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Newsletter - July 2003

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Letter from the Dean

Greetings from your sub-dean!

[Al is somewhere doing something. He says school. I say "Ri-i-i-ight!" So hopefully he is advancing his already extensive music education while some of us sit at the computer and pound away. But, never mind that…]

As we wind down from a hectic church year, we all need some time to recover, rest, and regroup for the next season. Our main event this summer is the annual picnic on Saturday, July 19 – again graciously hosted by Sue LaGrande. Click here for menu and other information, and click here for directions.

As you can see from the chapter programs section, your board has not been idle. We have proposed what we hope will be a well varied menu of quality events designed to meet a range of tastes as well as needs. As always, input on programming is appreciated. Nothing is etched in stone. To illustrate that point, our first event, the Evensong, will not take place at Holy Trinity as announced because Father George has been reassigned. Look for the new location down the line, but do hold the date and invite your clergyman – and anyone else who might find it worthwhile.

Changing hats for a moment, the other group in the chapter who has not been idle is the convention steering committee. We have been meeting since December of last year and are looking at some really fine programs. This month has found us plugging away at the budget, an area not dear to anyone's heart, but graciously facilitated by Steve Lynn, a generous volunteer who knows next to nothing about music but a lot about money. Steve has been meeting with small groups as well as the committee at large.

Just FYI, here is the list of committee chairs:

  • Program, Don Filkins
  • Hospitality, Connie Lacey and Alice Cann
  • Publicity, Rod MacLeod
  • Transportation and Logistics, Al Reese
  • Gifts and Grants, Rob Brown
  • Hotel and Housing, Greg Citarella
  • RCYO (competition) Pat Maimone
  • Exhibits, Susan Guse and Charles Faverio
  • Registration, Beverly Simmons
  • Secretary Pro-Tem, Lois Hoger
  • Program Booklet, Sue LaGrande
  • Coordinator, John Sullivan.
We can still use help on just about all the committees, so please contact me or the chairperson involved. We have seriously tried to be in touch with every chapter member individually, but there is no such thing as a perfect system.

Remember, WE, not THEY, are doing this convention. THEY can't be counted on to do anything. Ever.

Think how you can help. Ask how you can help. Then help. Please.

Finally, I'm sure Mary Caskey is just sitting and waiting for your dues. If you didn't get a form, holler. Loudly. The sooner she can get funds organized and our "national debt" resolved, the sooner we can move on and begin another vibrant exciting year of programs.

See y'all at yonder picnic. Best wishes for a pleasant, restful summer,

John Sullivan

Membership Updates

  • Fr. George Hafemann has recently announced he will be moving from the Church of the Holy Trinity in Poughkeepsie to the Church of Saint Joseph in Croton Falls, effective July 1, 2003. We wish him well in his new assignment and hope that he finds a good home in the Westchester Chapter.
  • Beverly Simmons is seeking a Saturday or Sunday evening organist/cholir director positions. She might be able to assist with Sunday noontime services if the church is not too distant from Wappingers Falls. Please contact her at 845-463-1249.

Come to the Picnic!

This year our picnic will be at Susan LaGrande's house at 12 Montrose Lane, Wappingers Falls. Click here for directions. We're going with a southwestern rodeo theme, so wear your Levis and your ten-gallon hat and be prepared for some good eats and good conversation. The chapter will provide ribs, chicken, chili, corn bread, rolls, salsa & chips, etc. as well as paper goods, ice and soda/beer. Below is a list of items that you can provide if you wish.

  • Green salad & dressing, with utensils
  • Potato Salad, with utensils
  • Pasta Salad, with utensils
  • Veggie Tray, with optional dip
  • Other delectable side dish
  • Pretzels/Potato chips
  • Fruit Bowl, with utensils
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Other wonderful dessert
  • Other beverage
  • Lawn chair
Please contact Susan or call her at 845-226-6496 to let her know which of these items you will be bringing. We will also be setting out a basket for donations to help cover expenses.

Directions to Picnic

Southbound from Mid-Hudson Bridge:

  1. Take Rte 9 South for 9 miles, past IBM, shopping malls, and car dealers. Move to the left lane when you get to B.J.'s Wholesale Club.
  2. Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-28 [OLD HOPEWELL RD] and proceed for 2.6 miles.
  3. Turn LEFT (North) onto CR-94 [ALL ANGELS HILL RD] for 0.7 miles.
  4. Turn RIGHT (East) onto BROWN RD. Stay on BROWN RD, which curves to the left (other roads go straight and to the right).
  5. Turn LEFT (North-West) onto MONTROSE LANE (2nd left turn). Look for the 6th house on the right. The driveway is 10 feet past the Dead End sign.
Northbound from Newburgh-Beacon Bridge:
  1. Take NY Rte-9D North for 5.25 miles.
  2. Turn RIGHT onto CR-28 [OLD HOPEWELL RD] - landmark: bright pink basket shop on left at traffic light. Continue on CR-28, crossing NY Rte 9, for 3.68 miles.
  3. Turn LEFT onto CR-94 [ALL ANGELS HILL RD] - landmark: old white farmhouse with picket fence on far left corner at traffic light. Continue for 0.67 miles.
  4. Turn RIGHT onto BROWN RD. Stay on BROWN RD, which curves to the left (other roads go straight and to the right).
  5. Turn LEFT (North-West) onto MONTROSE LANE (2nd left turn). Look for the 6th house on the right. The driveway is 10 feet past the Dead End sign.
Westbound from Taconic Parkway:
  1. Take the exit for NY-Rte 82 South toward Hopewell Junction. Continue on Rte 82 for 1.68 miles.
  2. Turn RIGHT onto CREAMERY RD and proceed for 0.96 miles.
  3. Turn RIGHT onto CR-29/ CLOVE BRANCH RD and proceed for 0.89 miles.
  4. Turn LEFT onto NY-376 and proceed for 0.38 miles past Van Wyck Jr. High School.
  5. At next traffic light, turn LEFT onto LAKE WALTON RD and proceed for 1.27 miles.
  6. Turn RIGHT onto BROWN RD and proceed for 0.39 miles.
  7. Turn RIGHT onto MONTROSE LN (2nd right turn). Look for the 6th house on the right. The driveway is 10 feet past the Dead End sign.

Scholarships Work!

The Boston AGO chapter reports that its Young Organists Initiative (YOI), which was established about 10 years ago to provide free organ lessons to students, has been quite successful. Each summer YOI students give a recital at King's Chapel, Boston, and now also at First Parish, Lexington. Next week, three alums of the program -- all continuing their organ studies -- will present a concert at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Cambridge. What is wonderful is that many of these students, even the younger ones, are really talented.

Keep in mind that our chapter also has a scholarship fund, established in memory of Margaret Pecoraro. Teachers, don't forget to mention this to your students who may be interested in applying for assistance from the fund. Contact a board member for more information.

AGO Receives Bequest of $200,000

The AGO is pleased to announce a generous bequest from the estate of William B. Weeks, who passed away on June 18, 2001 in Seattle, WA at the age of 76.. Dr. Weeks's bequest of one-third of his residuary estate to the AGO totals more than $200,000 the second largest single gift ever to be received in the Guild's 107-year history. The policy of the AGO National Council is to designate 75% of each unrestricted bequest for permanent investment in the Guild's Endowment Fund. Only the income from the invested funds may be used for the AGO's general purposes. The remaining 25% of the bequest may be used to provide operating support for the national organization.

The AGO is very pleased to honor William B. Weeks by adding his name posthumously to the distinguished membership of the Clarence Dickinson Society.

Have you considered adding the AGO as a beneficiary in your will?

Uptown Organ Recital Series Announced

The 2003 schedule of organ recitals at Old Dutch Church in Kingston is now available and is listed in the Calendar of Events section of this web site. Three of our chapter members are featured performers. The Recital Series is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council, Administrator of the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Funds. Old Dutch Church is located on Main Street between Fair and Wall Streets in Uptown Kingston. For more information and directions, call Collette Sonnenberg at 845-338-5902. The church is handicapped accessible and admission is free. Please consider helping to publicize these recitals by listing them in your church bulletin.

NPM Promotes Pipe Organ Building

Pastoral Music, the official publication of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, begins its June-July 2003 issue with "A New Pipe Organ: A Leap of Faith" by Lynn Trapp. This substantial article relates how a Minneapolis parish made the decision to build a new 67-rank, million-dollar pipe organ. Despite initial fears that this project would divide the parish, ultimately it proved to be "an action that would gather and unite." Of particular interest is the response to the frequently-asked question, "Why not give this money to the poor?" The author also describes how the organ functions as the hub of the parish's varied musical ministries and gives suggestions for ensuring the centrality of the organ in the community. Click here for more information about the organ.

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
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.

About Our Web Site

We are certainly pleased with the response to our web site, and we encourage everyone to visit it frequently to keep up with periodic updates and improvements. Once again this newsletter (as well as previous issues) is available on the web site. However, please be aware that while the entire text of the newsletter is reproduced on the web site, some sections have been split off into separate web pages. For example, the List of Substitutes is accessible from the Home Page by clicking on the "Sub List" button. This not only avoids duplication of this information across multiple issues of the newsletter, but also makes it easier for a visitor to find it.

Be sure to spread the word about our web site among fellow organists, other musicians, students, and members of the clergy, so that our web site can serve as wide an audience as possible.

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