Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

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April 2011

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Dear Colleagues,

Easter is around the corner and hopefully (in spite of the snow currently coming down!) spring as well. I know it will be a welcome relief this year to say good-bye to winter. After Easter we all need to get ready for the Member’s Recital at Zion Episcopal in Wappingers Falls on May 22 at 3:00 PM. If you are able to practice during the day you may go to the office (in the house next to the church) and ask the administrator, Chris, for the keys.(Zion’s phone is 845-297-9797.) She is there Monday through Thursday from 8 to 4:30 (with a lunch break from 12-1). If it is absolutely impossible to go during any of those times then Gregory Citarella has agreed to be the person to contact (845-297-7693). He will have a set of keys and can let you in to practice. (All of this will be in place after Easter. Before that I’m sure we’re all busy in our own parishes.) You can, however, send ea message at beverlysim@verizon.net or call me at 845-463-1249 anytime to let me know what piece you will be playing, the composer and dates and the approximate length. I will be putting the program together.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a workshop given by Brian Wren, the hymn writer. If you check your denominational hymnal in the author index you will most likely find a number of entries. He wrote “I come with joy to meet my Lord” as well as “Christ upon the mountain peak” and “Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.” He had been commissioned to write a new hymn for this conference and I would like to share it with you here. The text is perfect for Maundy Thursday as well as other occasions. The meter is 10. 10. 10. 10. 10. 10. It can be sung to Unde et memores or Song I. There are no doubt other tunes with the same meter. Do remember that you need a copyright license (such as onelicense.net) to reprint the words or use them in any way. We have such a license at Trinity so I plan to use it during the foot washing on Maundy Thursday.

Christ Jesus, on the night you were betrayed
you knelt to wash our feet, and called us “friends.”
Then from the heart, with all your heart you prayed
to God, the Life on whom all life depends,
that we would take the Way you had begun,
walk in your love, and in your love be one.

Forgive us when we do each other down
with gossip, insult, ridicule or guile,
or when we do not care enough to frown,
debate and differ, clash and reconcile.
Give us persistent zeal in all we do
to love as you love us, and follow you.

Good Shepherd, through our glory, grief and shame
you pray for us, and daily, hour by hour,
lift every life and utter every name
with dying love and resurrection power.
A towel and basin shall declare
our joint thanksgiving and your constant prayer.

Brian Wren ©2011Hope Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved
One License.net License A-713426 (this is for Trinity Church)

As we celebrate Easter this year let us also remember those who are celebrating in the nearer presence of God. I’m thinking especially of Jay Shupe, a long- time friend and supporter of our chapter. We were all saddened to learn of his death in February and we send our sympathy to Jeanne, his widow. His cheerful countenance and support will be greatly missed.

In the near future we hope to have a “choral lending library” in the “Private” section of our website. Those of us who have our libraries on the computer and who are willing to lend out music will be able to post lists of our holdings. Then anyone wanting to borrow a piece can contact that director and make the arrangements. I’ll tell you more when we actually have it up and running.

I hope you have a blessed Lent and a glorious Easter. Happy Passover to our Jewish friends.

In Memoriam: Jasper A.D. Shupe, Jr. (1921 - 2011)

FISHKILL - Jasper A.D. "Jay" Shupe, Jr. of Fishkill, NY, beloved husband of Jeanne Shupe, passed away on February 23, 2011. Jay has been a highly valued friend of our chapter for many years.

Jay was born on July 23, 1921 in Collierstown, VA to Jasper A. D. Shupe and Josephine Mitchell Shupe.

After graduation from Powhatan (Virginia) High School he came to New York City to work for Norman Bel Geddes, who built the General Motors Exhibit for the 1939 Worlds Fair. After the Worlds Fair he began his banking career with the New York Chapter, American Institute of Banking and was with a savings bank in New York City until he enlisted in the Navy on December 8, 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. His service in the Navy included participation in the invasions of Leyte and Salerno (Italy) and five invasions in the Pacific.

After the war he resumed his banking career in New Jersey, was a Federal Deposit Insurance Bank Examiner and joined the Beacon Savings Bank in 1959, serving as President from 1961 to 1974, and retired from Albany Savings Bank in December 1981.

Jay was an active member of the Beacon Kiwanis Club for over 45 years, served as club President and as a New York Lieutenant Governer and in the Seminole, FL Kiwanis Club. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Spruce Ridge Condominium Association, where he also served as Chairman of the Landscaping Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the former Highland Hospital, Beacon. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, where he and his wife sponsored an annual concert at the church in celebration of their wedding anniversary. In his later years Jay became a student of pipe organs, traveling throughout the Northeast to listen to their unique tonal qualities and learn about their construction and maintenance.

On September 19, 1942 he married Jeanne Tremblay in Metuchen, New Jersey. In addition to his wife of 68 years he is survived by his sons Jasper (Jay) Shupe, III (Wendy) of Glenville, NY and Donald Shupe (Jane) of Salisbury, NC, grandchildren David Shupe (Ronnie) of Neptune, NJ, Stephanie Shupe Comeau (Richard) of Clifton Park, NY, Renee' Shupe of Durham, NC and four great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Raymond and Finis and sisters Jane and Ruth.

Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

A memorial concert and service at the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave, Beacon, NY

For directions or to leave an online condolence please visit libbyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on February 25, 2011.

2011 POE Dates and Locations Announced


Nine Summer Educational Programs for Teenagers and Adults Announced by the AGO with Generous Funding Provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America and the American Institute of Organbuilders

NEW YORK CITY—The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce six PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS (POEs) and one POE (Advanced) for students aged 13–18; one POE (Technical) for students aged 16–23; and one POE+ program for adult students in 2011. Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) and the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) will support the summer programs, which will be held from coast to coast. Complete contact information for each Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in The American Organist magazine and online at www.agohq.org. The summer schedule follows:

POE for ages 13–18
June 5–10 Waco, Tex.
June 12–17 Birmingham, Ala.
June 12–17 Colorado Springs, Colo.
June 19–24 Wilmington, Del.
June 26–July 1 Ann Arbor, Mich.
July 10–14 Portland, Oreg.
POE (Advanced) for ages 13–18
July 17–22 Boston, Mass.
POE (Technical) for ages 16–23
July 17–22 Boston, Mass.

POE+ for Adults
June 6–11 Rockford, Ill.
“The AGO and APOBA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since 1975,” declared AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “Likewise, the AIO has been active in supporting the Guild’s educational programs, beginning with their partnership in Pulling Out All the Stops, a video produced jointly by the AGO, AIO, APOBA, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Theater Organ Society in 1996. Collectively, APOBA and the AIO have contributed more than $350,000 in support of the AGO’s educational programs over the past 15 years. For their ongoing, committed generosity in supporting the Guild’s mission to ‘promote the organ,’ we are extremely grateful.”

The PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTER is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer organ music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Basic keyboard proficiency is required, although previous organ study is not necessary. The POE (Advanced) provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing for students who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. The POE (Technical) is a program designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building. Scholarship assistance is available. The POE+ is a summer program filled with practical information and instruction for adult keyboard musicians interested in improving their service-playing skills. Participants will be introduced to basic organ skills through private instruction and classes. The weeklong experience will lead to greater confidence and competence at the organ.

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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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