|| MARILYN MASON HONORED BY AGO NATIONAL COUNCIL
Celebration of Brilliant Performer, Teacher, and Friend Raised $30,000 in Ann Arbor, Mich., Benefiting AGO Endowment Fund
May 19, 2009
NEW YORK CITY — The American Guild of Organists (AGO) presented its sixth annual Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Sunday, April 19, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. An estimated audience of 400 colleagues, students, and friends came together to celebrate the lifetime achievements of MARILYN MASON.
The recital in Hill Auditorium, played by Dr. Mason and students Deborah Friauff, Joseph Galema, Paul Haebig, and Aaron Tan included works by Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé, Max Reger, Charles Tournemire, and Louis Vierne. The reception that followed at the Michigan League was attended by 100 and raised $30,000 to be invested in the AGO Endowment Fund in Marilyn Mason’s honor. The new 166-minute AGO Master Series DVD featuring Dr. Mason was also unveiled at the reception. It is available for $20 from AGO National Headquarters, 212-870-2310 or online at www.agohq.org.
Gala photos can be viewed online at http://agohq.org/mason/.
The gala was sponsored by the AGO National Council and its Development Committee, Barbara Adler, director. Major funding was provided by Roy F. Kehl, FAGO; the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; and Pemcor Inc. of Lancaster, Pa., printer of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine.
Donors unable to attend the gala will receive a copy of the souvenir program book with their contribution of $25 or more to the Endowment Fund. Contributions in honor of Marilyn Mason can be made online at www.agohq.org/contributions or by mailing a check to: AGO Endowment Fund, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. All gifts will be acknowledged in The American Organist Magazine. For information, please call 212-870-2311 (ext. 4308) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1994, the AGO Endowment Fund provides income to expand programs for leadership development among AGO members; educate new organists; and cultivate new audiences for organ and choral music. Tax-deductible contributions to the Endowment Fund are invested in perpetuity to produce continuing income support for essential Guild programs and educational projects.
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, it sets and maintains high musical standards and promotes the understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. The Guild currently serves approximately 19,000 members in more than 300 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The American Organist Magazine, the official journal of the AGO and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, reaches an audience of more than 20,000 readers each month.
This information is submitted by F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications at the National Headquarters of the American Guild of Organists and The American Organist Magazine. For further information, please contact Dr. Thurman by TEL (212) 870-2310, FAX (212) 870-2163 or E-MAIL email@example.com.