Youngstown Chapter

Last updated: April 14, 2015 at 6:04 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.”


Local Events

10 Fri      RICHARD KONZEN, Organist . . .  7:30 pm
Faculty Recital
Pew Fine Arts Center, Grove City College
Works of Hindemith, Bach, Rossi, Persichetti and others.

10 Fri      COLLABORATION CONCERT. . .  7:30 pm
Freude! Case Concert Choir, Cleveland State Un. Chorale, University Circle Festival Choir
and Case/University Circle Orchestra present
Haydn’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Calm and Prosperous Voyage and Mendelssohn’s Magnificat.
Church of the Covenant
11205 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

12 Sun    WARREN PHILHARMONIC . . . . 3:00 pm
The Power of Fate
Susan Davenny Wyner, Conductor
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren
Works of J.S. Bach, Bizet and Tchaikovsky

12 Sun    DAVID HIGGS, Organ . . . . 4:00 pm
Chairman Organ Dept., Eastman School
Stambaugh Organ Series
Stambaugh Auditorium  $
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown
Works of J.S. Bach, Whitlock, Creston, Kennedy, Sowerby
Hampton, Lefebure-Wely and Liszt

17 Fri      TOM TRENNEY, Organ . .  . 8:00 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
50 N. Prospect, Akron

19 Sun    ROBERT MONCRIEF, Organ . . . 4:00 pm
Fairlawn Lutheran Church
3415 W. Market, Akron
Works of Reger, J.S. Bach, Couperin, Howells, Franck,
Swann, Locklair, Bingham, Albright, Hancock and Paine

24 Fri      OLIVIER LATRY, Organ  . . . 7:00 pm
Titular Organist, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
Basilica of St. John the Baptist
627 McKinley Avenue, Canton
Works of J.S. Bach, Franck, Vierne, Alain, Cochereau, Dupre and Latry

25 Sat   ADAM ZAGOTTI, GRADUATE RECITAL . . . 7:30 pm  (Rescheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2015 — 2:00 pm)
Choral Concert
Christ Episcopal Church
2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren
Works of Victoria, Handel, McGlynn, Brahms, Priano (World Premiere),
Tavener and Hogan

26 Sun    MARILYN KAISER, Organ . . .4:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1361 W. Market Street, Akron

26 Sun    ERIC PLUTZ, Organist  . . . 4:00 pm
University Organist, Princeton University
Calvary Episcopal Church
315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

1 Fri        PETER RICHARD CONTE, Organ           8:00 pm
Wanamaker Organ, Macy’s Philadelphia
Silent Film “The Kid”
Stambaugh Auditorium  $
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown

3 Sun      WEST SHORE CHORALE                         7:30 pm
John Drotleff, Musical Director
Beethoven: Mass in C
Bach: Cantata 11 Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (excerpts)
Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts
20770 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River

7 Th        JUBILATION (Choir Festival)                    8:00 pm
Cathedral of St. John
1007 Superior-E 9th, ClevelanD

10 Sun    OPERA / BROADWAY GALA                   5:00 pm
Five at Five Series
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1250 W. Exchange, Akron

15 Fri      BRUCE NESWICK, Organ                         8:00 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
50 N. Prospect, Akron

17 Sun    Haydn’s CREATION
               STAMBAUGH CHORUS                            5:00 pm
Soloists, Chamber Orchestra, Chorus
Dr. Hae-Jong Lee, Director
Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown



April 2015

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

I hope that this letter finds you well and that your Easter preparations and celebrations were filled with great joy!  I love the Holy Week celebrations!  Yes, I admit it is a lot of planning, preparing, rehearsing, and practicing. It can also be fraught with a lot of anxiety.  Yet, through all of this, I love moving through the different liturgies and services of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.

It doesn’t seem possible that another program year is almost over.  Our March program was again another successful event! Many thanks to those of you who were involved.  My personal thanks to Dr. Daniel Laginya and the good people of St. Columba Cathedral who opened there doors to us and provided such a beautiful setting for this program.  My thanks to Dr. Michael Bray, the members of the Thiel Choir and to their accompanist Kay Gray for adding Youngstown as a stop on their tour this year. Thanks as always goes to our Sub-Dean, Adam Zagotti, for scheduling another fine concert for our program year.   Finally, a huge thank you to all of you that attended and supported this program.

The Executive Committee and Officers met recently to accept the nominations for the 2015-16 Executive Committee members and Officers.  My thanks to Karen Barr and her committee for creating this ballot of individuals willing to serve our Guild in leadership roles!  As I write this Dean’s letter, however, we do not have anyone willing to serve as Sub-Dean for the Guild.  The Sub-Dean is involved in planning programming for the chapter’s yearly meetings as well as assisting the Dean in various capacities.  Please do not let this scare you away!  The entire Executive Committee and Officers are willing to assist you in any way they can to make this job easier for you.  Please prayerfully consider serving in this position if you are even remotely interested.  If you need more information or would like to discuss this position with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or any of the other Officers or Executive Committee members.

While we have no meeting planned for April, please plan to be with us on Monday, May 11th for our Annual meeting at Station Square Restaurant in Liberty.  This year, in addition to wrapping up our year with reports concerning next year’ programming, our Regional Convention update, and the installation of our new officers we have a special treat for you.  Marianne Speicher’s family has donated her entire organ library to the Guild.  They wish for the Guild members to go through her library and take whatever we would like to have for our own personal libraries.  I will be bringing both boxes of music with me to the meeting for you all to peruse. We thank the Speicher family for generously donating this music for our use!

I would also ask that you consider attending “Race to Indy”, the 2015 Great Lakes Regional Convention of the AGO from July 12-15 of this summer.  It will be an exciting time and should help spark many of us as we prepare to host our own Regional Convention in two years. More information can be found in your TAO and also on the AGO’s website.  Let’s do our best to support this year’s Convention!  2017 is just around the corner…

I leave you with verse one of Alleluia! Jesus is Risen! (EARTH AND ALL STARS)

Alleluia! Jesus is risen!
Trumpets resounding in glorious light.
Splendor, the lamb, heaven forever!
Oh what a miracle God has in sight!
Jesus is risen and we shall arise.
Give God the glory! Alleluia!

Relax this month. Enjoy the weather and sunshine!
Tim L. Elder, Dean


Contributions to the Richard Stevenson Memorial for the 2017 Youngstown Regional 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 (Memo: Stevenson Memorial).


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

1   NO CONCERT (Holy Week)


Annie Fullard, Violin & Elizabeth DeMio, piano

Birch Browning, director. This remarkable ensemble will provide sonic thrills filling the cathedral.

Doug Wood and friends offer a fun concert celebrating the release of their new CD Cellocentric.

Youngstown Chapter Annual Meeting

American Guild of Organists

Monday, May 11, 2015 — 6:30 pm

Station Square Restaurant

4250 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown

Program for upcoming year, update of 2017 Regional Convention, installation of officers.


Happy 460th Birthday,
Manuel Rodrigues Coelho!

Though remote from the centers of European life in the sixteenth century, Portugal produced a number of fine composers. One of these, Manuel Rodrigues Coelho, was born circa 1555 in Elvas, Portugal. When he was about eight, he began studying music at Elvas Cathedral. From 1573 he was the interim organist at Badajoz Cathedral, and from sometime in the 1580s until 1602, Coelho served as organist at Elvas Cathedral. He was ordained to the priesthood circa 1589, yet he continued to play the organ, at Lisbon Cathedral (1602-1603) and at Lisbon’s Chapel Royal (1604-1633).

Coelho was also a composer; his extant compositions are contained in a 1620 publication, Flores de musica pera o instrument de tecla & harpa. Here we find the earliest Portuguese keyboard works that have survived. Included are twenty-four tientos, one hundred one kyries and hymns, and four settings of the hymn Pange lingua.

Coelho’s best known works are his tientos, known in Portuguese as tentos. A tiento is an Iberian genre similar to the Italian ricercare or fantasia. Our colleague Dr. Daniel W. Laginya, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Coelho, writes, “These Renaissance instrumental types resemble the vocal motet and madrigal in their form and contrapuntal style.  Coelho’s tentos are large works, ranging between 159 and 307 measures in length (average = 242 mm.). Flores de musica contains three tentos for each of the eight church modes.” Dr. Laginya includes Coelho’s own Foreword (translated by our former colleague, Dr. Robert Hopkins), which includes detailed instructions on how to play Coelho’s work, e.g., “’And I admonish here against starting a tento without finishing it, and with poor rhythm; it is much better to play it in its entirety to reveal what it really is.’” Of the four Susanas, based on a tune titled Susanne un jour, Coelho states that “’each [is] different from the others and all [are] in four voice-parts, due to the fact that more than four voices are not suitable for the instrument, since a greater number of voices (in contrast to vocal composition) sounds indiscriminate on it and is of no worth.”

Manuel Rodrigues Coelho retired in 1633 and died in 1635. His work is available online, in print, and in recordings. Dr. Laginya’s dissertation is available online via Proquest (subscription required). This writer thanks him for allowing her to use material from his work. (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


Contact Us

Dean: Tim Elder
Sub-Dean: Adam Zagotti
Secretary: Gary P. Richards
Treasurer: Nancy Brescia

Newsletter editor: Gary Richards

Executive Board Members 
Bradley A. Bonam. .
Jeannine Morris. .
Mary Ann Bilas Bush. .
Susanne Mayerchak. .
Sean Baran. . .
Nancy McNeal



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