C h a p t e r   N e w s l e t t e r
  Vol. 57, No. 5

F e b r u a r y   2 0 0 7  

Message from the Dean

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The year 2007 is off to a busy start! 

Our Presidents' Day Conference, February 18th and 19th, promises to be an exciting and timely event. Our guest artist, Marie-Louise Langlais, will present a recital of French music from the 17th to the 20th centuries, including the music of her husband, Jean Langlais, as we prepare to celebrate the centennial of his birth.  The program will include not only works for solo organ, but also for organ, voice, and flute.  Mme. Langlais will also teach a master class and lecture on the Ste. Clotilde tradition.   The conference will conclude with a joint recital by Jason Roberts and Kyle Babin, who are both doctoral candidates at the Manhattan School of Music.

March 1, 2007 is the deadline for early registration for this summer's Region II Convention.  Registering early benefits you with substantial savings as does your NYC chapter membership.  Compare the early registration fee for NYC Chapter members of $195 with the regular registration fee for non-chapter members of $395.  Please see the convention website for details, and send in your registration form today!

The chapter Program Committee is hard at work, not only on the rest of this season's programs, but on planning the 2007-2008 program year as well.  If you have ideas to you would like to share with the Program Committee, please write to sub-dean, Robert McCormick.

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on our chapter's 2007 membership directory.  Many thanks are due to our registrar, Eric Birk, our advertising coordinator, Dr. Bill Entriken, our layout and design coordinator, Len Levasseur, and most especially to our advertisers whose loyal support makes this high-quality publication possible each year. 

With All Good Wishes,

Frank L. Crosio

Win a FREE registration to the AGO Region II Convention

Sebastian M. Glück
Dear New York City AGO Chapter Member:

Now is the time to take advantage of the substantial 33% savings applied to your Regional Convention registration. You may even win a free registration. While the early bird deadline is four weeks hence, time can evaporate quickly in the course of our busy lives and careers.

How about a FREE July 4th dinner?

Well, sort of...with the $100 you save on early registration, you can join your colleagues for a unique dining experience at "Terrace in the Sky" atop Butler Hall, a fine dining spot frequented by some of New York City's most (in)famous musicians. You'd even have five bucks left over for a "designer espresso" on your way to a convention event.

So, how DO you win a free convention registration?

When you register for the convention, simply indicate whether or not you will be attending the closing luncheon at Temple Emanu-El on July 5 by ticking the appropriate box. A drawing will be held at the reception, and the winning conventioneer will receive a refund equal to the amount he/she paid for his/her registration.


Steer yourself to the convention website now, while you're thinking about it, at http://www.nycago.org/2007. Assure yourself enrollment in the workshops you wish to attend, save on your registration, and even win a free one. Seating is limited at our July 4th dinner, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Be certain to say hello to the hardworking members of our Steering Committee at the chapter's annual Presidents' Day Conference at Brick Church on February 18th and 19th.

Sebastian M. Glück
Region II Convention Chair
Region II Convention Program Book Submissions

Chapter members are encouraged to submit professional cards ($70) for the Regional Convention program book. Although time is short, the deadline for these has been extended to February 15. Ads should be press-ready in an electronic format; further technical information is available on the chapter web site. Please send ads or questions to Arthur Lawrence.
Obituary: Mary Ann Dodd, 75

Former Colgate University organist

Mary Ann Howell Dodd, 75, of Sears Pond Road, formerly of Hamilton, passed away Jan. 1, 2007, at M.I. Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Colfax, Wash., a daughter of Elmo and Alice Sexton Howell.

She was a graduate of Pullman (WA) High School, Washington State University, Oberlin College, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Tennessee.

On June 11, 1951, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Jack G. Dodd in Chicago, Ill. They resided in Hamilton for many years where Mrs. Dodd joined the staff at Colgate University in July 1973. She was the university organist and music teacher, retiring in June 1993, with the title University Organist Emeritus. She had also taught at SUNY
Binghamton where she was the recipient of the Visiting Link Professorship in 1989.

She was a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Surviving are her husband, Jack; a son, Jeffrey Dodd of Jacksonville, Ala.; a daughter, Laura Evans of Hartsdale, and three grandchildren, Kateryna Dodd, Philip Evans, and Katherine Evans.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Contributions in her memory may be made to CARE, Gift Center, PO Box 1871, Merrifield, Va. 22116-9753.

From the Registrar

Please contact Eric Birk or tel.: 212-932-0551) if you are willing to help make our regional convention a successful and pleasant experience for all who attend.  We need members to guide, usher, people the registration desk, and host our colleagues in other helpful ways.

WELCOME new NYC Chapter members:

Mr.Dominic Benjamin (Lodi, NJ; Small Business owner)
Ms.Lynne L.Davis (F- School of Music, Wichita State Univ., Wichita,
Mr.Michael Drummond (A- Ephesus Seventh-Day Aventist, NYC)
Ms.Elizabeth Hagenah (C/O/M-First Congregational, Stockbridge, MA;
D-Stockbridge Chamber Concerts, Inc.; F-Prof. Piano-Priv. class, NYC)
Ms.Bethany Rose (Mgr-NY Institutional Sales--Steinway & Sons)
Ms.Jennifer A. Shepherd (Substitute Organist)
As of 12/31/06 there were a total of 465 members of the NYC chapter.


During February and March, the AGO offers people who've never been a member of the AGO the opportunity to join at a reduced rate (at a substantial savings).  Now is a good time to convince colleagues and friends and acquaintances who like the organ and organ music to join!  The subscription to TAO begins with the March issue.  Rates are:  $55 (Regular); $39 (Special); #37 (Partner); or $21.50 (Student).  [The reduced rates do not apply to the Dual and "Chapter Friend" categories
of membership.] A form will be available on the chapter website starting Feb. 1

In past years, mailing labels of the Chapter mailing list have been available for a charge.  The chapter's board has decided to refer all requests for mailing address lists to INFOCUS, the sanctioned agent by the national AGO headquarters office for reaching any sector of the Guild.  They can provide lists by region, state, zip code, chapter or any combination of more than one of those categories.  In addition,
their fees are very competitive with mailing list services and they have a very reasonable turnaround time.  Their lists are updated with AGO headquarters more often that once per year (as our directory is), and they can insure the ethical use of our member's contact information.  To find out more about this service, contact:
Scott Beerbower, Account Executive INFOCUS MARKETING INC.
4245 Sigler Road
Warrenton VA 20187
Ph: (800) 708-LIST ext. 3243
Fx:  (540) 878-2208

Direct link to AGO lists on INFOCUS:
The next chapter newsletter is the March issue. The deadline for submissions is February 15th. Material may be submitted to the Editor. Nine issues are published through the year on a monthly basis with combined issues for December/January, May/June, and July/August. To make changes in your email address or to subscribe to the e-newsletter, please contact Eric Birk.