Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

Chapter News

August 2013

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Last year at this time, I wrote the following:

“Summer is seen by many as a time to ease up on responsibilities, relax and enjoy the beauties of the warmer season. What I observe however is that people are as busy as ever. Perhaps we are not involved in many of the routine tasks we face between September and June, but it does seem we stay very busy.”

If anything, I think those words are even truer this year than last. It is hard to believe that I took on more than a year ago the role and privilege of being dean of the Central Hudson Valley chapter. These last months have gone very quickly, and the pace rarely lets up. I am sure many of you agree.

This has been a year of trying some adjustments in the scheduling, working with the talents and passions of fellow musicians and making some mistakes along the way. That said we are in terrific shape going into the next year. Please take a look at the Calendar, and you will see there are many exciting activities in which you can take part. The Organ Crawl in the city of Middletown is going to be a great opportunity to see and hear some very fine historic instruments in the middle of Orange County. Some of the largest pipe organs in the region outside of West Point are right in that area, and visiting one city only scratches the surface. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

The last couple of years in the fall we have enjoyed choral and organ music co-sponsoring a concert with Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, and we will keep up that new tradition on October 20th. Please plan on attending – or, better, participating in – that concert. The Calendar has more details. You can see other upcoming events as well.

Eric Hepp hosted a wonderful picnic on July 21st, and it was terrific to meet up with many friends and enjoy good food and company – and take home some choral music as well. Among the many topics of conversation which came up, one subject in particular seems to be at least in the back of people’s minds and that is the attainment or advancement of certification in the AGO. I will discuss this further in the coming months, but it was interesting to see how some are thinking seriously about obtaining the Service Playing Certificate – while some who already hold the SPC are contemplating taking the Colleague exam. We mentioned last month in this newsletter that one of our members, Wesley T. Joseph, achieved the CAGO this past spring.

I am proud to say I now have some new letters after my name also, successfully passing the Associate exam this past June. I can say confidently the hard work was well worth it, not only in obtaining a new credential but just in expanding the learning and awareness which comes through such a process. I hope others in our chapter will also consider the benefits of the work involved in achieving AGO certification.

In the meantime, amidst the demands of our schedules, enjoy the beauties of the short season of summer; and I hope to see many of you at one of our activities in the fall.

Craig Williams, AAGO
Dean, Central Hudson Valley AGO

AGO Receives Sponsorship for Young Artists and POE

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce a new partnership formed with the Jordan Organ Endowment of Columbus (Ga.) State University. The Jordan Endowment’s commitment of $105,000 over ten years (2013–2022) will support the AGO’s National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) for youth in the Southeastern States.

"We at the Jordan Organ Endowment are truly excited by this partnership with the AGO in supporting programs that both bring new people to the organ and that nurture those who are already studying to perfect their artistry at the instrument," declared Joseph Golden, University Organist and Associate Director of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. "The documented impact created by the POE program has captured the attention of the Jordan Organ Endowment; we are so pleased to assist in this most worthy endeavor that brings so many young musicians to a greater understanding and appreciation of the King of Instruments. The long-term relationship that has now begun between the Jordan Organ Endowment and the AGO helps ensure that the POE program and the NYACOP will continue to encourage young organists, both beginners and those more advanced, for many years to come."

"The AGO is grateful to the Jordan Organ Endowment for its generous support of two of our most cherished educational and competition programs," added AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. "Pipe Organ Encounters and NYACOP have an international appeal; each one attracts some of the brightest young keyboard players and most talented organists of their generation."

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

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 September 2013, is August 23rd.

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