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From the Dean
Next Chapter Event
Directory Advertising
Members From the Past
Can You Identify This Member From the Past?
Can You Identify This Member From the Past?
Olivier Latry at Our Lady of Refuge Church, Brooklyn

From the Dean

  Keith S. Tóth, Dean, NYC Chapter, American Guild of Organists
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean

Dear Colleagues,

I was delighted to see so many in attendance on Tuesday, October 15 at the Church of the Incarnation for the organbuilding discussion and recital. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Matthew Lewis and the clergy and staff of the Church of the Incarnation for hosting us. Our expert chapter organbuilders, John Bishop and Sebastian Glück, provided a wonderful and thorough discussion on organ maintenance and repair topics that most of us encounter in our roles as organist. Before the organbuilding presentation, Michael Hey, the Chapter’s 2011 playing competition winner, played a fine recital on Incarnation’s lovely Aeolian-Skinner organ. In addition to organizing this event, Sub-Dean David Enlow and his program committee provided a reception following the presentation where lively discussion continued amongst the members present. Congratulations and thanks to all for making this a wonderful event for the chapter.

Our next chapter event is on Sunday, November 17 when the chapter co-sponsors with the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola a recital by the Dallas-based American concert organist Mary Preston. Ms. Preston’s recital will make great use of the fine Mander organ at St. Ignatius Loyola. The chapter thanks Scott Warren, the Director of Music at St. Ignatius Loyola, for hosting us. More information about this event can be found further in this newsletter.

I would like to recognize and thank the following members who have generously made monetary contributions to the chapter in addition to their dues: (in order of receipt) Gregg Patruno, James Kennerley, and Stephen Ross.

A reminder that the December deadline for advertising in our 2013-14 Annual Directory is quickly approaching. Please do consider advertising in this handsome publication.

We now enter a very busy period of preparation for all that December brings. On behalf of the Board, I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to all.

Respectfully yours,

Keith S. Tóth

Arthur Lawrence   David Enlow FAGO
  Mary Preston, Concert Organist
  Mary Preston

Next Chapter PROGRAM

SUNDAY • 17 NOVEMBER 2013 • 3 pm

Mary Preston, Organist

Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Avenue at 84th Street
Host: K. Scott Warren

Co-sponsored with St. Ignatius Loyola.
Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $20 general


WIDOR Symphony No. 3: Marcia

BACH Chorale Prelude and Trio on "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr"

BACH Chorale Prelude and Trio on "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend"

WALTHER Chorale Prelude on "Lobe den Herren"

REGER Chorale Prelude on "Lobe den Herren"

FRANCK Pièce Héroïque

VIERNE Naïades (from Pièces de Fantasie)


GUILMANT Sonata in D-minor, Op. 42
Introduction et Allegro

Best Wishes to All from Yvonne L. Sonnenwalk-Melin   David Lloyd ben Yaacov Klepper

Directory Advertising

December 1 is the deadline this year for placing an ad in the Chapter Directory. Information about the new, lower prices may be found on the chapter website.

  Lillian Clark, organist
  Lillian Clark

Members from the Past

Lillian Clark was the mystery member last month. Several attempts were made at identifying her, but there were no correct responses.

The photo at right was in the December 1952 issue of The Diapason announcing her appointment as the assistant organist of St. Bartholomew's Church. The announcement told that in addition to assisting the then organist, Harold Friedell, Miss Clark was to be in charge of the junior choir. She held the AAGO certificate and was a member of the AGO National Council.

Attempts to find definitive dates for Miss Clark were inconclusive. Fred Swann responded saying that she was Friedell's assistant before he was, and that he presumed that she was no longer with us, but I have not been able to confirm that. At any rate, she was one of several female organists in prominent positions in and around New York in the middle of the last century.

She began her piano studies in metropolitan New Jersey, and first studied organ with Frank Scherer at St. Luke's Church in Montclair. Before going to St. Bartholomew's she held several church positions in New Jersey and played recitals frequently, including appearances at the Portland (Maine) City Hall and the John Hays Hammond home (now museum) in Gloucester, Massachusetts. N.C.

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