Canton Chapter

Last updated: September 6, 2017 at 15:07 pm

Message from the Dean 

Greetings from the Canton, Ohio Chapter of the AGO!

The Canton Chapter was chartered on June 14, 1954 and continues to be an active chapter to this day. We have 81 members in our chapter serving in local churches of every denomination.

Our chapter meets monthly at a different church or other venue from September through May. Visitors are most welcome to attend any of our meetings.

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Local Events

AGO PROGRAMS 2017-2018

 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

Steve Gerber Residence, Dalton OH

6:00 pm Dinner at Dutch Kitchen, Dalton

7:30 pm Virgil Fox Remembered

Presenter: W. Robert Morrison

Performers: Steve Gerber, Chad Pittman, Mark Thewes

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2017

Blackstone Residence Organ, Bratenahl, OH

2:00 pm Concert by Chad Pittman and Mark Thewes

Open console following concert/demonstration

137rank “21st Century Aeolian-Skinner”

BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2017

4:00 pm Concert by Richard Elliott, Mormon Tabernacle Organist

Concert honoring Mark Thewes’ 40th Westbrook Park UMC anniversary at

Westbrook Park UMC, Canton OH

 

DECEMBER – No meeting scheduled

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

MONDAY JANUARY 22, 2018

Organist/Clergy Banquet at the Massillon Woman’s Club

6:00 pm Punch

6:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Program

 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2018

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Massillon

7:30 pm Members’ Recital

 

FRIDAY MARCH 16, 2018

Walsh Chorale Concert/Choral Workshop

7:00 pm pre- program recital by Heather Cooper

7:30 pm Choral Concert and Workshop

Faith UMC, North Canton OH

 

MONDAY APRIL 23, 2018

Little Flower Catholic Church, North Canton OH

Recital/Demonstration of the new 3 Manual Allen organ and 12 ranks of pipes.

7:00 pm Concert by Mark Thewes (organ) and Dennis Roden (violin)

7:30 pm presentation by Bob DeMass (Allen) and open console

 

SATURDAY MAY 12, 2018

Organ Bus Tour to Ann Arbor, Michigan

7:15 am Bus pick up at Trinity UCC Parking Lot

First Presbyterian Church (Schoenstein)

University of Michigan Fisk organ and University Carillon

Eastern Michigan University (Æolian-Skinner)

Residence of James Kibbie (Létourneau House Organ)

 

 

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Newsletter

THE CANTON CLARION

The Official Newsletter of the Canton Chapter AGO

NOTES FROM THE DEAN

 

Welcome to a new year with the Canton AGO! I am excited to welcome you this year after a summer of planning and preparation with our wonderful officers and committees. I am frequently reminded of how thankful I am for this wonderful, generous, and thriving chapter. The people, programs, and professional associations have dramatically impacted my life as a musician. We are so diverse, but enjoy active membership from organists of all backgrounds, church denominations, education, and experience.

I challenge you to find a way to help us continue to thrive and grow by inviting friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances to join us so that they may also enjoy the benefits of our programs, newsletters, networking, and the national magazine. Please attend programs so that we may continue to enjoy high attendance at meetings and meaningful fellowship with each other.

Our wonderful program committee met in July and August to brainstorm and finalize details for an exciting season of invigorating programs from here at home in the Canton area to Ann Arbor, Michigan where we will enjoy our annual bus tour. I would like to thank Anthony Montagno (chair), Mark Thewes, and Sid Pryor for joining me in this effort. All programs and details will be listed in the yearbook (to be picked up at the first meeting or at your convenience), in each newsletter, and in e-mail reminders.

We are excited to welcome Mr. Levi M. Muriuki, Mrs. Ann Tschantz, Dr. Harry J. D’Agostino Jr., Mr. John W. Rohr Jr., Mrs. Nancy Robinson, Mrs. Susan D’Amico Leon, and Mrs. Catherine Dillon as new members this year. We are excited to get to know them and welcome them to the Canton AGO chapter!

I wish you all an artistic, enjoyable, and healthy year in your work as musicians. Please don’t hesitate to contact the guild if you need anything. We are an organization here to serve you!

 

Our September Meeting

Monday, September 11, 2017

6:00pm- Dinner at Dutch Kitchen

(Please contact Sub-Dean Anthony Montagno, no later than Friday September 8 to indicate dinner attendance- amontagno@trinityucc.com)

7:30pm – “Virgil Fox Remembered”

Presenter: W. Robert Morrison

Performers: Steve Gerber, Chad Pittman, Mark Thewes

Steve Gerber Residence

221 Tanglewood Dr.

Dalton, OH 44618

“Virgil Fox Remembered”

Allen Digital, presentation lecture, organ music, refreshments W. Robert Morrison, Steve Gerber, Chad Pittman, Mark Thewes

Dutch Kitchen

14278 Lincoln Way E.

Dalton, OH 44618

Family style Amish meals and straightforward American fare Buffet options

*Contact Sub-Dean Anthony Montagno by Friday September 8 to indicate presence at dinner amontagno@trinityucc.com


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

(MARK YOUR CALENDAR!)

 

BLACKSTONE RESIDENCE ORGAN TOUR AND CONCERT

  • Saturday October 14, 2017
  • Blackstone Residence-Bratenahl, OH
  • 2:00 PM concert by Chad Pittman and Mark Thewes
  • Welcome and presentation by Dr. Eugene Blackstone
  • Open Console
  • Bus transportation provided to and from Cleveland (1:00 departure from Trinity UCC)
  • Second largest house organ in America
  • blackstoneorgan.org (check out his website for organ and program info!)

 

RICHARD ELLIOT IN CONCERT

  • Sunday November 5, 2017
  • Westbrook Park United Methodist Church
  • 4:00pm concert
  • Reception following concert
  • Honoring Mark Thewes’ 40th Westbrook Park UMC anniversary
  • Concert co-sponsered by Canton AGO Chapter
  • Elliot is the principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

CHAPTER FINANCES

 
Checking………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $3,389.02
W. Robert Morrison Concert Fund…………………………………………………………………….. $34,712.71
Scholarship Fund…………………………………………………………………………………………….. $22,903.15

Thanks to the following members who contributed to our special funds this year. Your generosity allows our outreach efforts to continue! (as of August 26th)

W. Robert Concert Fund                                                                                             Scholarship Fund

Dr. Harry D’Agostino, Jr.                                                                                                   Dr. Harry D’Agostino, Jr.

Shirley Finney                                                                                                                       Shirley Finney

Carolyn Wallace                                                                                                                   Carolyn Wallace

Loretta Bower                                                                                                                       Jack Brannen

Jack Brannen                                                                                                                        Beth Fragasse

Nancy Howenstine                                                                                                              Nancy Howenstine

Robert Morrison                                                                                                                  Bill Kendrick

Mason Meyer                                                                                                                       Ralph Morrison

Bill Kendrick                                                                                                                        Bruce Schutrum

James Burkholder

Ralph Morrison

*Our chapter donated $50 to the Stark Community Foundation’s “Immediate Impact Campaign” to restore the thirteen historic murals displayed in the lobby of the Frank T. Bow Federal Building in downtown Canton. Our scholarship and concert funds are held and maintained with the foundation.

*The Scholarship Committee awarded chapter members Noah Carpenter and Levi Muriuki $2,500 each for organ study as they study at Wright State University and Malone University, respectively. Noah studies with Dr. David Crean and Levi studies with Mark Thewes.

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

*A note from the Membership Chair

Dr. Harry J. D’Agostino Jr. MD

Mrs. Susan D’Amico Leon (dual member with Akron chapter)

Mrs. Catherine Dillon (daughter of Anne Elsass, Chapter Dean 1974-1976)

Mr. Levi M. Muriuki (recent Canton AGO scholarship winner-Malone University Senior) Mrs. Nancy Robinson (dual member with Akron chapter)

Mr. John W. Rohr Jr.

Mrs. Ann Tschantz, MEd

 

OPEN POSITION -RICHVILLE UCC

Director of Music Ministry, Organist, Choir Director, Hand Bell Director Position

These positions could be filled by one or two persons.

Richville United Church of Christ in Navarre, Ohio is actively seeking a Director of Music Ministry, organist, choir director, and hand bell director. At present we have one Sunday morning traditional service at 10:30am. Available is an 80 stop Allen organ, Kimball Grand Piano, 5 octaves of hand bells, and 3 octaves of choir chimes. Special arrangements may be made with organist for weddings and funerals. Work on growth in attendance of all choirs. Must be able to work in cooperation with the Pastor and Spiritual Life committee. June-August off. Competitive salary and independent hire preferred. Position available September 1, 2017.

Please send resume and references to:

Richville United Church of Christ

Attention Karen Gerber

6125 Richville Dr.

Navarre, OH 44662

Questions or for a copy of job description please call 330.465.7912.

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PROGRAMS 2017-2018

 

LINKS:
AGO National Website: http://www.agohq.org
Canton AGO Newsletter Webpage: http://agohq.org/chapter/?handle=canton
Charles Kegg organ builder and member of the Canton Chapter: www.keggorgan.com
Canton Symphony Orchestra <cantonsymphony@cantonsymphony.pmailus.com>
Tuscarawas Philharmonic: http://tuscarawasphilharmonic.org/
Akron Chapter: http://akronago.org/
Buffalo (NY) AGO Chapter: http://agobuffalo.org

 

 

CANTON CHAPTER OFFICERS

Dean – Chad Pittman

Sub-Dean – Anthony Montagno

Treasurer – Sid Pryor

Secretary – Vicki Ryan

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Membership

If you would like to join the Canton chapter, please contact:

Mark Thewes – membership
email:Teemark@aol.com 330-833-6301 home

 

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Placement

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

 

 

 

 


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Certification: We are pleased to announce two of our members who have passed their Service Playing Exams this year. They are Libby Saxton and Nancy Hownestine.

 

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Contact Us

Chad Pittman – Dean
330-608-1655

chadpit@msn.com

 

Anthony Montagno – Sub-Dean

234-205-4521

 

Sid Pryor, Treasurer
330-603-2057
sjpdgs@sbcglobal.net

 

Vicki Ryan – Secretary
330-492-0411
cvvlryan@peoplepc.com

 

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Links

Charles Kegg organ builder and member of the Canton Chapter
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Tuscarawas Philharmonic
AGO National website