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From the Dean
Next Chapter Event
Region I and II Convention: Hartford
Nassau and Queens Chapters Competition
News from Saint Thomas Church
Members From the Past
Can You Identify This Member From the Past?
Poulenc Stabat Mater St Paul's Episcopal Church Westfield NJ
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean, NYC Chapter, American Guild of Organists
  Keith S. Tóth, Dean

From the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that the recently passed holidays were filled with glorious music for you and that you are now enjoying a much deserved rest.

The chapter’s Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO), was held on Saturday, March 23 at the Church of the Holy Trinity Church (Episcopal). Joey Fala, an architecture major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, won first place. Colin MacKnight, a student of Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, won second place. Mary Copeley (Westminster Choir College) and Gregory Zelek (Juilliard) were the other fine competitors. The chapter expresses its gratitude to Dr. Matthew Lewis who was the competition coordinator. We are also grateful to Daniel Beckwith, Dr. David J. Hurd, Jr and Dr. Paul-Martin Maki who served as the expert judges for the competition. Many thanks to Daniel Beckwith, interim Director of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal, for hosting the competition.

Our next event will be on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm when our own David Higgs, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, performs a recital on the Aeolian-Skinner/Peragallo organ at St Malachy’s Church (The Actors’ Chapel). This event is a collaboration between the NYC Chapter and St. Malachy’s Church (Mark Pacoe, host). The recital is free to Chapter members. You will not want to miss this recital by Professor Higgs on the fine organ at St. Malachy’s.

A reminder that the closing event of the season will be held on Monday, May 20 with a dinner cruise on the Motor Yacht Affinity. Our chapter’s dinner cruises have long been cherished social events. Tickets are $75 for members, $100 for nonmembers. More information on this event may be found at the chapter’s website, www.nycago.org. Please reserve early so as not to miss out on this spectacular evening.

A particularly long and cold winter is now behind us and Spring is finally here. On behalf of the Board, I extend to all our very best wishes for a wonderful Spring and remainder of the season. We look forward to seeing you at St. Malachy’s on April 20!

Respectfully yours,

Keith S. Tóth
Saint Thomas Choir School

Next Chapter Event

David Higgs
photo by Stephen Kennedy


SATURDAY • 20 April 2013 • 7.30 PM

David Higgs, organist
Co-sponsored with St. Malachy's Church

St. Malachy's Church – The Actors' Chapel

239 West 49th Street
Host: Mark Pacoe

Our own David Higgs returns to play a recital on the III/43 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Op. 938 (1935),
restored and enlarged by Peragallo Pipe Organ Co. (2012).

Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $25 general, $5 students
AGO Recital and Gala Benefit Reception Honoring Marilyn Keiser

Region I and II Convention: Hartford

AGO Region I and II Convention: Hartford, CT

We received the following information update from Jason Charneski, convention coordinator, regarding the convention booklet: the deadline for ads and copy for the convention program book has been moved to May 15.

Arthur Lawrence   British and French Organ Music Seminars   David Enlow FAGO

Nassau and Queens Chapters Competition

The Nassau and Queens chapters announce their 2013 scholarship awards competition for high school and college students living in the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, or Suffolk Counties.

Further information may be found here.

John Conner, M.Mus, ChM, CAGO

News from Saint Thomas Church

Saint Thomas Church and Choir School are pleased to announce that Stephen Buzard and Benjamin Sheen will soon join the staff as Assistant Organists. Stephen is currently Organ Scholar of Trinity Church-on-the-Green in New Haven, CT and is just finishing his MMus at Yale. Benjamin has been the Acting Assistant Organist since November and finishes his MMus at Juilliard School in May. The Church is delighted that both have accepted the invitation to join the staff, full-time, after the completion of their studies. Additional information will be forthcoming on the Saint Thomas website.

Best Wishes to All from Yvonne L. Sonnenwalk-Melin   David Lloyd ben Yaacov Klepper

Members From the Past

  Linda Lanier-Keosaian
  George Markey

Many members correctly identified George Markey in last month's issue, including Richard Alexander, Philip Baker, Charles Banks, Michael Barone, Daniel Beckwith, Stephen Danziger, Andrew Henderson, David Higgs, Doug Keilitz, Donald McDonald, Fred Swann, Brian Paul Thomas, Rick Tripodi, and Robert Vogel.

George Markey graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where his major teacher was Alexander McCurdy. He also studied with Leo Sowerby, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and Rudolf Serkin, and held an honorary doctorate from MacPhail College.

Markey taught at Westminster Choir College and the Peabody Conservatory, and was the director of the Guilmant Organ School in New York, where it was his unfulfilled dream for the school to compete with the major conservatories in organ studies. In New York he was also the director of music and organist of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church from 1961-70. He concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, India, and Japan. He lived in Maplewood, N. J., and in his later years was the organist of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange.

The photograph above was taken at the Wanamaker Organ in 1954.

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