Chapter was founded in 1929 and supports the goals of its parent
organization, the American Guild of Organists. Our chapter
hosted the Regional Convention in 2001 and has participated in
such outreach events as the 2008 Organ Spectacular. This past
year saw our first sponsorship of a Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
event, designed to introduce young piano students to the organ.
Our chapter has been represented at every recent Regional and
National convention. Our small but active group of approximately
55 members plans a variety of events to serve a diversity of
needs. On many occasions, we invite members of neighboring
chapters to participate in our events adding to the enjoyment of
each occasion. Some of us are organists, some of us build
organs, and others are simply happy listeners. Most
importantly, we enjoy getting together to share our mutual love
of organs and organ music.
We welcome visitors to any of our events, and encourage
anyone who appreciates the organ, its repertoire and choral
music to attend. Better yet, consider becoming a member
of the AGO. If you are interested in joining our
chapter, you may download a membership form or contact
our dean or registrar for further information.
Our third annual
Young Artist recital will be given this year by
Nicholas Capozzoli. Another in the long line of
exceptional students from the program at Oberlin,
Nicholas is entering his final year of the combined
BM/MM program. He has been the First Prize winner of
several prestigious competitions.
His recital will take place at United Presbyterian
Church, Binghamton, Friday, September 11, at 7:30
PM. He will also conduct a masterclass on Saturday
morning at 10:00 AM on the repertoire of the North
German baroque: Breathing
Life into Old Music. The workshop will take
place at Binghamton University Fine Arts 21.
Following our very well received documentary series on
the life and work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll two years
ago our board voted to support the work of the
producers, Fugue State Films, in their production of
documentaries on César Franck and Charles Marie Widor.
Last year we presented the first of these, on the life
and work of César Franck. The documentary on
Charles-Marie Widor will be the basis of our programs
in January and February of 2016. Join us then for this
opportunity to learn more about one of the more
under-appreciated composers of the late French
romantic literature. Though we as organists are quite
familiar with his organ works, these represent only
about ten percent of his oeuvre.
County Arts Council Newsletter
is very easy to get the BCAC Weekly
Newsletter,which is literally packed with all
that is happening in the local and area arts
world. Individual members of Binghamton AGO
Chapter can sign up to receive the newsletter of
the BCAC by going to the Web Site http://www.bcartscouncil.com,
clicking on Get Our Newsletter, and entering
one's email address.
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