Youngstown Chapter

Last updated: April 1, 2014 at 16:24 pm

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


4 Fri        THE WADE RARIDON SINGERS            7:00 pm
A Concert of Lenten Choral Musi
 Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church
131 West Wood Street, Lowellville

4 Fri        SALEM YOUTH CHORUS                         7:30 pm
Lenten Choral Concert
 Jon Simsic, Director   –   Gary Richards, Organist
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
79 Case St / East State Street, Sharon, PA

5 Sat       LECTURE SERIES: Faith & Music           6:30 pm
Dinner & Lecture on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
 Speaker: Emma Riggle, Adj. Faculty at YSU
Corner Stone Presbyterian Churh
471 Mathews Road, Boardman
$15  –    330-758-5628
For more info:

5 Sat       SALEM YOUTH CHORUS                         7:30 pm
St. Christine’s Catholic Church
3165 S. Schenley, Youngstown

6 Sun      HOLTKAMP ORGAN DEDICATION      4:00 pm
Mark Lindgren & Gary Pinter (Organ & Piano)
Fairlawn Lutheran Church
3415 W. Market Stteet, Fairlawn

6 Sun      STAMBAUGH CHORUS                            5:00 pm
 Hope for Resolution Concert
 Dr. HaeJong Lee, Director
Blessed Sacrament Church
3020 Reeves Road, Warren

11 Fri    BLUE HERON (Renaissance Choir)     7:30 pm
from Cambridge, MA                                      Free
“Music for an English Cathedral”
Scott Metcalfe, Director
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
E 9th / Superior, Cleveland

 Susan Davenny-Weyner, Director                  3:00 pm
Spring in Paris!                                         Tickets at Door
Works of Bizet, Wyner, Ravel, Gershwin
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street, Warren

27 Sun    DAVID HIGGS, Organ                                4:00 pm
Church of the Savior UMC
120 Cleveland Ave SW, Canton

27 Sun    AREHUM HAN, Organ                               4:00 pm
International Concert Organist
Shadyside Presbyterian Church
5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh PA

4 Sun      TYLER CLARK, Baritone                        4:00 pm
                        JANET CREWS, Piano
“Show Tunes & Hymn Tunes”
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren

4 Sun      WEST SHORE CHORALE                         7:30 pm
Mass in C (Great) – Mozart                                    $15
John Drotleff, Director
Magnificat Center for Performing Arts
20770 Hilliard, Rocky River



April, 2014

Youngstown Chapter AGO

Sunday, May 18, 2014 — 6:00 pm
Place to TBA


Our March meeting was a wonderful evening of music and memories!  Our Members’ Recital was a feast for the ears and time for us as a Guild to remember Marianne Speicher who served our Guild as Dean, Executive Committee member and Secretary.  The evening was especially memorable for me in that two of Marianne’s children were able to join us in this tribute.  (This included both Ellen from North Lima and Anna with her son Nathan from Elgin, Illinois.) I personally can’t think of a better way to honor Marianne’s life than through music.  I know she would have been pleased.

I would like to thank everyone who assisted in any way in making this program a success! Special thanks to Sub- Dean Adam Zagotti for all his planning, organizing and coordinating of this program.  Thank you to Gary Richards for providing our refreshments and for allowing us to utilize Christ Episcopal and its wonderful Casavant instrument for our recital. Thanks also to Nathan Riggle who, along with Adam, sponsored the printing of the programs for the evening. Thanks to Jeannine Morris who offered words of remembrance on behalf of our Guild.  Finally, a huge thank you to our performers:  Dallas Goodworth, Sean Baran, Frank Behne III, Anthony Ruggiero, Gary Richards, Adam Zagotti, Jeff Trimble, and yours truly.  It was a wonderful evening of some spectacular organ literature!

While we have no meeting planned in April due to Easter, I would like you all to pen in our last meeting of the year on Sunday, May 18.  Our annual meeting will take place that evening at a location still yet to be determined.  Please watch your e-mail updates for further information on the location.  (For those of you without email, I will send you information personally via regular mail.)  We will conduct a brief business meeting, announce elections results and install our officers for the 2014-2015 year.  Please plan on joining us!

I leave you with the first verse of Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna! (Turnbull)  The text is by Brian Wren and music penned by one of our former Youngstown AGO members, Thom Pavlechko.

Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna!
     Celebrate this day of days!
Christ is risen! Hush in wonder:
     all creation is amazed!
In the desert all surrounding, see,
      a spreading tree has grown.
Healing leaves of grace abounding
     bring a taste of love unknown.

May you all have a blessed Easter season!

Tim L. Elder

Candidates for 2017 Executive Committee
                   (Two to Elect)
Sean Baran                                        Gretchen Hrusovsky
Frank Behne III                                 Susanne Mayerchak
Nancy McNeal
Ballots will be enclosed in the May SOR with instructions for voting.

March Executive Committee Report

On Monday evening, March 10, the Youngstown Chapter Executive Committee met at Living Lord Lutheran Church in Canfield. Dean, Tim Elder called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.  Nancy Brescia, Treasurer reported that we are in the “black” and she does not foresee any major expenses thru the end of this fiscal year.

Tim Elder asked Sub-Dean, Adam Zagotti to report on the 2017 Regional Convention plans.  Adam reported on the visit of Regional Councillor David K. Lamb in February.  Adam had the opportunity to take David around to the various venues we would be using and he was very impressed.  Housing was a bit of a concern, but if no hotel is available in the downtown area by that time, we could use the Boardman or Canfield area hotels. Lamb stressed that this venture takes the work of all the Youngstown Chapter members.  Adam has created a “talent list” of sorts, where members will be able to sign up for areas each feels strongly about.  These lists will begin appearing in the Stop-Open-Reed soon. We have to begin planning, now!

Anthony Ruggiero reported for the Nominating Committee on members who agreed to run for the Executive Committee 2017 Class, they are: Sean Baran, Frank Behne, Gretchen Hruvosky, Susanne Mayerchak, and Nancy McNeal. We will elect TWO. Many thanks to Dr. Anita Gorman for 6 years and Nancy McNeal for 3 years of service on the Committee.  Ballots will be included in the MAY SOR.


Fern Jennings, Dean of the Cleveland Chapter, is a late nominee for Region V Councillor.  This was a late nominations, due to the withdrawal of another candidate, so her information will not appear in the April TAO. Please check out her statement and information on the “election web-site” and consider voting for her.

Program from March Members’ Recital

Praeludium in C  - Böhm
          Tim Elder

Lento (Heures Mystiques, Op. 29) – Boëllman
          Dallas Goodworth

Prelude and Fugue in c minor, BWV546 –  J.S. Bach
          Sean Baran

Toccata in D Major –  Lanquetuit
           Frank Behne III

Prelude, Fugue & Variations – Franck
           Anthony Ruggiero, piano
           Gary Richards, organ

In Memoriam – Marianne Speicher
           Jeannine Morris

Berceuse from 24 Pièces (Op.31, No. 19) – Vierne
          Adam Zagotti

Choral No. 1 in E Major –  Franck
           Jeffrey Trimble


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
WEDNESDAYS – 12:10 pm
2    Judith Overcash and Allen Huszti
        Love, Lost and Found. These gifted singers offer everything from art songs to musical theater on a subject that has inspired composers for centuries.

9   Jinjoo Cho, violin
       A Thrilling program by this brilliant young virtuoso from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

16   No Concert (Holy Week)

23   CSU Wind Ensemble
        Howard Meeker, Director
This remarkable band will provide sonic sounds filling the Cathedral

30   The Three Countertenors
        David Acres, John McElliott and Robert Vance combine their voices in a truly unique program.

Happy 200th Birthday to the Metronome!

Tick, tick tick. For two hundred years musicians have heard the beat of the metronome. For two hundred years musicians have bowed to the metronome’s authority, sometimes wondering whether the composer really wanted the music to be that fast—or that slow. And, of course, the metronome does not know how to lead us in a ritardando or accelerando. Nevertheless, most of us make use of the metronome from time to time, enslaved to its incessant beat until we get it right.

In the ninth century, an Andalusian resident named Abbas Ibn Firnas may have tried to create a musical measuring device. In a related enterprise, Galileo (1564-1642) observed the movements of the pendulum. The first real metronome was invented by Etienne Loulié in 1696. His invention contained more than one fatal flaw: the device produced no sound, and the lack of an escapement meant that it would not stay in motion for very long.

In 1814 Dietrich Niklaus Winkel of Amsterdam invented a chronometer that was praised by the Dutch Academy of Sciences. A German inventor named Johann Nepomuk Mälzel wanted to buy Winkel’s creation, but Winkel refused. Mälzel used Winkel’s device, added a gradated scale, and came up with a new term, metronome, a fancy word derived from two Greek words, metron (measure) and nomos (regulation). In a burst of alliteration, pride, and fraud, Mälzel called the invention Mälzel’s Metronome and began producing it for consumers in 1815, having obtained patents in both England and France. When Winkel complained to the French Academy, they ruled in his favor, but their opinion did Winkel little good, since the metronome was already connected to the name of Mälzel. In Origins of Musical Time and Expression (1938) Rosamond E. M. Harding includes the 1821 Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review’s description of Mälzel’s metronome: “a portable little obelisk or pyramid, scarcely a foot high, the decorated exterior of which renders it an ornamental piece of furniture. Its interior contains a simple mechanical apparatus, with a scale resembling that of a thermometer. According to the number on this scale the index is set to, the audible beats produced will be found to embrace the whole gradation of musical time, from the slowest adagio to the quickest presto.” This pyramid is similar to the metronome that musicians of a certain age will remember from childhood.

Beethoven greeted the metronome with enthusiasm. In an 1817 letter to Hofrat von Mosel, he wrote, “I have long been thinking of abandoning these nonsensical terms allegro, andante, adagio, presto, and Mälzel’s metronome gives us the best opportunity to do so. I give you my word here and now that I will never use them again in any of my new compositions” ( In fact, Beethoven eventually provided metronome markings for all nine symphonies and a number of his other works.

Many of us still own a wind-up metronome, but many more have moved on to electronic metronomes and even metronomes that transmit their ticks and clicks through our laptops, tablets, and smart phones. Some musicians keep the beat in a less precise way, via the tapping of the foot, a method that must be forsaken by organists.  (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.



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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 
Anita Gorman. .
Nancy McNeal
Bradley A. Bonam. .
Jeannine Morris. .
Mary Ann Bilas Bush. .
Anthony Ruggiero. . .



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