Volume 63, No. 4
Dec 2012 / Jan 2013

In This Issue
From the Dean
Next Chapter Event: Improvisation Symposium
Presidents Day Conference: Save the Dates
A Christmas Gift from "Choir & Organ" Magazine
Pipedreams Live! at Juilliard
Members From the Past
Can You Identify this Member from the Past?
Obituary: Peter J. Basch
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean, NYC Chapter, American Guild of Organists
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean

From the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

On November 18, the chapter co-sponsored with Brick Church a superb organ recital by concert organist Nathan Laube. This recital was webcast live (a first for a chapter event!) and a video of the performance is available online at www.livestream.com/brickchurch. It was wonderful to see so many of you in attendance for this recital. In the years to come, I predict that we will hear many great things from Nathan Laube. I am delighted that the chapter and Brick Church sponsored this young artist early on in his international career.

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 chapter event, the Presidents’ Day Weekend 2013 conference “Transcriptions Alive.” You will be learning more about this and other exciting chapter events in dedicated emails and via our website.

Board member Bernadette Hoke and Registrar Larry J. Long 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 18. 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 here. 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.

Our colleagues across the pond at Choir & Organ magazine have provided chapter members with a most thoughtful and generous holiday gift. You will read more about this later on in this newsletter. Choir & Organ is without a doubt one of the most important, informative and lavishly produced journals in our profession. I hope many of you will take advantage of this fine gift.

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 2013!

Respectfully yours,

Keith S. Tóth

Next Chapter Event: Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Improvisation Symposium

Free to NYC Chapter members; $20 general
David Hurd
David Hurd
Peter Richard Conte
Peter Richard Conte
Classes   Church of the Resurrection
119 East 74th Street (Park & Lexington Avenues)
Host: David Enlow
4.30 – 5.30 pm   Class led by David Hurd – The General Seminary, Church of the Holy Apostles, New York
5.45 – 6.45 pm   Class led by Peter Richard Conte – newly appointed improvisation instructor, Westminster Choir College; Wanamaker Grand Court Organist, Macy's; and St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia
  Dinner on your own
Members' Recital
8.00 pm
  Church of St. Jean Baptiste
184 East 76th Street at Lexington Avenue
Host: Kyler Brown
Members are welcome to submit their names for consideration as improvisors by the program committee at this time. The requirements are that one be a member in good standing, willing to improvise on a theme submitted by the audience in a style of one's own choosing, and willing to keep to a rough time limit in the event many performers are chosen. Write to david@davidenlow.com to express your interest.
David Enlow, F.A.G.O.   Arthur Lawrence D.M.A., A.A.G.O.

Presidents Day Conference: Save the Date


Presidents Day Conference

“Transcriptions Alive!”
In partnership with The Riverside Church and Pipedreams

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive at 122nd Street
Host: Christopher Johnson

Michael Barone
Transcriptions: Good and Evil

Peter Richard Conte
The Transcriber's Art

Thomas Trotter in Recital
Winner of 2012 International Performer of the Year Award

Further details forthcoming
John Conner, M.Mus, ChM, CAGO

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Pipedreams Live! at Juilliard

Michael Barone, host of American Public Media's PIPEDREAMS program, teams up with students of Paul Jacobs from the Juilliard School Organ Studio for an "Organ Plus" concert at Alice Tully Hall, open to the public on Tuesday night, January 22, 2013 at 8 pm.

Presented in a "Pipedreams Live!" format recorded for later broadcast, with Barone's comments interspersed amidst the musical selections, the program will include traditional solo works by Bach, Hindemith and John Weaver, selections with other instruments by Vitali (violin), Cochereau (percussion) and harp (Rachel Laurin), some new scores by New York City composer Henry Martin given local premieres, and transcriptions of works by Smetana and Wagner.

Tickets are free but required and may be obtained starting Jan. 8th at http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/205382.

One half of the weekly PIPEDREAMS program airs on WQXR-105.9FM at the challenging hour of midnight Sunday (actually 12 a.m. Monday), but the full two-hour program can be enjoyed at any time only at www.pipedreams.org where access to an archive of hundreds of past programs also is available 24/7.

Come one, come all!

  Anne Versteeg McKittrick
  Anne Versteeg McKittrick, FAGO, FTCL

Members from the Past

Congratulations to Charles Dodsley Walker, Stephen Danziger, and Paul Richard Olson who each correctly identified Anne Versteeg McKittrick in last month's issue.

Paul Olson, Organist and Choirmaster of Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, provided the following:

Anne Versteeg McKittrick, FAGO, FTCL, served as Organist and Choirmaster for 38 years at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, from 1939-1976. Mrs. McKittrick took full charge of the music program at Grace Church in 1939following the death of Frank Wright who had held the position for 43 years. She died on May 3, 1976 from complications of a heart attack. She played andconducted her last service on Easter Day, April 18, 1976. Her funeral service was held at Grace Church on May 6, 1976.

Anne McKittrick studied with Frank Wright, her predecessor, G. Darlington Richards, organist of St. James Church, NYC, and Norman Coke-Jephcott, organist of Cathedral of St. John the Divine. For many years she was very active in the work of the American Guild of Organists, serving on the Examinations Committee, the National Council, and as National Librarian-Historian. Mrs. McKittrick was known for her cheerful presence and her faithful service to the AGO.

Mrs. McKittrick’s work with the choir of men and boys brought great recognition and honor to Grace Church. She was married to Alfred Hadley Hanson, longtime member of the choir. He died in 1962. Mrs. McKittrick was succeeded by Bradley Hull.

Can You Identify This Member From the Past?

. . . now deceased?

Obituary: Peter J. Basch

Peter J. Basch interviews Virgil Fox in Englewood, N.J.


We are saddened to learn of the death of Peter J. Basch (December 8,1929 – August 3, 2012) in Hoboken, N. J. He was born in Webster, N. Y. and was educated at the Eastman School of Music and was the initial editor (1968-1973) of MUSIC: The AGO RCCO Magazine, as the official AGO journal was known before the name was changed to The American Organist.

He taught at the New York School of Liturgical Music and was Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of st. John the Evangelist in New York, and later at Holy Redeemer Parish, West New York.

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