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Message from the Dean

September is once again upon us!  As we all begin our autumn schedules and our calendars start to fill up all too quickly, please take note of the dates and times of our chapter’s exciting events for the 2007-2008 program year.  Both the Buxtehude and Messiaen anniversaries will be observed with presentations by James David Christie and Clyde Holloway.  Our first event will take place on October 8, 2007 – an organ/architecture tour of the upper West Side and will feature a recital by the winner of our chapter’s Young Artist Competition, Noah Wynne-Morton.  Congratulations are offered to sub-dean, Robert McCormick, and the Program Committee for a job well done.

Many congratulations and heartfelt thanks are offered to the members of the 2007 Region II Convention Steering Committee for creating a convention that was filled with exciting performances, informative workshops and classes, and opportunities to relax and socialize with colleagues and friends.  Over 400 people from 33 states, Canada, and Europe attended our convention!  Thanks are also due to our exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors.  Without their help, the convention would not have been possible. Finally, many thanks are offered to our volunteers – who worked endless hours at the registration desk, helped with set-up, logistics, transportation, directions for folks from out of town, and countless other tasks that made the convention such a great experience for all who participated in it.

Wishing you all the best as a new season begins!

Frank L Crosio, FAGO
Overview of Chapter Events, 2007-2008

Monday, October 8, 2007:
Organ & Architecture Tour of the Upper West Side

Our annual Columbus Day event begins this year at 1:00 PM at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue).  Noah Wynne-Morton, winner of the chapter’s organ competition, will present a recital on the von Beckerath organ.  We will also visit the Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension, on West 107th Street, and Corpus Christi Church.  At Corpus Christi, Kyle Babin, a DMA candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, will offer a demonstration of the Holtkamp organ.

Monday, November 19, 2007:
Recital by James David Christie

Dr. Christie’s recital, at 8:00 PM at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), includes works of Dietrich Buxtehude in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the composer’s death.  Members are admitted free.

Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18, 2008:
Presidents’ Day Conference with Clyde Holloway

The annual Presidents’ Day conference focuses on the life and works of Olivier Messiaen in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.  Dr. Holloway will play a recital, featuring works of Messiaen and Franck, on Sunday evening at 8:00 PM at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.  On Monday he will lecture on the works of Messiaen.  The conference concludes Monday at 7:00 PM with a piano recital at Steinway Hall by Daniel Kirk-Foster.

Monday, April 7, 2008:
Masterclass on German Baroque Music by Martin Jean

Dr. Jean will coach students on works of German Baroque composers on the new Klais organ at the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive (at 120th Street).  The class begins at 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008:
Silent Film with David Briggs

Our final event of the season features renowned organist, improviser and composer David Briggs accompanying Cecil B. DeMille’s film Joan of Arc.  This event is presented at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue (at 73rd Street).  Members are admitted free.

For further information, please see www.nycago.org.

Worldwide Organ Celebration at the Irvington Presbyterian Church

The Irvington Presbyterian Church (USA),25 North Broadway, Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., has been selected to participate in the worldwide celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Johannes Klais Orgelbau, builder of distinguished pipe organs headquartered in Bonn, Germany. The jubilee celebration will include organ recitals performed on 17 Klais organs worldwide beginning at 12 Noon local time on Saturday, September 8, 2007. Organist Noah Wynne-Morton, winner of the 2007 AGO/Quimby Region II Competition for Young Organists, will perform at the Irvington Presbyterian Church. The recital will be held in the church’s historic and acoustically superb sanctuary, which wasdesigned by James Renwick and decorated by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Noah Wynne-Morton’s program will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Vierne, and Hakim. The public is invited to attend. A free-will offering is requested.

Since 1882, Klais organs have been commissioned by churches, cathedrals, universities, and concert halls around the world, as well as for private residences. Irvington’s 3-manual, 29-stop, 35-rank, mechanical-action pipe organ (Klais Opus 1,797) was completed in April 2001. It was dedicated twelve days following 9/11, twenty-six miles north of Ground Zero. The half-million dollar musical instrument, consisting of 1,931 individually hand-crafted pipes, is the firm’s seventh instrument in the United States, and was its first American installation in over a decade. The organ has been received with great enthusiasm and critical acclaim. It was featured on the April 2002 cover of The American Organist Magazine, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America. The Irvington Presbyterian Church is located on U.S. Route 9 (Broadway) in Westchester County, 1.5 miles south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The church building is accessible to the handicapped and disabled. For directions by car, bus, or rail, or for further information, please call 914-591-8124 or visit the church’s Web site.
From the Registrar

Dues! Dues! Dues!  Deadline for 2007-08 dues was June 30, 2007!

Are you one of the 150 chapter members who have not paid your dues?  If everyone paid their dues each year on time, our chapter would maintain a membership level of over 500 members!  366 have paid so far this year for 2007-08.  If you've not paid, please find the form that was mailed to you in May, or go to the chapter website to print out the form at http://nycago.org/html/NYCMemb.html and mail it in to the address on the form or return envelope.  If for some reason, you are not renewing or have moved and joined another chapter for this season, please contact the registrar so you won't be bothered with future notices (and help us save postage costs).  We must have your updated form and dues paid by Nov. 1 in order for your listing to be included in the 2008 directory.

Welcome new members to the NYC Chapter:

Tom Bailey (O/C- St. Peter's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Bay Shore, NY)
Brittany Haskell (O/C- Grace Episcopal Church, Nutley, NJ)
Timothy L. Heavner (F- Friends Seminary, NYC; F- Manhattan School of
Music, NYC)
Robert Hinson (O- Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, Lake Oswego, OR)
Christopher M. King (former member, Boston Chapter)
Ilana Ofgang (M/C/O- St. Andrews ELCA, Ridgefield, CT)
Steven Radeck (Transferred from Buffalo Chapter, July, 2007)
Eleni Traganas (O/A- All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunnyside, NY; O/C/DM- Orthodox Church of the Life-Giving Fountain, Bronx, NY)

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