Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

List of Organ Substitutes

The following chapter members have indicated that they will serve as substitute organists. Please contact them directly if you would like more information.

Please note that only CHVAGO members in good standing are eligible to be included in this list. If you would like your name listed, please contact the editor, Susan LaGrande at 845-226-6496 or email SUSANEL2@OPTONLINE.NET.


Denise Bassen
Experience: BM, Mannes College of Music; Master's Degree in Organ Performance, Binghamton University; church organist since 1996
Website: www.denisebassen.com
Type of Service Preferred: No preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess County, Red Hook & South
Availability: On Request
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $150
Additional Note(s): Fees: Single service $150; other fees negotiable.


845-226-1564


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Joe Bertolozzi
Experience: Organist and choirmaster since 1975, have played for Roman Catholic and other liturgical churches, Protestant, Jewish, and other services. Have worked from Manhattan to Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Greene, Columbia and Albany counties.
Website: www.JosephBertolozzi.com
Type of Service Preferred: No preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: No preference
Availability: Sunday afternoon; weekdays, some Sat AM
Additional Note(s): Usually available for Sunday evening. Sometimes available for Saturday evening. Other times: call for availability. Fees to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.


845-831-0695


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Nancy Brown
Experience: 35+ years experience. Studied with Harmon Lewis at Univ. of Hartford. Currently O/CD at First Congregational Church, Kent, CT. Previous: Covenant church, Cromwell, CT; Presbyterian Church, Pine Plains
Type of Service Preferred: Non-Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess Cty, Litchfield Cty, CT
Availability: Mon-Fri, Saturday


860-927-3335
845-373-9122


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Luca Cantone
Experience: French Organ Scholar at Phillips Exeter Academy, former member of the Choir of Men and Boys at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
Type of Service Preferred: Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, and northern Orange counties.
Availability: Call for specifics.


703-554-5906


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Greg Citarella
Experience: 47 years playing the organ, 30+ in the Episcopal Church; minor in music; Member, Association of Anglican Musicians
Type of Service Preferred: Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: no preference
Availability: No Sundays
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $200
Single Service plus choir: $250
Two or more identical services: $400
Wedding: $200
Funeral: $200


845-297-7693


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Mary Danyla-Gold
Experience: 30 years experience in most Christian denominations. Most recent experience at St. James RC church in Milton.
Type of Service Preferred: Catholic; liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: 50 mile radius from Beacon, NY
Availability: Sundays and weekdays


845-249-5448


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Richard C. Ehlenberg


845-658-9746


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James Fitzwilliam
Work with Choirs? Yes


845-849-3606


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Justan Foster
Experience: Justan Foster is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists and the Dean of the Eastern NY AGO Chapter. He serves as Organist at the First Reformed Church of Scotia, which hosts the IV/132 June Selke Memorial Organ (Allen-Faucher, 2013). Justan is a former student of Lonnie Kulick, Craig S. Williams, and Peter Mahigian. He currently works with noted composer Alfred V. Fedak on interpretation and improvisation. Recordings can be found at YouTube.com/AllenOrgansNY.
Type of Service Preferred: Liturg/Non-Liturg Protestant, Catholic
Work with Choirs? Yes
Availability: Saturday, Sunday afternoon & evening


518-965-2389


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Neil Gould
Type of Service Preferred: Liturgical Protestant, Non-Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess/Ulster/Orange Counties
Availability: Sunday morning
Additional Note(s): No email access.


845-452-7857 (home)
914-474-8420 (cell)

Janice Grace
Website: janicegrace.com
Type of Service Preferred: Funerals /Weddings
Work with Choirs? No
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess County
Availability: Mon-Fri, Saturday, Sunday Afternoon
Additional Note(s): Call for fee information.


917-882-9343


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Iouri  Grichetchkine
Experience: Mr. Grichetchkine is a graduate of St. Petersburg (Russia) Conservatory and is an organist, pianist, choral conductor, singer & composer with 27 years experience.
Type of Service Preferred: no preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Sullivan, Orange, Ulster & Delaware Counties
Availability: Mon-Fri, Sunday Afternoon (summer only)


917-974-6231


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Larry Hazard
Website: www.larryhazardmusic.com/
Type of Service Preferred: Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: no preference
Availability: all days including some Sunday AM
Additional Note(s): see web site http://www.larryhazardmusic.com/


845-452-0119


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Eric R. Hepp
Experience: AGO Service Playing Certificate; 30 years service playing experience.
Type of Service Preferred: Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess County
Availability: Saturday
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $200.00
Single Service plus choir: $250.00
Two or more identical services: $350.00
Wedding: $250.00
Funeral: $150.00


845-790-3381


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Boyd Herforth
Experience: M. Organ Performance, Westminster Choir College; 35 years experience as organist/minister of musicin NJ & NY
Type of Service Preferred: No preference
Work with Choirs? No
Location(s) Preferred: No preference
Availability: No Sunday; all others OK
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $120
Single Service plus choir: $150
Two or more identical services: $200
Wedding: $150
Funeral: $150


845-255-5298


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Sally Hitchcock
Experience: 25+ yrs experience in various denminations.
Type of Service Preferred: no preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: no preference
Availability: Daily


845-596-2854


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Wesley Joseph
Experience: Organist & Choir Director since 2010
Type of Service Preferred: Liturgical/Non, Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess County
Availability: Mon-Fri, Sat, Sunday afternoon
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $150
Wedding: $150
Funeral: $100


845-549-0104


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Timothy Lewis
Experience: MSM, Manhattan School of Music. Direxctor of Music & Organist, Grace Episcopal Church, White Plains. Member, Liturgical Commission and Personnel Committee, Diocese of New York
Type of Service Preferred: Liturgical Protestant, Non-Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess, E. Orange, N. Putnam
Availability: Mon-Fri, Saturday


914-949-2874
914-374-2608


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Thomas Liotta
Experience: Music Director at St. James Episcopal Church, Goshen, NY since 1990. 5 summers at Pius X School of Liturgical Music (1965-69) -Vocal Methods/Choral Conducting. Studied Organ at Catholic University with Robert Twynam, organist at Mary Our Queen Cathedral, Baltimore.
Type of Service Preferred: Catholic, Protestant and Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Orange, Western Dutchess, Eastern Sullivan
Availability: mornings Monday through Saturday for funerals


845-355-2488
845-863-5174


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Dan Long
Work with Choirs? Yes




Susan MacNish
Experience: BS Music Ed. - Organist/Choir Director 25 years
Type of Service Preferred: Liturgical/Non-Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: no preference
Availability: Variable, including Sunday mornings
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $150


845-635-3814


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Glenn May
Type of Service Preferred: no preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Hudson Valley
Availability: no preference (late June-August)


908-890-4628
732-583-3461


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Janet N Nickerson
Type of Service Preferred: Weddings and Funerals only.
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Lower Hudson Valley, east & west
Availability: No Sunday; all others OK
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $100
Single Service plus choir: $125
Two or more identical services: $75 each
Wedding: $150
Funeral: $100


845-561-0763


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Michael Oosterhout
Experience: 15+ years of piano study, accompaniment/solo/sight reading 4+ years of organ study, accompaniment/solo/sight reading 8+ years of choral music, singing/accompaniment/solo/sight reading (baritone) 4+ years of moderate choral conducting experience, teaching/accompaniment/sight reading/singing 4+ years of playing church services, solo/singing/accompaniment/organ/piano/sight reading, all denominations
Type of Service Preferred: no preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess County, Ulster County
Availability: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Additional Note(s): Michael Oosterhout, a native of Washington, DC, is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY as a general Music and Classics double major. A choral/solo singer by trade, Mr. Oosterhout also has studied piano for over 15 years, organ for over 4 years, and frequently plays/sings/conducts/teaches for services of all denominations in DC, the Hudson Valley, and beyond.


301-910-5307


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Joanne Reed
Experience: BS Mus NYU; Liturgical and Non-Liturgical experience
Type of Service Preferred: No preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: No preference
Availability: No Sunday morning services
Additional Note(s): Fees negotiable


845-361-3474


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Anthony Rispo
Experience: Studied with Todd Wilson at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Rispo has been heard in performance at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA; The Church of The Heavenly Rest in New York City as a "Rising Young Artist" for the opening concert of The International Year of The Organ; at West Point Military Academy's Cadet Chapel; and with The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra performing Samuel Barber's "Toccata Festiva" in commemoration of Barber's 100th birthday. Rispo was a featured performer at the 2013 Piccolo Spoletto Festival in Charleston, SC.
Type of Service Preferred: no preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess, Putnam & Westchester Counties, NYC
Availability: No Sunday morning
Additional Note(s): Fees: Ecclesiastical services: weddings: rehearsals - $40.00 an hour wedding day - $350.00 base; charges will be applied for requested or additional services Funerals - $200.00 base; charges will be applied for requested or additional services Substitute Organist for Weekends: for one service - $200 to $350 for multiple services - $100 to $150 per service Additional Services: Choir rehearsal - $50.00 per rehearsal


914-979-5181


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Dillon L. Streifeneder
Experience: Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance and Sacred Music, Lebanon Valley College (2014). 4 years as Director of Music and Organist for 30 person choir in central Pennsylvania. 12 years experience playing organ for church services.
Type of Service Preferred: Liturgical Protestant
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Dutchess and Columbia Counties
Availability: Sunday morning and evening, Saturday morning and evening, we
Minimum Acceptable Fees
Single Service: $150
Single Service plus choir: $200
Two or more identical services: $250
Wedding: $250
Funeral: $150


845-532-2488


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John Ward
Experience: 38 years across wide denominational spectrum, impeccable sight-reader, FAGO, Ph.D., LRSM
Type of Service Preferred: no preference
Work with Choirs? Yes
Location(s) Preferred: Rockland County, northern New Jersey
Availability: variable; call for information
Additional Note(s): fees negotiable


201-880-4090


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