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Chapter Programs 2017– 2018

  Alessandro Pittorino, organist

MONDAY • 9 OCTOBER 2017 • 6:00 PM

Alessandro Pittorino, organist

NYC Chapter Competition Winner Recital

Christ Church, United Methodist
Map to St. Vincent Ferrer Church - New York City
520 Park Avenue at 60th Street
Host: Steve Pilkington

Our first event of the season is on Monday, October 9 at 6:00 PM, featuring our Chapter competition winner Alessandro Pittorino in recital, followed by a champagne reception. Alessandro knows the IV/76 Casavant instrument well from his time as Organ Scholar there. A champagne reception follows the recital.

Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $10 general

  Sophie-Véronique Choplin, organist

SUNDAY • 12 NOVEMBER 2017 • 3:00 PM

Sophie-Véronique Choplin, organist

Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
Map to St. Vincent Ferrer Church - New York City
869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street
Host: James Wetzel
Champagne Reception following

Sophie-Véronique Choplin is one of France's most prodigious organists, and she is currently co-titular of the Grand Orgue of Saint Sulpice Church, Paris.

Admission: Free

SATURDAY • 18 NOVEMBER 2017 • 4:00 – 6:00 PM

AGO Certification Preparation Workshop
with David Enlow, Andrew Henderson, and James Kennerley

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
Map to Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church - New York City
921 Madison Avenue at 73rd Street
Hosts: Andrew Henderson and Mary Huff

Our first education event is our AGO certification preparation workshop for those preparing to take AGO diploma certifications this season. David Enlow, Andrew Henderson, and James Kennerley will lead workshops and give coachings on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. You must pre-register for this event so that we are able to plan the workshop according. Pre-register by clicking here. It's a fabulous and FREE resource so please take advantage! Registration is open to all those of the Chapter who are considering taking an exam, and for those who are confirmed to do so.


Presidents Day Conference

Chapels Royal – a celebration of music and organs old and new
  Benjamin Sheen, organist
  Benjamin Sheen
  Jonathan Ambrosino
  Jonathan Ambrosino
(credit: Len Levasseur)
  Avi Stein, organist and harpsichordist
  Avi Stein
  Peter Sykes, organist
  Peter Sykes
  Julian Wachner, conductor
  Julian Wachner
As a prelude to the our annual Presidents Day Confernce, Benjamin Sheen, Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church, will give a recital on the Taylor and Boody instrument at Saint Thomas Church on Sunday, February 18 at 5:15 PM. Admission is free.

On Monday, beginning at 9:15 AM, we will spend the day with the Grammy Award-winning Trinity Choir, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, who, together with Jonathan Ambrosino, Avi Stein, Peter Sykes, Julian Wachner and others will lead us in a day of celebrating the old and the new, with thrilling performances and unique sightseeing possibilities. The event is free to NYC AGO Chapter members, and any potential attendees are encouraged to join the Chapter.
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
Map to St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue - New York City
1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue
St. Paul's Chapel – Trinity Parish
Map to St. Paul's Chapel – Trinity Parish - New York City
209 Broadway at Fulton Street
Hosts: Julian Wachner and Avi Stein



Conference Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $45 general
From 9:00 AM   Breakfast, catered by New York's renowned Balthazar Bakery
10:00 AM   Guided tour of the Noack instrument by consultant, Jonathan Ambrosino, and Trinity Music Director, Julian Wachner
11:00 AM   Open rehearsal featuring the Trinity Choir, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Julian Wachner, music director
12:00 PM   Concert performance featuring the Noack Opus 11: Bach Cantatas, BWV 29 and 146, plus Duruflé's Messe Cum Jubilo.
1:00-2:00 PM   Lunch on your own
2:30 PM   "All the Stops" – organ concert by Peter Sykes
3:45-5:30 PM   Afternoon activites: These include a guided tour of the historic Trinity Church bell tower; One World Trade Center (guided group tour; $40 additional fee); shopping at Century 21; a visit to the Oculus; the historic Woolworth Building. Please email for more information about the guilded tour of the bell tower and to sign up for the World Trade Center group tour (maximum 40 people).
5:30 PM   Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres with lecture by consultant, Jonathan Ambrosino: "Organs old and new at Trinity"
6:30 PM   Conference ends

  David Briggs, organist

SATURDAY • 24 FEBRUARY 2018 • 7:30 PM

Improvisation Festival with David Briggs

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Map to Cathedral of St. John the Divine - New York City
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Hosts: Kent Tritle and Ray Nagem

Our Improvisation Festival will take the form of a silent movie featuring David Briggs, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. David will improvise the soundtrack to the epic 1927 silent movie, The King of Kings on the cathedral's landmark IV/146 Aeolian-Skinner instrument.

Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $20 general

SATURDAY • 7 APRIL 2018 • 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Organ Day for Pianists

Church of the Transfiguration
Map to Church of the Transfiguration - New York City
1 East 29th Street (btwn Fifth & Madison)
Host: Claudia Dumschat
Marble Collegiate Church
Map to Marble Collegiate Church - New York City
1 West 29th Street at Fifth Avenue
Host: Kenneth Dake

The Chapter's Organ Day for Pianists will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM. These occasions are great for introducing keyboardists to the thrills (and challenges!) of playing the organ, and we will have a host of generous and welcoming teachers. Many thanks to Ryan Jackson, Mark Pacoe, and James Wetzel for managing the outreach committee for this event. Please share this event with your piano-playing friends!

  James David Christie, organist

MONDAY • 18 JUNE 2018 • 6:00 PM

2017 International Performer of the Year Award – James David Christie

Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
Map to St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue - New York City
1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue
Hosts: Daniel Hyde, Benjamin Sheen,
    and Colin MacKnight



Concert by James David Christie, winner of the 2017 International Performer of the Year Award, together with award presentation, 6-7 PM. Cocktail reception and dinner in Andrew Hall, 7-9 PM, catered by award-winning executive chef, Heidi Thomas. Entrance to all events is via the Parish House door.

The concert and reception are open to all (including members of the public) but TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR BOTH EVENTS and must be reserved by clicking here.