Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

Chapter Information

Chapter Officers
Who We Are and What We Do
Chapter Membership Application
Chapter Scholarship Program

Chapter Officers

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Laura Russell - Dean
845-485-1648
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Nancy Vanderlee - Secretary
914-204-6472
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Craig Williams - Membership Chairman
845-239-2262
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Connie Lacey - Board Member
845-897-5962
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Charles Faverio - Board Member
845-897-5844
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Eric Hepp - Sub-Dean
845-790-3381
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Susan Guse - Treasurer
845-242-1478
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Susan LaGrande - Newsletter Editor
845-226-6496
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Glenn May - Board Member
732-583-3461
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Who We Are and What We Do

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.

Chartered in 1952, the Central Hudson Valley Chapter covers Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland counties in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. Our members come from Kingston and Rhinebeck in the north to West Point and Suffern in the south and west.

Chapter events happen monthly from September through July. Our programs have included organ crawls, lecture/recitals, choral reading sessions, presentations on employer/employee relations, picnics, improvisation classes, a workshop on Digital/Computer-Aided E-Music, handbell workshops and the annual members' recital. Our chapter members have a wide range of skills and experiences, and we try to have events that will be helpful or interesting to as many members as possible.

We welcome musicians of all skill levels and those who play on all instruments, including pipe organs, electronic organs and theatre organs. Click here for more information about becoming a member of the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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Chapter Scholarship Program

The Margaret Pecoraro Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support and encourage young organists, in memory of chapter member Margaret Pecoraro, who died in November 2002. Born in Mainz, Germany, in 1931, Margaret was a church organist by the age of 12. She graduated from the Church Music Institute of the Diocese of Mainz as an Organist and Choir Master in 1941. She also obtained her degree as a Piano Teacher. In 1958 she came to the United States and married; she played the organ and gave piano lessons for many years while raising her family. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2001, she continued to play regularly until a few months before her death. Margaret is remembered as an exacting teacher who was at the same time encouraging and compassionate.

To qualify for scholarship awards, a candidate must be 21 years old or younger; must be a full-time student in a degree/diploma program; must study organ on a regular basis; must be a member of the American Guild of Organists (if not already a member, membership will included in the scholarship grant). References must be supplied. Anyone may apply for scholarship funds, but preference will be given to chapter members first and then to students residing or studying within Region II of the American Guild of Organists. Funds are awarded in the spring, not more than once a year, at the discretion of the executive board of the Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO.

Scholarship funds may be awarded in the following ways :

To send a message to the chapter secretary regarding a student who may be interested in applying for scholarship funds, please click here.

Updated 5/29/2017

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