Vol .  62,  No . 4
December 2011 / January 2012

In This Issue
From the Dean
Next Chapter Event
Presidents Day Conference
Advertise in the 2012 Membership Directory
Members from the Past
Can you identify this Member from the Past?
Saint Thomas Choir School Open House
PAM Northeast Gathering
  Keith S. Tóth - Dean, NYC Chapter, American Guild of Organists
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean

From the Dean

As I write this column, Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of Advent have already passed. Due to the busy nature of our profession at this time of the year, the Board has wisely decided not to hold any events during December. Although we will not have any visible events in December, that does not mean that the Board is not busy at work on behalf of the chapter:

Sub-Dean David Enlow and his program committee are putting finishing touches on our next two chapter events: an Improvisation Festival featuring Justin Bischof, Bruce Neswick, and McNeil Robinson that will be held on Tuesday, January 17 and our Presidents’ Day Weekend 2012 conference “Les Autres”. You will be learning more about these exciting events in dedicated emails and via our website.

Board member Bernadette Hoke and Registrar Christopher Jennings are busy at work on our Annual Directory. This handsome volume, again expertly designed by Len Levasseur, will be distributed on or before the Presidents’ Day activities on Monday, February 20. If you have not yet placed an ad for this directory, you may still do so within the next few days. Additional information may be found later in this newsletter. We greatly need your support to offset the cost of producing the directory. The Board joins with me in sending our thanks and appreciation to all of our advertisers.

Board member Louise Basbas has agreed to chair the chapter’s Nominating Committee. Louise and her committee will be preparing a slate of officers and board members for the 2012 election.

I am happy to announce that our chapter’s Operating Procedures document that was recently ratified by the membership has now officially been approved by AGO National Vice President John Walker and Region II Councillor Agnes Armstrong. Vice President Walker commended the chapter and its leadership on this fine document. With the approval by the National Vice President and Regional Councillor, our Operating Procedures are now in effect. Thanks to the Board and the membership for your steadfast assistance in bringing this document to fruition.

In closing, I would like to wish all of you the very best during this hectic and festive holiday season. May you find many opportunities to make and enjoy fine music. May you also have an appropriate time for festivity and relaxation after the rigors of the season. Please also accept my very best wishes to you for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012!

Respectfully yours,

Keith S. Tóth

David Lloyd ben Yaacov Klepper   David Enlow   Arthur Lawrence, D.M.A., A.A.G.O.

Next Chapter Event

Improvisation Festival

Practical tips for every church organist
and a recital of incredible concert improvisations

Tuesday, January 17th

Location to be announced
4 pm Improvisation Class –  McNeil Robinson

5:45 pm Hymn-Based Improvisation –  Bruce Neswick

Dinner on your own

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Times Square
145 West 46th Street, New York
8 pm Improvisors in Concert: Bruce Neswick, Justin Bischof

A reception follows.

Saint Thomas Choir School

Presidents Day Conference

Presidents Day Conference: “Les Autres”

Special Topics in French 19th and 20th Century Music

Church of the Ascension (Episcopal), Fifth Avenue at 10th Street
Brick Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue at 91st Street
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street (Broadway & Sixth Avenue)

Partners: Church of the Ascension
Palazzetto Bru-Zane – Centre de Musique Romantique Française

Vierne & Widor Chamber Music and Music of Batiste & Dubois – Recital
Bernadette Hoke, piano; Daniel Kirk-Foster, piano; Diego Innocenzi, organ
Brick Presbyterian Church

Organ Recital – Stephen Tharp, Church of St. Mary the Virgin

19th C. French Church Music & Interpretation
Diego Innocenzi, Rémy Campos

Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier – Remembrances
Dr. Dennis Keene, Dr. Matthew Lewis

Early Organ Works of Tournemire – Lecture–Recital
Dr. Andrew Henderson

Jehan Alain: Life and Works – Lecture–Recital
Renée Anne Louprette

Clarion Music Society; Steven Fox, director
with Diego Innocenzi, organ & chamber ensemble

Advertise in the 2012 Membership Directory

There is STILL time to place your ad in the 2012 New York City Chapter Annual Membership Directory. Complete information about how to place an ad and cost may be found on the NYC AGO web site.

  Pietro Yon at St. Francis Xavier Church, NYC (1919)
  Yon at St. Francis Xavier, New York, in 1919

Members from the Past

Eight of our colleagues correctly identified Pietro Yon in last month's issue: Richard Alexander, Tom Bailey, Fr. George Hafemann, Andy Kotylo, Jeffrey Shumann, Rollin Smith, Rick Tripodi, and John van Sant.

Yon (1886-1943) was born in Italy and studied at the Royal Conservatory in Milan, the Conservatory in Turin, and graduated from the Academy of St Cecilia in Rome. Before coming to America he was an assistant organist of the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City. He was organist of St. Francis Xavier in New York from 1907-19, and again from 1921-26, before assuming his position at St. Patrick's Cathedral where he remained until his death in 1943. He was also an honorary organist of St. Peter's at the Vatican.

Can You Identify this Member from the Past?

. . . now deceased?
Yvonne L. Sonnenwald-Melin  

Saint Thomas Choir School Open House

Saint Thomas Choir School, New York, will host an Open House for interested musicians, clergy and families on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

Choristers and their parents will give tours of the school and teachers will host visitors in the classrooms to answer questions about the curriculum and student life.

At 3:00 PM, visiting boys will rehearse, vest and sit in the choir stalls with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys for evensong.

Please contact Ruth Cobb, 212-247-3311, Ext. 304, or rcobb@choirschool.org for further information or to reserve a place.

The next chapter newsletter is the February 2012 issue. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2012. 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 Christopher Jennings, Registrar.