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From the Dean

Please plan to be with us for our Presidents’ Day Conference, held on February 14 and 15. There will be recital and master class presented by Stefan Engels, an informative panel discussion on the topic: Church Music Today: Renewing our Vocation, and an opportunity for worship. Please plan to join us.

Our chapter Yearbook for 2010 is currently at the printers and will be mailed to you shortly. Many thanks to Walter Klauss, Len Levasseur, Paul Sanner and all who worked so diligently on this project, and to our advertisers whose generous patronage make this high quality publication possible each year.

With all good wishes,

Frank L Crosio, FAGO


This month's program: Presidents' Day Conference

Sunday and Monday, 14 & 15 February 2010


14 February 2010

First Presbyterian Church
Fifth Avenue at 12th Street

Host: Dr. William Entriken

Free to NYC Chapter members
$20 ($15 students & seniors)

Stefan Engels
Stefan Engels

Stefan Engels is Professor of Organ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton (1999 until 2005). He is the founder and Artistic Director of the “European Organ Academy Leipzig.”

Sebastian Glück
New York City – Opus 12 (2007)
Electro-pneumatic action
4 manuals, 113 stops, 93 ranks

Click here for organ details.



Hoyer: Variationen über ein geisliches Volkslied, Op. 33
J.S. Bach: Concerto C Major, BWV 594
Reger: Dankpsalm, Op. 145/2
Mendelssohn Bartholdy:
       Fugue in B-flat major
       Andante sostenuto f Minor
       Allegro d Minor
       Andante D Major
Karg-Elert: Symphonischer Choral Jesu, meine Freude

15 February 2010
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Church of the Holy Family
(Roman Catholic)
315 East 47th Street

Host: Paul J. Murray

Monday Conference Admission
Free to NYC Chapter members
$40 general
Holy Family Catholic Church - New York City (Photo: Steven E. Lawson)
10.00 am
10.30 am – 12.00 noon
  Performance Aspects in the Organ Works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Lecture by Stefan Engels

This lecture / workshop will focus on performance-related aspects in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert. Aspects of touch, articulation, tempo, registration as well as score analysis will be discussed. Since there are almost no established standards for playing Karg-Elert's organ music compared to the performance standards of composers like deGrigny, Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Franck, Reger, Messiaen, this lecture will be especially of interest to all organists.
12.00 pm – 2.00 pm
  Lunch on your own
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  Panel Discussion:
Church Music Today: Renewing our Vocation

Panelists: Dr. David Hurd, Dr. James Litton, Nancianne Parrella, and Dr. Patrick Evans, Associate Professor in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University
Moderator: David Enlow, FAGO
3.30 pm – 4.00 pm
  Walk to First Reformed Episcopal Church
First Reformed Epis. Church
317 East 50th Street
4.00 pm – 4.45 pm
  Prayer Service with Renewal of Commitment for Church Musicians
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Sirota, Officiant
Bernadette Hoke, Organist and Music Director

From the Editor

Two colleagues who live outside of the New York area have written telling us of interesting materials of theirs available via the internet:

Robert Farrell, composer and a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter, tells of the site www.sibeliusmusic.com where many composers list their music. The site is extensive and is ripe for browsing. Mr. Farrell offers two of his compositions free of charge (#5 and #15). Search composers by last name.

James Kibbie of the University of Michigan has recorded the complete organ works of Bach on original Baroque organs in Germany. The University of Michigan's Block M Records label is offering free downloads of all 270 of Bach's organ works in MP3 and high audio-quality formats at www.blockmrecords.org/bach. Prof. Kibbie recorded the series on seven historic organs by Silbermann, Schnitger, Trost, Bielfeldt, and Hildebrant.

In a future issue of the newsletter I'd like to include an annotated list of useful materials available via the internet that our members have found useful. Please email me with your suggestions. N.C.

POE Advanced: July 18–23

The New York City Chapter is sponsoring a Pipe Organ Encounter this summer. Unlike the standard POE programs, the POEA (A for advanced) assumes that the high school aged students have had previous experience studying the organ, and candidates are asked to supply an audition recording.

If chapter members have, or know of students who might be interested in the POEA please encourage them to apply. Click here to download a brochure and application form from the chapter website.

This is a significant undertaking on the part of the chapter, similar in planning and volunteer needs to a convention. There will be monthly updates in this newsletter about ways you can help.

Members from the Past

Norman Coke-Jephcott
Norman Coke-Jephcott

Congratulations to Donald McDonald who correctly identified Norman Coke-Jephcott (1893-1962) in last month's issue.

Dr. Coke-Jephcott was born in England, and won the Turpin Prize when he gained the F.R.C.O. in 1911. He also held F.A.G.O., F.R.C.C.O., and F.T.C.L. diplomas, and was awarded an honorary D.Mus. from Ripon College in 1945.

He came to the United States in 1911 to be the organist of the Church of the Holy Cross in Kingston, New York, leaving there in 1915 to take up a position at Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck. He served there until he became organist of Grace Church in Utica in 1923, staying there until he was called to New York to be Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in 1932. He retired from the cathedral in 1953, but stayed in New York, teaching privately and playing at St. Philip's Church in Harlem. For many years he was on the National Examinations Committee of the AGO.

This photo was taken in the late 1950s at Coke-Jephcott's home "Blue Gates" in upstate New York by the late Charles Hizette, a pupil of "Cokey" and is provided through the courtesy of Earle Grover.

Can you identify this Member from the Past?
. . . who is still very much with us?
The next chapter newsletter is the March 2010 issue. The deadline for submissions is February 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, registrar.