A Weekend with David Hurd February 10 through February 11
Few living have contributed more to American sacred and organ music than Dr. David Hurd, formerly of General Theological Seminary and now organist of The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Times Square, New York City. His Masterclass for BAGO will be one not to miss!
On February 12, please join in a Hymn Sing at Old South Church with our Dean, Mitchell Crawford.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
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Our annual mini-convention is fast approaching. Please plan to join us for the morning of Saturday, February 25th, for fellowship, workshops, and lunch.
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To register, complete the form before Friday, February 17th if you would like to order lunch. Click here
In honor of Franck’s 200th year, Carl Klein, Boston Organ Librarian, scanned this “Verset in Fm” of Franck’s and put it on the Library website for all. It’s out of copyright, so this offering is legal.
This was part of a group of pieces for church organists initially issued in several volumes under the title of L’Organiste, and “pour Orgue et Harmonium.” But it is not in the 59 pieces of that collection, although in identical typeface and lettering. Belwin-Mills reprinted L’Organiste in facsimile in 1975, with an interesting introduction by Carleton Russell. Barbara Owen has recommended use of some the pieces from this volume as preludes or offertories over the years. The low pitched bass lines of these collections could easily be played on pedals if one wished.
What is interesting is that these relatively short and uncomplicated pieces, intended for Franck’s colleagues and students who were church organists, were his last works, published serially in August and September of 1880. It may simply have been written for a later volume that was not completed. Apparently more were composed, but not published until after his death in November of that year. Well, Bach’s last works were chorale preludes, thus also intended for use by his fellow church organists.
~ Carl Klein and Barbara Owen, Boston Organ Library
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2020 – 2022 Officers and Executive Committee
Our Chapter has elected the following people as Officers of our Chapter:
Dean: Mitchell Crawford
Sub-Dean: Cathy Meyer
Treasurer: Daryl Bichel
Secretary: Joshua T. Lawton
Registrar: Jeffrey Mills
Members at Large- Class of 2024
Members at Large – Class of 2026
Deans of Our Chapter
The Massachusetts Chapter was founded in 1905. Our first Dean was George Albert Burdett (pictured here). Our website now has photos and biographies of all of our past Deans. You may view that resource by clicking here.
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The History of the American Guild of Organists in Massachusetts by H. Winthrop Martin is being digitized. This resource includes Deans’ biographies from 1905 through 1954, along with programs and recitals held during those years. The full history of those years is available now by clicking here
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