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Message from the Dean

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The year 2008 is off to a busy start!  For those of us who work in churches, breathing room is in short supply as Easter is particularly early this year.  It seems as though the Christmas decorations were just put away and now it’s time for Ash Wednesday!

Our Presidents' Day Conference (February 17th and 18th) is always a high point in our chapter’s program year. This year our guest artist, Dr. Clyde Holloway, will present a recital and master class on the works of Olivier Messiaen commemorating the centennial year of his birth.  It’s a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Holloway back to New York!   Most of the Conference will be held at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, but the concluding recital of the piano music of Messiaen will take place at Steinway Hall. It will be presented by chapter member, Daniel Kirk-Foster.  Anyone who was fortunate enough to have heard Daniel’s superb recital of the piano music of Louis Vierne two years ago, will not want to miss this exciting performance.

Once again, it’s time to start making plans for the summer vacations.  As you do so, please consider registering for the AGO’s national convention this summer in the Twin Cities.  National conventions are always exciting and rewarding events, and this one is not to be missed!

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on our chapter's 2007-2008 membership directory.  Many thanks are due to our registrar, Eric Birk, our advertising coordinator, Dr. Bill Entriken, our layout and design coordinator, Len Levasseur for all their hard work, and to our advertisers, whose loyal support makes this high-quality publication possible year after year.  Once again directories will be mailed to you directly from the printers and will not be given out at the Presidents’ Day Conference.
Wishing you all the best!

Frank L. Crosio, FAGO
2008 Markey Organ Scholarship
Applications are currently being accepted for the George Markey Memorial Organ Scholarship sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  You may download the application form by clicking here or for further information, please contact: Charles Banks at cbanks@stpaulswestfield.org or at 908-232-8506 extension 17.
Next Chapter Event: Annual Presidents' Day Conference
Sunday & Monday, February 17–18, 2008
A Symposium on the Life and Works of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) will take place over the Presidents' Day weekend in February 2008. Dr. Clyde Holloway, a noted authority on Olivier Messiaen, will give a recital on Sunday at the Church of of St. Mary the Virgin, and on Monday will present lectures and lead masterclasses. Daniel Kirk-Foster concludes the conference by performing selected piano works by Messiaen at Steinway Hall.  Click here for details.
From the Registrar

  John Colligan
  John Colligan
As of January 15, 2008 the chapter has 479 members.

We regret to share that a member of our chapter, John Colligan, died on January 1, 2008.  John was Chair of the Music Dept. at St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School in Morningside Heights.  Click here to read the New York Times article.

Welcome, new members:
Noah Wynne-Morton (Winner of the NYC Chapter RCYO competition)
Kingsley A. Matthew (Interim O-St. Paul's Episcopal Church, NYC)
Brandon L. Dumas (O/DM-Episcopal Church of Saint Paul, Chatham, NJ)

Know Any Potential New AGO Members?

Now is a good time to encourage colleagues, organ enthusiasts, or interested people to join the AGO.  For the months of February and March, people who have not been AGO members previously may join at reduced rates.  See the chapter website or contact the registrar for more information.

The next chapter newsletter is the March 2008 issue. The deadline for submissions is February 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.