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Buffalo 2019

T2015/2016 Executive Boardhe Binghamton Chapter was founded in 1929 and supports the goals of its parent organization, the American Guild of Organists. Our chapter hosted the Regional Convention in 2001 and has participated in such outreach events as the 2008 Organ Spectacular. This past year saw our first sponsorship of a Pedals, Pipes and Pizza event, designed to introduce young piano students to the organ. Our chapter has been represented at every recent Regional and National convention. Our small but active group of approximately 55 members plans a variety of events to serve a diversity of needs. On many occasions, we invite members of neighboring chapters to participate in our events adding to the enjoyment of each occasion. Some of us are organists, some of us build organs, and others are simply happy listeners.  Most importantly, we enjoy getting together to share our mutual love of organs and organ music.

We welcome visitors to any of our events, and encourage anyone who appreciates the organ, its repertoire and choral music to attend.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the AGO.  If you are interested in joining our chapter, you may download a membership form or contact our dean or registrar for further information.

Organ Recital

RIP Paul Stapel

Organist Jean Herman Henssler will be the performer for a recital on May 20, 4:00 pm, at the United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton. She will play works of Widor, Sweelinck, Mulet, Reger and Jongen.

An EndwJean Herman Hensslerell native, Ms. Henssler graduated from Maine-Endwell High School while earning awards in piano, flute and organ performance. Her teachers were Mary Alice LeBaron (piano), Gordon Tyler and Harold O'Daniels (organ), and Jack Pinto (flute).

She then earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, Ohio) studying organ with Garth Peacock and Davie Boe. Upon graduation, she was elected by the Oberlin music faculty to be a member in the national honorary music society, Pi Kappa Lambda.

Returning to the Tri Cities area she taught music for 7 years at Broome Community College (now SUNY Broome), during which time she earned a Master’s degree in piano performance at Ithaca College, studying with Phiroze Mehta and Joseph Tague.

In 1980, she relocated to Germany where, for 18 years, she performed throughout Europe as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.

Since her return to the USA, she has served several churches as church organist and choir director. She is the accompanist for the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, and was a member (on flute) of the Southern Tier Concert Band. She studied organ with Jonathan Biggers at Binghamton University, and has been an active member and officer, having served as dean and sub-dean of the Binghamton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Binghamton Chapter of the AGO and the United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton. Ms. Henssler will present a lecture demonstration focusing on Reger's Ein Feste Burg on Saturday, May 12, 10:00 AM at the Main Street Baptist Church, Binghamton.
Paul Stapel

Link to commemorative article in the
Press and Sun Bulletin

RIP Will Dodge

Will Dodge

Link to obituary in the
Press and Sun Bulletin

Broome County Arts Council Newsletter

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