March Issue of The Trompette
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March 2017
Volume 16, #7

A Note from the Dean

Our next event takes place on Sunday, March 26 at the Irvington Presbyterian Church with David Enlow offering a masterclass on hymn playing and improvisation. There is still room for individuals to play. If you are interested, please reply to me at the address listed below in the Chapter Events section. This will be an exciting event to be a part of, so don't miss out on this opportunity!
Last month, I offered the opportunity for our membership to respond to a short survey that will be of help to it's board in planning next year's programs. If you did not yet respond, please take a minute to do so at: For those of you who received this by snail mail, please complete the enclosed copy and return it to the address indicated if you have not already done so. We look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible.

Terence J. Flanagan
February Event Recap - by Karen Longwell

On Sunday February 19, Dr. Robert Chase gave an interesting lecture on styles of organ pedagogy at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. He started out with a quiz for the attendees, which essentially illustrated that many of the major composers through 1700 to 1800 were taught by organists. He cited such pedagogists as Johann C.H. Rinck (1770-1846), John Zundel (circa 1860) and Justinian Knecht (1752-1817) and then played a piece by Knecht which is found in his organ studies book, illustrating that even an exercise can be useful repertoire for an organist. He discussed the progression of the organ and how the teaching of it had to change through time. Of worthy note is Dr. Chase’s own book, Gradus ad Parnassum, which highlights a lot of his lecture’s information. Terry Flanagan, our illustrious dean, played a beautiful piece by J.S. Bach - a setting of An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV, 653b - to help illustrate certain methods of pedagogy. Afterward, all were treated to light refreshments by host, Karen Longwell, Music Director of St. Columbanus. If you wish to purchase Dr. Chase’s book, it can be found at

Chapter Events

Hymn Playing and Improvisation
David Enlow
Sunday, March 26, 4PM
Irvington Presbyterian Church
Irvington, NY
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Concert Calendar

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

Reads and Mixtures

The Toccata

What! A toccata written in Gb minor...
   I'm not known as a complaining whiner -
But, what's the story with all these flats?
   I feel like cheese surrounded by rats.
There's accidentals that change the key,
   He's trying to frustrate you and me!
A page turn comes during a run.
   What difficulty prize has he won?
Ten note chords on every page -
   I'm completely full of hell-bent rage.
Why should I practice this toccata?
   It's not like I really gotta.
Time to get comfortable and smart.
   Nobody could play this by "heart."
I've never been known as a liar -
   So I'll use this piece to start a fire.

Christ Church
, 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
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