Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

Chapter News

July 2012

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Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank Beverly Simmons for doing a wonderful job as dean for the last three years, and I look forward to serving the Central Hudson Valley chapter as the new dean.

This will be the second time I have been honored to be chosen as dean of an AGO chapter. When I became dean of the Brooklyn chapter back in 1990, I would travel from where I lived in Queens many times driving over the Kosciusko Bridge (the section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that crosses in a high arch over the Newtown Canal which borders the two boroughs just east of Manhattan). Here one sees a vast expanse of Brooklyn – miles of businesses, homes and most notably church steeples. This humbling view would leave me wondering just what kind of impact the American Guild of Organists was truly having in a large world. The Central Hudson Valley presents a similar challenge as the area we serve covers a vast geographical area – from Port Jervis in the west to Rhinebeck in the north and beyond Millbrook to the east.

The answer of course is we in the AGO are indeed having a meaningful impact on the greater organist community because of the dedicated volunteers who serve our chapter selflessly month after month and because of every one of you who is taking time to read the chapter website and newsletter. Each one of you has devoted him or herself to bettering your worship music program through the educational opportunities and sharing of common standards which the AGO provides – both on the national and local level. This past year the Central Hudson Valley chapter held events in Fishkill, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and other places, and we look forward this year to continue participating in these places while reaching out to others.

We will begin this year as we always do in the heart of our area – in the town of Wappingers Falls. On Sunday, July 29 beginning at 3 pm, Eric Hepp will host our annual Summer Picnic at his home conveniently located about 3 miles east of the village center off the main artery of the County Route 93. Eric provides the meat and the grill along with beverages – guests are asked to bring side dishes, salads and desserts. If you wish to contact Eric at 845-790-3381 to see what is needed, that will be helpful though not totally necessary. This picnic is a fun, relaxed way to gather together, and we hope to see you there.

If you have not yet renewed your membership for the upcoming year, please go to our web site at www.chvago.org and click on the “How to Join” drawknob to the left – the instructions are very easy. I thank both Susan LaGrande and Dan Long for making this website very easily navigable and attractive.

Please accept my best wishes for a blessed summer and a new year of opportunities in the fall.

Craig Williams
Dean, Central Hudson Valley AGO

Membership News

  • Susan LaGrande has accepted a position as organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Beacon. She continues as assistant organist at St. Mary’s RC Church in Poughkeepsie.

  • Larry Hazard has accepted a position as organist at the Reformed Church of Beacon, NY.

  • Please note the new list of officers on the masthead of this newsletter. Your new board is eager to serve you and respond to your suggestions; please contact us!

  • Deadline for Next Newsletter

    We are always glad to receive input for the chapter newsletter in the form of calendar items, reviews of recent concerts and events, biographies, letters, photographs, etc. In order to make sure these submissions can be processed in a timely fashion, please make sure they are received by the 23rd of each month. However, material such as calendar items may be submitted at any time; even if the material may not make it into the printed newsletter, it can be quickly posted on our web site at www.chvago.org.

    You may submit newsletter or web site material by mail, e-mail, fax or phone. Just contact the editor, Susan LaGrande, using the information given above. Remember, the deadline for the next printed newsletter, to be available the first week in August, is July 23rd.

    Editor’s Corner

    This newsletter is published by the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The editor is:
    Susan LaGrande
    12 Montrose Lane
    Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
    Phone: 845-226-6496 (home) - Fax: 845-226-1035

Website by Dan Long