confernce, Benjamin Sheen, Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church, will give a recital on the Taylor and Boody instrument at Saint Thomas Church on Sunday, February 18 at 5:15 PM. Admission is free.

On Monday, beginning at 9:15 AM, we will spend the day with the Grammy Award-winning Trinity Choir, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, who, together with Jonathan Ambrosino, Avi Stein, Peter Sykes, Julian Wachner and others will lead us in a day of celebrating the old and the new, with thrilling performances and unique sightseeing possibilities. The event is free to NYC AGO Chapter members, and any potential attendees are encouraged to join the Chapter.
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
Map to St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue - New York City
1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue
St. Paul's Chapel – Trinity Parish
Map to St. Paul's Chapel – Trinity Parish - New York City
209 Broadway at Fulton Street
Hosts: Julian Wachner and Avi Stein



Conference Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $45 general
From 9:00 AM   Breakfast, catered by New York's renowned Balthazar Bakery
10:00 AM   Guided tour of the Noack instrument by consultant, Jonathan Ambrosino, and Trinity Music Director, Julian Wachner
11:00 AM   Open rehearsal featuring the Trinity Choir, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Julian Wachner, music director
12:00 PM   Concert performance featuring the Noack Opus 11: Bach Cantatas, BWV 29 and 146, plus Duruflé's Messe Cum Jubilo.
1:00-2:00 PM   Lunch on your own
2:30 PM   "All the Stops" – organ concert by Peter Sykes
3:45-5:30 PM   Afternoon activites: These include a guided tour of the historic Trinity Church bell tower; One World Trade Center (guided group tour; $40 additional fee); shopping at Century 21; a visit to the Oculus; the historic Woolworth Building. Please email for more information about the guilded tour of the bell tower and to sign up for the World Trade Center group tour (maximum 40 people).
5:30 PM   Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres with lecture by consultant, Jonathan Ambrosino: "Organs old and new at Trinity"
6:30 PM   Conference ends

  James David Christie, organist

2017 International Performer of the Year Award winner

We are delighted to announce that James David Christie has been chosen by the membership to be the winner of the 2017 International Performer of the Year Award. We had a superb slate of finalists and the race was extremely close. It also saw the highest level of participation from the Chapter, which is always encouraging. Jim will be the twenty-first winner of the coveted award, which was created in 1978 to recognize excellence in organ performance and to increase public awareness of the organ and its performers. The award is considered by many to be the highest honor given to organists by a professional musicians' guild in the United States.

Jim is well known to many of us in the AGO and the national and international organ scenes. He has performed, literally, around the world with symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles as well as in solo recitals. He was the 1979 First Prize winner of the Bruges (Belgium) International Organ Competition and was the first American to win First Prize in this prestigious competition as well as the first person in the competition’s eighteen-year history to win both the First Prize and the Prize of the Audience.

Dr. Christie was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the New England School of Law for his outstanding contributions to the musical life of Boston and the New England Conservatory honored him with their Outstanding Alumni Award. He has served on international organ competition juries in Paris, St. Omer-Wasquehal, Chartres, Biarritz, Béthune, St. Albans, Amsterdam, Lübeck, Bordeaux, Dublin, Worcester, Calgary, Montréal, Columbus, Dallas, Leipzig, Erfurt, Weimar, Merseburg, Speyer, Tokyo, Moscow, Kaliningrad, Astana, Lausanne, Pistoia, Boston, Bruges and several others.

He holds positions as Chair and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., and serves as College Organist at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.. He has served as organist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1978. He has previously held positions at Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, M.I.T. and Boston University.

Dr. Christie will be presented in recital at a future date.

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