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||David Enlow, Dean
From the Dean
The whole world of church music is lately
mourning the loss, all too soon, of one of
its great lights. John Scott’s death
was both sudden and unbelievably sad, and
I know many of you have already posted tributes
and messages online about John, his career,
and his influence on your work. One common
thread in the tributes to his work is the
consistent high standard which he applied
to himself and to all who worked with him
through the years. Sometimes, leaders hold
others to a high standard, and yet have no
human kindness about them; in John’s
case, though, many have also written how
encouraging and helpful he was, even with
the great demands of the schedule at St.
Thomas and his own performing career at the
organ. Whenever I played in his presence,
he was encouraging and kind, and when on
several occasions I asked for help for NYC
AGO, he was generously willing to do whatever
This month, his funeral observances take
place at St. Thomas (see the notice below),
and I know I will see many of you there to
pay your respects, and many of you will also
send condolences to his widow and children.
Next month, the public memorial service for
McNeil Robinson also takes place. Several
months have passed since McNeil left this
world, but both of these eminent chapter
members leave a legacy of music-making, loyal
students, and supporters, which those of
us who are left can keep in our memories,
and do our best to live up to.
In the chapter’s common life, we begin
our year together with “Fantasia”,
the members’ recital and champagne
reception at the Church of St. Ignatius of
Antioch on the West Side, on September 28th
(note new date) beginning at 7 PM. You will
see more about that later in this newsletter.
Please take the opportunity to be together,
to build up the community in our city, and
to encourage one another in your good work.
Upcoming Chapter Events
2015-16 season begins with "Fantasia",
a Members' Recital and champagne reception on Monday,
September 28th at 7:00 PM on the recently restored III/44 Casavant Frères,
Op. 2892 at Saint Ignatius of Antioch. The evening will also
celebrate the installation of a new Flûte harmonique
stop given to the church by former Organist and Choirmaster,
Douglas Keilitz. The church is located at 552 West End
Avenue between 86th and 87th streets. Interested performers
contact me by clicking here. 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's Lutheran Church on Saturday, October
17th at 3 PM. The church is at 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street.
Interested participants should contact me by clicking
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
in January. In March we will hold a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza
event at Saint James Church, Madison Avenue. Colin Macknight,
winner of the latest NYCAGO Chapter competition, will perform
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 John
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.
Complete details of these upcoming events will be made avaliable
on the Chapter website and Facebook pages. As always, please
email me should you have any questions or comments. We look
forward to welcoming you to this spectacular season of events!
September 12th, 2015, 11 a.m.
St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue
October 13th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue at 10th Street
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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