The mission of the American Guild of Organists is
to enrich lives through organ and choral music.
I was privileged, on the 7th of January, Epiphany Sunday, to worship at Grace Episcopal Church. I was happy to witness our member, Ned Tipton, being installed as their new Director of Music. I was very pleased, in addition, to hear the World Premier of his arrangement of "Saw You Never in the Twilight", which was skillfully performed by the choir under Ned's direction. It was a good service that was very special to me. I'm sure Grace Church will appreciate Ned's presence, and I wish him well in his new position.
In light of Ned's new position, I've created a new item under the [Links] tab: About our Members. Anyone wishing to submit a brief Bio-Sketch for publication in that link, type it up the way you would like it to appear, with or without a photo, and I will post it for you. It will be just like the [Links[Various Services] list I have for Substitutes. You can click on those two items to see what we have posted already and make your own similar to either - or perhaps a completely different format.
TO BE HONORED AT
AGO ENDOWMENT FUND DISTINGUISHED ARTIST
AWARD RECITAL AND GALA BENEFIT RECEPTION IN PRINCETON
Colleagues, Students, Loved Ones, and Friends from Across the Country Will Gather to Celebrate Her Lifetime Achievements at AGO Endowment Fund Benefit
NEW YORK CITY — The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has selected internationally acclaimed organist and teacher JOAN LIPPINCOTT as the honoree for the 2017 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Princeton, N.J. Complete information can be found online at Agohq.org/2017-gala.
The celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Princeton University Chapel, where the honoree, joined by organists Scott Dettra and Eric Plutz, will play a recital that is free and open to the public. A Gala Benefit Reception (advance tickets required) will follow at Prospect House, the private dining club of Princeton University.
Joan Lippincott has been acclaimed as one of America's outstanding organ virtuosos. She is professor emerita of organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and was principal university organist at Princeton University from 1993 to 2000. Her many recordings on the Gothic label include music of Bach, Duruflé, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Widor, Alain, and Pinkham. Lippincott's most recent CD is J.S. Bach: Orgelbüchlein, recorded on the Fritts organ at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Gala sponsorship opportunities are available at the $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 levels. Full descriptions of sponsorship and benefits are available online at Agohq.org/2017-gala.
Gala Benefit Reception Tickets are $150 (75% tax deductible, includes preferred seating at the recital) and can be purchased online at Agohq.org/2017-gala or by calling 212-870-2311, ext. 4308. Gala Benefit Reception ticket sponsors will have their names printed in the commemorative program book. The deadline to be included is March 31.
Participate from a Distance by making a contribution to the AGO Endowment Fund in honor of Joan Lippincott. Contribute online at Agohq.org/2017-gala or by sending a check to: AGO Endowment Fund, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. Contributions received by March 31 will be reported in the commemorative program book.
F. Anthony Thurman, DMA
Director of Development and Communications
American Guild of Organists
Three new notices have been sent from AGO HQ:
- 2017 AGO Young Organist Composition Competition
- 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Grant
- 2017 Pipe Organ Encounters