Volume 63, No. 2
October 2012

In This Issue
From the Dean
Next Chapter Event
Annual Membership Directory
News of Members
Successful Examination Candidates
News from Headquarters
Members from the Past
Can You Identify this Member from the Past?
A Focus on Marcel Dupré and His Circle

From the Dean

  Keith S. Tóth, Dean, NYC Chapter, American Guild of Organists
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean
Dear Colleagues,

The chapter opened its season with a wonderful organ crawl on Monday, September 24th. Many thanks to Sub-Dean David Enlow and his program committee for organizing the crawl and reception. Thanks also to William Randolph (Church of the Intercession), Ray Nagem and Kent Tritle (Cathedral of St. John the Divine) and John Cantrell (St. Michael’s Church) for hosting us. It was heartwarming to see so many new faces at this opening event. What a magnificent and positive way to start a new season!

Our next chapter event is on Tuesday, October 30th, when chapter members and organ builders John Bishop and Sebastian Glück share their great wealth of knowledge about organ building with us. It promises to be a most enlightening session. Please bring all of your organ building and maintenance questions and have them answered by the experts.

Our chapter’s publications, the monthly newsletter and the Annual Directory, have a large readership and are a wonderful vehicle for advertising your programs. I encourage all to visit our chapter website, www.nycago.org, where you can find information about advertising in these publications. Our rates are very reasonable and one of the most effective ways of advertising organ and sacred music events.

In closing, the Board joins with me in sending to all our very best wishes. We look forward to seeing you on October 30th.

Respectfully yours,

Keith S. Tóth
Fridays in October at St. Malachy's Church
  John Bishop
  John Bishop
  Sebastian M. Glück
  Sebastian Glück

Next Chapter Event

Organbuilding Knowledge Base
with John Bishop & Sebastian Glück

A presentation by two chapter members who are organbuilders. John Bishop, of the Organ Clearing House, and Sebastian Glück, of Glück New York, will speak about organbuilding and answer any questions you may have.

St. James' Church (Episcopal)
865 Madison Avenue at 71st Street
Hosts: E. Davis Wortman and Christopher Jennings

Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $20 general
David Enlow, F.A.G.O.   Arthur Lawrence D.M.A., A.A.G.O.

Annual Membership Directory

It's the fall season once again which means it's time to renew your ad or place an ad for the first time in the NYC AGO Membership Directory. The 2013 publication will be available before Presidents' Day. Placing an ad is a great way to support the NYC Chapter, advertise yourself or the program at your church or synagogue.

All details regarding sizes of ads and prices are available by clicking here.

Bernadette Hoke, Directory Ads Coordinator
John Conner, M.Mus, ChM, CAGO

News of Members

Our colleague Richard Erickson sends us the following:

Donald Meineke has been appointed Associate Director of Music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Mr. Meineke will serve in a variety of ways, as Executive Administrator of Bach Vespers as well as continuo player, organist, choral singer and leader. This new full-time post expands offerings that Holy Trinity is able to provide in the community and beyond.

Beginning Thursday, October 4, Holy Trinity Lutheran will offer weekly organ recitals at 1 pm each Thursday. These recitals, on the new Paul Fritts Op 16 organ at Holy Trinity, are open to the public for free-will offering.
Best Wishes from Yvonne L. Sonnenwald-Melin   David Lloyd ben Yaacov Klepper

Successful Examination Candidates

Congratulations to the following members of the New York City Chapter who successfully completed the Guild's examinations:
Mark Loria, AAGO

Eva Sze, AAGO

Prince Nyatanga, CAGO

Evan Griffith, SPC

News from Headquarters

The American Guild of Organists announces the appointment of the Rev. Don E. Saliers, Ph.D., as AGO Chaplain 2012–2014. The chaplain is an honorary national officer appointed to serve the diverse pastoral needs of the AGO National Council and the international membership of the Guild. Dr. Saliers will also contribute an editorial column to THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine. The appointment was made by AGO President Eileen Guenther and ratified by the AGO National Council at the AGO National Convention in Nashville in July.

To read the complete news release click here.
  Paul J. Sifler
  Paul J. Sifler (1911 – 2001)

Members from the Past

Several members incorrectly identified the Member from the Past in last month's newsletter as John Grady, and the resemblance is obvious to those who knew John. However, Paul J. Sifler is the correct identity.

Sifler, a naturalized American citizen of Yugoslavian birth, was a prolific composer of organ and choral works, of which his Agony and Despair of Dachaupublished by H. W. Gray in 1975 was probably his best-known among organists. He studied organ and composition at the Chicago Conservatory where his principal teacher was Leo Sowerby. He also studied with Claire Coci in New York.

Although not immediately identified with New York, Sifler held positions in churches and synagogues in Mt. Vernon, Kew Gardens, and Brooklyn before moving to California, where he held positions at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hollywood, and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Los Angeles.

The photo at right appeared in the March 1951 issue of The Diapason announcing his appointment as organist and director of the Canterbury Choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Can You Identify This Member From the Past?

. . . now deceased?

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