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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 2009-2010 program year, that are available on the chapter website, and particularly for the 3 upcoming Fall events.


October will bring Gerre Hancock back to NYC for a recital on the newly restored instrument at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 p.m. and a master class the following evening, Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 213 West 82nd Street.


On November 1st, the celebrated French organist and composer, Naji Hakim, will present a recital at the Church of Holy Trinity (Episcopal), 316 East 88 Street, at 4:00 p.m.


Many thanks are due to Paul Murray and the Program Committee for their diligent work on the Program Year, to Bruce Neswick and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with whom we are collaborating to present Dr. Hancock's recital, and to Dr. Stephen Hamilton and the Church of the Holy Trinity with whom we are co-sponsoring Dr. Hakim’s recital.

Many congratulations are offered to the candidates who received AGO certification through the NYC chapter’s exam center this year. They are: Pedro d'Aquino, FAGO, ChM. and winner of the S. Lewis Elmer Award. Karl Fraser, CAGO, and Eric Gipson Johnson, CAGO.

Lastly, thanks to Dr. Sean Jackson, who concludes his term as newsletter editor, and welcome to Dr. Neal Campbell, who will be taking on those duties beginning with this issue of the newsletter.


Frank L. Crosio, FAGO

  Photo by Lisa Hancock

October Program

Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m., Gerre Hancock, organ, at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, in collaboration with the Cathedral's Guest Artists Series on the Great Organ. Chapter members will be admitted free of charge. General admission for others is $20.

Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m., Improvisation Master Class with Gerre Hancock at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Roman Catholic), 213 West 82nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. The master class is free to NYC AGO members. For more information see www.nycago.org.


From the Editor

Save the Date: Bill Trafka to host Bach Tour
(October 6-October 17, 2009)

In celebration of the upcoming 325th anniversary of Bach's birth, Bill Trafka, Director of Music and Organist of St. Bartholomew's Church, in conjunction with Goodspeed & Bach, Inc., will host a tour of the major towns and cities in Germany where Bach studied and held musical positions throughout his life. Bill will play Bach's great organ works in the buildings for which he composed and (in some cases) on instruments Bach himself played.

Call the company's toll free number, 888-446-1789 (Goodspeed & Bach, Inc.) for more information, or click on the following link: http://www.stbarts.org/page.asp?ID=286


Chapter Programs for the Year

October 6 and 7 Gerre Hancock (details above)

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

February 14 and 15: Presidents’ Day Conference Sunday evening at 7:00: recital by Stefan Engels at First Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue and 12th Street ; Monday: Lecture—Karg-Elert by Mr. Engels; Panel presentation and discussion “Reaffirming our Vocation” and Prayer Service with a Renewal of Commitment for Sacred Musicians. Location TBA

May 4 at 7:00 p.m. Church of the Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street. Bach master class with Janette Fishell

June 7: Organ/Architecture Tour of Lower Manhattan followed by Dinner Banquet at St. Paul’s Chapel. Further details forthcoming.

From the Registrar

Hello Everyone...
Hope you've enjoyed your summer, and thanks to all who have sent in your registrations so far for the coming year. Your humble registrar has added a second child to his family and moved in the last several months (now is a good time to remember that all of your chapter officers and board are volunteers) so processing of renewals has been delayed. Thanks very much for your understanding, and I apologize for any inconvenience. Everything should be caught up by mid-September. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Best wishes for a fine program year.
Paul Sanner

Members from the Past


Can you identify this chapter member, now deceased? Where?

The answer will be given in October's newsletter.

The next chapter newsletter is the October  2009 issue. The deadline for submissions is September 15th. Material may be submitted to Neal Campbell, 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.