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Message from the Dean

Dear Fellow Chapter Members,

The 2007 Presidents’ Day Conference was a great success!

In the current issue of TAO, our national president, Frederick Swann, discusses the importance of  observing the Langlais Centennial in his monthly column.  How fortunate we were to have heard a concert, a master class, and two lectures with slideshows and video clips by Mme. Langlais herself to connect us with this important tradition.

Many thanks are due to sub-dean Robert McCormick and Program Committee for their tireless work, to Keith Toth and John Herrington, our hosts at Brick Church, to the master class participants who prepared so thoroughly and played so well, to Tony Thurman for his help and expertise with audio/visual equipment, and to Kyle Babin and Jason Roberts for their brilliant performances at the closing recital

March is a busy month in the life of our chapter.  On March 12, there will be a master class with Michel Bouvard, and on March 14, M. Bouvard will present a recital at St. Ignatius.  Those who remember Michel Bouvard’s amazing recital and master class at last year’s Presidents’ Day Conference will welcome this opportunity to hear him again.  On March 24 the chapter competition will take place at All Souls Unitarian Church.  There are 3 young artists competing.  Winners of the chapter level competitions will compete in the regional competition held this summer in NYC during the Region II Convention.  

Please note that the deadline for early online registration for the Region II Convention has been extended to March 15. The system is now fully enabled, and online credit card payment through Pay Pal is up and running.  Please visit the Convention webpage to register online and for all the latest details about this summer’s exciting convention.  The early registration fee for NYC Chapter members is only $195 – an incredible savings!  Why not take a moment to register for the Convention today?

Frank L Crosio FAGO

2007 AGO Region II Convention Update

Sebastian M. Glück

Pay-Pal on-line registration now available
Early registration deadline extended to March 15
Win a FREE convention registration

Wonderful things come in sets of three, and the aforementioned trio should be enough to raise your level of enthusiasm to a fever pitch.

Okay, I admit it: that was hyperbolic, and you’re likely not running a temperature. Yet it should be enough good news to lure you to our convention web page to register before the early deadline. The Pay-Pal system is up and running, and credit card payments can provide anything from frequent flyer miles to instant gratification. Traditional registration is possible by printing out the on-line form, for those of you who prefer to write a check, or have their registration paid for by their employer as part of professional development and continuing education.

Please encourage your friends and colleagues who live outside the immediate area to join us this summer. They will not find a better hotel room rate anywhere in this city, and our program is without equal. Even if every member of the host chapter attends, the financial success of the convention is assured, in part, by fulfilling our obligation to our headquarters hotel to meet our promised number of “room nights.”

If you feel, as I do, that the AGO is the most important organization advocating the advancement and protection of the organ, it’s music, and it’s musicians, I invite you to join me, and many of your colleagues, in encouraging the Guild’s ongoing and future work by enhancing your support for this convention. You may add your contribution to the registration form, or contact convention treasurer F. Anthony Thurman about full or partial sponsorship of an established or up-and-coming artist, or one of several convention events.

The Guild is considered a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service; that’s not our BWV number, but rather an indication that your contribution is tax-deductible. Your generosity and dedication will be acknowledged gratefully in the convention program book, and you will make a tangible gift to the future of your chosen profession.

With best wishes,

Sebastian M. Glück
2007 AGO Region II Convention Chair

Organlive Provides Music of the Organ Around the World

Organlive.com is an Internet audio station dedicated to the music of the classical organ. Broadcasting since August 2003, Organlive has become the most-heard organ station on the Internet with the largest library of music online.

The ever-growing library currently holds over 5,900 tracks from more than 500 albums of music recorded by organists all over the world. Organlive plays albums recorded on pipe, digital, and combination organs played by the world’s best concert organists, as well as tracks recorded and submitted by less renowned organists. Included are pairings of organ and orchestra, solo instruments, choir, or vocal solos.

The listener is presented with the work title, composer, album title, a link to purchase the album online, the organ, it’s builder, size, and location, and a link to the specification of the organ being heard. Listeners may browse the entire library searching by work, composer, organist, album, or organ and request tracks to be played.

The broadcast is completely free to anyone with a broadband Internet connection and only requires the quick, automatic installation of a browser-based player to tune in.

Listeners can also tune in via Windows Media Player, WinAmp, iTunes, or any MP3 player. The audio stream reaches over 100 countries around the world, with more than 300 listeners per day tuning in.

The station is funded by the listeners, and an annual budget covering all operating expenses is raised every spring. Organlive is always accepting submissions for new music from organists, composers, and publishers. Raven, Delphian, Hyperion, and Albany Records are all label sponsors of the station. To listen to Organlive, or for more information on submitting your music, visit www.organlive.com.

From the Registrar

As of February 26, 2007 we have 478 members of the NYC Chapter.  If you
know of colleagues or organ enthusiasts who have not been members of
the AGO before, now is a good time to join.  The AGO is offering
reduced rates for first-time new members through March 31.  Please see
the chapter website for details.

Mary Bopp
Audrick Byneal
Masako Gaskin
Christina Harmon
Douglas J. McKeever
Janice Salvatore
Eva Sze

Rev. Victoria Sirota's telephone number is 917 493 4720
Larry J. Long is Associate Organist at St. James Church (Episcopal),
865 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10021


New members:
Ms. Mary Bopp MM
34-12 34th Street, #1R
Astoria NY 11106
C/DM/O- Immanuel Lutheran, Whitestone, Queens, NY

Audrick Byneal
P.O. Bag 113-B GPO
Wrightson Road
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad W.I.
O- St. James RC, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Ms. Masako Gaskin BFA
5262 Stardust Dr.
Beaumont TX 77706     (Dual- Beaumont, TX Chptr.)

Ms. Christina Harmon MM
P.O. Box 12068
Dallas TX 75225     (Dual- Dallas, TX Chptr.)
O- Temple Emanuel, Dallas, TX;
D- French Organ Music Seminar;
O- Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, TX

Mr. Douglas J. McKeever
4 Old Post Road
Mount Sinai NY 11766     (Dual- Suffolk Chptr.)
Pipe Organ Technician/Representative for Foley-Baker, Inc.

Mr. Richard Pilch JD
15 Featherbed Ln.
Stockton NJ 08559
F-Political Science, Rutgers Univ.

Mrs. Janice Salvatore
64-40 Catalpa Avenue
Glendale NY 11385
O/C- Trinity St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, NYC

Ms. Eva Sze
137-10 Franklin Ave., Apt. 405
Flushing NY 11355
New York City

Late Renewals
Mr. Crescenzo G. Fonzo, MA
19 Furrey Place
Paterson NJ 07512    (Dual- Metro NJ Chptr.)
Minister of Music- St. Anthony Church, Paterson, NJ

Mr. Paul Richard Olson MM
90 Remsen Street, #2-A
Brooklyn NY 11201
O/C-Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights

Mr. Brian-Paul Thomas BM, MM
7 Hudson Street
Norwalk CT 06851   (Dual- Fairfield West Chptr.)
C=203-966-4515 x113
O/D-St. Mark's Episcopal Church, New Canaan

Mr. Christopher J. Berry MM
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
213 West 82nd Street
New York NY 10024
DM/O- Holy Trinity RC Church, NYCMr.

Anthony R. Meloni, BA Mus
59 West 94th St. #3F
New York, New York 10025
Director, Meloni & Farrier Organbuilders

Glenn May, Jr.
148 Eastwick Court
Aberdeen, NJ  07747 (Dual- Monmouth)
M- St. Benedict’s RC Church

The next chapter newsletter is the April issue. The deadline for submissions is March 15th. Material may be submitted to the Editor. Nine issues are published through the year on a monthly basis with combined issues for December/January, May/June, and July/August. To make changes in your email address or to subscribe to the e-newsletter, please contact Eric Birk.