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Chapter Programs 2019– 2020

Due to the current quarantine, all further NYCAGO events for the spring of 2020 have been cancelled.

The 2020-2021 Program Year is currently being planned and will be announced mid-summer.

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. Schedule is as follows:

Conference Schedule

9:00 AM – Registration table opens with continental breakfast

All attendees will enter through the Community House at 1 East 65th Street and are asked not to bring large bags, as this will expedite the Temple's security check.

10:00 AM – Opening recital by resident organists Jack Coen, Andrew Henderson, and Daniel Beckwith

11:00 AM – Lecture by organ builder Sebastian Glück: Design and construction of the American synagogue organ

12:00 Noon – Lunch on your own in the neighborhood

1:15 PM – Concert-lecture: the musico-liturgical history of Temple Emanu-El with Cantor Emerita Lori Corrsin, the Temple Choir, Jack Coen, and Andrew Henderson

2:15 PM – Tour of the Sanctuary, Beth-El Chapel, and Temple exhibits with Mark Heutlinger, Temple Administrator

3:30 PM – Coffee break

4:00 PM – Two silent shorts: Buster Keaton's "The Haunted House" and Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" accompanied by Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte

Conference Information
There is no pre-registration.
The conference's events are free for NYCAGO Chapter and dual members.
The general public is most welcome and tickets may be purchased the day-of for $40.
Public tickets for those attending only the 4:00 PM silent movie are $20 each. (Cash only)

Four-manual, 135-rank Sebastian M. Glück, Op. 7 (2002)
(originally Casavant Fréres, Op. 1322 (1929))


POSTPONED due to Coronavirus

WEDNESDAY • 18 MARCH 2020 • 7:00 PM

Improvised Stations of the Cross
Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Avenue at 84th Street
New York, NY 10028

The NYCAGO was planning to host an organ recital of improvised Stations of the Cross by David Enlow and Kalle Toivio next Wednesday, March 18th at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue.

We have been notified that Saint Ignatius has cancelled all non–liturgical events in the Parish until further notice due to the Coronavirus. Therefore, next Wednesday 's NYCAGO Recital will be rescheduled, and that new date will be announced at a later time.

Please stay tuned for further updates that will be disseminated via email, our website, and our Facebook page. As always, please contact NYCAGO Sub-Dean James Wetzel with any questions.


CANCELLED due to Coronavirus


Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza

This event has been cancelled.