October Issue of The Trompette
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Volume 16, #2

A Note from the Dean

I begin with a special note of thanks to everyone who helped make our September 18 Opening Event a success. It was wonderful to gather in the beautiful Sanctuary at the Bedford Presbyterian Church. Our recitalists, Alex Pattavina and Ryan Kennedy made good use of the resources contained on the church's Pasi organ and delighted all with their fine playing. Afterward, Frank Miller presented a most delicious offering of food that was enjoyed over conversation. Below is a picture of our two recitalists with your dean at the console at Bedford Presbyterian Church.

Our next event will be quite different and focus on the young. A Pedals, Pipes and Pizza will take place at the Irvington Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 23 at 4PM. Children will have the opportunity to learn about the "King of Instruments" and will hear music played, watch a video, look at pipes and even have the opportunity to play the organ. There may just be a pipe blowing contest as well! I do hope you will pass the word around and even invite youth that you think would enjoy and benefit from this experience.

I end thanking you once again for your help and support as well as your questions, ideas and feedback. This information is not only useful, but it lets me know that you are paying attention and invested in your chapter.

I am looking forward to our next event.


Terence J. Flanagan

Chapter Events

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
Irvington Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 23, 4PM
RSVP to dean@agowestchester.org

Members' Recital
Huguenot Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 13, 4PM


Concert Calendar


New this year... we have added musical events to a google calendar that is available on the chapter web site. Click here to view the calendar.

The Borzova-Tonna Vocal Duo
Friday, October 14, at 7:30 PM
at St. Mary The Virgin Episcopal Church in Chappaqua, New York
Friday, October 21st, at 7:30 PM at the Marc A. Scorca Hall of the National Opera Center in NYC
“Music Like a Curve of Gold…”
Alla Borzova, soprano and composer and Anna Tonna, mezzo soprano, accompanied by pianist Olga Gurevich - will present a concert dedicated to the works of contemporary women composers, in two locations: Chappaqua and New York City.  The program will feature the arts songs and duets by Beth Anderson, Alla Borzova, Juliana Hall, Patricia Leonard, Binnette Lipper, Julia Mandel, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Melanie Mitrano, Anne Phillips, Hilary Tann, Tawnie Olson and Joelle Wallach. The scene from Alla Borzova’s chamber comic opera The Wedding Gift of Pirate Granny will be presented as well. The themes range from mysticism, immigration and resistance, communion with nature and domestic bliss to the bawdy world of carnivals and piracy!
Tickets are $20/15 (seniors and students) in advance and $25/20 at the door. Advance tickets can purchased at http://bpt.me/2592954
Post-concert talk with the artists and composers. Reception to follow. Additional Information: (914) 738-5847 or (917) 680-1582.


Huguenot Church is offering free tickets to AGO members. Contact Kathy Jones at kjones@huguenotchurch.org or 914-400-9377. Tickets will be held at the door.

Empty Benches


St. John’s Episcopal Church
Pleasantville, NY

Part-time Music Director. Please visit the church's website, stjohnspleasantville.org, for a complete job description.

First Church of Christ, Scientist
White Plains/Scarsdale, NY

Organist needed for Sunday services (11AM, one hour) - 3 hymns, solo (rehearse before service), prelude, offertory and postlude. Contact: Ruth Mitchell at 914-997-6503

Reads and Mixtures

Here's something you don't see everyday. This photo was taken at St. Jacobi Kirche in Hamburg, Germany. The console is no longer in use, but it depicts luminaries of the city's music and civic world. One site mentioned the face in the upper right is J.S. Bach himself!


Darius Milhaud: born - Seine River, date - uncertain, first son of Gwendelyn Beth Katzen and Marcus Auralius Tavius Mopurr Kackson Milhaud. Showed early musical promise which later disappeared. First performed on sackbuts and rankets in a reedless krummhorn band in Montmartre. Discovered distillation of fish oils used as woodwind bore oil and as medicinal cream for string players with sore necks. Is also credited as being the first performer to play all of Schonberg's twelve tone works backwards without anyone noticing. Wrote several works for solo instruments... none of which do...

In later years he began sculpturing and painting. Through a ten year time he gradually progressed through his pink period, red period, roller period and no period.

His attempt at rejuvenating a Tibetan restaurant near the Apollo Theater in New York met with little success, and, unfortunately, forced him back into composing. He currently resides in a large storage closet in the Hospice Francaise near the base of the Eiffel Tower, where he is occasionally released for exercise.

Irvington Presbyterian Church, Irvington, NY
Executive Board
Terence J. Flanagan

Craig Degener

Karen Longwell


Kevin Walsh

Class of 2017
Margaret Kim
Frank Miller
Class of 2018
Kenneth Potter
Jonathan Riss
Class of 2019
Kyoko Meredith
Michael Mulder


AGO Certification
and Education

Dr. Robert A. Chase

Newsletter Editor
Terence J. Flanagan

Joyce Gardner


Kevin Walsh

Virginia Bender
Welcome to Our
New Members:

Elisabeth Janick Sullivan
Dr. Sándor Szabó
Minister of Music
The Reformed Church
Bronxville, NY
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The Trompette is published monthly from September through June. Printed copies are mailed if requested.

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