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.
Our second annual
Young Artist recital will be given this year by Dexter
Kennedy. Several of us had the opportunity of hearing
him in last year's Westfield Center competition and
are quite anxious to hear him again, this time in a
full recital prior to his departure for Paris as a
contestant in the Concours International Grand Prix de
Dexter's recital will take place at United
Presbyterian Church, Binghamton, Friday, October 10,
at 7:30 PM. He will also conduct a masterclass on
Saturday morning on basic improvisational techniques
for those "filler" moments in the service.
final round performances of the Chartres
competition, held this year at Notre Dame
Cathedral, Dexter (Tripp as we've come to know
him) was awarded the First Prize by the jury.
The prize includes over 30 recitals in European
The "reportage" link on that page has pictures of
Notre Dame, the jury and the contestants at the
awards, There appears to have been a good audience
present for the finals.
-November 8, 2014
César Franck Documentary
Following our very well received documentary series on
the life and work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll last year
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.
Our presentation of the first of these, on the life and
work of César Franck, will be the basis of our programs
in February and March of 2015. Join us then for this
opportunity to learn more about one of the more pivotal
composers of the organ literature.
receives the Grand Prix at Notre Dame
County Arts Council Newsletter
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is happening in the local and area arts world.
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clicking on Get Our Newsletter, and entering one's
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