Youngstown Chapter

Last updated: September 24, 2014 at 7:33 am

Message from the Dean 


Welcome to Youngstown, Ohio, and to our local chapter of the American Guild of Organists web page. A chapter of 52 members, we serve Youngstown and its surrounding areas.

Our membership is not limited only to organists, but embraces all who enjoy and promote worship through music and song. Together we work to improve the quality of musical and liturgical performance within our community.

Annually, we provide a variety of educational programs to enrich our personal skills which are free to members and friends. These events include recitals, lectures, workshops, and choral presentations. Light refreshments follow the events for interaction among those in attendance. We have an exciting listing of upcoming events for March, April, and May. Please refer to our Events Section for details.

We encourage any musician from student to retiree to join us and enhance our endeavors towards achieving our motto: “Soli Deo Gloria.”


Local Events



5   Sun    ARSENAL DUO:                                          4:00 pm
 Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren

19 Sun    TODD WILSON, Organ                          4:00 pm
Silent Film “Speedy”
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown
 FREE – Tickets thru Stambaugh Box Office
330.259.0555 or

19 Sun    MARILYN KEISER, Organ                    4:00 pm
Prof. of Organ Emeritus, Un. of Indiana
Church of the Savior United Methodist
120 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton

19 Sun    SINGERS COMPANYE                               4:00 pm
Fairlawn Lutheran Church
3415 W. Market Street, Akron

23 Th      DR. ROBERT PARKINS, Organ              7:30 pm
Prof. of Music and University Organist, Duke Un.
Parker Organ Studio
Pew Fine Arts Building, Grove City College

24 Fri      MASTER ORGAN CLASS with
 DR ROBERT PARKINS                                                        9 am
Parker Organ Studio, Grove City College

24 Fri      OHIO STATE WOMEN’S GLEE CLUB  7:30 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
50 N. Prospect Avenue, Akron

26 Sun    YUN KIM, Organist                                        4:00 pm
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown
Sponsored by Youngstown Chapter AGO

26 Sun    CHERRY RHODES, Organist                    4:00 pm
International Concert Organist
Adjunct Professor of Organ at the Thornton School of Music, Un. of Southern California
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 South Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

26 Sun    WEST SHORE CHORALE                            5:00 pm
John Drotleff, Musical Director
 St. Mel’s Catholic Church
14436 Triskett Road, Cleveland

31 Fri      VOX LUMINIS (Bamus, Belgium)         7:30 pm
Lionel Meunier, Artistic Director
Scarlatti-Stabat Mater and works by Monteverdi, Esteves, Ciaia.
Cathedral of St. John
1007 Superior- E 9th, Cleveland

2 Sun      STAMBAUGH CHORUS                            4:00 pm
Dr. Hae-Jong Lee, conductor
Westminster Presbyterian Church
119 Stadium Drive, Boardman
(joined by Chancel Choir of Westminster)
 Works of Handel, Mozart and Rutter

9 Sun      WARREN PHILHARMONIC                     3:00 pm
Susan Davenny Wyner, Conductor
 A Magic Bird – Family Concert
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren

14 Fri      JONATHAN RUDY, Organ                         7:30 pm
NYACOP Organ Recital
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
1007 Superior -E. 9th, Cleveland

14 Fri      SIMON THOMAS JACOBS, Organ           8:00 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
50 N. Prospect, Akron

16 Sun    BOWLING GREEN MEN’S CHORUS     4:00 pm
Fairlawn Lutheran Church
3415 W. Market Street, Akron

21 Fri      BACH BY CANDLELIGHT                        7:30 pm
Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Trinity Chamber Singers,   Trinity Cathedral Choir
and violinist Jinjoo Cho.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

 Concert Organists                                                                     4:00 pm
Shadyside Presbyterian Church
5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh PA





October, 2014

Youngstown Chapter
American Guild of Organists

Yun Kim, Organist
Sunday, October 26, 2014

4:00 pm
E.M. Skinner Organ
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown

Sponsored by the
Youngstown Chapter AGO



Fall is slowly beginning to appear in the Mahoning Valley!  I notice it more and more each day during my runs on the local bike/hike trails.  Slowly, I see foliage begin the change to those beautiful reds, brilliant yellows and vibrant oranges that make the trail blaze in color.  I also see more people beginning to rake and am always thankful this time of year that I myself don’t have many trees on my property. I personally don’t have to deal with a whole lot of raking .  (I do make up for it though when winter comes and my long, wide drive needs cleaned!) We begin to think of changes in our individual music ministries as well. No doubt most of us have already begun the necessary preparations for Thanksgiving and the Advent/Christmas seasons quickly approaching.

Our program year is off and running as well. I ask you to mark your calendars for our next two monthly meetings.  Our Sub-Dean, Adam Zagotti, has planned two exciting programs back to back.  On Sunday, October 26, artist Yun Kim will be performing on the E. M. Skinner instrument at Stambaugh Auditorium at 4 p.m. Roughly two weeks later, on Monday, November 3, composer Al Fedak will be presenting a workshop of his choral works and organ compositions at St. John’s Episcopal, Youngstown, at 7 p.m. Both of these programs are by outstanding musicians and are sure to be exciting events.  We are looking for individuals who could help offset some of the costs for either of these programs.  If you are interested in making a donation to either of them, please send your donation (large or small) to our Treasurer, Nancy Brescia.  Please make a note in the memo area of your check as to which program you are donating toward.  Thank you!

The 2014-2015 directories have been sent to the printer!  The ONCARD process had delayed the printing of our yearly directories, but I am pleased to report that they should be available to us very soon.  Many thanks to Catherine Carroll and Dr. Daniel Laginya for working on this project and preparing the document for printing. Many thanks to all those who placed an advertisement in our directory as well!

I leave you with the final verse of “How Small Our Span of Life” (KINGSFOLD).

We thank you, God, for kindling faith that lights our transient years,
illumining our pilgrimage through mists of doubt and fears;
for hope that sees a life beyond the swiftly passing days;
for love, both human and divine, that lifts our hearts to praise.

Tim L. Elder, Dean


Organist, Yun Kim to perform at Stambaugh

Sunday, October 26 at 4:00 pm, organist Yun Kim will perform on the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Stambaugh Auditorium. Kim was born in Korea and moved to the United States at age 16.  After completing undergraduate organ study with Carole Terry at the University of Washington, she received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in organ performance with minors in early music and music theory from Indiana University, where her principal teachers were Christopher Young and Elisabeth Wright. She has also studied and performed in North Germany and France and made her French debut in Parish at Sainte-Clotide in 1997. Kim is a prize winner at both regional and national competitions in organ performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and has also served on the juries of local and national organ competitions.

Recent engagements have included solo performances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, Washington National Cathedral, Ohio University and Miami University performing arts series, and as a featured recitalist at two National Conventions of the Organ Historical Society and at two Region V Conventions of the American Guild of Organists.  Her performances have been broadcast nationally on “Pipe Dreams,” Seattle Public Radio’s “From the Organ Loft” program and on Dayton Public Radio.

Kim is past dean of the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has served on the faculty of the Pipe Organ Encounter at Ohio University, and has chaired the Dayton Church Music Workshop. She is instructor of organ and harpsichord at Sinclair Community College and serves as organist and choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio.

from Chorale Improvisations, Op. 65  . . . . . . . Karg-Elert
Macht hoch die Tür (Fling wide the gates)

Sospiri, Op. 70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Elgar
Elfes, Op. 7, No. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bonnet

Variations on a theme by Handel, Op. 29. . . . . . Landmann


Live Wire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Farrington
Carnival of the Animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Saint-Saëns
trans. Melnikova

2017 Regional Convention Update

Below you will find convention committee assignments. Please read the list and let me know if you agree to serve in the position listed. The committees will begin meeting this fall!

Convention Coordinator
Adam Zagotti

Budget Officer
Richard Stevenson

Convention Treasurer

Program Committee
Ronald Gould, Chair
Kathy Miller      Jon Simsic
Gary Richards   Adam Zagotti

Workshop Committee
Richard Konzen, Chair
Frank Behne     Jeff Trimble
Tim Elder

Competition Committee
Daniel Laginya, Chair
Sean Baran       Ronald Gould
Mary Ann Bush

Linda Rein, Co-chair
Stephen Cline,  Co-chair
Gretchen Hrusovsky
Nancy McNeal
Jeanine Morris

Program Book Editor
Jeff Trimble

Stambaugh Staff

Exhibit Hall Coordinator
Gary Richards

Transportation Coordinator

Condolences are sent  to Jeff Trimble and his family on the death of his father Chester “Joe” Trimble who died on Saturday, September 6.

Condolences are extended to Larry Harris and his family on the death of his mother, Gertrude “Loretta” Harris who died on Wednesday, September 17 in Maryland.

Our prayers are with your families.


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Wednesdays at 12:10 pm

1          Jake & Sarah, Saxophonists
             and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra

8          Music from Downton Abbey with the
Amethyst Quartet and Todd Wilson, piano

15         Dancing Wheels,
A collaborative dance ensemble

22         The Black Squirrel Wind Ensemble
               with pianist Elizabeth DeMio

29         The Four Clarinets
              Performing familiar jazz tunes

Arts on Atlantic

Edward Alan Moore, Organ &
     Nathan Carterette, Piano

Sunday, October 5, 2014 – 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren

Star-Spangled Banner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Key
(piano and organ)
Chorale III in A Minor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Franck
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV903.  . . . . J.S. Bach
Prelude, Fugue and Variations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Franck
(piano and organ)

I Got Rhythm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gershwin
(piano and organ)


Professor of Music and University Organist
Duke University

Thursday, October 23 – 7:30 pm

      on Iberian Organ Music
Friday, October 24 – 9:00 am

Both programs free and open to the public!

Parker Organ Studio
Pew Fine Arts Building
Grove City College, Grove City, PA

Robert Parkins at Grove City College

Robert Parkins is the University Organist and a Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University. He has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Central America, and his playing has been described as “artistic, technically flawless, and imaginative” (The American Organist).

For a number of years, he has specialized in early Spanish keyboard music, and more recently he has focused his attention on the German Romantic organ and its literature. His publications include articles for a number of professional journals as well as the chapter on “Spain and Portugal” in Keyboard Music Before 1700 (Routledge 2004).

Dr. Parkins’s recordings have appeared on the Calcante, Gothic, Musical Heritage Society, and Naxos labels–including the CD’s Early Iberian Organ Music, Brahms: Complete Organ Works, German Romantic Organ Music, Iberian and South German Organ Music, and Organ Music of Frescobaldi. Two LP’s, long out of print–Mendelssohn, Brahms and 17th-Century Spain (Gothic 1982) and Early Spanish Keyboard Music for harpsichord (MHS 1983)–are now available again at

His performances of early Iberian music have been praised by reviewers as “congenial and enjoyable” (The American Organist); “thoughtful, often brilliant, and always impeccable” (Early Keyboard Journal); “idiomatic and at times very stirring . . . extremely instructive” (The Organ Yearbook); “wonderfully incisive and well thought out” (The Consort); as well as “stylistically informed and musically exciting . . . fresh and spontaneous, transforming the music from museum artifacts to living works of beauty” (The Diapason).

Dr. Parkins received his degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music. In 1973 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Vienna. His teachers have included Gerre Hancock, Anton Heiller, Ralph Kirkpatrick, Charles Krigbaum, and Michael Schneider.

Robert Parkins, Organist

Thursday, October 23 – 7:30 pm
Grove City College

Tiento I (2˚ tono) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cabezón
Diferencias sobre la Pavana Italiana

Medio registro alto (1˚ tono) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peraza

Tiento [34] de medio registro de baxón (1˚ tono) Arauxo
Tiento [16] de 4ͦ˚ tono (“a modo de canción”)

Tiento [12] de falsas (4˚ tono) . . . . . . . . . . . . Cabanilles

Pièce d’Orgue (Fantasy in G), BWV 572 . . . . . . . . . .J.S. Bach

Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeith
, BWV 672
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674

Fugue on the Magnificat, BWV 733
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648

Sonata No. 4, Op. 98 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rheinberger

  1. Tempo moderato



Sat., October 11 – 10:00 am
Registering / Playing the Theater Organ
Sarah Kaufman, Organist at the Theater
Akron Civic Theater
182 S. Main Street, Akron

Sun., October 12 – 4:00 pm
Anthem Reading Session
Bring your favorite piece (multiple copies) from your choral music library and we will read through them.
Church of the Western Reserve
30500 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike


Happy 450th Birthday, Hans Leo Hassler

Born in Nuremberg, Germany and baptized on October 26, 1564, Hans Leo Hassler no doubt received his first music instruction from his father, organist Isaak Hassler. When he was twenty, Hassler journeyed to Venice where he made friends with Giovanni Gabrieli and studied composition and organ with Giovanni’s uncle Andrea Gabrieli. When Andrea Gabrieli died in 1585, Hassler traveled back to Germany to serve as organist for Octavian Fugger II at Augsburg. A 1593 engraving by Dominicus Custos shows Hassler with an organ in the background and an inscription that calls him a “most esteemed organist”  (New Grove Dictionary).

Hassler composed organ, vocal, and choral music, lent his expertise to organ builders, and worked on a clockwork organ purchased by Emperor Rudolf II. By 1602 he was back in his hometown of Nuremberg, now Kappellmeister for the city. He married Cordula Claus at Ulm in 1604 and in 1608 became chamber organist to the Elector Christian II of Saxony at Dresden; he was later promoted to Kappellmeister.

Hassler’s time in Venice influenced his style and he, in turn, influenced other German composers. Though he was Protestant, he wrote for both Catholic and Protestant liturgies and some of his compositions could be used for both Lutheran and Catholic services. Christopher Kent (Organists’Review June 2012) asserts that Hassler’s toccatas “reveal an interesting mix of Italian and North European textures and figuration styles” and may be compared to the work of Sweelinck and Bull. “This has led to the problem of three of his Toccatas being attributed to both Sweelinck and Hassler. Whoever the composer was, there is little doubt that there was a considerable interface of materials and techniques between northern and southern European composers.” We learn from each other; we influence, and are influenced by, each other.

Hans Leo Hassler died of tuberculosis on June 8, 1612; he was only forty-seven. His music began to be published after his death. He was no doubt the finest organist of his day and a composer of merit. He “carried the concertato style, the polychoral idea, and the freely emotional expression of the Venetians into the German culture, creating the first and most Baroque development outside of Italy” (    (AG)






























2012-2013 Membership Fees

$97.00 Regular Member
$72.00 Special (Senior/Disabled,over 65)
$37.00 Student
$72.00 Partner/ Second Member
$38.00 Dual (indicate primary chapter)
$15.00 Student dual member
$15.00 Chapter Friend

A special feature that our chapter offers for first year members is a discounted membership fee of $57.

Contact Nancy Brescia at for a membership form.



Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



The Youngstown Chapter AGO has a strong performance record when it comes to the guild exams: over one-third of the current membership holds at least one guild certificate. The requirements for professional certification appear in the July issue of “The American Organist.” The Service Playing exam can be taken in the Youngstown Chapter anytime before April 30, 2007; the Colleague exam can also be taken locally, on either May 11 or November 16, 2007. The Choir Master, Associate, and Fellowship exams are administered at nearby examination centers in Cleveland or Pittsburgh. Examination materials and repertoire are kept in the Cathedral Music Library and are available to chapter members. For further information, please contact Daniel Laginya, examination coordinator, at


Contact Us

Dean: Tim Elder
Sub-Dean: Adam Zagotti
Secretary: Gary P. Richards
Treasurer: Nancy Brescia

Newsletter editor: Gary Richards

Executive Board Members 
Bradley A. Bonam. .
Jeannine Morris. .
Mary Ann Bilas Bush. .
Susanne Mayerchak. .
Sean Baran. . .
Nancy McNeal



Hemry Pipe Organ Company
Kegg Organ Company
Schantz Organ Company
Youngstown State University Concert Series

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