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T2013/2014 Executive Boardhe 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 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.

Young Artist Recital

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 Chartres.
Dexter Kennedy

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.

Following the 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 venues.

link to competition results

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.

César Franck at Saint Clothilde

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.

Dexter Kennedy receiving Chartres GrandPri x

Dexter Kennedy receives the Grand Prix at Notre Dame
Broome County Arts Council Newsletter

It 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, clicking on Get Our Newsletter, and entering one's email address.

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