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Message from the Dean

Dear Members,

The final event of our program year will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 28 at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.  David Briggs will provide live organ accompaniment to the silent film “Joan of Arc”.  Please plan to join us for this special event.

Ballots for the chapter election are available in this e-mail newsletter as a PDF document.  Please print a copy and return the ballot by mail to secretary, Elizabeth Wong, before May 25th.  Please be certain to read and carefully follow the instructions on the ballot form.

If you have not already done so, please consider registering for the National Convention this June.  National Conventions are always very special events.  In addition to the many fine programs offered, there is always a wonderful sense of camaraderie and mutual support that is very energizing.  

I would be remiss if I did not thank the Program Committee once again for their fine work in planning this year’s events.  In particular, we wish our wonderful sub-dean, Robert McCormick all the best as he leaves New York to take up a new post in Washington D.C.

With All Good Wishes,

Frank L Crosio, FAGO

AGO New York City Chapter Ballot

Please click here to download your copy of the ballot.  Further instructions are provided within the pdf document.

Next Chapter Event: David Briggs accompanies "Joan of Arc"
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 – 7:30 pm

David Briggs at the Capri Theatre - Sydney, Australia
David Briggs
Our final event of the 2008-09 Season will be held at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church where the talented and versatile organist, David Briggs, will accompany the silent movie classic, "Joan of Arc." Mr. Briggs is well known as a recording artist, and for his eight-year tenure at Gloucester Cathedral. More...
From the Registrar

New Members Welcome
Since we are at the close of the membership year, there are currently no new members to report, but here is a reminder that this is a good time to invite colleagues to join the Guild, since you will soon have the renewal information in your hands for 2008-09.  This year we will be able to pay dues online, and you may send colleagues and friends of the organ a web link to our online registration form.

When you receive your dues renewal letter this year, you'll find that you can join or renew and pay your dues online. There is an extra charge for this, as the chapter must pay a percentage of every PayPal transaction, plus the fees for the credit cards being used.  Contributions may also be included for a wide variety of selected amounts.

Chapter Member and 2006 NYCAGO POE Participant Wins Prize

Irene Martinez
(one of our student members, a POE  participant in NYC 2006 & Northampton, MA 2007, and a piano student of Lakambini L. Ramos of Yonkers) has received first prize of $500 in the Associated Music Teachers League Scholarship Awards Auditions held in Manhattan on April 12.   She plays the Saturday Mass at St. Eugene's Church in Yonkers.  Congratulations, Irene!

New Registrar
Paul Sanner has agreed to take over as the new Registrar for 2008-2010.  It has been an honor to serve as Registrar for the last 3 years, but duty calls me elsewhere, as I've been asked to serve as President of the Associated Music Teachers League and had to delay starting that post until the Registrar term was up.  Thanks to everyone who has been helpful to me in keeping track of our membership!  Starting in June, please direct your membership issues to Paul.

Paul Sanner has been Minister of Music at Second Presbyterian Church since 1998.  Prior to his tenure at Second Presbyterian, Paul served churches in the New York City and Boston areas as organist and /or choir director, and has been an active accompanist and choral singer.  Paul holds a Master's degree in organ performance from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he studied with Stephen Hamilton, and a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied piano with Frances Walker and organ with Garth Peacock.
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