NYC Chapter Programs & Events
of the 2009–2010 Season
Programs at a Glance
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Tuesday, 6 October 2009
  Recital by Gerre Hancock
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
  Improvisation Master Class with Gerre Hancock
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
  Recital by Jeremy Filsell
Sunday, 14 February 2010
  Presidents' Day Conference Recital by Stefan Engels
Monday, 15 February 2010
  Presidents' Day Conference
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
  Master Class on Bach by Janette Fishell
Monday, 7 June 2010
  Organ & Architecture Tour of Lower Manhattan
Dinner Banquet at St. Paul’s Chapel
Recital by Gerre Hancock
6 October 2009


Cathedral Church of
St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave./112th St.

Host: Bruce Neswick

Co-sponsored by the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Admission: $20 general
Free to NYC Chapter members
Gerre Hancock (photo: Lisa Hancock)
Gerre Hancock, F.A.G.O.
Gerre Hancock, FAGO,
is Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at The University of Texas at Austin, where he and Dr. Judith Hancock are directing the Organ Performance and Sacred Music Center programs. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Hancock held the position of Organist and Master of Choristers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue where, for more than thirty years, he set a new standard for church music in America. He has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York City and taught improvisation on a visiting basis at the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, and The Eastman School of Music

Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.,
Boston, Mass. – Op. 150-A; reb.
Electro-pneumatic chest action
Solid state key & comb. action
4 manuals, 124 stops, 146 ranks

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Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552
Bach: from Six Chorales "Schübler"
       Ach bleib uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649
       Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650
       Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 646
Bruhns: Prelude and Fugue in E Minor
Franck: Choral in A Minor
Improvisation in Four Movements

Improvisation Master Class by Gerre Hancock

7 October 2009


Church of the Holy Trinity (Roman Catholic)

213 West 82nd Street

Host: McNeil Robinson

Free to NYC Chapter members
$20 ($15 students & seniors)

Gerre Hancock
Gerre Hancock, F.A.G.O.
Gerre Hancock leads a master class at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity.

Orgues Létourneau Ltée
St. Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada – Opus 53 (1997)
Mechanical key action
Electric stop action
3 manuals, 34 stops, 38 ranks

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Recital by Jeremy Filsell
3 November 2009


Church of the Holy Trinity

316 East 88th Street

Host: Dr. Stephen Hamilton

Co-sponsored by Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal)

Free to NYC Chapter members
$20 ($15 students & seniors)
Jeremy Filsell
Jeremy Filsell
  Jeremy Filsell has established a concert career as one of only a few virtuoso performers on both the Piano and the Organ. As an organist, Jeremy has recorded for BBC Radio 3 in solo and concerto roles. Mr. Filsell's career has included posts at Cranleigh School, Ely Cathedral, St Luke's Chelsea, St Peter's Eaton Square, the London Oratory School and Eton College. In 2008, he moved to the USA as Principal Organist at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, but now directs the music at the historic downtown Baltimore Episcopal Church of Old St Paul's.

Rieger Orgelbau
Schwarzach, Austria (1987)
Mechanical key action
Electric stop action
3 manuals, 33 stops, 55 ranks
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Bach (arr. Filsell): Klavier Toccata F#-moll, BWV 910
Bach: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 676
Duruflé: Suite, Op. 5
Karg-Elert: Passacaglia und Fugue über BACH, Op. 150
Bach: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 675)
Evocation (poème symphonique), Op. 37

Sunday and Monday, 14 & 15 February 2010
Presidents’ Day Conference


14 February 2010

First Presbyterian Church
Fifth Avenue at 12th Street

Host: Dr. William Entriken

Free to NYC Chapter members
$20 ($15 students & seniors)

Stefan Engels
Stefan Engels

Stefan Engels is Professor of Organ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton (1999 until 2005). He is the founder and Artistic Director of the “European Organ Academy Leipzig.”

Sebastian Glück
New York City – Opus 12 (2007)
Electro-pneumatic action
4 manuals, 113 stops, 93 ranks

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Hoyer: Variationen über ein geisliches Volkslied, Op. 33
J.S. Bach: Concerto C Major, BWV 594
Reger: Dankpsalm, Op. 145/2
Mendelssohn Bartholdy:
    a. Fugue in B-flat major
    b. Andante sostenuto f Minor
    c. Allegro d Minor
    d. Andante D Major
Karg-Elert: Symphonischer Choral Jesu, meine Freude

15 February 2010
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Church of the Holy Family
(Roman Catholic)
315 East 47th Street

Host: Paul J. Murray

Monday Conference Admission
Free to NYC Chapter members
$40 general
Holy Family Catholic Church - New York City (Photo: Steven E. Lawson)
10.00 am
10.30 am – 12.00 noon
  Performance Aspects in the Organ Works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Lecture by Stefan Engels

This lecture / workshop will focus on performance-related aspects in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert. Aspects of touch, articulation, tempo, registration as well as score analysis will be discussed. Since there are almost no established standards for playing Karg-Elert's organ music compared to the performance standards of composers like deGrigny, Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Franck, Reger, Messiaen, this lecture will be especially of interest to all organists.
12.00 pm – 2.00 pm
  Lunch on your own
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  Panel Discussion:
Church Music Today: Renewing our Vocation

Panelists: Dr. James Litton, Nancianne Parrella, Fr. Robert J. Robbins, and Dr. Patrick Evans, Associate Professor in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. The moderator will be David Enlow, FAGO.
3.30 pm – 4.00 pm
  Walk to First Reformed Episcopal Church
First Reformed Epis. Church
317 East 50th Street
4.00 pm – 4.45 pm
  Prayer Service with Renewal of Commitment for Church Musicians
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Sirota, Officiant
Bernadette Hoke, Organist and Music Director

Master Class on Bach with Janette Fishell
4 May 2010

Church of the Transfiguration
1 East 29th Street

Host: Dr. Claudia Dumschat

Free to NYC Chapter members
$20 ($15 students & seniors)
Dr. Janette Fishell
Dr. Janette Fishell
  Dr. Janette Fishell is Professor of Organ at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she teaches applied organ and courses in the church music curriculum. From 1989 to 2008 she headed the Organ Performance and Sacred Music degree programs at East Carolina University and was Director of Music/Principal Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC. Her numerous compact disc recordings include performances of the music of Marcel Dupré, Petr Eben and J.S. Bach as well as duet literature performed with her husband, British organist Colin Andrews. Dr. Fishell is widely recognized as a leading authority on the organ music of Czech composer Petr Eben.

C. B. Fisk, Inc.
Gloucester, Mass. – Op. 92 (1988)
Mechanical key and stop action
3 manuals, 31 stops, 48 ranks

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Prelude and Fugue in e, BWV 548
Mark Pacoe
Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her (variations), BWV 769
Katherine Meloan
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr, BWV 663
Edward Landin
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, BWV 680
David Crean
Organ & Architecture Tour of Lower Manhattan
Dinner Banquet at St. Paul’s Chapel
7 June 2010

Lower Manhattan

starting at
St. James R.C. Church

ending at
St. Paul's Chapel
Broadway at Fulton Street

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4:00 pm
St. James R.C. Church
32 James Street
between St. James Place & Madison Street
  Organ & Architecture Tour
An introduction to the long-silent 1889 Frank Roosevelt organ at St. James Roman Catholic Church. The III/36 instrument is one of the least altered of the few remaining organs that bear Roosevelt name plates, and conservation efforts have begun. Sebastian M. Glück will present the history of this organ, from its failed experimental combination action to its odd player mechanism, and play musical examples on the handful of stops that have been brought back to life.
5:30 pm
  Walk to St. Paul's Chapel
Mr. Glück will guide the walk from St. James to St. Paul's Chapel, past some of the city's more important buildings, with a stop at the lush gardens and gas lit fountain in City Hall Park.
6:00 pm
St. Paul's Chapel

Broadway & Fulton Street
  * Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvre
(Reservations required – see below)
6:30 pm

* Dinner

Presentation of the 2010 International Performer of the Year Award to Dr. Gerre E. Hancock, FAGO

Performance by the acclaimed Trinity Choir, directed by Steven Fox and accompanied by Robert Ridgell. Hear the Schlicker organ at St. Paul's, recently resurrected by Mann & Trupiano after being silenced on 11 September 2001.

* D I N N E R    R E S E R V A T I O N S

$125 for non-NYC AGO members
$75 for NYC AGO members

Reservations must be made by Monday, 31 May 2010 to:
Paul J. Murray
Church of the Holy Family
315 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017–2313
Please make your check payable to: NYC AGO

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