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Chapter Programs 2019– 2020


SATURDAY • 5 OCTOBER 2019 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

AGO Certification Preparation Workshop
Madison Avenue Presbyterian
921 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021

David Enlow and Dr. Henderson will offer their insights to those preparing for an AGO Certification Exam.  For more information on the Certification process, click here


SATURDAY • 12 OCTOBER 2019 • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Musical Tour of Upper East Side Churches
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Noon: Saint Bartholomew's Church (Dr. Paolo Bordignon, host)

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Christ Church Methodist (Dr. Paolo Bordignon, host)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer (James D. Wetzel, host)

We will explore these magnificent solo efforts by architects Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue following their final collaboration at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in 1913. At each site we will hear a brief organ demonstration/recital, enjoy a tour of the sanctuary, and be offered console time.

FRIDAY • 22 NOVEMBER 2019 • 6:30 PM - Lecture | 7:30 PM - Recital

German Organ Music of the 20th Century
Saint Michael's Church (John Cantrell, host)
225 West 99th Street
New York, NY 10025

6:30 PM: Lecture by Dr. Russell Weismann on the history of Rudolf von Beckerath's firm.
7:30 PM: Recital by Dr. Mark Steinbach of Brown University

Celebrating the anniversary of Anton Heiller (1923-1979), this evening begins with an examination of German organ building in the United States as exemplified by Beckerath's stunning work. Dr. Steinbach, who issued a CD of Heiller's music on the Beckerath at Saint Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh, will offer a recital that contextualizes Heiller's contribution within the broader German tradition.


MONDAY • 17 FEBRUARY 2020 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

NYC AGO Presidents' Day Conference
Temple Emanu-El (Jack Coen, Daniel Beckwith, and Dr. Andrew Henderson, hosts)
1 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

One of the most beautiful sacred spaces in the city is also one of the least well-known to the organ community: Temple Emanu-El has not been featured in an NYCAGO program since the 2007 Regional Convention. The day will include an eclectic organ recital by the hosts, lectures on the history of the Temple and its music program, a tour of the building, and an accompanied silent movie in the afternoon. A full schedule of events is to follow.


WEDNESDAY • 18 MARCH 2020 • 7:00 PM

Improvised Stations of the Cross
Church of St. Mary the Virgin (David Hurd, host)
145 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

Renowned for their improvisational skill, chapter members David Enlow, our immediate past Dean, and Dr. Kalle Toivio, the 2018 winner of the National Competition in Organ Improvisation, share the bench in a sequence of improvisations on the Via Crucis.



Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza