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Message from the Dean

Dear fellow Chapter Members,

We look forward to our next event, the chapter Member’s Recital that will be held at the Holy Trinity R.C. Church on June 4th at 7:00pm.  Our host will be Christopher Berry. The recital will be followed by a catered dinner.  The menu will be a choice of (choose 1) grilled salmon, chicken palliard or baked ham (served with grilled vegetables, tri-colore salad and fusilli pasta with asparagus). Dessert is fruit platter and cookies. Bottles of Perrier and/or red or white wine will also be provided.  The cost of the dinner will be $30 per person. Please make your reservations no later than May 21st by sending a check to:

Mr. Robert McCormick, Sub-Dean – NYC Chapter AGO
c/o Church of St. Mary the Virgin
145 West 46th Street
NY, NY 10036
212-869-5830, ext. 24

Of course, the final event of the 2006-07 program year will be the Region II Convention.  The Steering Committee has worked diligently to provide a truly exciting program of events. So, if you have not already registered for the convention, please do so as soon as possible in order to make certain you have a place at the workshops of your choice.  

If you are coming from out of town, please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.  The first week of July is actually a very busy week in New York City and hotel rooms are hard to come by, so please take advantage of the convention room block while there are still rooms available at the special convention rate of $199 per room.

Why not take a moment to finalize your plans to attend the Convention today?

Frank L Crosio, FAGO
  Letourneau Organ, Op. 53 (1998) at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church - New York City
(photo: Rodney A. Giles)
Members' Recital and Dinner

Monday, June 4, 2007 - 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

213 West 82nd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue.

Our 2006-07 Season concludes with a catered dinner, followed by an organ recital presented by chapter members.

Host: Christopher Berry

Orgues Létourneau Ltée

St. Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada
Opus 53 (1998)
Mechanical key action
Electric stop action
34 stops, 37 ranks
Click here for organ details

Recital free to all
Dinner price: $30

RSVP and send check no later than May 21st to:
Robert McCormick, Sub-Dean
c/o Ch. of St. Mary the Virgin
145 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
212/869.5830, ext. 24
John Weaver to be Honored at Organ Festival

JOHN WEAVER will be honored by the 2007 Trinity Church Conservatory Stars Organ Festival, July 5 through August 9.  Five of his former students are involved: Cameron Carpenter, Felix Hell, Alan Morrison, Paul Jacobs, and organ builder David Ogletree of Marshall & Ogletree.

Weaver will attend a reception in his honor after Carpenter's July 5 concert, which opens the 2007 series featuring American music conservatory concert organists. Each concert in the series is also available live or on-demand at www.TrinityWallStreet.Org.

The July 5 reception will begin at 3 PM at 74 Trinity Place, behind Trinity Church. Carpenter's program is two hours long because it is the last concert of the National Convention of the American Theatre Organ Society, which runs concurrent with the New York Regional AGO Convention, also in New York City. Marshall & Ogletree has installed 64 Wurlitzer Alternate Stops in honor of the theatre organ attendees, giving the instrument a total of 304 PipeSourced® voices from which Carpenter can choose.

The concerts are all on Thursdays at 1 PM, and listed in the AGO newsletter calendar. The recitals are free to the public, and a reception is held after each concert. The receptions are all at Manon Café, 74 Trinity Place, with the exception of the July 5 reception in honor of John Weaver, which will be on the 2nd floor of 74 Trinity Place. AGO members are invited to attend all the receptions.
From the Registrar

Dues Collection for 2007-08

Renewal letters were sent out between Sat., April 28 and Tues. May 1. Please watch your mail for the letter and remittance envelope.  If you have not received a renewal letter by when you would normally expect mail from a Manhattan post office, please write or call Eric Birk at registrar@nycago.org or 212-932-0551.

Dues will be increasing to the following levels for the 2007-08 membership year:
Student Dual:
Chapter Friend:

Please make plans to pay your dues for next season by June 30. The deadline for 2007-08 dues is June 30, 2007.

Our 2007 NYCAGO Membership Directory was mailed directly from the printer to all chapter members.  If you have not received your directory, please contact Eric Birk (mail & numbers above) to get your directory.

Directory Corrections ["Registrar's mea culpa" -- sorry!]
Valentine Matula's first name was typed incorrectly as "Vincent."
Craig Tocher's current address & telephone number:  9 Robin Road,  
Manhasset, NY  11030, (646)331-3760
Alec Wyton Obituary

Alec Wyton, an English-born organist, composer and teacher who brought contemporary influence to American church music over decades, two of them as organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, died on Sunday March 18th in Danbury, Connecticut. He was 85.  Click here for the full New York Times obituary written by Craig Whitney.
The next chapter newsletter is the July/August issue. The deadline for submissions is June 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.