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					                                  The Coupler
                                         eNewsletter
                                   American Guild of Organists
                                    Washington, DC Chapter
                                        www.dcago.org
                                                MAY 2010




                               Dean’s Letter

The summer is usually quiet for DC/AGO, but this year is very different. The
remainder of May and the month of June will be devoted to preparing for
our 100th Anniversary National Convention. We are all deeply indebted to
those colleagues who went before us; now it is our turn to keep the flame
burning brightly. You can start by renewing membership before May 31st.
This will get you in the directory and help our Registrars avoid unwarranted
gray hair.

At our Annual Meeting & Dinner, 6 pm May 4th at St. Paul’s Lutheran, the
Chapter will elect its next Board. It has been an honor to serve as your
Dean. Please commit to helping the incoming Board make our DC/AGO
year 2010-11 the best yet.

Everyone can help the Convention in some way. Get in touch with Barbara
Collins collinsago@gmail.com to volunteer for convention tasks. There are
pre-convention and during convention positions that will not interfere with
your attendance. Let’s “Pull Out All the Stops!”

Please keep in touch tgcowan@aim.com

                                                                Tom Cowan
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Vote for the DC AGO Board at the May 4th annual Meeting or complete the
ballot below and mail it before May 4th. Be sure to have your name on your
envelope but DO NOT SIGN YOUR BALLOT. Mail to: David Hearn, 2813
Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

                BALLOT - DC/AGO 20010-11 Board Election

          Vote for one for each office (there are two auditors.)   (X)

Dean                                    Charles Miller_________
       Or Write-in                           ________________
Sub-Dean                                Nick Russotto_________
    Or Write-in                              ________________
Secretary                               Pat Henry_____________
     Or Write-in                             ________________
Treasurer/Registrar                     Arthur Roach__________
     Or Write-in                             _________________
Librarian/Historian                     Irv Lawless____________
     Or Write-in                              _________________
Auditor                                 David Hearn___________
     Or Write-in                             _________________
Auditor                                 Tom Cowan___________
     Or Write-in                             _________________
Class of 2012                           John Bohl_____________
Or Write-in                             _____________________
Class of 2013                           Kimberly Hess_________
Or Write-in                             _____________________
Class of 2013                           Jason Abel____________
Or Write-in                             _____________________


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           Membership renewals due by May 31, 2010

Dear DC AGO Colleagues,

2010 is a special year for every member of the American Guild of Organists DC
Chapter. Every one of us is a host of the 2010 National Convention, an
opportunity to showcase not only an array of instruments, but also the wealth of
talent that exists among our members. Let me add – many of us remember the
spectacularly successful 1982 convention, the “gold standard” of National
Conventions and a source of pride after all these years. The 2010 convention is
on track to be another blockbuster.

But I digress. This letter announces that it is time to renew your AGO
membership. We have enclosed the Membership Form. You will note that the
dues structure has not changed. As a volunteer registrar and treasurer, I seek
your cooperation in returning the form to me as soon as possible, no later
than May 31st. (Esteemed “Honorary Life Members,” please return the form.
Dues are not necessary.) Wearing two hats as both treasurer and registrar, I
record and deposit checks and fill out the forms that are returned to National
Headquarters in a timely manner.

Please return your Membership Form with check made payable to “DC
Chapter AGO” to me at:

                                Arthur H. Roach
                            1749B S. Hayes Street
                           Arlington VA 22202-2797

You might also bring your Membership Form and check to our May 4th Annual
Meeting at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Some very good news for most of us – in the future you will have the option to
renew your membership on-line and pay with a credit card! It’s been a long time
coming, but National Headquarters has addressed the challenges of chapter
membership and various levels of individual membership, and the new system
will be up and running soon.


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Things to remember:

(1) If you have a ticketed event, you may sell tickets (at no cost to you) at
TicketPlace – full price and same-day half price. Contact me to arrange this.

(2) The chapter has a website, www.dcago.org that includes a member directory
with substitute listings, job postings, and a calendar of AGO meetings and
events, as well as your concerts and recitals.

(3) The chapter has a Facebook page: “Washington, DC Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists.” Be sure to join the group and start posting your
events and news on the Wall.

(4) Membership is open to all organ and choral enthusiasts. Encourage them to
download the “Membership Form” from our website www.dcago.org. “Chapter
Subscriber” includes a subscription to The American Organist.

If you’re still reading, thank you. Please renew your membership now. We will all
benefit from the contributions of time, talent, and financial support that you bring
to the DC Chapter.

                              Very best regards,

                              Arthur H. Roach
                              Registrar & Treasurer
                              Email: mail.agodc@gmail.com


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       Potomac Chapter visits Baltimore organs, May 8

Members & Friends of the Potomac Chapter, AGO:

Our Saturday, May 8 program is a crawl to visit three churches in Baltimore. The
tentative schedule is:


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Venue: Christ Lutheran Church (www.andoverorgan.com/organs/114.html)
Arrival Time: 10:00 AM

Lunch on our own in the Inner Harbor area




                                Christ Lutheran Church




Venue: Basilica of the Assumption (www.baltimorebasilica.org)
Arrival time: 1:00 PM




                                  Baltimore Basilica


Venue: Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (www.browndowntown.org)
Arrival time: 3:00 PM

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                    John Walker (organist), at the console of the 4-manual Ernest M. Skinner pipe organ,
                                           Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church




If you are able to attend, I need to ask you to respond to organtuner@aol.com
and tell me:

1.   I will attend the event

2. I am able to drive, or I will need a ride. If you can drive, how many people
can you carry? Riders will be expected to contribute for gas and parking.

Once we know who is going and who can drive, then we will set up the
location(s) to meet and the exact time. It is anticipated that we will meet about
8:30 AM and return about 6 PM.

                                                  Thanks!

                                                  Gerald Piercey, Heel & Toe Editor
                                                  organtuner@aol.com


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                AGO TRICHAPTER COMMITTEE
           The District of Columbia, Northern Virginia
                     and Potomac Chapters
                  American Guild of Organists
                           April 26, 2010
Dear Friend of Music,

You are cordially invited to place a business or personal advertisement in the
2010/2011 TriChapter American Guild of Organists (AGO) Directory, to be
published in August 2010. As you know, targeted advertising is highly effective.
For church music professionals, we believe there is no better way to get
your name out to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area than to advertise in the
TriChapter AGO Directory. The TriChapter AGO Directory is distributed to
approximately 600 Guild members in the Washington, D.C. region. Lastly, if you
are not familiar with the work of the AGO a visit to the website of the national
organization may be informative: www.agohq.org

Ultimately your support of the Directory enables the local chapters of the
American Guild of Organists to more generously fund musical and educational
programs with our member dues which would otherwise be expended in
producing the Directory. While there is a direct benefit to you, the advertiser,
there is also a benefit to our local musical community because of your
participation.

The format of our Directory is a 5”x 8.5” (printable area approximately 4 1/8” by
7”) three-ring binder with an inside front and back in card stock. Advertising
space and rates are listed on the enclosed reservation form. Make your Full
Page ad really stand out by adding color.

Our deadline is June 1, 2010 to reserve your space with your check, and June
15, 2010 for ad copy. Ads must be submitted as a PDF file. Business card ads
may be submitted as text only. As in the past, purchasers of Full Page
advertisements (B&W or Color) will receive a courtesy copy of our Directory. A



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link on the three member chapters’ web pages with your web site, e-mail
address, and/or telephone number is also available as a courtesy.

To those who have supported us in the past, we thank you for your continued
support. And to all supporters, thank you for your participation in the success of
our 2009/2010 TriChapter directory.

                                    Very truly yours,

                                    Carl Schwartz
                                    2009-10 Directory Advertising Coordinator
                                    301-236-0315
                                    301-221-4815 (cell)
                                    ruxtoncar@verizon.net



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                        Potomac Organ Institute
Dear Colleagues,

The Potomac Organ Institute (POI) was founded in 1988 to interest young people
in the field of church music by providing instruction on the pipe organ. Auditions
for prospective students are held each spring. Scholarship winners receive one
year of free organ instruction from a volunteer teacher in the area. Organ lessons
begin in September and conclude in May or June. Students also participate in
master classes and other activities throughout the year, become members of
their local AGO chapter, receive a complimentary subscription to The American
Organist, and present a recital in the spring.

We need your help! I am writing to ask you to identify a student or students
(grades 7-12) or adults who have a good piano background, are interested in
learning to play the organ, and who would benefit from a year of organ
instruction. Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 29, in the morning, at St.
John’s, Lafayette Square. Required piano repertoire for the auditions application
form are below. Please feel free to duplicate as necessary. Additional
information, including a downloadable audition form and list of requirements, is
available on our website, www.potomacorganinst.org.



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Over the years, we have discovered that these beginning organists make
remarkable progress during this time of free instruction. Many continue organ
lessons after their scholarship year and go on to study organ and/or church
music in college. I am grateful for any assistance you can provide in identifying
students – young people or adults – for this unique program. Applications are to
be returned by May, 21st, 2010.

Additionally, there will be a master class for current POI students on Tuesday,
May 11th from 6.30-8.30pm, and a POI student recital on Saturday, May 15th at
3pm, both at St. John’s, Lafayette Square – 1525 H St. NW, Washington, DC

                                        Sincerely,


                                        Michael Lodico



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                                    New member
                               Roland Maria Stangier
                                 Grosse Venedig 31
                            D-31134 Hildeshern Germany
                               roland@rmstangier.de


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                    Carabetta to Georgetown church

Appointed Organist and Choirmaster at Washington’s historic Saint John’s Episcopal Church,
Georgetown Parish, in October 2009, Samuel Carabetta develops and directs the choir of
professional and volunteer singers. Mr. Carabetta is also the Artistic Director of the newly
formed St. John’s Concert Series and has assisted the Rector and Pipe Organ Committee with
the selection of a new chancel pipe organ which will be built by Casavant Frères. Established
in 1796 and founded by early Georgetown business and social leaders, among them Francis


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Scott Key and Thomas Jefferson, the church was designed by the architect of the Capitol, Dr.
William Thornton.

Mr. Carabetta served as Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains,
Virginia, and as Artistic Director of the prestigious Grace Church Concert Series from 2002 to
2009. For 16 years prior, he was Organist and Choirmaster at Saint John’s Church, Lafayette
Square — “The Church of The Presidents”— across from The White House, where he was
actively involved in the musical life of our nation’s capital.

In addition to his leadership of church music, he has been associated with one of America's
leading non-profit, multi-disciplinary presenting organizations, the Washington Performing Arts
Society, since 2004. He coordinated development of the WPAS Music in the Country series,
providing additional performance opportunities for young artists who appear at the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, such as the winner of the Van Cliburn
International Piano Competition.




                                         Samuel Carabetta


Mr. Carabetta received the Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University
where he was a student of Robert Anderson. A native of Connecticut, he began his musical
studies at the age of eight and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston
Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and has also
served on the Executive Board of the American Guild of Organists, and as a trustee of the
Washington DC, AGO Foundation. He has been heard in performance on National Public
Radio throughout the United States and has recorded for the BBC. His recording, Anthems
and Motets, with the choir of St. John’s Church on the Gothic label, has received critical
acclaim.



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An active solo artist, Mr. Carabetta has played at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Trinity
Episcopal Cathedral in Miami, The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Princeton University
Chapel, The Church of the Advent in Boston, St. Thomas Church in New York City, and
Washington National Cathedral, among many others.

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                JEREMY FILSELL TO GIVE DEDICATION RECITAL
                   FALLS CHURCH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Jeremy Filsell will give the Dedication Recital of Allen Elite Op. 6 at Falls Church
Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046 on Sunday
May 23 at 4:00pm. Admission is free, although there will be an opportunity to
leave a freewill offering. A reception will follow the recital.

Allen Elite Op. 6, is a four manual instrument of 82 stops. A custom digital organ,
the bulk of the organ's 50 speaker cabinets are housed in the organ chamber
previously occupied by the three manual Wicks pipe organ. The organ was
designed broadly within the English Cathedral tradition, and is an impressive
example of custom digital organ building at its most advanced. It has, so far,
received rave reviews, and this is an opportunity to hear a great combination of
fine player and fine instrument.

The recital will include the Alain Litanies; the Deux Esquisses of Dupré; Jeremy
Filsell's transcription of The Sorcerer's Apprentice; and performance of Vierne's
virtuosic Sixth Symphony in its entirety. More information on this event is
available from Neil Weston, nweston@fallschurchpresby.org




                                    Falls Church Presbyterian Church



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                              Donald M. Gillett, 90

                          April 8, 1919 - April 3, 2010

Donald. M. Gillett, age 90, of 260 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, Md., passed
away Saturday, April 3, 2010, in Hagerstown.

Don was born April 8, 1919, in Southwick Mass. After the death of his father
when Don was 13, his mother remarried and they moved to Washington, D.C.,
where he attended Wilson High School and later the University of Maryland,
where he graduated with a degree in business administration. He also served
four years in the Army Air Corps, stationed in Midland, Texas, where he served
as a chaplain's assistant. He also played organ for services on "folding field
organs and the mighty Hammond" as quoted.

Don's musical interest started when he was four years old, his parents having
taken him to a number of organ recitals at the Municipal Auditorium in Springfield
Mass. He started piano lessons at six years old with Dorothy Mulroney who was
the organist at the Municipal Auditorium. After moving to Washington, D.C., he
studied piano and organ with Lewis Atwater, a well-known Washington, D.C.
musician, who was organist at All Souls Unitarian Church and also Washington
Hebrew Congregation. Don's interest in organ building also started with the study
of the organ.

His first job was with Lewis & Hitchcock in Washington, D.C. Four years later he
was hired at Aeolian-Skinner with a desire to learn voicing and tonal finishing,
working under G. Donald Harrison and Herbert Pratt. In later years, Don became
a vice president and head tonal finisher. Upon the retirement of Joseph Whiteford
in 1968, Don was offered the opportunity to buy up controlling interest in Aeolian-
Skinner, and then became president and tonal director.

In the early 1970s, Aeolian-Skinner was building the last three jobs, St.
Bartholomew's NYC, Trinity Wall Street and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The company was then sold. In March of 1972 Riley Daniels offered Don a job at
Moller as head flue voicer. After the death of John Hose, he became tonal
director, and eventually a vice president. Don retired from Moller in 1991.



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Don Gillett was also an avid art collector and had a large art collection. He
served on the Board of Directors of the Washington County (MD) Museum of
Fine Arts.

He is survived by his companion of 40 years, Warren S.Goding of Hagerstown;
sister-in-law, Jane Mace of Palm City, Fla., and cousin, Mary Davis of Fort Lee,
N.J. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth and Thorton.

A memorial event will be announced at a future date. Memorial donations may
be made to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, P.O. Box 423, City
Park, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com



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                           Pipe organ for sale




Residence tracker pipe organ is in need of a new home. Currently located in Old
Town Alexandria, Virginia, it was built in Chicago by Walter Bradford in 1999. It
has two 61 note manuals, a 32 note concave pedal board, and surrounded by a


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beautiful mahogany case with oak carvings (Manual I: 8’ Gedeckt; Manual II: 8’
Rohrflote; Pedal: 8’ Bourdon). Carvings are of the Tudor Rose and the other is
the initials JSB intertwined twice. The instrument has a warm enveloping sound,
while not overwhelming the player’s ear or neighbors. Key action is smooth and
sensitive. Fits in homes with 9 foot ceilings or higher. Asking price is $25,000 or
best offer. Contact Victoria Shields for more information vshields@me.com


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            Advertise in 2010-11 TriChapter Directory
Dear Friend of Music,

You are cordially invited to place a business or personal advertisement in the
2010/2011 TriChapter American Guild of Organists (AGO) Directory, to be
published in August 2010. As you know, targeted advertising is highly effective.
For church music professionals, we believe there is no better way to get your
name out to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area than to advertise in the
TriChapter AGO Directory. The TriChapter AGO Directory is distributed to
approximately 600 Guild members in the Washington, D.C. region. Lastly, if you
are not familiar with the work of the AGO a visit to the website of the national
organization may be informative: www.agohq.org

Ultimately your support of the Directory enables the local chapters of the
American Guild of Organists to more generously fund musical and educational
programs with our member dues which would otherwise be expended in
producing the Directory. While there is a direct benefit to you, the advertiser,
there is also a benefit to our local musical community because of your
participation.

The format of our Directory is a 5” x 8.5” (printable area approximately 4 1/8” by
7”) three-ring binder with an inside front and back in card stock. Advertising
space and rates are listed on the enclosed reservation form. Make your Full
Page ad really stand out by adding color.

Our deadline is June 1, 2010 to reserve your space with your check, and June
15, 2010 for ad copy. Ads must be submitted as a PDF file. Business card ads
may be submitted as text only. As in the past, purchasers of Full Page

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advertisements (B&W or Color) will receive a courtesy copy of our Directory. A
link on the three member chapters’ web pages with your web site, e-mail
address, and/or telephone number is also available as a courtesy.

To those who have supported us in the past, we thank you for your continued
support. And to all supporters, thank you for your participation in the success of
our 2010/2011 TriChapter directory.

                                   Very truly yours,

                                   Carl Schwartz
                                   2009-2010 Directory Advertising Coordinator
                                   301-236-0315
                                   301-221-4815 (cell)
                                   ruxtoncar@verizon.net


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    TriChapter Mailing List is available in Electronic File
   Ready to print, Single Chapter: $15.00; Complete TriChapter Directory List
(names and addresses): $35.00, Contact Carol Guglielm, cgug@loc.gov or 301-
                       699-8765, make check payable to:

                           TriChapter Committee, AGO

Mail to Gerald Piercey c/o Lewis & Hitchcock, Bacon Drive, Beltsville, MD 20705


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Looking for a great way to publicize your next program, event, etc. to a
local, targeted audience? Consider DCAGO email blasts. For a fee of
$5.00, Dean Tom Cowan will see that your message is delivered via email to
each DCAGO member. The fee for a one-time email message to the entire



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Chapter membership is $5.00. Contact Tom Cowan for more information at
tgcowan@aim.com.

We’re always looking for news and information that may be of interest to DC
AGO Chapter members. Let us know about your programs or other programs
(see format in calendar below), new organs, rebuilds, anecdotes, new
research, interesting websites, new music composed by you or others,
images and pics (public domain or with permission), “shameless self-
promotion,” etc. Deadline for the June 2010 issue of The Coupler is Friday,
May 28, 2010. Send your information to rsaladini@gmail.com. Be sure to
include “For The Coupler” in your email message.

If you would like to advertise personal for fee services in The Coupler, send
your information to the Editor and send $10 to the DC AGO treasurer. You ad
will run for two consecutive issues. Direct any questions to the Editor
rsaladini@gmail.com.


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                                         Churches always seek to be  
                                       good stewards of their facilities 
                                               and resources. 
                                             This is particularly important during  
                                                     tough economic times. 
                                       Let Lewis & Hitchcock help to maintain
                                               and preserve your pipe organ. 
                                                    
Lewis & Hitchcock is the largest and oldest organ maintenance firm in the mid-Atlantic. With offices in
Beltsville, MD and Richmond, VA and fourteen employees, we maintain close to 300 instruments. We
also build new instruments, offer every sort of rebuilding service, offer emergency service and help
churches seeking to find a good used instrument.

Some of our recent projects include:

Wesley United Methodist Church, Vienna, VA. We rebuilt the existing console incorporating a multi-
level combination action, multiplex relay, MIDI sequencer and Walker Technical digital voices. We also



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replaced an unsatisfactory rank of pipes with new pipes of proper scaling and voicing. We completed a
similar job at Christ Ascension Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA.

Capuchin College, Washington, DC. We provided, rebuilt and installed a good used instrument,
incorporating a multi-level combination action, multiplex relay and MIDI preparation.

Luther Place Lutheran Church, Washington, DC. We made repairs including releathering and cleaning
following water damage and protected the instrument while repairs were made to the ceiling.

Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD. We rebuilt the existing console incorporating a multi-
level combination action, multiplex relay and MIDI preparation.

Evangelical Reformed Church, Frederick, MD. We releathered the instrument, as well as protected the
instrument during building renovations.

Cherrydale United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA. We provided “super-service” for this instrument to
address many wiring and voicing problems, and provided a thorough tuning. Some said that it sounded
like a new instrument.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the organ needs of your congregation, whether maintenance,
rebuild or new instrument.


                       Lewis & Hitchcock, Inc.
                                Pipe Organ Builders since 1915

info@lhorgans.com                                                       http://www.lhorgans.com

10153 Bacon Drive                                                       7921 W. Broad St. #107
Beltsville, MD 20705                                                    Richmond, VA 23294
301-931-2374                                                            804-762-4515 

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                                    May 2010 CALENDAR

To include information about your program in “The Coupler,” send it to
Robert Saladini, editor, at rsaladini@gmail.com with an indication that you
would like it listed in “The Coupler” and in the following form: date, time,
what, who, where, and contact information. If have any descriptive
information about the program and/or an image, send that along for
consideration as well. Note that we are only able to list information about
programs that occur two months in advance (E.g., April Coupler lists info
about April and May events). To include information about “For fee”


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services or products, contact the editor. Deadline for the June 2010 issue
of The Coupler is Friday, May 28, 2010.

May 1 at 4:00 PM: Organ Recital: Huw Williams. Huw Williams is the Sub-
Organist at the Chapel Royal, St James' Palace, London where his predecessors
included Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Henry Purcell. He
also serves as the Musical Director of the Stroud and the Monmouth Choral
Societies and teaches at Cambridge University and Eton College. He has
performed as an organ soloist in Canada, USA, Europe and the UK. His two solo
recordings, made at St Paul's Cathedral were awarded Gramophone magazine's
Editor's Choice award and described as ' spectacular playing' and 'real musical
perceptiveness.' His recital on Saturday will include J.S. Bach's Trio Sonata No.
6, Pièce Héroique by César Franck, Concerto in F by G.F. Handel, Prelude and
Fugue in C minor by C.V. Stanford and more. There is no charge for admission
and a reception will follow. Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, located
at 16325 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland.

May 2 at 4:00 PM: Concert - Splendors of Versailles: Baroque Music of Courtly
France, with Ensemble Gaudior, Alexandra MacCracken, artistic director. Enjoy
French baroque music at its finest with works by Couperin, Rameau, and Leclair,
written for Louis XIV and Louis XV and reflecting the courtly opulence of
Versailles. One of Washington's premier early music ensembles performs with
violins, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001
Georgetown Pike, McLean VA. Tickets $15, seniors and students $10.
703.395.2899 www.ensemblegaudior.com

May 4 at 6:00 PM: DC AGO ANNUAL MEETING (SEE ABOVE)

May 8 and May 15 at 8:00 PM                 – Concert: ON THE OTHER HANDL: MUSIC OF THE GREAT
SLOVENIAN-CZECH MASTER JACOB HANDL. Chantry. Tickets: $30 regular, $15 students K-12 and
college to age 24 with valid ID at the door (cash or check); discounted advance tickets on-line (credit
card) • www.chantrydc.com • (202) 625-2855

                                  The early music voices of Chantry, led by David Taylor, perform
                                  Missa super Adesto dolori meo and Motets from Opus Musicum by
                                  Jacob Handl. Sometimes called "the Bohemian Palestrina", Handl
                                  was perhaps the greatest Renaissance master from Eastern
                                  Europe. Revel in Handl's mastery of Renaissance styles from
                                  contrapuntal to polychoral to madrigalian chromaticism.


                                  “Chantry is one of the musical glories of Washington,”
                                            ~ ALLARTSREVIEW4U


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Chantry is offering a special HALF-PRICE discount for AGO Chapter members and their choir
members who sign up in advance by email to elisabeth.myers@huschblackwell.com by noon on
concert day.

Two Performances:
May 8, 2010, 8pm, at St. Mary Mother of God
727 Fifth St. NW (Gallery Place and Judiciary Square Metros)

May 15, 2010, 8pm, at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring
70 University Boulevard East, Silver Spring, MD

May 9 at 4:00 PM: WSB in the Wild West: Washington Symphonic Brass
(WSB) invites you to jump on your horse and relive the days of the Wild West
with spirited music from Dances With Wolves, Copland's Rodeo and Grand
Canyon Suite, John Williams's Cowboy, and others. The renowned WSB brass
players will take you through the wide-open spaces and canyons west of the
Mississippi, the backdrop of the great migration when the United States
expanded from the Atlantic to the Pacific, fulfilling its Manifest Destiny. Saint
Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA. Tickets $20, seniors
$15, students (under 18) free. 866.962.7277 www.wsbrass.com

May 14 at 12:00 PM: Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Adams
will read from his autobiography, "Hallelujah Junction," in a special noontime
event at the Library of Congress. The event, in the Whittall Pavilion on the
ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First St. S.E.,
Washington, D.C., will be free and open to the public; no tickets are required, but
seating will be first-come, first-served. For more information contact Jennifer
Gavin 202-707-1940

May 15 at 7:30 PM: Concert, New York Polyphony - The acclaimed classical
vocal quartet, New York Polyphony, will present Choral Music for Men's Voices in
the sanctuary at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. Music includes English
polyphonic music from John Dunstable to Byrd, as well as newly commissioned
works by Jackson Hill, Michael McGlynn and Gregory Brown. The concert is free
(donations accepted) and part of the Concerts at Bradley Hills Series. 6601
Bradley Blvd, Bethesda. 301-365-2850.

May 16 at 3:00 PM: Organ recital – Ronald Stolk, Director of Music at St
Patrick’s RC Church and former dean of the DC AGO will be performing an
Ascension Day recital on the Cathedral’s Lively-Fulcher (1995) organ. Program

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includes J.S. Bach, and the works of Tournemire, Messiaen, and Langlais on
Ascension Day themes. This concert is the sixth of the season highlighting the
final drive to complete this remarkable organ in the near future. Cathedral of St.
Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave NW. The concert is free, but
contributions will be accepted to assist in the final phase of construction. For
more information, contact Thomas Stehle, 202-587-5141 or
tstehle@stmatthewscathedral.org.

May 16 at 4:00 PM: Concert: “The award-winning McLean Youth Orchestra,
Pauline Anderson artistic director, brings together some of the most talented
young musicians in the highly competitive Washington area. The orchestra has
performed numerous times in Japan and has been featured at the U.S. Capitol.
Acclaimed organist Paul Skevington joins soloists on flute and violin as they
perform the Brandenberg 5th concerto with the orchestra.” Saint Luke Catholic
Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA. Free-will offering. 703.356.0670
www.mclean-orchestra.org/myo

May 16 at 4:00 PM – Concert: “Bach to Britten - Admission Free, Donations
Accepted, The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20015, 202-363-2202. Join the CCPC Chancel Choir and
soloists for an afternoon featuring Bach’s motet Lobet den Herr (bwv 230) and
Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, with text by Christopher Smart on the
celebration of all living things. Following the concert there will be a reception to
meet the artists and greet one another.”

May 19 at 1:00 PM: Recital – “Take a lunchtime break to hear Paul Skevington
perform an organ recital. Dr. Skevington is director of music and liturgy at Saint
Luke Catholic Church, where the recital will be held, at 7001 Georgetown Pike,
McLean VA. This event is free and all are welcome. 703.356.0670”
www.musicinmclean.org

May 22 at 7 PM: Concert: Combined choirs join in benefit concert to present
Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals, Britten’s
Rejoice in the Lamb and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Concert to be held at
Westmoreland Congregational UCC, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD.
Participating choirs are from Christ Congregational Church, Silver Spring
Cooperative Parish UMC, and Westmoreland Congregational UCC. Concert is
free. Free-will offering to benefit Bethesda Cares a nonprofit organization which
provides assistance to the homeless. Telephone 301-229-7766 for information.



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May 23 at 4:00 PM: Concert Virginia Bronze and the National Brass, George
Washington Masonic Temple Auditorium, Alexandria, VA, Tickets: General
Admission - $10; Senior Admission - $8; Student Admission - $5; Family
Maximum - $20. “Virginia Bronze Community Handbell Ensemble and members
of the National Brass will be performing under the direction of Carol Feather
Martin in a program of eclectic handbell music, transcriptions available
exclusively to Virginia Bronze, and music arranged for bells and brass. Join us
for a unique and exciting afternoon of music making. Don’t miss your opportunity
to catch a sneak preview of these two talented ensembles performing together –
then hear them again as Virginia Bronze plays the prelude to the Hymn Festival
at the National Convention on July 6th, and the National Brass joins them to
premiere a newly commissioned work from Hart Morris. In recognition of its
achievements, Virginia Bronze also has been selected to perform a Showcase
Concert at Pinnacle (a National Handbell Seminar for Community Groups) in
Nashville on July 18th.”

July 9 at 4:30 PM – July 10 at 3:45 PM: Terry Taylor Children’s Choir Director
Workshop, “This is Your Faith (and Brain) on Music!: Children’s Choir Advocacy
for a New Era.” Sessions include: Why Children’s Choir?; Learning Ways and
Plays; Devotion in Motion; Tone Improvement; Choral Anthem Reading Session.
St. Johns United Methodist Church; 5312 Backlick Rd; Springfield, VA 22151-
3313. Register at www.choristersguild.org/conferences or call 800-CHORISTER
(800-246-7478) Sponsored by Choristers Guild.

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                           POSITIONS AVAILABLE

This material is compiled by TriChapter, the three local AGO Chapters
(District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Potomac), working together to
provide services for the membership; you may find information about
current available positions at www.dcago.org.      Contact Don Frazier,
d_frazier1@msn.com or 703-368-0936 for information on having your open
position listed.    Also, you will find AGO national job listings at
www.agohq.org/profession/indexjobs.html.




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                            DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

3/27/10

CHOIR DIRECTOR & ORGANIST (Avail. June 15, 2010)

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Congrega. size: 650), 118 A Street SE,
Washington, DC 20003, Phone: 202-543-0053. Direct Volunteer Adult Choir,
Children’s Choir, and Boys & Girls Choir; Supervise one staff member; Avg.
hours/week: 30-40; Pipe organ III/39; Yamaha electr. piano, 15 yrs old; Salary in
keeping with AGO Guide; 1 month paid vacation; Health ins., Sick leave;
Book/Music Allowance and negotiable time off for continuing education.

“St Mark's, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is a dynamic, progressive
church community that stresses creative worship and has a long tradition of
strong Christian education, arts, and outreach programs. Three Sunday worship
services are tailored to the diverse needs of the congregation. A vibrant, growing
Sunday school and an active youth program are also at the center of church life.
While it is not necessary for the Director of Music to be an Episcopalian, it is
important for that person to be familiar with the Anglican tradition of worship and
music and be willing to incorporate many varieties of music into the musical life of
the church. To learn more, visit the St. Mark's website at www.st.marks.net.

‘The Director will be a strong administrator and willing to work with a diverse
congregational constituency. The Director of Music plans and prepares service
music, recruits and directs a volunteer adult choir and a boys and girls choir, and
supervises the director of the children's choir. As required, the Director plans and
directs supplementary musical services and choir performances throughout the
church year. The Director will continue to develop and implement a robust
musical program for children and young people, as well as formulate
complementary music activities supporting the mission of the church. “Email
cover letter, resume/vita, and names of three references with contact information
to St.marks.music.director@gmail.com”.


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                                  MARYLAND

3/15/10

DIRECTOR of MUSIC (Avail. May, 2010)

Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) (Congrega. size: 150), 2503 Belair Drive,
Bowie, MD 20715, Phone: 301-262-7625

Seeking part-time Director for praise team of six people. Avg. hrs/week: 10-15,
Congregation has a Kurzweil keyboard and a Rogers 330 3-man. organ w/ full
pedalboard. Annual salary: $14,000 with two weeks’ paid vacation

“Grace Lutheran is a congregation that seeks to provide quality music for Sunday
worship and other events. There are 30 children in addition to the 150 post-
confirmation age members. Knowledge of Lutheran liturgy & music and
contemporary/praise band music is helpful. Must possess ability to work with
Pastor and members of diverse backgrounds. Secretarial assistance is available
to person filling this position.”

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                            NORTHERN VIRGINIA

4/5/10

DIRECTOR of MUSIC – (Avail. July 1, 2010)

Emmaus United Church of Christ (Membership: 270; website:
www.emmausucc.org), 900 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, VA 22180; Phone: 703-
929-4224

Organist/Director for one adult choir (c.15 members), and to accompany a half-
hour children’s    choir practice 3 months per year. Avg. hours/week: 10-15;
salary $15-16k depending upon education & experience; Rodgers 1990 2-
manual organ; Yamaha conservatory piano. Vacation: 1 week per month (An
Associate DoM covers one weekend each month)




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“Emmaus UCC follows the UCC denomination’s tradition of liberal, progressive
spirituality, and seeks to be a place of comfort, challenge & empowerment. We
seek a DoM to help us enrich our worship of God with music. Position
responsibilities: playing & directing appropriate worship service music at 10:30
Sundays & for other special services (e.g. during Christmas season, Holy Week);
leading Sunday a.m. choir rehearsals and directing the adult choir during
services; working closely with the Senior Minister to coordinate each week’s
music selection; scheduling piano & organ maintenance; maintaining the music
library (there is a small budget for additional music & professional fees). Salary
is augmented by wedding/funeral/ordination fees. The congregation appreciates
musical excellence and baroque/classical church music; members also enjoy a
mix of newer musical styles; Emmaus’ contemporary sanctuary has excellent
acoustics for both accompanied and a cappella pieces.” Visit
www.emmausucc.org to learn more.

Please send resume with three references to Jennifer Chamberlain, Music
Committee Chair, at music4emmaus@yahoo.com, or by regular mail to the
church.

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4/18/10

ORGANIST / CHOIR DIRECTOR - (Avail. June 1, 2010)

St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church (Congrega. size: 450, ASA 165), 1830 Kirby
Rd., McLean, VA 22150; Phone: 703-356-7533      Email:
rector@stdunstans.net

Successful candidate to direct a 12-14 member adult volunteer choir; average 15
hours/wk, Organ: Schlicker pipe instrument, detailed at www.novaago.org;
Salary: within AGO guidelines, based on education & experience; modest sick
leave and book/music budget.

“St Dunstan's Episcopal Church, located in Mclean, VA seeks part-time energetic
Organist/Choir Director. St Dunstan's is a vibrant growing parish. The Director
will work with the rector in planning worship. Our worship music has been based
primarily on the 1982 Hymnal, but our vision is to use the 1982 Hymnal as a
foundation and move towards a blended service, incorporating music from
supplemental texts and additional instrumentation. The ability to communicate
effectively with others, with staff and volunteers is an essential characteristic of

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this position. The candidate for this position should possess a strong knowledge
of Episcopal Church liturgy. Gifts in teaching and creativity will be valuable in
helping us grow into our music vision. For more information about St Dunstan’s
Episcopal church, please visit our website at www.stdunstans.net. Interested
candidates should mail or email their resumes to the addresses listed above.”

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                              American Guild of Organists
                                Washington, DC Chapter
                          Officers and Committees, 2009-2010
                          Dean:                 Thomas Cowan
                          Sub-Dean:             Aline Otten
                          Treasurer:            Arthur H. Roach
                          Secretary:            Patricia Henry
                          Registrar:            Alvin D. (Ted) Gustin
                          Historian:            Carol Guglielm
                          Auditor:              Jay R. Rader
                          Members at Large
                            Class of 2010       Eileen Guenther
                            Class of 2011       Michael E. Lodico
                            Class of 2012       Nicholas Russotto
                          Chaplain:             Rev. Dr. Dean MacDonald
                          Placement:            Donald Frazier
                          Coupler editor:       Robert Saladini
                          Webmaster:            Rick A. Berg
                          Scholarships:         Diane L. Heath

Deadline for the June 2010 issue of The Coupler is Thursday, May 27, 2010. Send your
information to Robert Saladini, Editor at rsaladini@gmail.com. Be sure to include “For The
Coupler” or a similar statement in your email message. Note that both current and recent issues
of The Coupler are archived at www.dcago.org. Ed.




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