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Chapter Programs 2014–2015

  Joey Fala, organist
  Joey Fala
  McNeil Robinson, Concert Organist
  McNeil Robinson

MONDAY • 8 SEPTEMBER 2014 • 5.30 pm

Joey Fala, Recitalist
Honoring McNeil Robinson

Brick Presbyterian Church
1140 Park Avenue at 91st Street
Host: Keith S. Tóth
Champagne Reception following

Joey Fala, winner of the chapter's 2013 playing competition, will present a recital on the magnificent Coignet-Cassavant organ of Brick Presbyterian Church. Following the recital will be a champagne reception honoring the career of McNeil Robinson, beloved chapter member, renowned organist, and master teacher. Stephen Tharp will lead a conversation with McNeil, whose legendary stories are sure to entertain us all. We hope you will plan to attend this memorable program and reception.

Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $10 general (at the door by cash or check payable to NYCAGO)
  Paul Spicer, conductor
  Paul Spicer

TUESDAY • 21 OCTOBER 2014 • 6.00 PM

Conducting Master Class with Paul Spicer

Church of St. Joseph – Yorkville
408 East 87th Street near First Avenue

Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $20 general

Paul Spicer, conductor of the UK-based Finzi Singers and teacher of choral conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, will lead a conducting master class on October 21st. Mr. Spicer
is legendary in his field, widely known as a conductor, and is the author of the seminal biography of Herbert Howells. The Chapter will provide a choir of volunteers and professionals, and we welcome applications from our members to act as the conducting "guinea pigs".

  David Briggs, organist
  David Briggs

TUESDAY • 3 FEBRUARY 2015 • 5.00 PM

Improvisation Master Class & Recital with David Briggs

Church of St. Francis Xavier
55 West 15th Street (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
Host: John Uehlein

Master Class at 5.00 pm
Recital at 7.30 pm
Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $20 general

  John Scott, organist
  John Scott

SUNDAY • 15 FEBRUARY 2015 • 5.15 PM

Pre-conference event:

Recital by John Scott

St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street

Recital at 5.15 pm (following Choral Evensong at 4.00 pm)



Presidents Day Conference

Eroica: Music of the German Romantics

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Hosts: Kent Tritle, Ray Nagem

Admission: Free to NYC AGO Chapter members; all others $40 for the whole conference or $10 per session.

  Paul Jacobs, concert organist
  Paul Jacobs
  Tina Fruhauf
  Tina Fruhauf
  Michael Musgrave
  Michael Musgrave
  Isabelle Demers, Concert Organist
  Isabelle Demers

9.00 am

9.45 am

11.00 am

11.15 am

12.45 pm

2.30 pm

3.45 pm

4.00 pm

5.30 pm

6.00 pm

8.00 pm


Coffee / breakfast

Master Class: Paul Jacobs


Lecture: Tina Frühauf
"A Sensational Musical Novelty": The Jewish Contribution to Germanic Romanic Organ Music

Lunch and/or organ demo

Cathedral Tour


Lecture: Michael Musgrave
"Infinite Possibilities": Chorales and Folksongs Old and New in Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn


Concert: Isabelle Demers

Closing Reception and Farewell

  Scott Dettra, organist
  Scott Dettra
Photo credit: William Geiger

TUESDAY • 24 MARCH 2015 • 7.00 PM

Organ Recital by Scott Dettra

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive at 122nd Street
Hosts: Christopher Johnson and Christopher Creaghan

Admission: Free to NYC Chapter members; $20 general

Peter Sykes, who was originally scheduled for this recital, has had to withdraw due to unexpected surgery. We wish him well and hope we can hear him at a future date.

  PaVicki and Bob Sirota
  Vicki and Bob Sirota

MONDAY • 1 JUNE 2015 • 6.30 PM

Chapter Dinner with
Bob and Vicki Sirota

Orsay Restaurant
1057 Lexington Avenue at 75th Street

Cost: $95 per person
Limited to 60 guests.

Advance tickets may be purchased online:

The dinner is subsidized by the NYC AGO Chapter and costs $95 for members and their guests. A three-course dinner will be served with an open wine and soft drinks bar. Orsay is a fantastic restaurant renowned for its French cuisine. As always, these events are an excellent way to unwind at the end of a busy season and to get to know colleagues and friends of the organist community. After dinner, beloved members and friends of the NYC Chapter Bob and Vicki Sirota will discuss their latest CD recording collaboration, “Celestial Wind,” and the future of contemporary American organ music. A fascinating topic indeed!