Youngstown Chapter

Last updated: July 26, 2016 at 8:35 am

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.”

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CONCERT DATES OF INTEREST
August
14 Sun   UNIVERSITY OF AKRON BRASS CHOIR
BARBARA MacGREGOR, Organist         4:00 pm
Tucker Jolly, Director
Music of Duruflé, Gabrieli, Gigout, Mussorgsky,    Widor and others.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1361 W. Market Street, Akron

September
11 Sun    PHILIP THOMPSON, Piano                       5:00 pm
Five at Five Concert Series
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1250 W. Exchange, Akron

18 Sun    RAY & ELIZABETH CHENAULT           4:00 pm
America’s leading Organ-Duo Team
               STAMBAUGH ORGAN SERIES
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown
Tickets: boxoffice@stambaughauditorium.com or 330.259.0555

25 Sun    JAZZ VESPERS                                           4:00 pm
with Paul Ferguson Jazz Ensemble
St. John’s Episcopal Church
223 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

30 Fri      JOHANN VEXO, Organ                              7:30 pm
(Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris)
St. Paul Cathedral
108 N. Dithridge (Fifth & Craig), Pittsburgh

30 Fri      QUIRE CLEVELAND (Cleveland, OH)      7:30 pm
Ross Duffin, Artistic Director
Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
1007 Superior / E. 9th, Cleveland

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Newsletter

STOP-OPEN-REED
June 2016

A NOTE FROM THE DEAN

Dear friends,

I spent the end of June at the AGO National Convention in Houston. We had a booth to advertise our upcoming regional, I manned the booth with some of our fantastic artists. It was really inspiring to see so many artists, many who have performed at Stambaugh, telling their friends, students and colleagues why they should attend the Youngstown Regional.

We have a lot of work to do. Anyone interested in being a part of “hospitality” for the convention should attend a meeting Saturday, August 20th at 10am at Saint Christine’s Church 3165 S. Schenley.

I have an update that is very important. The Federal Trade Commission has found some illegal wording in some national guild documents. I need everyone to immediately and permanently stop using the AGO Salary Guide and the model contract provisions.  These items, if continued to be used, would find individual chapters in deep fines. While this all seems so silly, we still need to make sure we comply

Our Sub-Dean Mary Ann Bush has a spectacular line-up of programs for the fall. I can’t wait to see everyone there!

Adam Zagotti, Dean
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Youngstown Chapter
2016-17 AGO Programs

Monday, September 19 – 7:00 pm
LANGLAIS MEMORIAL CONCERT
St. Columba Cathedral
159 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown

Monday, October 24 – 7:00 pm
ALL HALLO’S EVE CONCERT
Artists TBA
Trinity United Methodist Church
30 W. Front Street, Youngstown

Saturday, November 26 – 9 AM
HOW TO USE A SYMPHONIC ORGAN:
A SKINNER WORKSHOP
Steve Repasky &
Mary Ann Bilas Bush presenters
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown

Sunday, December 18 – 6:00 pm
CHRISTMAS CAROL PARTY
Bush Manor, 6771 Shawbutte, Poland

Monday, February 13 – 6:30 pm
BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS in a BEAUTIFUL
SPACE – Holtkamp Pipe Organ
Poland Presbyterian Church
2 Poland Manor Drive, Poland

Monday, March 20 – 6:00 pm
FESTAL POSTLUDES & MARCHES:
Members’ Recital
A New Hybrid Technology – Wicks Organ
Ron Goulish & Mary Ann Bilas Bush Co-presenters
St. Christine’s Church
3165 S. Schenley, Youngstown

Sunday, May 21 – 6:00 pm
ANNUAL DINNER – BUSINESS MEETING
Springfield Grille
7413 Tiffany South, Boardman
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MARY ANN BILAS-BUSH PASSES FAGO

Congratulations to Mary Ann Bilas-Bush who passed the written portion of the FAGO Exam in early June, having passed the playing portion previously. She is now Mary Ann Bilas Bush, MM, CAGO, AAGO, FAGO!!!  A great honor for the Youngstown AGO Chapter and a distinguished company, together with the late Dr. Robert E.  Hopkins.  Congratulations, job well done!
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STAMBAUGH ORGAN SERIES
2016-17
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown

RAY & ELIZABETH CHENAULT
American’s leading duo-organists
4 hands – 4 feet
Sunday, September 18. . . . . . .4:00 pm

PETER RICHARD CONTE
from the Wannamaker Organ, Philadelphia
Nosferatu (Silent Film)
Sunday, October 23. . . . . . . . . .4:00 pm

ALAN MORRISON
Head of Organ Dept. Curtis Institute of Music
Organ Faculty Westminster Choir College
International concert organist
Sunday, November 20. . . . . . . . . .7:00 pm

CHRISTOPHER HOULIHAN
Young “star” in the organ world
Renowned concert organist
Sunday, April 23, 2017. . . . . . . . . .4:00 pm

Tickets:  boxoffice@stambaughauditorium.com
or 330.259.0555

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Happy 280th Birthday,
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger!

Born on February 3, 1736 in Klosterneuburg, close to Vienna, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger began to study music as a young child and at the age of seven was already a choirboy. He studied organ and figured bass with Leopold Pittner, composition with G.M. Monn, and from 1749 until 1754 had the good fortune to study composition and organ at the beautiful Benedictine abbey in Melk, Austria. At the age of nineteen, Albrechtsberger began to play the organ at Raab and two years later at Maria Taferl, and then became Thurnermeister (leader of a small musical ensemble) at Melk Abbey. He married in 1768, by 1772 was organist to the Viennese court, and in 1792 attained the important role of Kapellmeister at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.

Known for his knowledge of music theory, Albrechtsberger was sought as a teacher by a number of important musicians, including Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Josef Weigl, and Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart. It was Joseph Haydn who recommended that Beethoven study with Albrechtsberger

Published works by Albrechtsberger include preludes, fugues and sonatas for piano and organ. and string quartets; much of his work remains unpublished and is stored at the Vienna Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. The manuscripts for three of his concerti for jaw harp (!) and strings reside at the Hungarian National Library in Budapest. He wrote a Concerto for Alto Trombone and Orchestra in B Flat Major and a Concerto for the Mandola. One may conclude that Albrechtsberger was not bound by convention when choosing instruments to highlight. In all, he wrote 284 works for the Church, 278 keyboard works, and more than 193 compositions for other instruments. In the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Robert N. Freemam writes that Albrechtsberger’s “most interesting and original music was composed during his years as a provincial organist before settling permanently in Vienna. He cultivated a modern, homophonic idiom in the instrumental works of this period and used unusual instrumentation with special effects such as scordatura [unusual tuning] and slow movements marked ‘con sordino’ [with mute].”

Albrechtsberger was by all accounts an excellent organist who was praised by such notables as Dr. Charles Burney and Mozart; however, his major contributions to music were his theoretical volumes. A work on composition was published in Leipzig in 1790, and three volumes on harmony were published posthumously in 1826 under the direction of his student Ignaz von Seyfried, with an English version following in 1855.

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger died in Vienna on March 7, 1809. Although critics do not bestow great praise on his compositions, they praise his theoretical works, his prowess as an organist, and the fact that he taught Beethoven.  (AG)
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Membership

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 magoonomore@yahoo.com for a membership form.

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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

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 dlaginya@zoominternet.net

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Contact Us

Dean: Adam Zagotti. . . .adamzagotti@gmail.com
Sub-Dean: Mary Ann Bilas Bush . . . .mabbush@aol.com
Secretary: Gary P. Richards . . . . .gpr534@aol.com
Treasurer: Nancy Brescia. . . . .magoonomore@Yahoo.com

Newsletter editor: Gary Richards . . . .gpr534@aol.com

Executive Board Members 
(
2017)
Sean Baran. . . srbaran@student.ysu.edu
Nancy McNeal
(2018)
Anita Gorman . . . aggorman@sbcglobal.net
Larry Harris . . .LHarris994@sbcglobal.net
(2019)
Karen Barr . . . JohnKaren9@aol.com
Susanne Mayerchak . . . s1mayerchak@att.net

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Links

Hemry Pipe Organ Company http://www.Hemryorgan.com
Kegg Organ Company http://www.Keggorgan.com
Schantz Organ Company http://www.schantzorgan.com
Youngstown State University Concert Series
http://www.fpa.ysu.edu

AGO National website