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||David Enlow, Dean
From the Dean
Your chapter board has been busy, with several
immediate changes and developments.
Neal Campbell, for many years the editor
of the chapter newsletter, is about to embark
on a banner year for his church and for the
Association of Anglican Musicians, as his
choir is going on tour to England next summer
and he is the co-chair of the committee involved
in planning the annual AAM conference next
June in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
Neal has justly asked to be relieved of his
chapter responsibilities, considering just
how demanding the planning of the tour and
conference will be. At the most recent meeting,
the board unanimously rendered a vote of
our sincere thanks to Neal for all he has
done for the cause of organ music through
the agency of the New York City Chapter;
you might wish to add your own personal thanks
for his many years of of service. Neal Campbell
is one of the kind gentlemen of the organ
world; it doesn’t bear dwelling on
how rare they are. Thank you for everything,
Who, I pondered, is a person of letters,
knowledgeable about the organ world, and
willing to serve as newsletter editor? I
am pleased to say it did not take a very
long time for me to think to ask John Bishop,
known to many of you through his monthly
column in the Diapason, and known very well
to me as he is my organ builder at the Church
of the Resurrection. I always say that John’s
column isn’t just good writing about
the pipe organ, it’s really good writing,
full stop. I have made it clear to John that
he is free to make the newsletter similar
or different to any degree he thinks prudent.
We look forward to his first issue, October
2015. I am the editor-in-necessity for September.
Neal’s resignation, according to the
operating procedures, also opened his position
as chapter auditor. I have appointed Chelsea
Chen to serve in that role, and we look forward
to Chelsea’s increased involvement
as an officer of the board. Another implication
of Neal’s departure from the board
was that the Millennium Fund Trustees were
short an auditor member as required, and
so I proposed and received board approval
for Chelsea to serve the fund. Keith Tóth
continues as chairman of the trustees.
Chelsea’s move to the auditor post
created a board member vacancy which was
also mine to fill by appointment. I am happy
to say that Michael Hey has agreed to be
on our board, and joins us shortly after
having taken up his new responsibilities
at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
It is a tribute to your board that all of
the changes requiring a vote were unanimous.
I feel grateful to work with such an effective
and supportive group in the city chapter,
and look forward to as much continued service
as I am allowed.
You will read elsewhere in this issue the
program year proposed by Sub-Dean James Kennerley
and the program committee, and approved by
your board. With many educational, performance,
and social opportunities before you, it is
only left to me to encourage you to take
advantage of any that you find appealing.
With every good wish for the summer,
season begins with "Fantasia", a Members'
Recital and champagne reception on Tuesday, September 29th
PM on the newly restored III/44 Casavant Frères, Op.
2892 at Saint Ignatius of Antioch. The church is located at
552 West End Avenue between 86th and 87th streets. Interested
performers should contact me directly [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org].
This is an excellent opportunity to perform for and entertain
your colleagues, and to try out new repertoire.
The second event of the season will take the form of a masterclass
with Carole Ruth Terry, renowned American organist, harpsichordist,
and pedagogue. Professor Terry teaches on the faculty of the
University of Washington and as visiting professor at many
institutions throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. The masterclass
will take place on the II/43 Johannes Klais Orgelbau instrument
at St. Peter Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 17th
at 3 PM. The church is located at 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street.
Interested participants should contact me directly [mailto:email@example.com].
Looking ahead in the season, November will see a choral conducting
masterclass with Dennis Keene at the Church of the Ascension.
Our annual improvisation symposium and concert will take place
The 2016 Presidents' Day Conference is entitled “An
American in Paris: the French Romantic School” and
kicks off with a concert by Ray Nagem at the Cathedral of Saint
the Divine on Sunday February 14th. The main events of the
conference will take place on Monday February 15th at the Church
of Saint Ignatius Loyola.
The final event of the year will take the form of a festive
dinner with special guest David Hurd, known
to many of us as an organist, composer, and contributor to
the Episcopal 1982
Hymnal, among his many other endeavors.
We look forward to welcoming you to this spectacular season
James Kennerley, Sub-Dean
Memorial Service for McNeil Robinson
Tuesday Evening, October 13th, 2015 at 7:30
Church of the Ascension
Fifth Avenue at 10th
New York City
||Neal Campbell, 1967
When I began this page in September
2009 a friend challenged me to put up an oldie of myself. I
said "no, but perhaps when the time comes for my final
So it is that the Member From the Past in last month's issue
is yours truly at my eighth grade graduation at the organ in
the Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington,
D. C. The Skinner organ, Op. 434, was originally in Town Hall
in New York and had been reinstalled fairly recently at my
family church. It was not an entirely successful relocation,
but it contained many beautiful signature Skinner sounds and
it led to my fascination with and appreciation of Skinner and
Aeolian-Skinner organs which, as many of you know, continues
to this day.
It's been a rewarding task to compile the newsletter for the
chapter and I look forward to continuing to be active and to
serve in other ways.
Good wishes to you all,
The Brooklyn Chapter has organized a bus tour of many interesting
Brooklyn churches and organs for September 12, 2015. For more
information, or to sign up, follow the link below. You may
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