Youngstown Chapter

Last updated: October 25, 2015 at 19:31 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      REQUIEM by John Rutter  . . . . . 10:00 am
Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra
Tom Scurich, Director
Canfield Presbyterian Church
140 W. Main, Canfield

1 Sun      WARREN PHILHARMONIC . . . . . 3:00 pm
Susan Davenny Wyner, Musical Director
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren

               AND ORGAN RECITAL . . . . .             5:00 pm
Oberlin College Collegium Musicum
Steven Plank, Director – Jennifer McPherson, Organ
The Church of the Covenant
11205 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

6 Fri        TOM TRENNY, Organ . . . . . . 7:30 pm
Program of Organ Concertos with Chamber Orchestra
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

7 Sat       QUIRE CLEVELAND  . . . . .  7:30 pm
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
1007 Superior / E. 9th, Cleveland

8 Sun      VINCENT DiMARTINO, Trumpet   . . . . . .4:00 pm
                SCHUYLER ROBINSON, Organ
Arts on Atlantic Series
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren

15 Sun    SINGERS COMPANYE    . . . . . .4:00 pm
Directed by Dr. Samuel Gordon
Fairlawn Lutheran Church
3415 W. Market, Akron 4:00 pm

16 Mon  YOUNGSTOWN AGO PROGRAM . . . . . 7:00 pm
Trumpet-Organ Duo Program
Chris Krummel & Mary Ann Bush
Holy Family Church
2729 Center Road, Poland

18 Wed  VINCENT DUBOIS, Organist  . . . . . 7:30 pm
from Soisson, France
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
1007 Superior/E. 9th, Cleveland

20 Fri      CHORAL WORKS of RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  . . . . . 7:30 pm
Jonathan Cooper, baritone
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Todd Wilson, Director – Nicolas Haigh, organist
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

22 Sun    DOUGLAS CLEVELAND, Organ . . . . . .4:00 pm
Stambaugh Organ Series
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown

22 Sun    JONATHAN RUDY. Organ  . . . . . .4:00 pm
Pittsburgh Organ Series
Shadyside Presbyterian Church
5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh





“Excellent,” “emotional,” and “thrilling” were only a few of the adjectives people expressed, following Sean Baran’s piano recital on Monday evening, October 5. A special thanks to Sean for inviting us to attend his recital as part of our monthly programs as well as the YSU Piano Festival. Thanks to Gary Richards who assisted me with the refreshments as well.

Our November program on Monday, November  16 will be exciting as well. Mary Ann Bilas Bush, our sub dean, and local trumpet virtuoso Chris Krummel will team up to bring a beautiful set of organ and trumpet pieces to life at Holy Family Church, Poland.  Mary Ann, who recently passed the first section of the FELLOW exam for the AGO is an accomplished local organist and respected church musician and educator. Chris Krummel is professor of trumpet at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of music as well as principal trumpet of the Youngstown Symphony and other regional orchestras. Please mark your calendars now for this event!

In other news, the budget for the 2017 convention was submitted and is now awaiting approval of the national committee for conventions. Our budget was submitted ahead of schedule and with a hefty profit margin, or at least overage to cover unforeseen expenses. Our program committee has worked diligently to prepare a slate of programs and compile an accurate budget as well as a thrilling slate of performers. The workshop committee members have joined forces with our program people and everything is buzzing along nicely. We need to get a meeting of the folks that volunteered for hospitality and registration so we can begin to brainstorm ways to welcome our guests to Youngstown and make them really enjoy their stay.

If you missed Stambaugh Auditorium’s concert featuring Isabelle Demers, you can view one of the most exciting pieces she performed on YouTube and search Stambaugh Auditorium organ and you can view her performance of the first movement of Vierne Symphony 2. I encourage you to enjoy this great video I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. This is my favorite major holiday because it is far less commercialized as so many of our other cherished holidays. Take a moment for yourself and give thanks for everything that you appreciate. I am thankful for the supportive members of our chapter, beautiful music, hard-working convention volunteers, and all of our volunteer performers who will grace us with their gifts during our programs this year, thank you.

Adam Zagotti, Dean






Christopher Krummel holds a Bachelor of Music cum laude from Miami University and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His major teachers include University of Illinois professors Ray Sasaki, Michael Ewald and James South, and James Olcott of Miami University.

Dr. Krummel has held positions with numerous orchestras including the Canton Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Danville Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, the Orquesta del Palacio de Mineria and the Middletown Symphony. Additionally, he has performed with Orquesta Sinfonica de Trujillo, the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Dr. Krummel has also served as first trumpet of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Midwest.

As an active soloist, Dr. Krummel has been finalist and award winner in solo competitions on the national and international level including the Ellsworth Smith International Solo Competitions in Bad Säckingen, Germany and Tallahassee, Florida. As a commercial musician, he has performed in numerous big bands, shows and musicals, having worked with entertainers such as Maureen McGovern, Jose Feliciano, Crystal Gayle, Olivia Newton-John, to name only a few.

Recent activities include a performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 during the Festival Internacional Bach held in Trujillo, Peru; concerts with the Glenn Miller Orchestra; a performance of the Haydn Concerto with the Dana Symphony Orchestra; and a Carnegie Hall performance with the Dana Faculty Brass. Dr. Krummel currently performs as principal trumpet of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mary Ann Bilas Bush is the Music Director at Holy Family Parish in Poland Ohio.  She holds Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education as well as a Master of Music degree from Youngstown State University.  She has achieved the rank of AAGO, Associate in the America Guild of Organists.  Mary Ann taught Music in the Warren City School System, retiring recently after 33 years in education.

At Holy Family, Mary Ann leads an Adult Choir, a Contemporary Music Ensemble, Bell Choir, Resurrection Choir, and collaborates with the school and the Youth Choir.  Mary Ann also provides ‘Music and Liturgy’ training for the 300 students in the Religious Education Program at Holy Family. Mary Ann is a regular accompanist at the Dana School of Music, Saint Columba Cathedral, Poland High School, and Jefferson High School. An accomplished flautist, piccolo player and recorder performer, Mary Ann is a member of Cantus Fractus, a recorder consort and is the Sub Dean of the Youngstown AGO chapter.

Mary Ann is also known for her amazing baking and canning.  Her pies and hot peppers are to die for!  Mary Ann lives in Poland with her husband, Roy, and daughter, Julianne.

Dr. Richard Konzen, who has been appointed Director of the Pew Fine Arts Building at Grove City College.


Internationally acclaimed organist Douglas Cleveland will perform on the Stambaugh Organ Series at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown on Sunday, November 22 at 4:00 pm.

Cleveland was raised in Olympia, Washington and is a sixth-generation Washingtonian. He has studied at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and Oxford University. His teachers have included Russell Saunders, Larry Smith and Marilyn Keiser.

Dr. Cleveland gained international prominence when he won first prize in the 1994 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Dallas. Since then he has performed in 49 of the United States, and has been invited to perform in such venues as Westminster Abbey, The Berlin Cathedral, Stockholm Cathedral, Moscow Conservatory, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the Cathedral of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Cleveland has performed with various reputable early music ensembles, including Paul Hillier’s “Theatre of Voices.” His performances with American symphony orchestras have included the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Northwestern University Symphony and, for an audience of 3,000, the National Symphony at the Washington National Cathedral.

Many of Dr. Cleveland’s performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, the BBC, and the Northwest radio program “The Organ Loft.” He has recorded four CDs on the Gothic label, which have received critical acclaim in major periodicals – his most recent being “Cleveland in Columbus”.

Dr. Cleveland has performed at several national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Organ Historical Society, National Pastoral Musicians, and the American Institute of Organ Builders.

Douglas Cleveland has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College, and Northwestern University, where he received the Searle Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Cleveland is currently the John Delo Faculty Fellow in Organ at the University of Washington School of Music, and is also the director of music at Plymouth Church in Seattle.

Program will include works of Bach, Baker, Briggs and Guilmant.

Tickets available at or 330.259.0555.


Contributions to the 2017 Youngstown Regional Convention can be sent to: Karl Morris, 2017 Regional Treasurer, 200 Country Club SE, Warren OH  44484-4660.  No amount is too small or too large.  Checks payable to: AGO 2017 Youngstown.


 The Trumpet-Organ Duo of Vinny DiMartino and Schuyler Robison will appear on the Arts on Atlantic series at Christ Episcopal Church, on Sunday, November 8 at 4:00 pm.

Schuyler Robinson, DMA, has served as Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Kentucky since 1982. Prior to this he served as Professor and College Organist at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, N.C. for 13 years. He has served churches in Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, and Kentucky as Organist and Choirmaster. He has appeared as adjudicator, recitalist, and clinician at numerous local chapter meetings and several regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, several terms as Dean of AGO chapters in W. North Carolina and Lexington, Kentucky, and Service Organist / Organ Clinician at PAM Conferences at both Montreat, NC and New Wilmington, PA. Presently he is Kentucky State Convener for A.G.O. and State Church Music Chair for K.M.T.A.

As organ recitalist he has concertized extensively in the eastern U.S., in five countries in Europe, in Costa Rica and Taiwan. In a four decade career as Church Organist he served as Assistant Organist at Christ Church (Episcopal) Cathedral in Lexington, KY, from 1991 to 2009. This tenure has also incorporated performance residencies in the great cathedrals of England, including Westminster Abbey (two, and a solo recital) and St. Paul’s, London. His collaboration in the DiMartino-Robinson Trumpet-Organ Duo has taken performances to some 22 states and produced a CD recording, The Art of the Transcription, chosen as the International Trumpet Guild’s CD of the year in 1995.

Vincent DiMartino retired in 2012 as Matton Professor of Music Emeritus at Centre College. One of America’s leading trumpet performers and teachers, DiMartino originally joined the college in 1993 as Centre’s first distinguished artist-in-residence. He was named to the Matton Professorship in 1996.

Throughout his teaching career, Professor DiMartino has been a member of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses. These include The Empire Brass Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, The Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, The Kalavrita Brass Course in Greece, as well as seminars in England, Ukraine, Thailand, Germany and Canada.

He is 2004 CASE Professor of The Year for the state of Kentucky. This award is given nationally each year to one person in each state in The United States. He is also the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-2009 for the State of Kentucky. DiMartino has performed worldwide as a soloist and with artists such as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (B.M. and M.M. degrees), DiMartino was the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky for some twenty years. He has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras, including those in Cincinnati, Buffalo, Santa Fe, Orlando, and Rochester. He is prominently featured in many recordings of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.


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

4              ELIZABETH DeMIO &
               TODD WILSON, duo-pianists

11            JOSE GOTERA &
              STEPHEN TOOMBS
               Presented in an intimate salon setting

18            TOPS Big Band
               Playing America’s Song Book

25            NO CONCERT – Thanksgiving week



He was an important twentieth-century composer, an excellent violist, a fine teacher, and a theorist. And he wrote organ music. Paul Hindemith was born in Hanau, Germany on November 16, 1895 to Marie Sophie Warnecke Hindemith and Robert Rudolf Emil Hindemith, a house painter with a passion for music. The family was poor, Paul’s upbringing strict, and the atmosphere grim, despite the music heard in the home.

Young Paul studied at Frankfurt’s  Hoch Konservatorium, and by the time he was twenty he was playing the violin for the Frankfurt Opera, achieving before long the rank of concertmaster. He founded, in 1922, the Amar-Hindemith Quartet, switching to viola for this ensemble that often performed Hindemith’s own works.

From 1927 to 1937 Hindemith taught composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik and taught in Ankara, Turkey from 1937 to1939. But he lived in difficult times, and when the Nazis began their rule in Germany, Hindemith’s compositions assumed a position on the banned list; they were too “decadent.” In 1939, the year World War II began, Hindemith came to the United States ; he taught at Yale University from 1940 to 1953. After that he moved to Switzerland and taught at the University of Zurich.

Paul Hindemith’s work encompasses three periods, neoclassicism, Gebrauchmusik, and dissonant counterpoing. As Often happens (see The Anxiety of Influence by Harold Bloom), the young genius rebelled against his immediate predecessors, the Romantics, wanting to return to the ways of Mozart and Bach.  The middle style of Gebrauchmusik was “a call for a return to the relationship of composer, performer, and listener that (ideally) existed before Beethoven, when music was written with a specific use in mind” (James Goodfriend, Encyclopedia Americana).

Hindemith explored his musical ideas in such books as The Craft of Musical Composition (1941). A prolific composer, he is best known for the song cycle Das Marienleben and the opera Mathis der Maler and the popular Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carol Maria von Weber, composed in 1943. Hindemith’s organ works include three sonatas. The first movement of Organ Sonata II is included in the repertoire for the AGO Associateship certificate.

During his last years Paul Hindemith spent more time conducting, visiting South America, Japan, various European countries, and the United States. He became seriously ill on November 15, 1963 and died in Frankfurt on December 28 of acute pancreatitis.

Ian Kemp (The New Grove Modern Masters) writes that “Despite its originality, or perhaps because of its consistency, Hindemith’s music has exerted no significant influence on composers of later generations. Yet its authentic sound and consummate technique assures its status both as a body of finished works of art of unassailable integrity and as a fitting monument to the neo-classical ideals of the 20th century.”

“People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts” — Paul Hindemith     (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


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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 . . .
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