Volume 62, No. 7
April 2012

In This Issue
From the Dean
Next Chapter Event
From AGO Headquarters
2012 Pipe Organ Encounter Locations
Obituary: David Craighead
Members from the Past
Can you identify this member from the past?
Cameron Carpenter at NJPAC
  Keith S. Tóth - Dean, NYC Chapter, American Guild of Organists
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean

From the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

The major event in the life of our chapter this month is the election of chapter officers and board members. Later this month, Board Secretary Sebastian M. Glück will publish the slate of candidates for the various offices. The membership will also be provided with detailed directions for voting in this election. The election process is an important part of the chapter’s life. It allows for the entire membership to participate and have their voice heard. I encourage all to study the ballot and voting directions and cast your vote. The vitality of the chapter relies upon the membership taking an active role in the election process. Many thanks in advance for participating in this process!

The Chapter's closing event for the season will be on Monday, May 21, with our dinner cruise on the motor yacht Affinity. Our dinner cruises are purely social events. They provide a wonderful opportunity to rub elbows with many chapter members and colleagues while enjoying a lovely water tour around the island. I do hope that you will join us for this festive evening of food, drink and camaraderie. Further information may be found in this newsletter and at the chapter website.

The beginning of April is a busy time for those involved in sacred music. On behalf of the board, I extend our best wishes to all for wonderful music-making and for a celebratory and relaxing period after this intense period has completed.

Respectfully yours,

Keith S. Tóth

Next Chapter Event

MONDAY, 21 MAY 2012 Dinner Cruise in New York Harbor

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
6.00 pm – Embarkation
6.30 pm sharp – Set Sail
Members $75; Spouses–Friends–Guests $100

An Open Bar is included! Our May dinner cruise featuring unparalleled views of New York Harbor will be aboard the Motor Yacht Affinity, a 120-foot vessel accommodating up to 149 guests. Invite your friends to join us for food and drink, and a chance to relax with colleagues as we sail past Lady Liberty and under the city's magnificent bridges.

There’s plenty of room on the Yacht – spouses, partners and friends welcome! Not to be missed!

Buy tickets here.

N.B. You may also send a check made out to NYC AGO to David Enlow, 119 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021 postmarked on or before May 14th to guarantee your place. 

Recital and Gala Benefit honoring John and Marianne Weaver

From AGO Headquarters


Celebration of the Lifetime Achievements of John and Marianne Weaver
Will Benefit the AGO Endowment Fund

NEW YORK CITY — The American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring John and Marianne Weaver on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. The recital will feature John and Marianne Weaver, joined by Diane Meredith Belcher, Chelsea Chen, Ken Cowan, and Alan Morrison. The gala benefit reception will follow. A pre-concert on-stage conversation with the performers will be moderated by Pipedreams Host Michael Barone beginning at 2:15 p.m. The gala is sponsored by the AGO National Council, Eileen Guenther, president, and the AGO Development Committee. All proceeds will benefit the AGO Endowment Fund in the Weavers’ honor. Recital and Gala Benefit Reception Tickets are $100 ($75 tax deductible) and may be purchased online at http://www.agohq.org/ or by calling 212-870-2311, ext. 4308. Tickets for the recital only can be purchased online at www.kimmelcenter.org.

Those unable to attend the Recital and Gala Benefit Reception can make a contribution to the AGO Endowment Fund in honor of John and Marianne Weaver online at www.agohq.org


John Weaver’s musical studies began at age six at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, from which he received that school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989. A student of Alexander McCurdy and Robert Baker, he received the Diploma of the Curtis Institute, a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, and Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2005 he was named “International Performer of the Year” by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Weaver was Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City from 1970 to 2005. He has also been head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, chair of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School, and served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Union Theological Seminary, and the Manhattan School of Music. For eleven years he was at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City where he founded a famous Bach Cantata Series. As a concert organist, he has played throughout North America, Western Europe, the United Kingdom and Brazil, at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and at the 1987 International Congress of Organists in Cambridge, England.

Marianne Weaver graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she studied flute with Gerald Carey and Samuel Baron. She completed her Master’s degree in flute at the Manhattan School of Music under the legendary William Kincaid of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1969 and with Marcel Moyse in 1980.

Mrs. Weaver was first flutist of the Holy Trinity Bach Orchestra in New York for twenty-five years, and has performed almost every Bach flute part written. She has played with numerous other orchestral groups including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Canterbury Chorale Orchestra, Musica Sacra, and several light opera groups. In 1994 she was made an honorary life member of the Village Light Opera Group. She has also had a successful teaching career in New York City.


The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ ranks as the largest mechanical action concert hall organ in the United States. Also home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kimmel Center was designed by New York architect Rafael Viñoly. The four-manual, 111-stop organ with nearly 7,000 pipes, can be played either from a mechanical action console or a second, moveable console on stage. The instrument was designed and built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City, Iowa, and is the firm’s Op. 76.

Yvonne L. Sonnenwald-Melin   Arthur Lawrence D.M.A., A.A.G.O.

2012 Pipe Organ Encounter Locations

The summer of 2012 will be our twenty-fifth year of Pipe Organ Encounters—summer organ camps for teenage and adult pianists who wish to learn to play the pipe organ, the King of Instruments. This communication will enable you to access registration information for all eight of this summer’s POEs. The links provided on the right will enable you to go to the AGO National Headquarters Web site where brochures and registration information for each POE can be found.

Students who attend POEs enjoy a weeklong adventure that offers them organ instruction from experienced faculty, classes in organ literature and history, improvisation, registration and service playing, and the opportunity to meet other musicians who share their enthusiasm for the instrument.

Please pass this information along to friends and colleagues who you feel may enjoy attending a POE.

Warm regards,

Denise Lanning, Director
AGO Committee on the New Organist

David Enlow, F.A.G.O.   David Lloyd ben Yaacov Klepper

Obituary: David Craighead

David Craighead

We were saddened to learn of the death of David Craighead, the chapter's 1983 Interntional Performer of the Year.

An obituary released by the Eastman School of Music may be found here.

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Members from the Past

  Warner Hawkins
  Warner Hawkins, Mus.D., F.A.G.O.

Several members incorrectly identified last month's mystery member as Clarence Dickinson, and the resemblence is remarkable. Dickinson, in an early photograph, was the mystery member in the October 2010 issue. For comparison photographs of CD in his later years, see Lorenz Maycher's comprehensive handouts from his 2011 Presidents' Day presentation.

However, Warner Hawkins was the correct identification, and the photo at right was taken from his obituary notice in the April 1960 issue of The Diapason.

Hawkins was National Warden of the AGO, as the office was then known, from 1941-43. The name was later changed to President. He was a student of Gaston Dethier at Juilliard, on whose staff he served for ten years before becoming head of the music department at the College of New Rochelle, New York. He later became associate director of the New York College of Music and was organist of Christ Church (Methodist) for twenty years. His funeral was held at Christ Church and its pastor and one time national chaplain to the AGO, Dr. Ralph Sockman, presided.

John Conner, M.Mus, ChM, CAGO

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