Magazine article The American Organist

Ago/rcco Chapter/centre News

Magazine article The American Organist

Ago/rcco Chapter/centre News

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* Reports (not newsletters) from chapters and centres must be typed, double-spaced. They may be sent by e-mail, fax, or regular mail to Robert Price .

* Include the name of the chapter or centre, the program place and date (not day or hour).

* An event should be reported one time only, and soon after it has occurred. Do not list future events.

* Include names of active participants who are AGO/RCCO members.

* Do not list names or descriptions of organs except when they are an essential element of the program.

* Do not list the complete program of pieces and composers, except for commissioned works or large works.

* Give information that will be helpful to other chapters or centres in planning programs.

* The deadline for this column was two months prior to the issue date. If your chapter/centre report does not appear, it was either too late for this issue and will appear in the next issue, or it was not received.

* Photographs must be in focus. Only unmodified high-resolution TIFF or JPG flies are acceptable for electronic submissions. Do not insert digital photos into documents (send as attachments).


Greater Bridgeport, Conn. Sept. 11, 2005, members met at the home of member John Polo to hear District Convener David Morse speak about the Region II Convention set for June 2007. Programs for the coming year were highlighted, and members enjoyed light entertainment by colleagues. Oct. 23, the annual "Pipescreams" took place at United Congregational Church in Bridgeport. Featured were Terese Gemme, David Harris, John Michniewicz of the host church, Joe Utterback, 4-Heart Harmony from Sacred Heart University, and the Southern Connecticut University Chamber Choir. The Laurel and Hardy film, I FawDown, was accompanied by organist David Harris. Proceeds from the event benefited the chapter's M. Louise Miller Organ Music Scholarship Fund. Jan. 8, an Epiphany party was held at the home of John Polo. April 1, Peter Niedmann led a workshop on organ improvisation at Nichols United Methodist Church (Gregory Horton, host organist) in Trumbull. June 5, the chapter's annual dinner meeting took place at Holy Name of Jesus Church (Michael Petreycik, host organist) in Stratford. The program featured guest artists who spoke about their roles as performers and their involvement with the chapter.

-Carole J. Fanslow


Metropolitan New Jersey. The chapter's annual pool party and dinner (Jill Crawford and Mary Bittrich, hosts) took place at the home of Jill Crawford in Liberty Corner. Members shared stories and events of the past season.

-Yvonne L. Sonnenwald

Monmouth, N.J. July 22, members and guests met in Ocean Grove for breakfast and a program-planning meeting, after which they attended the noontime recital in the Great Auditorium played by resident organist Gordon Turk. -Shirley Norby

Northern New Jersey. April 24, a members' recital at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ramsey was performed by Gloria Norton, Stewart Holmes, Barbara Wysession, Bob Wheeler, Karen Schmidt, Penelope Heidt, and Drew Kreismer. Compositions were selected from composers who were contemporaries of J.S. Bach. Richard Barrows provided a brief historical background for each composer. May 21, the annual community hymn festival was held at Ridgewood United Methodist Church. Featured were a massed choir from area churches, brass, percussion, flute, Orff instruments, organ, and handbells. Jonathan Ryan, winner of the 2006 John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship, was present to receive his award. He played Roger's Benedictus, and the "Final" from Vierne's Sixth Symphony as part of the program. June 12, the final event of the year began with a visit to the Peragallo Organ Company in Paterson. Hosts John Peragallo Jr. and John Peragallo III presented a short history of the firm preceding a tour of the factory and light refreshments. …

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