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Message from the Dean

Dear Chapter Members,

I hope this letter finds you enjoying a much-deserved summer vacation. My hope is to see many of you during the next few days in Boston at the combined Region I and Region II Convention. It’s hard to believe that the last Region II convention was right here in New York City and we were the hosts!

Although it is probably not possible for all of us to attend an AGO convention every summer, I hope that each of us will be able take some time this summer to further our growth as musicians and as human beings.

A gentle reminder that the new AGO year begins July 1st. If you have not renewed your membership yet, please take the time to do so. If you misplaced the membership materials that were mailed to you, forms are available online at our chapter website www.nycago.org.

The New York City Chapter has been selected by the Committee on the New Organist (CONO) to host a POEA next summer (2010). This is an advanced Pipe Organ Encounter for high school students who have already attended one or more of the regular POE’s. As with most educational endeavors, tuition covers only a fraction of the cost, so the chapter will be seeking to raise additional monies through charitable gifts, grants, and contributions. In these tough economic times, it is probably more prudent to look for many smaller gifts and one or two larger ones. Anything that each of you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.

As many of you already know, Michael Barone’s wonderful radio program – Pipedreams is being broadcast in our area on WQXR on Sunday evenings from 11:00 pm to midnight. Please listen in, and write or email the station to let them know that you value this type of programming.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and restful summer,

Frank L Crosio, FAGO

Olivier Latry Receives International Performer of the Year Award

On Wednesday, April 15, the chapter presented its 16th International Performer of the Year Award to Olivier Latry following his memorable recital at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Olivier Latry is one of three titular organists at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, and is on the faculty of the Paris Conservatory. Félicitations!

Click here to see all of the recipients of this prestigious award.

Save the Dates: 2009-2010 Chapter Programs

Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. Master class with Dr. Gerre Hancock at Church of the Holy Trinity (R.C.) West 82nd Street.

Sunday, November 1 at 4:00 at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal), 316 East 88th Street
Recital by Naji Hakim, co-sponsored with Music at Holy Trinity.

Sunday and Monday, February 14 and 15: Presidents’ Day Conference
Sunday evening: recital by Stefan Engels at First Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue and 12th Street.
Monday: Lecture—Karg-Elert by Mr. Engels; Panel presentation and discussion “Church Music: Reaffirming our Vocation.”
Location TBA

Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street
Master class with Jeanette Fishell.

Monday, June 7: Organ/Architecture Tour of Lower Manhattan, followed by Social Event at St. Paul’s Chapel
Dinner banquet at St. Paul’s Chapel, with a performance by the Trinity Choir.

From the Registrar

Thanks to all of you who have already sent in your membership renewals. We would like to welcome the following new members to the NYC chapter:

Brandon Beachamp, David C. Estalote, George F. A. Fernandes, Michael K. Spassov, Christopher Houlihan, Katherine R. Jordon, Georgian Manio, and Bruce F. Neswick.

If you have not yet renewed, please do so at your earliest convenience, and to all, have an excellent summer.

Paul Sanner
The next chapter newsletter is the September  2009 issue. The deadline for submissions is August 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 Paul Sanner.