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Chapter Board & Organization 2020–2024


The Executive Board
is composed of the seven officers, who hold two-year terms, and the twelve board members, who hold four-year terms. Officers and board members are elected during biennial elections in the late spring of even-numbered years. Committees are constituted for the planning of chapter events and the direction of special activities, including: Education & Program, Newsletter, Nominations, Placement, Professional Concerns, Regional Competition for Young Organists, and the Web site. Chapter members interested in helping with the work of these committees are encouraged to contact the Dean.
       
James Kennerley  
James Kennerley, Dean  
James Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working as a conductor, organist, singer, coach, and educator. A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Kennerley is Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, where he directs the professional choir and coordinates the church’s extensive concert series. Previously, he held a similar position at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square, from 2008–2012. Mr. Kennerley has been a member of the New York City Chapter AGO Executive Board since 2009. He also serves on the Program Committee, and assumed the Chair of the International Performer of the Year Award in 2013. Mr. Kennerley was born in 1984 and became a chorister of Chelmsford Cathedral. He was educated at Harrow School and Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar at Jesus College. He was then appointed Organ Scholar of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he worked daily with the choir of men and boys under the direction of Malcolm Archer, and had the honor of performing in the presence of HM the Queen on several occasions. Prior to his appointment at Saint Mary the Virgin, Mr. Kennerley was Associate Director of Music and Director of the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Church, Greenwich, Conn., where he had been working since September 2006. There, he directed the choirs on two successful tours to England, and established an organ recital series. Mr. Kennerley was a finalist at the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, held in June 2013. In addition to solo concerts in the US and Europe, Mr. Kennerley frequently collaborates with groups such as the Voices of Ascension, New York City Master Chorale, and Greenwich Choral Society. He has studied the organ with David Sanger, Thomas Trotter and McNeil Robinson, and holds the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists diploma. He is currently enrolled in the Historical Performance program at the Juilliard School, where he studies harpsichord with Kenneth Weiss and Richard Egarr.
       
James D. Wetzel  
James Wetzel, Sub-Dean  
James D. Wetzel is the director of music and organist of the Parish of Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint Catherine of Siena. He formerly served as the organist and choirmaster of midtown’s Church of Saint Agnes and as organ scholar of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, where he continues as an assisting organist. Since 2010, James has also been the assistant conductor for the Greenwich Choral Society in Connecticut and from 2011-2016 taught as an adjunct lecturer in Hunter College’s music department. Active as an organist and continuo player, he has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Classical Orchestra, the Collegiate Chorale, the Oratorio Society of New York, and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s. He is on the board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Catholic Artists Society, is music advisor to the New York Purgatorial Society, and is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Saint Wilfrid’s Club for Organists in Manhattan.

Born in Pittsburgh, James earned a bachelor’s degree in organ performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Paul Jacobs and was the first person to graduate with a master’s degree and a professional studies certificate in choral conducting from Manhattan School of Music under Kent Tritle. He also studied privately with Donald K. Fellows and Robert Page and spent a year reading Early Christianity and Apologetics at Columbia University.

           
Dr. Raymond Nagem  
Dr. Raymond Nagem, Secretary  
Raymond Nagem is Associate Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Dr. Nagem earned his B.A. from Yale University, where he studied with Thomas Murray, and his M.M. and D.M.A. from The Juilliard School. He previously held positions at The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont and at Christ Church, New Haven. In addition to his responsibilities for service playing and choral accompaniment, he works regularly with the Cathedral Chorale and the Choristers. Since 2015 he has served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, where teaches courses in organ literature, service playing and improvisation.
           
Patrick Kreeger  
Patrick Kreeger  
   
Giving his Carnegie Hall debut at age 17, Patrick Kreeger holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music (B. Mus.), Yale University (M. M.) and The Juilliard School (D. M. A.), where his main teachers were Alan Morrison, Martin Jean, and Paul Jacobs, respectively. Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his elegantly detailed phrasing, as well as having a lot to offer beyond the organ console, Patrick maintains a versatile career as a pianist, organist, and choral conductor. He has served as the director of music and organist at Cheshire United Methodist Church in Cheshire, Connecticut as well as Leverington Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He currently serves as the associate organist at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, teaches choral conducting and chamber music at Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program, and is on the music theory faculty at The Juilliard School.
           
Larry J. Long  
Larry J. Long, Registrar  
Larry J. Long was Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal) in Manhattan, 2009-2020, where he was organist, conducted the adult and children’s choirs, and administered the music ministry of the parish. Active as a composer as well as an organist and conductor, he has compositions published by Augsburg Fortress, GIA Publications, St. James Music Press, and World Library Publications. He holds degrees from Valparaiso University (BM) and Southern Methodist University (MM), and has also studied at the Royal School of Church Music in England and the Haarlem Summer Academy for Organists. He performs regularly in recitals, and is often the organist, choral conductor, and workshop presenter for a variety of institutions and organizations, including the Valparaiso University Institute of Liturgical Studies, American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Association of Anglican Musicians, the Metro Chicago Synod of the ELCA, and the Metro New York Synod of the ELCA.
           
Paolo Bordignon, organist  
Paolo Bordignon  
Paolo Bordignon is Organist & Choirmaster of St. Bartholomew’s Church and harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic. He has appeared with Camerata Pacifica, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the All‐Star Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Knights, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), and the Florida Orchestra, among others. He has performed chamber music with Sir James Galway, Itzhak Perlman, Bobby McFerrin, Midori, Renée Fleming, and Wynton Marsalis. Festival appearances include Aspen, Bard, Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Jackson Hole, Palm Beach, and Vail. He has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, NPR, the CBC, and on Korean and Japanese national television. Paolo has performed organ recitals at venues such as St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and St. Eustache (Paris) and he has been a frequent recitalist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including a 10‐recital residency. Born in Toronto of Italian heritage, Paolo attended St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir Schoolbefore studying with John Weaver and Lionel Party at the Curtis Institute of Music. He holds ARCT and FRCCO diplomas and earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in harpsichord from the Juilliard School.
       
Dr. Anderson Henderson, organist  
Dr. Andrew Henderson, Auditor  
Andrew Henderson has served as Director of Music & Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church since 2005, where he oversees an extensive liturgical and choral program, including the Saint Andrew Chorale, the New York City Children’s Chorus, and the Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison concert series. He also serves as the Associate Organist at Temple Emanu-El, as a member of the organ faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, and as the organ instructor at Teachers' College, Columbia University. A native of Canada, he served as Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, and holds degrees in music from Cambridge and Yale Universities. Andrew came to New York City in 2001 to pursue the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at The Juilliard School while serving as Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. He was a finalist in the Grand Prix de Chartres competition in 2002, and won first prize in the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ biennial National Organ Playing Competition the following year. Recent performances include organ and continuo playing with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension, The Oratorio Society of New York, and The Collegiate Chorale; and solo recitals in Poland, Canada, and throughout the USA. He has been featured as a recitalist and workshop leader at national and regional gatherings of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship and Music Arts, the RCCO and AGO. He has served the NYC AGO chapter as co-chair of the Publicity Committee for the 2007 Regional Convention, as an examiner, and host for numerous chapter-related events. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, his teachers have included John Tuttle, Barrie Cabena, David Sanger, Thomas Murray and John Weaver.
           
       

Class of 2024

           
Loraine Enlow, organist  
Loraine Enlow  
Loraine Enlow has been full‐time Music Associate at St. James’ Church, Madison Avenue since 2015; there she directs a graded choir program of students from kindergarten through high school, and assists with the professional and volunteer adult choirs. She is a regular guest conductor and clinician for children’s choral conferences across North America. From 2015‐19, she worked under Daniel Hyde as Admissions Director at Saint Thomas Choir School and as Director of the Saint Thomas Girl Chorister Course. As Organist & Choirmaster at Holyrood Church (NYC) from 2010‐2015, she founded and directed the Washington Heights Choir School, a free daily afterschool program for under‐served elementary students. Before her move to Manhattan in 2010, Mrs. Enlow was Assistant Organist & Music Assistant at Prince of Peace (RC) Church in Taylors, SC, where she served on the board of her local AGO chapter for several years. She is currently a Trustee for VOICE Charter School, a K‐8 school in the Queensbridge Projects in which all children learn solfege and sing daily as the center of the curriculum.
           
GumbsN, organist  
Nathaniel Gumbs  
Nathaniel Gumbs is a native of the Bronx, NY and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He received the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Yale University and Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. His former teachers include Martin Jean and Steven Cooksey. Nathaniel currently serves as the Director of Chapel Music at Yale University in New Haven, CT. As an artist, Gumbs has performed recitals throughout the United States and abroad; including Antigua, St. Thomas, Ghana, Paris, and Munich. His playing has been described by music critics as mature, lyrical, accurate and energetic. Nathaniel was mentioned in the New York Times for playing with deft and feeling on his duo recording with bass‐baritone, Dashon Burton. In 2018, Nathaniel presented the opening Hymn Festival (Singing Diverse Music in The New Church) for the Hymn Society’s annual conference. He is also a recipient of the Service Playing and Colleague Certificates from the American Guild of Organists’. The Diapason (organ) Journal nominated Nathaniel as one of 20 organists under 30 years old for outstanding achievement in organ performance and church music in their May 2017 issue. Nathaniel served as the Director of Music and Arts and Church Organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC from 2012‐2017.
           
Bernadette Hoke  
Bernadette Hoke  
Bernadette Hoke performs each yer in concert and recital with a variety of vocalists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups. As a member of the Birk and Hoke Duo, she was a Chamber Music Award winner of the Artists International competition and was presented in concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Ms. Hoke is the Music Director and organist of the Saint Albans Church and the Welsh Church of NYC. While at the Saint Albans School, she founded and directed the Saint Albans Schola, a select group of students that performed in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In addition to the semi–professional choir she conducts at Saint Albans, in the fall of 2019 she was appointed conductor of the New York City Encore Chorale. Ms. Hoke earned a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and holds the Associate certificate of the American Guild of Organists.
           
Jared Lamenzo  
Jared Lamenzo  
Jared Lamenzo is the Director of Music and Organist of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. He has concertized on historic organs around the world, and has worked with Grammy Award‐winning artists in multiple genres. He is Director of Friends of the Erben Organ, a non‐profit organization; Associate Organist of St. Francis of Assisi Church; and was Organ Scholar at the First Presbyterian Church (NYC). He was a member of the AGO’s International Performer of the Year Committee and has served the Archdiocesan Music Commission’s Organ Committee. He is a graduate of Harvard in Applied Science and Engineering with a Master’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to playing pipe organ for services at Memorial Church, he served as President of the Harvard Radcliffe Organ Society. A recipient of MacArthur’s Digital Media and Learning award, he has spoken widely on music, media, and STEAM education.
           
Colin MacKnight  
Colin MacKnight  
Colin MacKnight, called a stunning player of exceptional ability by composer and conductor Bob Chilcott, is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he also received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Colin is in the studio of Paul Jacobs and is working on his dissertation entitled Ex Uno Plures: A Proposed Completion of Bach's Art of Fugue. Colin currently serves as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, Long Island. A frequent competition prize‐winner, Colin holds the Fellow and Choirmaster certificates from the AGO (having won the prize for top score for the latter) and was named one of the top 20 Under 30 eminent young organists by The Diapason magazine in 2019. For more information, media, and a calendar of performances, please visit colinmacknight.com. Colin is represented in North America by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
           
Maria Helena (Lena) Tharp  
Maria Helena (Lena) Tharp  
Maria Helena (Lena) Tharp was born and educated in Germany. She received her Diploma in Sacred Music from the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold in 2001. She also holds the Cultural Assistant degree, with emphasis in foreign languages, from the European Language School, Dortmund, Germany, and the London Chamber of Commerce Business English Certificate. After holding several church positions in Germany, Maria Helena was appointed in 2006 the Organist for St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York City, the only remaining church in Manhattan to hold services exclusively in German.
           

Class of 2022

           
Samuel Bartlett  
Sam Bartlett  
Sam Bartlett is the Organ Assistant at Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a BBA in Business Management. While at SMU, he studied organ with Dr. Larry Palmer and was also principal keyboardist in the Meadows Wind Ensemble, pianist in the Meadows Jazz Orchestra, and a member of the Meadows Concert Choir. During his senior year he was awarded the Dora Poteet Barclay Award in Organ Performance by the Meadows School of the Arts faculty. Sam also holds the Colleague certification with the American Guild of Organists and also serves as Webmaster for the NYCAGO.
           
J. David Williams  
Dr. Gregory D'Agostino  
Gregory D'Agostino is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, where he presides over the historic 5-manual Skinner organ, and is Organ Faculty of Mannes The New School for Music. He has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, as well as for AGO conventions. A native New Yorker, Gregory earned the doctorate from The Juilliard School. A devoted advocate of the education of young organists, he has served as faculty at a dozen Pipe Organ Encounters on the East Coast. In 2003, Gregory was the Director of the first New York City Pipe Organ Encounter, which was an educational and financial success. For three two-year terms, he served on the National AGO committee, Seminary and Denominational Relations.
           
           
Donald R. Meineke  
Donald Meineke  
Donald R. Meineke Donald R. Meineke Donald maintains an active career as a free lance recitalist, lecturer, conductor, and singer performing with local, national, and international ensembles. Donald served as Cantor of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity where he oversaw the musical life of the Parish, conducted the Holy Trinity Parish Choir, curated an extensive concert series, and was Artistic Director of Bach Vespers featuring the renowned, twice–Grammy nominated Bach Choir and Players. His 2017 "Jubilus Bernhardi" album release of Samuel Capricornus' collection is the first complete recording of the work and received national and international acclaim.

In addition to his work at Holy Trinity, Donald served as the Co–Director of the critically acclaimed Early Music Festival: NYC and is co–founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble VIII in Austin, TX (www.ensembleviii.org). He has served as assistant chorus master for Helmuth Rilling with the International Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany, preparing Mozart's Mass in C minor in multiple cities throughout Venezuela and Bach's B minor Mass and Passions throughout Germany and Italy. A passionate teacher, Donald has presented master classes and workshops at the regional and national levels on topics ranging from organ improvisation, chant, choral techniques, early music, and historical liturgical practices.

Donald has held posts in Austin, TX; Worcester, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; and served on the Worship and Music staff at the Churchwide Offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago.

Donald holds degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and advance degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.
           
Dr. Jason Roberts  
Dr. Jason Roberts  
Jason Roberts is Music Director at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New York City. He has also served at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York and at St. James's Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. He is a winner of the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation, and has been a finalist at competitions in St Albans and Haarlem. He keeps an active recital schedule and enjoys accompanying silent films. He has served on the faculty at Westminster Choir College, and his compositions have been performed at such diverse venues as Princeton University Chapel in New Jersey, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Westminster Abbey in London.
           
J. David Williams  
J. David Williams  
J. David Williams is a Tennessee native and his first organist position was at age 15. He attended Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and Memphis State University. Later David received my Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied organ with David Mulbury and Roberta Gary. Subsequently, he relocated to New York City and took up study for a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, studying organ and improvisation with Gerre and Judy Hancock. He continued at the Manhattan School of Music for the Doctor of Musical Arts in organ where he studied performance with John Walker and improvisation with McNeil Robinson. At present, he is Director of Music and Organist at The Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn and Organist/Pianist/Music Director at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan. He served on the NYC AGO board in the late 1980s and the Brooklyn AGO chapter board from 2005-2007. 
           
Janet Yieh  
Janet Yieh  
Janet Yieh serves as Associate Organist at Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City. An innovative concert recitalist and sacred music specialist, Janet was named one of ’20 under 30’ to watch by The Diapason magazine in 2017. She has performed concert tours throughout the United States and across the globe, with highlights including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington’s National Cathedral, Yale University’s Woolsey Hall, Taipei’s St. John’s Cathedral and Japan’s Momoyama St. Andrew’s University Chapel. She has collaborated with the Paul Winter Consort, the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center, and Trinity’s NOVUS NY orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She regularly premieres new works for the organ, and has been featured on the national radio show Pipedreams, New York’s WQXR, New Jersey’s WWFM, Connecticut’s WMNR, and two CD recordings.     A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Janet’s former teachers include Thomas Murray, Paul Jacobs, John Walker, Wayne Earnest and Victoria Shields. She holds a Master’s of Musical Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School. Janet has served as Organ Scholar at Christ Church and Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, and Director of Music for Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. She is a Colleague of the AGO, co-chair of the Northeast AGO Young Organists Board and a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.