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May 23, 2010

Member Choice Recital

Dedicated to the Memory of Ralph Burkhart
July 12, 1946 - May 8, 2010


Christ’s Church

2 Rectory Street


Ralph will be remembered by all who knew him as a good-humored, life-loving and selfless individual, dedicated to his music, and to the Chapter. His cheery disposition will be missed greatly. May his smile and the laughter that he brought to all of those whose life he touched remain in our hearts.

Ralph attended the Manhattan School of Music and The Julliard School. He was the organist and choirmaster at St. Mark's Episcopal, Yonkers, from April 11, 1999 to the present. A member of the AGO since 1998, Ralph Served with enthusiasm on many Chapter committees. He was a director from 2003 to 2006 and secretary from 2006 to the present.

Front Row: Laura Ravotti, Karen Longwell, Judith Abel, Timothy Keenan-Devlin, Meredith Storer
Middle Row: Adrienne Knauer, Lowell Knauer, Lana Kollath, Andrew Sheranian
Back Row: Alice Avouris, Jan-Piet Knijff, Thomas Zachacz, Frank Miller, John Cecconi, Kenneth Potter
Missing from photo: Kathryn Jones
Kathryn Jones - who could not stay for the group photo due to a prior commitment
JP and Kathryn playing their duet
The Program
Kathryn Jones and Jan-Piet Knijff
Theme with Variations from String Quartet Op. 75, No. 3 "Emperor" by Franz-Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)


Jan-Piet Knijff, baritone; Kathryn Jones, organ


Psalm 23 (Hospodin jest muj pastýr), from Biblical Songs, op. 99, no. 4 by Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)


Kenneth Potter


March de Fête by Henri Busser (1872 - 1973)
Alice Avouris
Chorale prelude on "O wie selig" (O How Happy Are Ye) by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)


Timothy Keenan-Devlin


Prelude and Fugue in F Major by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)


Adrienne Knauer, harp; Lowell Knauer, organ


"Quelle est cette odeur agreable?" (What is This Lovely Fragrance?) - French carol; arranged for harp and organ by Daniel Burton



Judith Abel




Carillon, 24 pieces in free style by Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)


Laura Ravotti


Postlude by Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)


Judith Abel, Karen Longwell, sopranos,,Lana Kollath, organist


Psalm 95 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)


Meredith Storer


Hymne d'actions de grâce "Te Deum" by Jean Langlais (1907 - 1991)


Thomas Zachacz.


Offertoire by Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wely (1817 - 1869)


Frank Miller


Postlude on "St Anne" by Charlton Palmer (1871 - 1944)


Amparito Roco by Jamie Texadore


Andrew Sheranian


Fugue in D Major by Andrew Sheranian


Above: Installation Ceremony, conducted by John Cecconi, Dean.

The Chapter's Officers-Elect, from left to right:
Laura Ravotti, Director-Class of 2012, Karen Longwell, Director-Class of 2012, Lowell Knauer, Director-Elect-Class of 2013, John Cecconi, Dean, Alice Avouris, Dean-Elect, Judith Abel, Sub-Dean-Elect, Kevin Walsh, Registrar, Tim Keenan-Devlin, Director-Class of 2011.

Jan-Piet Knijff and John Cecconi (Wishing JP good-bye as he will be leaving for Australia shortly)
Below are a few photos from the reception following the meeting

Region II, Westchester County, NY, May 23, a "Members’ Choice Recital" was held at Christ's Church in Rye (Andrew Sheranian, host). Fifteen musicians took part in the concert. To add variety, there was a harp and organ duet, an organ/organ duet, and two pieces with vocal arrangements. The concert was dedicated to Ralph Burkhart, who died on May 8. He had been the chapter’s secretary since 2006 and prior to that was a director. After the concert, at a reception coordinated by Subdean Alice Avouris with food furnished by several members, the new officers for 2010 – 2011 were installed. John Cecconi, the current Dean, was presented with a past Dean's pin for his service during the last two years, and Jan-Piet Knijff, who will soon be leaving for a new position in Australia, was also recognized. – Virginia B. Bender

as published in The American Organist, August, 2010


Photo of Ralph Burkhart: Courtesy of his family

Photo of Kathryn at the organ: Courtesy of John Cecconi

All other photos: Courtesy of Virginia Bender


Last updated: September 28, 2010