How to Submit Chapter News to TAO

Please email chapter news reports (not newsletters) to All reports received are published. Please include: name of chapter date of event city or town in which event took place Report recent activities only; do not list future events. Include names of active participants who are AGO members. Photos: Only unmodified high-resolution TIFF or JPG files (300 dpi) are acceptable for electronic submission (send as attachments). Deadline for submission is two months prior to issue date. … [Read more...]

May 2016 Chapter News

Northeast Region Merrimack Valley, MA February 27, the chapter held its 18th annual mini-convention at First Calvary Baptist Church in North Andover. The event was well attended, and the day was full of musical information and socializing. The day began with sing­ing as attendees were led in a variety of anthems by sub-dean Abbey Siegfried and past deans Joyce Painter-Rice, Maggie Marshall, and Cyndi Bliss—who also offered suggestions for working with children and younger choirs. The second morning workshop was presented by Jay Lane, past dean of the McClosky Institute of Voice, who demonstrated how to deal with the aging voice in adult choirs. In the afternoon, Siegfried introduced the audience to the lives and music of woman organ … [Read more...]

April 2016 Chapter News

Northeast Region Greater Bridgeport, CT July 1, members and friends of the chapter gathered in New Haven at the Greek Olive restaurant for the annual meeting, prior to a re­cital by Thomas Murray at Woolsey Hall as part of the AGO Northeast Regional Convention. Past deans present were David Yoder, RoseAnne Homola, Flora Major, John Michniewicz, Carole Fanslow, and Barbara Bayers. The Rev. Meg B. Williams (current dean) pre­sided at the meeting. • October 18, the 14th annual Pipescreams program was held at United Congregational Church. Host organist was John Michniewicz; Frank Martignetti chaired the event, ably assisted by other chapter members. Included in the program were the Norma Pfriem Children’s Choir of the host church, the … [Read more...]

March 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region Berkshire, MA September 19, the chapter held a Pedals, Pipes & Pizza event, featuring various exhibits, at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield. The organ was dem­onstrated by Scott Bailey (dean), Matthew McConnell presented a harpsichord demonstration, John Terauds presented a brief history of the organ (in 20 PowerPoint slides), and Joy Mullen (sub-dean) provided information about the Guild and its programs. Children present were able to sit at the console and try out the instrument. Pizza was provided afterward. • October 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, the chapter and the Cantilena Chamber Choir presented a concert titled “O Be Joyful in the Lord: Sacred Music for Choir and Organ.” It was preceded by … [Read more...]

February 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region New Haven, CT November 21, the chapter presented two workshops at Bethesda Lutheran Church (host Lars Gjerde, dean). Markus Rathey from Yale spoke on the influence of 18th-century Lutheranism on Bach’s organ and choral music. Voice teacher Valerie Sorel gave insights into the fitness and physiological aspects of singing. The chapter is grateful to Lynda Pedersen for help with hospitality—and to all members, local and from afar, who made the interactive workshops exciting. —Lars Gjerde New London, CT September 27, members attended a presentation on “Making Your Own Music” at Christ Church, Norwich. Jesse Glaude, Tom Gouin, Glenn Hardy, and Phred Mileski presented and demonstrated some of their … [Read more...]

January 2016 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Waterbury, CT September 11, a catered dinner was held on a patio atop Albritton Hall at Wesleyan University. The weather and view were spectacular. The dinner was followed by the annual “Bach to School” recital by resident professor Ronald Ebrecht on the university’s Holt­kamp organ in Memorial Chap­el. The program included fun pieces by local composer Neely Bruce with jazz influence and percussion accompaniment. • October 30, a chapter meeting was held at Bristol Baptist/Synergy Church, where members were encouraged to invite and bring friends who may not be members of the AGO. A pizza dinner was provided, time was allowed for getting to know one another, and the year’s upcoming programs were outlined. Then, … [Read more...]

December 2015 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Cape Cod and the Islands, MA September 27, the chapter held its annual Convocation. A Choral Evensong for Michaelmas was held in the Orleans United Methodist Church. The service was officiated by the Rev. Judith Davis, chapter chaplain and rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Harwichport. Organist for the event was Nancy McCarthy, chapter secretary and organist-choirmaster at the Orleans church. After the Declar­a­tion of AGO Religious Principles was read, officers and board members were installed for the 2015–16 season. Following the service, a reception was held in the fellowship hall. —Grace McGill-Gora Merrimack Valley, MA September 27, the chapter held its installation of officers and a potluck dinner … [Read more...]

November 2015 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Binghamton, NY August 3, Roberta Rowland-Raybold, CAGO, played a recital at St. James Episcopal Church in Lake Delaware on the 24-rank Möller (1948)/(Sid) Chase (2005) organ as a benefit for the St. James Choral Scholars Fund. Rowland-Raybold is the newly appointed director of music at First Luther­an Church in Albany. She is past dean of the Binghamton and Oneonta chapters; a former AGO district convener in New York and Pennsylvania; and a published composer of hymn settings, introductions, and reharmonizations, and sacred music for the organ (Augsburg Fortress Press). Her program included works by Callahan, Couperin, Bach, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Dvoˇrák, Benoit, and Frescobaldi. • August 15, the chapter held its … [Read more...]

October 2015 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Waterbury, CT June 7, the annual picnic and meeting was held at the home of Bill and Jean Degan in Bristol. Alan Rodi was thanked for his work as dean. • Aug. 1, the chapter sponsored a Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza pro­gram, beginning at Bristol Baptist Church (1895 Gilbert & Butler tracker organ) and ending at St. Joseph Church in Bristol (1925/
1988 and 2006 Austin organs). All six attending students played each organ. The event was led by Chris Davenport and Bill Degan, who played Burton’s Rex: The King of Instruments and Behn­ke’s Variations on Kum Ba Yah for the students. —William Degan Binghamton, NY July 12, mem­bers Richard and Evelyn Van Auken played a recital of solo and duo-organ works … [Read more...]

August 2015 TAO Chapter News

New London County, CT May 15, members and friends gathered at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich. Stephen Buzard, assistant organist at St. Thomas Church in New York City, played a stirring recital of "Organ Music for the Ascension" on the splendid Aeolian-Skinner organ. --Elizabeth Limkemann   Binghamton, N.Y. May 5, eight chapter members concluded their sixth and final semester of a class on organ literature taught by Jonathan Biggers, Edwin Link Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at Binghamton University. The course was designed to be a chronological survey of music written for the organ, coupled with the advancement of technical and tonal capabilities of the organ over the many centuries of its development. Of … [Read more...]