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Message from the Dean

Dear Chapter Members,

Our 2007-2008 Program Year got off to a great start with an Organ/Architecture Tour of the Upper Westside.  Although it is impossible to visit all that is worthwhile in this amazing neighborhood in just one afternoon, we visited three churches that that were of great architectural interest and had fine pipe organs, each representing a very different style of organ building.  Details about these churches and instruments, including complete specifications, can be found on the chapter website.  Many thanks to our webmaster, Steve Lawson, who continues to document the organs in our city with such zeal and attention to detail.

Many thanks are also due to Robert McCormick and the Program Committee for putting this event together, and to our hosts and performers.  They were:

At St. Michael’s Church: Host: John Cantrell, Director of Music.  Noah Wynne-Morton, recitalist and winner of the NYC Chapter Competition.

At Church of the Ascension R.C.: Hosts: Fr. John Duffell, Pastor, Preston Smith, Director of Music, who also ably demonstrated the organ for us.

At Corpus Christi R.C.: Host: Louise Basbas, Director of Music, Kyle Babin, recitalist.

Our next event will take place on November 19, 2007 at 8:00 pm.  It will be a recital by James David Christie at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal), 316 East 88 Street.  Dr. Christie’s program will include works by Dieterich Buxtehude in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the composer’s death. Admission is free to members of the New York City chapter.  Dr. Christie’s interpretation of this repertoire is always fresh and exciting, so mark your calendars, this will be a recital you won’t want to miss!  See you there!

With all Good Wishes,

Frank L. Crosio, FAGO
The Challenge for 2007-2008

2007-2008 is the third and final year of the Each One-Reach One campaign with the Member Challenge being the primary focus.  This challenge promises fun, larger membership numbers, national recognition, and the opportunity to win a valuable prize – national headquarters will pay your major expenses while you enjoy the 2008 National convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Expenses include convention registration, the bus transportation package, and five nights in the convention hotel.

Click here to download the MEMBER CHALLENGE FLYER from the National Web Site.

If you have any questions about the 2007-2008 Member Challenge, please contact AGO Membership Manager Jennifer Madden at National Headquarters, 212-870-2311, ext. 4304, or you can send an e-mail to

Thanks for all of your help in making the 2007-2008 Each One-Reach One National Membership Campaign a success!


Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support     
Herbert Buffington, MMus (Director)
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David A. Lincoln, MM
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Sharron Lyon, MM
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Stephen Park
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Next Chapter Meeting: Monday, November 19 – 8:00 pm
Recital by James David Christie

  Dr. James David Christie
Dr. James David Christie
Dr. James David Christie is the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH. He also serves as an adjunct member of the Wellesley College music faculty. Dr. Christie's recital will include works of Dieterich Buxtehude in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the composer's death. Click here to view the program.

Free to NYC Chapter Members
General Admission: $20; $15 students/seniors

Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal)
316 East 88th Street (between 1st/2nd Avenues)
III/55 Rieger Orgelbau (1987) – click here for details
II/3 Schlicker Organ, Op. 1283 (1981) – click here for details
From the Registrar

450 members have paid dues for 2007-08.  Only those members whose dues
have been received by Nov. 1 will be included in our 2007-08 directory
to be published and distributed in February.  If you've not renewed for
2007-08, this is your last newsletter and your November, 2007 issue of
The American Organist  will be your last issue until you renew.

New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
    Neil Carlson (Retired; Organ Concert Attendee)
    David A. Hairston II, BM (Organ Substitute)
    George Mathison (as dual member, Brooklyn Chapter primary member)
    Christopher Schmitt (Student at The Juilliard School)
    Mary Vinquist, PhD (as dual member, Brooklyn Chapter primary member;
Substitute Organist, St. Paul's Church-in-the-Village-of-Flatbush, Brooklyn)
The next chapter newsletter is the December/January issue. The deadline for submissions is November 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.