Trivia Answer for May 2020
The first woman who was Dean of the Boston Chapter was Ruth Barrett Arno/Phelps. She had been active in the Chapter since coming to Boston in 1934 as the successor to Claude Saunier at the First Church of Christ, Scientist (The Mother Church). She became Dean in January 1949.
Edith Lang was a noted Boston theater organist in 1921. In the twenties it was in style for members of the profession to play for the movies. Dean Marshall, in his annual report of 1929, said: “ … theatre music is a professional occupation for organists today and approaches, if it does not exceed in importance, church organ playing.”
Mary Crowley Vivian was Dean of the Chapter 1958-1960. She was a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where she studied with Alexander McCurdy, and of Radcliffe College, where she studies at the Longy School of Music. Her teacher these was E. Power Biggs, and she became known as his protegee.A well-known recitalist in her time, Vivian was a fellow of the American Guild of Organists and performed at several AGO conventions.
Trivia Answer for April 2020:
In renaming the Massachusetts Chapter, all three names were considered:
- The Greater Boston Chapter
- The Hub Chapter
- The Boston Chapter
The name “Boston Chapter was chosen as “it was unlikely that there will ever be a need of ameding it as the new title pretty accurately decribes the area it serves.” – H. Winthrop Martin, A History of the American Guild of Organists in Boston Massachusetts 1905-1954