he Binghamton 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
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.
In what we hope will
be the start of a new tradition, our chapter is
sponsoring a recital by the exciting young artist
Joseph Ripka. Joseph's recital will take place at the
United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton Friday
evening, November 15 at 7:30 PM.
Joseph will conduct
a masterclass on pedal technique Saturday morning,
also at United Presbyterian.
A number of recordings of Mr. Ripka are available on
YouTube, notably some of the works played at St.
2011 marked the bicentennial of the birth of Aristide
Cavaillé-Coll. This milestone has been commemorated with
the production of a remarkable documentary production of
his origins, life and ouvre.
Better late than never, our chapter will recognize the
event with an unusual three part presentation featuring
the three films of the documentary, presented as our
January, February and March chapter events. Each film
will be prefaced with commentary by our new dean, John
The three films represent the family origins in Spain
through Aristide's first major commission at St. Dénis,
the early work through St. Sulpice, Paris, and his later
work as it begins to follow a more symphonic aesthetic.
Join us for this special presentation - a tribute to an
organbuilder of whom it might be said that he uniquely
inspired an entire school of composition for our
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