members and guests, along with parishioners of St. Christopher's
Church, enjoyed a beautiful service of choral evensong at the
annual meeting of the Cleveland Chapter on May 7. The lovely
setting of St. Christopher's On The River, the cordiality of
the church in hosting a wine and cheese reception before our
dinner, the beautiful a capella singing of the quartet and the
skillful playing of the Hradetzky organ by Yuri Sato McElliott
all contributed to make a memorable event.
was my privilege to present our first Cleveland Chapter Award
for Excellence in Sacred Music to Karel Paukert. Karel was selected
from nominations submitted by chapter members by a committee
consisting of Patricia Bowers, Patricia Genchi, Evelyn Muranko,
and Marguerite Ziegler. Karel was selected for his work at the
Cleveland Museum of Art where he oversees the concert series
and presents numerous organ recitals. He is also Director of
Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights and
has taught organ at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Karel's
CD of organ music recorded on the Hradetsky organ at St. Christopher's
was acclaimed in TAO and is available at the Museum bookstore.
at the meeting I presented a certificate to the Chapter that
we received from Severance Hall acknowledging our endowment
of a pipe in the reinstalled Severance organ. This gift was
voted by the Executive Committee to be paid for from funds from
our Magellan account. Now all of us can feel that we have some
connection with the great organ that will once again be heard
in Severance Hall. You can view
the certificate on our web-site.
at the meeting new officers were installed. In addition to the
officers who are continuing from last year the following were
elected to the Executive Committee: Nicole Keller, Jason Lorenzon,
and James Riggs. Thank you to Gratian Nugen and the nominating
committee and to all those who consented to run for office.
thanks are due to Carol Neff for arranging the annual meeting
and all of our meetings this year. Also to Yuri Sato McElliott
for playing the Choral Evensong service and the quartet of John
McElliott, David Dicillo, Michael McKay, and Edward Powell.
The Rev. W. Taylor Moore, Jr., Rector of the church, conducted
completion of my first year as Dean, I feel that we have accomplished
much. I have enjoyed working with officers and committee members
and look forward to next year. I do think that most of the work
was done by a few people. We are all busy but if you could volunteer
for one thing in the course of a year it would be helpful. Let
me know what you would like to see happen with the AGO.
for details of plans for the coming year in August and don't
forget to pay your dues.
Sleep in the sun
Smell the flowers