Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

Chapter News

May 2009

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A Blessed Eastertide to all!

Holy Week seems so far behind me at the moment. Easter at St. Nicholas-on-the-Hudson was a Joyous state of affairs. Isn’t it amazing how things somehow come together even under all the pressures we endure? It is amazing. God truly does watch over his children. That includes Organists too!

Now we step into Eastertide, followed by Ascension Thursday, Rogation Days and Pentecost (50 Days). Before you know it….Advent! Yes, time is indeed marching quickly!

I hope you are practicing for our Annual Members Recital on Sunday May 31, 2009 – 2:00 PM at the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church located at 2381 New Hackensack Road (a/k/a Route 376) in Poughkeepsie. This is where our host and colleague Polly James serves as Minister of Music and Organist. Please review our calendar for more details and practice information.

May is upon us with many wonderful colors in our gardens. There are lots of songs in the air. Nature is singing with great gusto. The sound of music surrounds and encompasses us. Get out and enjoy this time of year. As you know, it will be over in a measure. Soon we will be baking in the high heat and dripping humidity that the Hudson Valley is noted for. Speaking of the Hudson Valley, I am reminded that this is the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson sailing his ship the “Half Moon” up the river which now bears his name. Prior to Henry sailing up the river it was known as the “Muheconneok” or translated as the “River which flows both ways” or better yet “the waters which are never still”. I bring this topic up because our colleague and chapter member, Joseph Bertolozzi has been commissioned to compose a piece of music to help celebrate this 400th anniversary. The composition is entitled "Bridge Music." For information, visit Joe's web site and click on "Bridge Music." All the best Joe!

Last month I mentioned that our member Ruthanne Schempf has a new CD. Well this month I want to let you know that yet another one of our colleagues and chapter member, Craig Williams has a CD available through the Organ Historical Society. Please help support our colleagues’ efforts by purchasing these as gifts for the present or maybe Christmas stocking stuffers.

We are blessed with many talented organists and musicians in our chapter!

The time is approaching for me to bid you all farewell as your dean. I will be stepping aside after June 30, 2009. I will remain on the chapter board in an ex-officio or advisory capacity and I will help out whenever asked to do so. Many of our board members will continue in their present positions which they have held during my tenure as your dean, with Beverly Simmons as Dean and Craig Williams as Sub-Dean. Click here for an official ballot which you may print and complete as indicated on the form.

Dues are due! It’s that time of year again. Click here for a renewal application. Send in your dues early to our treasurer Eric Hepp. Eric’s address is right there on the form.

Lastly, I received a telephone call from Jack Davis today. He was excited to share news that his former student, Thomas Sheehan, who is studying at Westminster College of the Arts, won the Poister Competition in Syracuse New York. Thomas was the only undergraduate that was in the competition! All the competitors are either working on a master’s or already have their master’s. What a great accomplishment! Congratulations Thomas!

Mark your calendars: Sunday, May 24, 2009, Thomas Sheehan will be performing where Jack Davis serves as organist and choir director – The Poughkeepsie Reformed Church - 70 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. I look forward to seeing many of you attending this fine young artist’s performance.

In closing:

Psalm 143:8

“Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for I put my trust in you;
show me the road that I must walk,
for I lift up my soul to you.”

Again to all a very Blessed Eastertide!

In His and Your Service I remain…

Gregory J. Citarella+

Membership News

• Pat Maimone writes: “Please thank Dean Gregory Citarella and the Board Members for the very thoughtful plaque which Gregory presented to me on behalf of the chapter at my Farewell to the Hudson Valley/Handel's 324th Birthday Concert at St. Mary's in Cold Spring February 22.”
Her new contact information is:
Ms. Pat Maimone
711 Porter Street
Glendale CA 91205
Cell Phone: 845-820-1245 (until October 2009)
E-mail: patmai@juno.com
Organist and Choir Director, 11 AM Classical Service
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
1343 Ocean Park Boulevard
Santa Monica CA 90405

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, fax 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 June, is May 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

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