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From the Dean
||David Enlow, Dean
You will see later in this issue an obituary
notice for Charles Dodsley Walker. I count
myself fortunate to have met him several
times, and for those of you who knew him
well, I am sorry for the loss of your friend,
teacher, or mentor.
Several conversations with other church
musicians lately have had a common theme:
the difficulty of mustering motivation, gumption,
and drive to be about our work mid-winter
after the many musical experiences of December,
whether they were transcendent or merely
exhausting. Some days, the example of the
great grizzly bear and his hibernation is
appealing. “Wake me in the spring,” we
This is not possible, at least not for many
of us. One antidote is to gather in as great
a number as possible, to provide ourselves
with inspiring performances and continuing
education to foster the flourishing of our
art, to light again the fire for music that
burns for all and for each.
One opportunity to do just that has just
passed, one with improvisation both taught
and demonstrated by one of the great maestros
of that art, David Briggs. The other, yet
to come, is the centerpiece of the Chapter’s
program year, the Presidents’ Day conference,
which this year takes place on a truly metropolitan
scale, at a gigantic cathedral church which
houses one of the world’s great organs,
and which that day will house some of music’s
Our Sub-Dean James Kennerley and his program
committee have worked diligently and well
to assemble a very fine conference. All of
us in Chapter leadership hope to see you
all there, as we have provided these events
for you, our fellow members. Come, be inspired!
SUNDAY • 15
Recital by John
Scott – St.
Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street
Recital at 5.15 pm (following Choral Evensong at 4.00 pm)
MONDAY • 16 FEBRUARY 2015
Presidents' Day Conference
Eroica: Music of the German Romantics
Church of St. John the Divine
Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Hosts: Kent Tritle, Ray Nagem
Admission: Free to NYC AGO Chapter members; all others $40
for the whole conference or $10 per session.
9.00 am Coffee/Breakfast
9.45 am Master Class: Paul Jacobs
11.00 am Break
11.15 am Lecture: Tina Frühauf
12.45 pm Lunch and/or organ demonstration
2.30 pm Cathedral Tour
3.45 pm Break
4.00 pm Lecture: Michael Musgrave
5.30 pm Break
6.00 pm Concert: Isabelle Demers
8.00 pm Closing Reception and Farewell
Service for Charles Dodsley Walker
Memorial Service for
Charles Dodsley Walker
Saturday afternoon, March 21 at 3:00
Church of the Heavenly Rest
Fifth Avenue and 90th Street
All are welcome.
Millennium Fund Awards Grants
The Centennial Millennium Fund
received 18 grant proposals in
2014 geographically dispersed amongst the Northeast, South,
Midwest and West Coast of the U.S. We are pleased to announce
grants awarded from the CMF for 2015:
$1,500 – NYC Chapter AGO. Funding
for professional video recording of chapter programs and uploading
of these videos
to YouTube or other social media.
$1,400 – 2015 Northeast AGO Regional Convention to be held
in New Haven, CT. Funding to support artists’ fees
and free admission to events for the public.
$1,000 – Evansville, Indiana Chapter AGO. Funding to support
commissioning of work by William Bolcom for organ and brass
quintet to be performed by the American Brass Quintet.
$1,000 – Metropolitan New Jersey AGO Summer 2016 Pipe Organ
$1,000 – St. John the Evangelist Church, Newport,
Rhode Island (Peter Stoltzfus Berton). Funding to support multi-meda
equipment and public visual access to pipe organ mechanisms
for ongoing public recital series.
Grant proposals were considered for projects that promote
and enhance the pipe organ as a musical instrument to the
general public. The Centennial Millennium Fund was created
with proceeds from the 1996 National AGO Centennial Convention
held in New York City.
Trustees of the Centennial Millennium Fund: Keith Tóth,
Chair, Chris Babcock, Louise Basbas, Neal Campbell, and Brian
Our Regional Convention
in New Haven This Summer
here for information about our regional
convention June 28-July 1, 2015.
Members From the Past
Brian Hill, Donald McDonald, and Rollin Smith each correctly
identified Ernest White in last month's issue.
From the NYC Organ Project page on the chapter's web site
we learn the following about White:
Ernest White was born on June 20, 1901 in London, Ontario.
He studied violin locally and organ at the Toronto Conservatory
of Music with Ernest MacMillan and Healey Willan. He moved
to New York in 1926 for lessons with Lynnwood Farnam and was
acclaimed for his performance at the 1927 AGO Convention in
St. Louis. He was organist-choirmaster 1927-35 at St. James
Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, and 1935-37 at Trinity Church,
Lenox, Mass. For 21 years (1937-58) Ernest White was associated
with the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, first
as organist, and later as music director, where it was his
custom to give two series of organ recitals each year.
White also became tonal director for the organ builder M.P.
Möller, of Hagerstown, MD, designing and supervising installations
in the USA and Canada, including those in New York at St. George's
Episcopal Church, the Interchurch Center Chapel, and a studio
organ at St. Mary the Virgin.
White taught at Bard College (Columbia University) and Pius
X School of Liturgical Music in New York (1935-38), at the
Music Teachers' College, University of Western Ontario (1948-51),
at Jordan College (Butler University) and the Christian Theological
Seminary in Indianapolis (1963-71), and at the University of
Bridgeport, Conn., 1971-73. He became organist-choirmaster
at St. George's Church, Bridgeport, in 1973.
He gave over 1000 organ recitals featuring both old and modern
repertoire. He was noted also for his trail-blazing editions
of early organ music and for his recordings, among which was
the first issued of Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur.
Rollin Smith (AGO and RCCO Music, August 1977) said of White, "That
he was able to synthesize the many contingencies of organ playing
and organ construction into one pioneering point of view will
distinguish his name and stature for many years to come."
Ernest White died in Fairfield, Conn., on September 21, 1980.
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