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Bangor, Maine. April 27, a clergy/musician luncheon was held at Elm Street Congregational Church in Bucksport. Featured was an address ("With the Help of the Holy Spirit: Using the Creative Tension between Clergy and Musicians to God's Advantage") delivered by the Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota. Kevin Birch was the organist for the hymn singing, and an after-luncheon tour of the E. & G.G. Hook organ was conducted by Robin Ann Barron, the church's organist.

- Carlton T. Russell

Springfield, Mass. April 14, 150 people were treated to the chapter's "Choral and Hymn Festival based on the Apostles' Creed," held at Trinity United Methodist Church. David Pulliam, music director at Christ Church Cathedral, and Becky Isaacson, organist of the host church, led representatives from nine choirs (Calvary Presbyterian, Enfield, Conn.; Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Westfield, Mass.; First Baptist, Agawam, Mass.; First United Methodist, Westfield, Mass.; St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Westfield, Mass.; St. Paul's Lutheran, East Longmeadow, Mass.; Trinity United Methodist, Springfield, Mass.; United Church, Bernardston, Mass.; and United Congregational, Holyoke, Mass). The closing hymn, "We all believe," was composed by Robert Weaver of Amherst and lifelong musician William Pasch. Handbells, brass, and the benediction given by the Rev. John E. Mueller of Trinity United Methodist completed this joyful, prayerful interdenominational event. A reception followed.

- Mary Jeanne Tash

Rhode Island. March 1, the chapter presented Sergio Militello, organist of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, in recital with the Gregorian Concert Choir, the Rev. Msgr. Anthony Mancini, director, and Philip Faraone, cathedral organist, in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Providence. Militello improvised on a set of choral pieces, each devoted to the Sorrowful Mysteries. Senator Frank Lombardi presented Militello with a proclamation in honor of the recital, read on the floor of the Rhode Island State Senate earlier that day. March 10, the chapter and the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life of Brown University sponsored the E.J. Lownes Memorial Recital played by Olivier Latry, organist titulaire of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, on the 1903 Hutching Votey organ in Sayles Hall at Brown University. Prior to the two recitals, on Feb. 23, an allmorning, hands-on organ event for children studying piano was held at the First Baptist Church in America in Providence, hosted by former dean Stephen Martorella. The children were invited to play their piano pieces on the church's Foley-Baker organ.

- Stephen Martorella


Central New Jersey. March 17, the chapter's annual members' recital was held in the chapel at Princeton University (Eric Plutz, host university organist). …