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September 18, 2011

Westchester Chapter, The First 60 Years

Speaker: Dr. Robert Chase

Introduction and Conversations on hosting an AGO Region I and II Convention in Westchester, 2015

Guest: Dr. F. Anthony Thurman

Potluck Dinner

Dr. Robert Chase presented various facts about the first 60 years of the chapter. Anecdotes about early members and guest artist/speakers were really fascinating! Some early members included founder and recording artist Robert Owen, TAO reviewer DeWitt Wasson, who donated 20,000 music scores to Westminster Choir College, Alinda Burnham Couper, a pioneer in the art of English handbell ringing, and recitalist-to-the-wealthy (and Wanamaker's) Frank Adams. Early speakers included E. Power Biggs at the personal invitation of Robert Chase, Margaret Hillis, who founded the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Madeleine Marshall, Vernon De Tar, Alec Wyton, and Paul Henry Lang. Bob spoke about our 1971 Regional Convention, spear-headed by then-Dean Margaret Kelly, and which at $35 for registration (which included lunches) was extremely affordable, especially by today's standards!
  The beautiful cake that took the centerpiece of our potluck dinner.

Westchester Count, N.Y.September 18, the chapter's 60th anniversary celebration was held at the Church in the Highlands in White Plains. Robert Chase was the host and presenter. His reminiscense about the 60 years the chapter has been in existence was informative and at times amusing. After his presentation, F. Anthony Thurman offered information on hosting a regional convention. Afterward, members enjoyed a potluck dinner, coordinated by Lois Simmonds. -- Virginia Bender

as published in the December, 2011 issue of The American Organist.


Some of the text about the presentation was written by Alice Avouris.

Photos: Courtesy of Virginia Bender


Last updated: December 5, 2011