Dear Colleagues and Friends:
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I am penning this letter upon returning from Scotland where I vacationed for 10 days. The Scottish Highlands, Lochs and Isle of Skye are all as beautiful as you can imagine.
I attended church, The Church of Scotland, and trust me when I tell you everybody sings. The church attendance was very reassuring. Translation: the church was full. This was a country church and I think 150 people were present and accounted for.
Speak to me! How was the convention? Drop me a note. We would all enjoy hearing about your experience while at convention. This is the International Year of the Organ and I am sure the convention had a lot to offer the conventioneers who attended. I am anxious to read about your trip.
Hopefully each of you is going to take some time to refresh during these summer months. It’s time to get out and smell the roses and enjoy God’s wonderful handiwork in creation. The birds are singing, the warm breezes are blowing and yes, from time to time the rains are caressing. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Before you know it September will be upon us and we will all be back to our usual busy schedules.
During the month of June I mailed a Certificate of Appreciation to one of our founding members, Kathleen Pearson. Kay is living in Florida these days and is going strong. We had a very nice telephone conversation. Kay was thrilled beyond words knowing that she has been recognized for her efforts as an organist and colleague of ours. We are tremendously indebted to Kay for laying the foundations upon which our celebrated chapter is a beneficiary.
I am anxiously looking forward to seeing many of you at the annual Chapter Picnic on Sunday, July 13, 2008 beginning at 4:00 PM. This year we will have our picnic at Eric Hepp’s home located at 24 Lor-Mar Court in Wappingers Falls, NY. (See directions below.)
Eric is also our treasurer, as you know. He is anxiously awaiting renewal and new membership forms along with your dues to arrive at his home. Our dues have remained steady this year. What a relief with gas prices and grocery bills soaring to lofty heights! If you do the math, and if you are paying the $88 as a regular member, that works out to just $7.33 per month. This nominal rate will get you our wonderful magazine (TAO) which is our window to many events, concerts and articles. Please take a moment and send in those renewal forms as soon as possible. Save a stamp and consider bringing them to the picnic.
I will send out a reminder note again in short order before our picnic. Please invite your spouse, partner, friend, your clergy, or just bring yourself. Do make it a point though to come and get together for a relaxing and enjoyable time.
Please review our web calendar. There are many events coming up in the autumn time frame. I will be sending out a note in regards to Dr. Victoria Sirota’s workshop. Dr. Sirota is both a concert organist and an Episcopal Priest and was formerly National Chaplain of the AGO. Her topic is “Preaching to the Choir; Claiming the Role of Sacred Musician.” Her book of the same title is superb. You won't want to miss hearing what she has to say. It would be a good opportunity to invite your clergy to join you. There will be more information about this from me in a future monthly letter.
Remember to keep our colleague and member Ray Corey and his wife Heather and their family in your prayers. Ray is no longer at the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie. He has been transferred to Castle Point Veterans Hospital; see below for his contact information.
Well, my friends, I do not want to take up too much of your time reading this letter. I look forward to seeing you in person at our chapter picnic.
I would like to leave you with the following prayer for Church Musicians and Artists:
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven:
Be ever present with your servants who seek through music and art to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; Amen.
Remain in His Service…
Soli Deo Gloria
Gregory J. Citarella+
Directions to Eric Hepp's House:
Southbound from Mid-Hudson Bridge:
Take Rte 9 South for 9 miles, past IBM, shopping malls, and car dealers. Move to the left lane when you get to Home Depot. Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-93 [MYERS CORNERS RD] and proceed for 2.8 miles. Turn LEFT (North) onto LOR-MAR COURT FOR 0.1 mile. Eric's house is on the right.
Northbound from Newburgh-Beacon Bridge:
Take NY Rte-9D North for 5.8 miles. Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-93 [MIDDLEBUSH ROAD, which becomes MYERS CORNERS RD at ROUTE 9] and proceed for 3.6 miles. Turn LEFT (North) onto LOR-MAR COURT FOR 0.1 mile. Eric's house is on the right.
• Merrelyn Gallagher has accepted a position as interim organist at Lyall Memorial Federated Church in Millbrook.
• Ray Corey can be reached at the following address:
Castle Point Hospital, Ward B2
100 Route 9D
Castle Point, NY 12511
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. You may submit newsletter material by mail, e-mail, or phone. Just contact the editor, Susan LaGrande, using the information given below. Remember, the deadline for the next newsletter, to be available the first week in August, is July 23rd.
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Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
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