Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

Organ Teachers
The following chapter members have indicated that they are accepting new organ students. We are in the process of soliciting brief biographies from each of them, which will be posted on our web site as they are received. Please contact them directly if you would like more information.


Meredith Baker, MA, ChM, FAGO914-261-0028
  • email: meb@mbmusicmatters.com

Gregory Citarella845-297-7693
  • Gregory Citarella is a 1994 Marist College Graduate with a Baccalaureate in Business and minor in music. He studied organ with Richard Ehlenberg, Jimrae K. Lenser. He continues his education by attending master classes and workshops geared specifically for organists and church musicians; he studied Piano with Helen K. Baldwin and voice with Dorothy Ann Davis. Gregory has held various church positions over the years including: Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Kingston, NY (1980-1994); St. James Episcopal, Hyde Park, NY (1995-2001); St. Nicholas On-The-Hudson Episcopal, New Hamburg, NY; and most recently Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston, NY. Gregory is a past Dean of the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM). Both organizations foster musical excellence in various liturgical traditions for which church musicians serve God and his Church. He teaches both adults and children at the beginner and intermediate level.

Justan Foster, CAGO518-965-2389
  • 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.

Larry Hazard845-452-0119
  • see web site http://www.larryhazardmusic.com/

Boyd Herforth, MMus973-851-5192
  • Boyd Herforth holds a Master's degree in Music Performance from Westminster Choir College. He has been playing for 35 years in New York and New Jersey. He prefers to teach adult students at the beginner and intermediate level.

Timothy M. Lewis, MSM914-374-2608
  • email: timlewis@valstar.net

Janet Nelson Nickerson, MS845-561-0763
  • Janet Nelson Nickerson's piano studies were pursued with the late Margaret Sears Fletcher and William Johnson of Newburgh. Janet has studied organ privately with Dr. John A. Davis, Jr. and the late Dr. Thurston Dox and William Johnson. She attended the Guilmant Organ School in New York City where she was a student of the late Dr. George Markey. Theatre organ techniques and theory were studied under the tutelage of Rosa Rio of New York City. Janet has operated her organ-piano studio in New Windsor for more than forty years. She will accept children or adults - elementary through late intermediate - as students. Janet is a graduate of Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh. She resides in New Windsor with her husband Donald. She serves as organist for King of Kings Lutheran Church in New Windsor and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Beacon, as well as serving as organist for services, funerals and weddings in various churches throughout the Hudson Valley.

Michael Oosterhout301-910-5307
  • 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.

Benjamin Vise330-327-0895
  • Benjamin Vise is welcoming new students to his studio this fall. Ben holds a master's degree in organ performance and music theory from the University of Alabama, where he was a student of the late Warren Hutton (himself a graduate of Syracuse University under Arthur Poister). He has wide experience teaching anyone from beginner organists with some piano background to adults. He is currently available to teach at his parish, Christ Episcopal Church in Suffern. He is also willing to travel to your church or other place of practice, within certain distance limitations. His contact phone number is 330-327-0895.

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