Youngstown Chapter

Last updated: April 27, 2016 at 19:46 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.”


1 Sun   CHICHESTER PSALMS (Bernstein)  . . . 2:30 pm
Westminster College Choir &
Shenango Valley Chorale
Dr. Samuel Barbara, Director
First United Methodist Church
237 Silver Street, Sharon, PA

1  Sun     WEST SHORE CHORALE   . . . 7:30pm
Haydn’s “Creation”
John Drotleff, Musical Director
Kathleen Hacker, soprano — Kristen Jones, mezzo
Kevin Foster, tenor — Thomas Scurich, bass
Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts
20770 Hilliard, Cleveland
Tickets $15 / Students free

11 Wed   ILLUMINARE (Salem Youth Chorus) . . 6:00 pm
Jon Simsic, Director
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

15 Sun   A HYMN FESTIVAL . . .  3:00 pm
presented by Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir
Hubbard Presbyterian Church
22 Westview, Hubbard

15 Sun    DAVID ENLOW, Organ  . . .  4:00 pm
Stambaugh Organ Series
(Program in newsletter)
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown

15 Sun    DR. CALVIN TAYLOR, piano  . . . 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
436 E. 2nd Street, Salem

20 Fri   STAMBAUGH CHORUS . . . 7:00 pm
Dr. Hae-Jong Lee, Director           $5 / $15
“Giving Voice to Peace” featuring Faure’s Requiem
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown



May 2016


Dear friends,
I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our next meeting. We will gather after the David Enlow recital at Squaw Creek Avalon Golf & Country Club for an evening of our annual business. We will install new officers, we will discuss the year in review, our sub-dean Mary Ann Bilas Bush will give us the details on what she has planned for next year, and I will hand out the beautiful convention brochure.

Did you notice the two pages in The American Organist that were dedicated to advertising next year’s Eegional Conventions? While some of the ads offer attractive cityscapes or fancy facade pipes, the Youngstown 2017 ad features a handsome logo and the full complement of extraordinary line up of artists that our program committee worked tirelessly to assemble.  At our Annual Meeting, everyone will get to hear the entire master schedule of events for next summer.

While the premature death of Father Nick Shori was a loss to the Roman Catholic community in the Youngstown area, it also required us to reschedule our April meeting, as both were scheduled in the same place at the same time. Not to worry, we will enjoy Dr. Laginya’s Langlais Program in September. Thanks to all of the performers who put their plans on hold while we rescheduled this exciting program.

I hope everyone takes a moment to send in their ballot for our chapter officers. Please carefully consider who you would like to select to represent you in the leadership of our chapter. Also, if I may lobby for a moment, please consider re-electing Michael Velting to the position of Councilor for Conventions and Karl Bruhn as Regional Councilor. Both of these men are gentlemen and scholars, supportive of our chapter, our regional convention and the furtherance of the organ in our lives and the lives of all we encounter.

I hope to see all of you at our May Annual Meeting!

Happy Spring!
Adam Zagotti, Dean
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Youngstown Chapter
American Guild of Organists
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Squaw Creek
Avalon Lakes Golf & Country Club
6:00 Cocktails   –   6:30 Dinner
Taste of Italy Buffet
Herb roasted chicken breast
20 per person
Guests are welcome!

Checks payable to Gary Richards —
Mailed to 2223 E Market Street,
Warren, OH 44483

Reservations a must by
Wednesday, May 11 – Noon!

Report on 2017 Regional Convention
2016-17 Programs
Installation of Officers
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SUNDAY, MAY 15 – 4:00 PM

Church of the Resurrection, NYC
Organ Faculty of the Juilliard School of Music
International Concert Organist

David Enlow performs on
Stambaugh Organ Series

David Enlow, hailed for his “enormous virtuosity” (Stuttgarter Zeitung), “arresting performances” (The American Organist), and his “gutsy, yet sensitive” playing (Organ Canada), is a concert organist and church musician who has performed across the United States, in Canada, and across England & Europe. Mr. Enlow’s recent recording of the complete major organ works of César Franck on the Pro Organo label, Pater Seraphicus, has been well reviewed, notably in the French language press.

On Sunday, May 15 at 4:00 pm, David Enlow will perform on the restored historic E.M. Skinner organ at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown.  Mr. Enlow is Organist and Choir Master of the Church of the Resurrection in New York, where he directs a professional choir. His choir at the Church of the Resurrection performs over fifty mass settings each season, often with orchestra. He is a member of the organ faculty of The Juilliard School, responsible for the service playing component of the curriculum, and also Dean of the New York City Chapter, American Guild of Organists. Mr. Enlow is a member of the Guild’s National Committee on Professional Certification, serving as an examiner of organists nationwide. Active in early music, David Enlow is the Organist of the Clarion Orchestra and Repetiteur of the Clarion Choir.

Mr. Enlow holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Paul Jacobs and John Weaver. He also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with John Tuttle in Toronto.

David is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, winner of the S. Lewis Elmer & Fellowship prizes, and an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, winner of the Barker Prize. He has also won several national performance competition first prizes including those of the Arthur Poister Competition and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival USA.

from Slavonic Dances, Op. 46                               Antonin Dvořák
I.    Furiant. Presto                                         trans. by David Enlow
II.  Dumka. Allegretto scherzando–Allegro vivo
III. Polka. Poco Allegro

Naïades (from Pièces de Fantaisie)
Adagio (from Symphonie No. 3)
Carillon de Westminster (from Pièces de Fantaisie)  Louis Vierne

Adagio (from Three Pieces)                                          Frank Bridge

Fanfare (from Four Extemporisations)                  Percy Whitlock

Choral in E Major                                                            César Franck

Petite Suite                                                                   Claude Debussy
En bateau                                                transcribed by David Enlow

Tickets available through the Stambaugh Box Office at or 330.259.0555.
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Contributions to the 2017 Youngstown Regional AGO Convention can be sent to Karl Morris, 2017 Regional Treasurer, 200 Country Club SE, Warren OH 44484-4660..
Checks payable to: AGO 2017 Youngstown Regional.
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Jeanne Marie-Madeleine Demessieux

This is a tale about an extraordinary musician who was taken from this life much too soon.

Jeanne Marie-Madeleine Demessieux was born at Montpellier in southern France on February 14, 1921. She and her sister Yolande studied piano and then entered the Montpellier Conservatory in 1928 when Jeanne was only seven. In 1933 she entered the Paris Conservatory where she earned first prizes in harmony, piano, fugue and counterpoint. Jeanne had the good fortune to study organ playing, improvisation, and composition with the great Marcel Dupré. She was appointed titular organist at Saint-Esprit in 1933 and remained there until 1962. Meanwhile, Demessieux traveled throughout Europe and the United States giv ing organ recitals. She memorized over 2500 works, including the complete organ repertoire of Bach, Franck, Liszt, and Mendelssohn. She taught organ at the Nancy Conservatory from 1950 to 1952 and at the Royal Conservatory in Liège from 1952 to 1968. In 1962 Demessieux became titular organist at La Madeleine in Paris. In 1967 she was set to record for Decca every work Olivier Messiaen had written up to that time; unfortunately, her deteriorating health prevented her from achieving this goal. She was the first woman invited to play at Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.

Jeanne Marie-Madeleine Demessieux died of throat cancer on November 11, 1968; she was only forty-seven. “I can hear the flutes of the Madeleine,” she said on her deathbed. And at her funeral, the organ that she had played at La Madeleine was silent in tribute to her, a black drape hanging from the organ gallery to the floor below

Felix Aprahamian in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians writes, “Demessieux’s prodigious technique was apparent at the outset of her career. Towards its untimely end she revealed greater involvement with the music she played, suggesting that she had barely reached the zenith of her powers as an interpreter.”

Demessieux wrote works for the organ and piano, songs, some choral compositions, and orchestral pieces. A good deal of her work remains unpublished.  In an extensive article about Demessieux in The Diapason (November 2008), D’Arcy Trinkwon  writes, “Today there is renewed interest in her both as performer and composer and younger generations are discovering a legend anew.”  (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: Adam Zagotti. . .
Sub-Dean: Mary Ann Bilas Bush . . .
Secretary: Gary P. Richards . . . .
Treasurer: Nancy Brescia. . . .

Newsletter editor: Gary Richards . . .

Executive Board Members 
Frank Behne III . . .
Susanne Mayerchak. .
Sean Baran. . .
Nancy McNeal
Anita Gorman . . .
Larry Harris . .



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