Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

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Newsletter - July 2002

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Letter from the Dean

Greetings from West Point! I understand that the Members' Recital was a success, and I was sorry to miss it. Thanks to all who played and/or helped "behind the scenes." Yours truly was in Wisconsin working on year number two of graduate studies. Two more summers of course work, and I'll be done spending summer "vacation" in Wisconsin at school. Hymnology and Music Theory classes this year -- anybody want to analyze some of a Mahler symphony? Neither did I, but it was part of a grade… It's an interesting program. Because of the summer classes and short residency requirement, Concordia University Wisconsin is able to draw a very diversified group into its summer studies. This Lutheran school is shaking from the effects of the Methodists, Baptists and us Presbyterians in the classes. It's good to make the professors think, and to watch them be amazed that we know hymns and hymn tunes that they don't!

I'm looking forward to the next chapter event, the annual picnic. This year it will be held at Greg Citarella's home. Be sure to bring your music and your organ shoes so you can try out his organ! Details about the picnic can be found on the next page.

The BIG news is that our chapter has been accepted to host the 2005 regional convention!! Plenty of excitement, and many opportunities for ALL of us to participate in the planning and running of this event. This will be a great way for us to show off not only our chapter, but also our area and the rich resources that it has to offer. We will soon be forming the convention committee to tackle this fabulous task. If you are interested in serving on the convention committee, please contact your friendly neighborhood chapter board member and let us know.

I am also happy to report that the USMA Band softball team is currently in FIRST place in the intramural softball league on West Point. Although I could only play the first two games of the season, we did win both and have finished our regular season with a record of 10 and 4. We can finish no lower than a tie for second place. Oh yes, we do still play music once in a while… See you at the picnic on the 14th!!!!!

Chapter Picnic Plans Finalized

Our annual chapter picnic will be held at Greg Citarella's house on Sunday, July 14, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, rain or shine. This event is always greatly enjoyed, and this year promises to be no exception.

Since our picnic falls on Bastille Day this year, our overall theme will be French (decorations in bleu, blanc et rouge, etc.). As in previous years, the chapter will supply hamburgers and hot dogs with buns, chicken, and condiments, as well as paper goods. The rest of the menu is up to you! Here are some suggestions:

Please choose an item from this list, and call Susan LaGrande at 845-226-6496 or click here to send an e-mail, to let us know what you would like to bring.

Children and families are very welcome at the picnic. Just be sure to let us know how many from your household will be attending so we can plan accordingly. Again, please call Susan LaGrande at 845-226-6496 or click here to send an e-mail. Attire should be "loose and comfy." If you have lawn chairs, please bring them. Also bring your organ shoes and music, for playing Greg's wonderful Johannus organ.

Directions to Greg Citarella's House

From the north:
Travel south on Route 9 to Wappingers Falls. Landmarks to pass on Route 9: JD Cohen Furniture Store, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut. Turn right off of Route 9 directly in front of Pizza Hut, onto Old Route 9. Travel south on Old Route 9 approximately 500 feet. Greg's house is on the left side. Black Mailbox at the bottom of the driveway. Sharp left turn up the driveway or park on the street.

From the south:
Take Route 84 to Exit 13N (Route 9 North). Stay on Route 9 going north for 5 miles. Landmarks to pass: Wal-Mart, Volvo and Volkswagen dealerships. Once you see a Toyota Dealership on your left side, get into the left lane of Route 9. At the second traffic light after passing the Toyota dealership turn left on to Middlebush Road. Travel 500 feet on Middlebush Road and at the next traffic light turn right onto Old Route 9N. Travel approximately one quarter of a mile north on Old Route 9N. You will pass a Karate Studio on the left, and a Glassworks gallery. Then there will be a long wooden fence on your left side. At the end of the long wooden fence, on the right side of the road, is Greg's driveway. There is a black mailbox with the house number 784 written on it. There will be balloons or something to identify the driveway. Park in the driveway or on the street.

Membership Updates

  • Welcome to our newest member:
         Stuart L. Ballinger
         11 Lown Court
         Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3321
         E-mail: wa2bss@vh.net
  • If you have not yet sent in your membership renewal form, please do so TODAY! The time is fast approaching when our Treasurer, Mary Caskey, must report to AGO Headquarters with the final list of members - if your name is not included, it will be removed from the subscription list for The American Organist magazine and it may take a few months for you to get reinstated. Don't risk getting left out! If you need a form, please call Mary Caskey at 845-534-2938 or Susan LaGrande at 845-226-6496, or click here to download a PDF version of the form. YOUR CHAPTER WANTS YOU!
  • Clara Miller was featured in another article in the Poughkeepsie Journal - this time on the front page! The article, which appeared on Monday, July 24, focused on the differences between Clara's early education and her recent college experience, which culminated in her recent graduation from SUNY New Paltz. A photograph of Clara with her daughter, grand-daughter, and great-grand-daughter accompanied the article. Clara's long career as an organist was also mentioned. Congratulations, Clara!

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: 845-226-3248

All material in this newsletter (except for lists of members' addresses and phone numbers) is available on our web site at www.chvago.org

Newsletter Items Wanted

Contributions to this newsletter are always welcome. We have been very pleased to offer a member profile in previous issues. If you would like to be profiled, you may write your own biography (up to 500 words) or contact the editor to arrange an interview.

We also solicit news of upcoming events for our Calendar page, as well as reviews, particularly of recent chapter events. Articles and news items may be submitted to the editor by mail or by e-mail at the address above. Articles may be edited for length or clarity.

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