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Chapter Board & Organization 2014–2016


The Executive Board
is composed of the seven officers, who hold two-year terms, and the twelve board members, who hold four-year terms. Officers and board members are elected during biennial elections in the late spring of even-numbered years. Committees are constituted for the planning of chapter events and the direction of special activities, including: Education & Program, Newsletter, Nominations, Placement, Professional Concerns, Regional Competition for Young Organists, and the Web site. Chapter members interested in helping with the work of these committees are encouraged to contact the Dean.
       
David Enlow  
David Enlow, FAGO, Dean  
David Enlow is Organist and Choir Master of the Church of the Resurrection, 74th Street, where he directs a professional choir which performs over fifty mass settings each season, often with orchestra. He is a member of the organ faculty of The Juilliard School, and holds both an undergraduate and a Master's degree from Juilliard, where he studied with Paul Jacobs and John Weaver. He also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and with John Tuttle in Toronto. David's debut recording of the complete major works of Franck, Pater Seraphicus, has been well received, notably in the French-language organ press. David is active as a guest recitalist and teacher in North America and Europe. David has served the NYC AGO as examinations coordinator, board member, POE program director, and most recently as Sub-Dean and program chair. At the national level, he is a member of the Committee on Professional Certification, serving as an examiner of organists nationwide. David received the Fellow of the American Guild of Organists diploma with both prizes, and has also won several national competitions including the Arthur Poister Competition and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival USA.
       
James Kennerley  
James Kennerley, Sub-Dean  
James Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working as a conductor, organist, singer, coach, and educator. A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Kennerley is Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, where he directs the professional choir and coordinates the church’s extensive concert series. Previously, he held a similar position at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square, from 2008–2012. Mr. Kennerley has been a member of the New York City Chapter AGO Executive Board since 2009. He also serves on the Program Committee, and assumed the Chair of the International Performer of the Year Award in 2013. Mr. Kennerley was born in 1984 and became a chorister of Chelmsford Cathedral. He was educated at Harrow School and Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar at Jesus College. He was then appointed Organ Scholar of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he worked daily with the choir of men and boys under the direction of Malcolm Archer, and had the honor of performing in the presence of HM the Queen on several occasions. Prior to his appointment at Saint Mary the Virgin, Mr. Kennerley was Associate Director of Music and Director of the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Church, Greenwich, Conn., where he had been working since September 2006. There, he directed the choirs on two successful tours to England, and established an organ recital series. Mr. Kennerley was a finalist at the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, held in June 2013. In addition to solo concerts in the US and Europe, Mr. Kennerley frequently collaborates with groups such as the Voices of Ascension, New York City Master Chorale, and Greenwich Choral Society. He has studied the organ with David Sanger, Thomas Trotter and McNeil Robinson, and holds the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists diploma. He is currently enrolled in the Historical Performance program at the Juilliard School, where he studies harpsichord with Kenneth Weiss and Richard Egarr.
           
Sebastian M. Glück  
Sebastian M. Glück
Secretary
 
Sebastian M. Glück is Artistic and Tonal Director of Glück Pipe Organs. While studying organ with Jon Gillock, he earned an AB in Architecture and MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and the Colleague's Certificate of the American Institute of Organbuilders. He has served the OHS as National Councilor for Research and Publications, as well as on their Guidelines for Restoration and Conservation Committee and is the chair of the Historic Organ Awards program. Mr. Glück is a member of the International Society of Organbuilders and the Professional Circle of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. In 2007 he was appointed Chair of the AGO Region II Convention. A respected lecturer and writer on organbuilding and design, Mr. Glück is completing a comprehensive monograph on the history of the synagogue organ in The United States. His scholarly articles have been published in The American Organist, The Diapason, The Tracker, ISO Journal, JAMIS Review, and the Journal of American Organbuilding, for which he has served as Editor. His firm recently has signed contracts for seven new pipe organs, including a four-manual double organ for Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue.
           
Christopher Babcock  
Christopher Babcock
Treasurer
 
   
Christopher Babcock earned a B.Mus. degree from Boston University and studied with Peter Hurford at St. Alban’s and at Trinity College of Music in London, earning his LTCL. From 1982–87 he was Associate Organist at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City and in 1988 Interim Director there. In 1989 he was invited to launch a distinguished music program at the Church of the Holy Family, the United Nations Parish, and in 1996 returned to St. Mary’s as Music Director. He moved to Cape Cod in 2002 where he is summer organist at St. Andrew’s by the Sea in Hyannis Port. Christopher was Sub-Dean of the New York City Chapter when the International Performer of the Year Award was created and he chaired the National Centennial Convention in 1996. A dual chapter member, Christopher has been Dean of the Cape Cod & Islands Chapter.
           
Larry J. Long  
Larry J. Long, Registrar  
Larry J. Long has served as Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Epiphany since February 2009. He plays the organ, conducts the adult and children’s choirs, and administers the music ministry of the parish. Active as a composer as well as an organist and conductor, he has compositions published by Augsburg Fortress, GIA Publications, St. James Music Press, and World Library Publications. He holds degrees from Valparaiso University (BM) and Southern Methodist University (MM), and has also studied at the Royal School of Church Music in England and the Haarlem Summer Academy for Organists. He performs regularly in recitals, and is often the organist, choral conductor, and workshop presenter for a variety of institutions and organizations, including the Valparaiso University Institute of Liturgical Studies, American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Association of Anglican Musicians, the Metro Chicago Synod of the ELCA, and the Metro New York Synod of the ELCA.
           
Chelsea Chen  
Chelsea Chen, Auditor  
Chelsea Chen has served as Organist and Artist-in-Residence of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan for nearly ten years. In 2014 she also joined the staff at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida, where she plays once a month and heads up a concert series. Chelsea has performed to international acclaim throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia. Her organ compositions based on Asian folksongs have been featured at multiple national and regional AGO conventions. The recipient of the 2009 Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, she is a graduate of Juilliard (B.M. and M.M.) and Yale (Artist Diploma), where she studied with John Weaver, Paul Jacobs, and Thomas Murray. Chelsea has served on multiple national committees of the AGO including the RCYO competition committee and the diversity task force. She is a happy resident of Forest Hills, Queens.
       
Steven E. Lawson  
Steven E. Lawson, Auditor  
Steven E. Lawson is the Assisting Organist at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, a position he has held since 1997. Prior to this appointment, he was for ten years the Director of Music at St. Luke Lutheran Church in the Theatre District. His undergraduate study in organ was at Oklahoma City University, followed by graduate school at Indiana University. At Indiana he accompanied the University Singers, working with conductors Robert Shaw and Margaret Hillis, and minored in carillon. His teachers include Antone Godding and Wilma Jensen, organ, and Linda Walker, carillon. He is active in the New York City Chapter, having served variously as Registrar, Webmaster, and Editor of the Concert Calendar. He is the creator of "The New York City Organ Project."
       

Class of 2018

           
Daniel Beckwith  
Daniel Beckwith  
   
Daniel Beckwith is Interim Organist/Choirmaster at Church of the Holy Trinity and Assistant Organist at Temple Emanu-El, both in New York City. Former church positions include the post of Assistant Organist at several New York City Landmark houses of worship: The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church; St. Bartholomew’s Church and The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Prior to these appointments Mr. Beckwith enjoyed an international career as an opera conductor, a career that took him to The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The San Francisco Opera, The Houston Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, UK’s Glyndebourne Festival and Opera North, Le Grand Théâtre du Genève. A frequent partner with soprano Renée Fleming, they have performed in concert at Carnegie Hall, Spain’s Santander Festival and television appearances on Good Morning America, The View and Martha Stewart Living.
           
Dr. Claudia Dumschat  
Dr. Claudia Dumschat  
   
   
Claudia Dumschat is Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Transfiguration ("The Little Church Around the Corner"), a national landmark church in Manhattan, with the oldest professional Choir of Men and Boys in the country. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Alec Wyton, Frederick Swann, McNeil Robinson, John Walker, and Dennis Keene. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe and is also an active conductor, with an extensive repertoire of choral, dramatic, and orchestral works. Dr. Dumschat has previously been on the New York board of the American Guild of Organists and currently serves on the Council of the Episcopal Actors Guild. She is also Chair of the Music Committee of the Greenwich Pen Women.
           
Michael Hey - Concert Organist  
Michael Hey  
   
Described as "flashy" and "exciting" (The American Organist, 2012), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on U.S. and international concert stages. In 2010, he made his New York City debut in Alice Tully Hall performing with the Juilliard Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. Michael has performed solo organ recitals at the Lincoln Center (New York), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.). Michael Hey graduated in 2014 from at The Juilliard School where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in organ performance under Paul Jacobs. Within one year of his graduation, he was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to perform for Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Madison Square Garden for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis. In April 2016, he was a featured organ recitalist at The Esplanade in Singapore as part of the Tapestry of Sacred Music festival. He is one of the finalists in the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition (Pennsylvania). Michael Hey is represented exclusively in North America by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.
           
Dr. David Hurd  
Dr. David Hurd  
David Hurd is Professor of Church Music and Organist at The General Theological Seminary. Formerly he has held positions at The Church of the Holy Apostles, Trinity Church, the Church of the Intercession and All Saints Church, all in New York City, and at Duke University. He has also taught for intervals at The Manhattan School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and Yale University. His advanced music studies were at the Juilliard School, Oberlin College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received first prizes in organ playing and in improvisation at the International Congress of Organists in 1977, and the diploma for improvisation of the Stichting Internationaal Orgelconcours, Gouda, The Netherlands, in 1981. He concertizes extensively in North America, and his choral and organ compositions are widely published and performed. He was named Distinguished Composer for 2010 by the American Guild of Organists.
           
Mark Pacoe  
Mark Pacoe  
Mark Pacoe has performed as soloist and accompanist throughout the USA, Europe, China and Australia. As prizewinner from the Oundle International Young Organists’ Academy in Great Britain (1997), Mark made his European solo debut at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Other solo performance highlights include “Voices in the House International Music Festival” at the Sydney Opera House, “Perform in Harmony with Olympic Spirit” at the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, International Haydn Festival in Vienna, 14th International Organ Festival in Amsterdam, Sens Cathedral (France), Duomo San Maria del Fiori (Florence), St. John’s Cathedral (Milwaukee), “Celebrity Organ Recital Series” at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Houston), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), and Princeton University Chapel. Mr. Pacoe earned degrees in organ performance and sacred music from Duquesne University, East Carolina University, and also did post-graduate study at the Eastman School of Music. He has published several articles on sacred music in the GIA Quarterly and Word on Worship, the quarterly newsletter of the Archdiocese of Newark. Mr. Pacoe is in demand as an adjudicator for organ competitions including the 1er Concours International d’Orgue in Saint-Julien-du-Sault (Yonee, France 2013), 2nd Concorso Internazionale di Interpretazione Organistica “Agati-Tronci” (Pistoia, Italy 2013), George Markey Scholarship, AGO Region I RCYO Competition (2011), and the John Rodland Scholarship (2012). Mr. Pacoe serves as Director of Music for St. Malachy’s – The Actors’ Chapel and Artistic Director of the acclaimed Concerts at St. Malachy’s series, located in the heart of New York’s theater district. In 2013, Cardinal Dolan appointed Mark to a six-member music commission for the Archdiocese of New York. During mark’s tenure, he has led St. Malachy’s music program to become known as one of the finest all-volunteer ministries in Manhattan. Mark is a member of the East West Concert Organists roster.
           
James D. Wetzel  
James Wetzel  
James D. Wetzel is the director of music and organist of the Parish of Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint Catherine of Siena. He formerly served as the organist and choirmaster of midtown’s Church of Saint Agnes and as organ scholar of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, where he continues as an assisting organist. Since 2010, James has also been the assistant conductor for the Greenwich Choral Society in Connecticut and from 2011-2016 taught as an adjunct lecturer in Hunter College’s music department. Active as an organist and continuo player, he has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Classical Orchestra, the Collegiate Chorale, the Oratorio Society of New York, and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s. He is on the board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Catholic Artists Society, is music advisor to the New York Purgatorial Society, and is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Saint Wilfrid’s Club for Organists in Manhattan.

Born in Pittsburgh, James earned a bachelor’s degree in organ performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Paul Jacobs and was the first person to graduate with a master’s degree and a professional studies certificate in choral conducting from Manhattan School of Music under Kent Tritle. He also studied privately with Donald K. Fellows and Robert Page and spent a year reading Early Christianity and Apologetics at Columbia University.

           

Class of 2020

           
Daniel Brondel, organist  
Daniel Brondel  
A native of southern France, Daniel Brondel is the Associate Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where he plays Masses each week that are broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He manages the cathedral’s organ recital series that features organists from all over the world, and has played for popes Benedict XVI and Francis during their visits to New York. Noted in The New York Times for playing the organ with flair, he performs solo recitals in the United States and Europe, and has also appeared as soloist in piano concertos of Mozart and Rachmaninoff, and the organ concertos of Poulenc and Jongen. His JAV recording of his improvised Organ Fanfare (2010) was featured on Pipedreams. His first solo organ album, The Glory of the Organ, was recorded at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 2010 on the JAV label. Prior to his appointment at St. Patrick’s, Mr. Brondel was the Director of Music & Organist at St. Malachy’s Church (The Actors’ Chapel), where he re-established the culture of traditional sacred music and started the project that led to the installation of the church's noted Æolian-Skinner organ. Daniel is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Salvatones, a new vibrant professional vocal ensemble based in New York City that has been noted to its excellence in a varied range of genres and repertoire. He has been a member of the American Guild of Organists through various chapters over the past three decades (Atlanta, Rochester and New York City), of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and he was a member of the Board of Directors of Schola Cantorum on Hudson for five years.
           
Kenneth Dake, organist  
Kenneth Dake  
Kenneth Dake has served as Director of Music of New York City’s historic Marble Collegiate church since 1996. A native of Chicago, Ken attended Interlochen Center for the Arts before moving to New York and earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School where he was a student of Sascha Gorodnitzki. He later pursued organ studies with John Weaver and went on to serve eight years as organist/choirmaster of St. George’s Episcopal Church on Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Square. Known for his technical virtuosity and communicative passion, Ken is equally at home as organ recitalist or piano soloist. His many choral and instrumental works are published by MorningStar, GIA, Hinshaw and Kjos, and are performed nation-wide with increasing frequency. His debut organ CD, Prayers and Alleluias, is available on iTunes, as are several recordings by the critically acclaimed Marble Choir under his direction. Please visit www.Themarblechoir.com
           
Judith Hancock, organist  
Dr. Judith Hancock  
Judith Hancock is a former member of the faculty of The School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, where she taught organ and subjects related to sacred music. Dr. Hancock was the Associate Organist of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York, where she assisted in training and conducting the St. Thomas Choir. Formerly Organist and Director of Music at St. James’s Church Madison Avenue, New York, and the Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale, New York, she directed the music programs in both locations, introducing many new ideas, both musical and liturgical. She has also held positions of Organist and Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati, and at churches in Bronxville, New York, and in Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Syracuse University, Dr. Hancock studied organ with the legendary teacher Arthur Poister. From there she went on to Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she earned the Sacred Music Master’s degree, and from which she received the Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award. Her organ studies in New York were with Charlotte Garden and Jack Ossewaarde. She also studied with David Craighead and David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music.
           
Dr. Anderson Henderson, organist  
Dr. Andrew Henderson  
Andrew Henderson has served as Director of Music & Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church since 2005, where he oversees an extensive liturgical and choral program, including the Saint Andrew Chorale, the New York City Children’s Chorus, and the Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison concert series. He also serves as the Associate Organist at Temple Emanu-El, as a member of the organ faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, and as the organ instructor at Teachers' College, Columbia University. A native of Canada, he served as Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, and holds degrees in music from Cambridge and Yale Universities. Andrew came to New York City in 2001 to pursue the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at The Juilliard School while serving as Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. He was a finalist in the Grand Prix de Chartres competition in 2002, and won first prize in the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ biennial National Organ Playing Competition the following year. Recent performances include organ and continuo playing with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension, The Oratorio Society of New York, and The Collegiate Chorale; and solo recitals in Poland, Canada, and throughout the USA. He has been featured as a recitalist and workshop leader at national and regional gatherings of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship and Music Arts, the RCCO and AGO. He has served the NYC AGO chapter as co-chair of the Publicity Committee for the 2007 Regional Convention, as an examiner, and host for numerous chapter-related events. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, his teachers have included John Tuttle, Barrie Cabena, David Sanger, Thomas Murray and John Weaver.
           
Ryan Jackson, organist  
Dr. Ryan Jackson  
Acclaimed organist and choral director Ryan Jackson was appointed William S. Perper Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in 2012, following an international search. Ryan is the founding director of the professional FAPC Chamber Choir, as well as the Joyful Noise Choir, a teaching ensemble open to all members of the church community. In 2013, Ryan established FAPC’s annual concert series, which features a diverse program of four choral concerts and three organ recitals each season. Prior to his appointment at FAPC, Ryan served in the music programs at Christ Church United Methodist on Park Avenue; the University Church at Yale; Christ Church Episcopal in New Haven; and Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. In addition to his work at FAPC, Ryan maintains an active recital schedule throughout the United States and his native Canada where his performances have been praised for their “mature musicality, technical poise, and registrational sensitivity” (RCCO Bulletin). The winner of numerous prestigious competitions, including the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Organ Playing Competition, he has studied with several of the most prominent organists of the day, including Patricia Wright, Thomas Murray, and Paul Jacobs. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Mus.Bac.Perf.), Yale University (M.M.), and The Juilliard School (D.M.A.).
           
Benjamin Sheen, organist  
Benjamin Sheen  
Benjamin Sheen is one of the UK's brightest young organists, having recently won the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has also recently been awarded Second Place and the Jon Laukvik Prize at the 2013 St. Alban's International Organ Competition in its 50th year. In addition to his competition successes, he has also completed his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Grammy award winning organist Paul Jacobs. He currently resides in New York City, and combines a busy concert career with the position of Acting Music Director at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue.

Ben began his musical education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where he took up the organ aged 10. In 2003, Ben became the youngest person ever to give a recital in the cathedral’s Sunday evening series at the age of just 13. Ben was awarded a music scholarship to Eton College where he studied organ with Alastair Sampson and David Goode. While at Eton, Ben gave several recitals across the UK, including Liverpool Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and York Minster, as well as appearing a number of times in the Windsor Festival as a soloist. He also toured the USA with the Eton College Choir and also giving a number of solo concerts in New York, Denver, Washington and Princeton University.