Hurricane Katrina Relief
|Last updated: October 26, 2006|
Message from the Dean
|A Message from the AGO Executive Director:
This page contains information about the AGO's efforts to provide relief to AGO members in the Gulf States who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. We plan to update this page regularly with contact information and news about members from the New Orleans and South Missisippi Chapters. We will also provide guidance to help members obtain new jobs, housing, and musical scores.
Guild members who wish to help those who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina are welcome to communicate their offers and suggestions by writing to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Their postings will be transferred to this website under an appropriate heading. Opportunities to provide financial aid are described immediately below.
HOW TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID TO AGO MEMBERS IN THE GULF STATES
The AGO is now able to accept financial gifts that will be used exclusively to provide assistance to AGO members in the region affected by Hurricane Katrina. All funds received for hurricane relief will be allocated to support the AGO members and chapters affected by the storm, in consultation with the leadership of those chapters. Checks should be made payable to the AGO, indicating in the memo line that the funds are to be used for “Hurricane Relief.” Checks should be mailed to AGO National Headquarters, Hurricane Relief, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. Contributions can also be made at www.agohq.org/contributions using our secure online form.
A Note from the Dean of the New Orleans Chapter
My dear New Orleans Chapter members, I do so hope that this little missive finds you all safe, well, and housed comfortably. There aren’t too many things to say about Katrina and all of the damage inflicted on our city, our instruments, our homes, and our livelihoods that haven’t already been said, so let’s leave it at, ‘Well, that happened,’ and move on to more positive things that are in the works.
I’ve been contacted by our Regional Councillor Sarah Hawbecker and by AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. Their very real concern was to identify ways in which the National Office could assist us as individuals and as a chapter during this difficult time.
One of the main things that we discussed was to first and foremost attempt to locate our members and to assure ourselves of their safety. Please check the list shown on this page and please let Secretary/Treasurer John DeMajo or myself know whether that you’re safe. You can give us your contact/address information if you’d like; that would make things simple if we should need to contact you. Or, if you would rather not list your personal information on the page, just contact us and let us know that you’re “high and dry”. I know that many of us have family and friends upon whom we can depend for indefinite housing, etc.; however, all of us are not in that position. If there’s someone on that list whose whereabouts you know and there’s no descriptor by their name to indicate that they’ve been accounted for, please drop John or myself an email to let us know. We’ll see that the appropriate info makes it to the list.
An appeal has, I think, by now gone out to the Deans of all chapters to let them know that there are displaced organists from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast spread out all across the country. Whatever chapter you’ve landed in, contact the Dean or another officers to let them know of your presence. Most chapters have Web sites with such contact information readily available, and you can find them listed all listed on National’s site. Attend a meeting if you can, and let yourself be introduced to those in attendance. Ask if your name could be included in the particular chapter’s newsletter as a sub, with a mention that you’re an evacuee from New Orleans or from the Gulf Coast. You may find that there are folks that would be more than willing to take a day off just to give you a chance to work a bit. If you’re in a city of some size, you may be able to get all of the sub work you can handle, and you might even find yourself a temporary job in the area to hold you for a while.
If you’ve lost your organ music to water, wind, whatever, please let us know that, as well. National is working on the prospect of ultimately helping to replace that music where needed. As above, you need to make us aware of the situation.
None of this is easy for any of us, but here it is and we will deal with it. Organists/choirmasters are a tough lot and accustomed to dealing with adversity on all kinds of levels. We are also capable of incredible care and devotion and empathy; else, we wouldn’t do what we do. To quote Blanche, I think this is one of those times that we can allow ourselves “to depend on the kindness of strangers.”
To my own chapter members who have the means to respond financially to this predicament, I urge you to do so. Some of us are fortunate to have jobs that will pay us throughout the downtime. Most of us are not; they play multiple services at multiple churches, and are currently without any income at all. The means to give is provided there through National’s Web site. Please do what you can to help our own chapter members during this tough time.
Your loving Dean,
|The New Orleans Chapter has called a meeting on Monday, December 12. For information, please contact:
Dean, New Orleans Chapter
|GIA PUBLICATIONS SUPPORTS
HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS OF THE
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND THE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PASTORAL MUSICIANS
AGO and NPM Members Affected by Hurricane Katrina
Will Benefit from New CD Released by GIA Publications
|In this section we will maintain updated information about the whereabouts of the members of the New Orleans and South Mississippi Chapters. Full contact information is provided for each member as well as additional comments where appropriate:
Joe Bill Adams
Paul D. Andersen, email@example.com
May R. Ball
J. O. Beazor-Williams
Mark A. Beilke
Steven B. Blackmon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music/Organist
St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church, New Orleans Temporarily operating out of a sister church in Houston, 864-427-2141, Cell 504-256-8097.
Kenneth W. Boesch, email@example.com
Carol Britt, AAGO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok. Living at home.
Bennett A. Britt
Elise M. Cambon
Margaret R. Campo, email@example.com
Benjamin M. Carmichael
Rabbi Edward P. Cohn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn F. Connor
Watson Copeland, email@example.com
Located at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA and reports his family is safe in Grand Couteau, LA. Cell 504-495-2975.
Jerry F. Davidson, AAGO, ChM, firstname.lastname@example.org
John G. De Majo, email@example.com
P.O. Box 2127, Hammond, LA 70404
Work Phone 985-898-2022 Ext.151
Thomas D. Frazel
R. Daniel Gamble
Shirlene A. Gill
Living in Jackson, MS.
Corinne E. Goodman
Jane V. Halley
James Hammann, AAGO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently residing in Ann Arbor.
Philip J. Harmelink, email@example.com
Michaelle T. Harrison
Reported well. Organist at First Baptist Church in Pascagoula, MS. Home suffered damages, but livable.
Kathy A. Holland
John Hutton, Jr.
Hilton Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Kerr, Jr.
Hyun J. Kim, email@example.com
Frederick Lee L. Lawson
Kenneth L. Leach
Alfred E. Lemmon
Rachelen J. Lien
Living with a daughter (and her cats) in Atlanta
Jim Link, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eunice W. Lion
Becky Parker Lombard, BLombard@nobts.edu
Home was severely flooded. Presently staying with daughter.
1111 Hood Ave., Scottsboro, AL 35769. Phone 256-574-6508. Cell 256-244-3304.
Christopher E. Lovely
Norman A. Maunz
He and family are safe. His home was spared. Grace Lutheran, on Canal Blvd, sustained major damage. Console floated and turned over. Water up to mouthes of pipes.
Alice Mayberry, FAGO
Louis J. Mayer, email@example.com
Derrick I. Meador
Reported Ok. Student of Kathy Vail.
William R. Memmott
Sandra Lynn Noyes Murray, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell: 504-756-6309. Organist, St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Long Beach, MS. Building and all music destroyed.
Organ music, and choral music for adult and children's choirs needed.
Gregory A. Nussel, email@example.com
C.J. O'Donnell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellyn Orth-Meier, Mahellyn@aol.com
Mary Beth Patten
Robert C. and Mary Bird Perkins
Their damage was a tree fallen on the back of their home at 1408 Dante St. Temporarily residing at Bob's son's home in Pittsburgh. Phone John Perkins, 412-831-1771.
Jenus D. Phillips, email@example.com
T. Graham Purkerson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine J. Richardson
Alana N. Rutledge
Charles M. Schully
Jennifer Screen, email@example.com
William L. Shraberg
Jason N. Sims
Reported Ok. Student of Kathy Vail.
Phil B. Sparks
Marijim Thoene, firstname.lastname@example.org
Temporarily living in Ann Arbor, Mich. Home is reported to be Ok. Date of return to New Orleans is 12/15/05. 411 Sumark, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Cell 734-272-2454. New Orleans address: 1519 Calhoun St., New Orleans, LA 70118.
Charles Thomas, email@example.com
Kathy Vail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reported Ok. Assistant Professor of Organ and Church Music at William Carrey College in Hattiesburg.
Steven K. Waddell, email@example.com
Mark T. Warriner
Greg Wesner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Home and contents were lost. Organ music saved. All piano music lost. New address: 4140 Commerce St. #106, Dallas, TX 75226. Home: 214-827-1382, Cell: 504-214-2900.
Anthony E. Williams, email@example.com
Michael Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn A. Wolfe, email@example.com
Reported safe. Staff member at The Music House in Hattiesburg; South Mississippi representative for Allen Organs.
Robert Zanca, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Canon W. Ziegenfuss
Salary $8-9K plus possible housing for hurricane victim.
Rogersville Presbyterian Church
309 W. Kyle Street
Rogersville, TN 37857
Contact: Ben D. Chambers, church elder
Anyone in the Portland, Oreg. area? We have a rainy season, but no hurricanes. We won't mention earthquakes and volcanoes. I am former dean of the Portland (Oreg.) Chapter, and current co-ordinator of the 2007 AGO Regional Convention. Please let us know if you landed on our shores, and we will see what we can do to help.
Contact: Phyllis Ernsberger, email@example.com
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild's National Website.
|The following AGO members, chapters, and friends are offering music scores, musical items, and assistance to those affected by the hurricane. Shipment of materials is negotiated and arranged by donor and recipient.
Jackson Borges, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego (Calif.) Chapter
Clearwater (Fla.) AGO Chapter
List of available music in preparation. We are open to inquiries for particular requests.
Contact: Beth Hunter, email@example.com
Church of the Ascension, 727- 447-3469 ext. 210
Jacob Manier, Jacob@TheSchola.org
Director of Parish Music
The Parish Church of Saint Christopher (Episcopal)
Phone 651.633.4589 ext. 12
28 blue alb-style choir gowns - less than five years old. Also, six oversized handbell tables with adjustable legs, but no cushions. Would like to donate to any church that can use them.
Gulbransen "Rialto" theatre organ
State College, Pa.
Contact: Gary Johnson, 630-858-7571
St Andrew's Episcopal Church (Newcastle, Maine)
Offering a comprehensive selection of sheet music and hymnals. Contact: Peter Asche, 195 Young's Point Road, Wiscasset, Maine 04578. 207-882-4181. firstname.lastname@example.org
Family offering menial labor during the Christmas holiday vacation to any Christian church community in need of assistance. Contact: Tessa Bell, 908-310-7141.
Cimarron (Okla.) Chapter
Offering organ music collected from chapter members. Contact: Bill Robinson, WRobin44@aol.com
Second Presbyterian Church (St. Louis, MO)
Offering 45 copies of The Worshipbook (Westminster Press, 1972).
Contact: Charles Collins, email@example.com
4501 Westminster Place, St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.367.0366.
Sacred Choral Music SATB: General, Christmas anthems and cantatas. 10-45 copies each of 50+ songs.
Contact: Colleen Bradstreet, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern University Music Department
1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087. 610-341-4397.
Organ music. Much French repertoire, some of it is brand new and has never been used, while some is heavily penciled.
Contact: Jim Frazier, email@example.com
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 60 Kent Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. 651-228-1172 ext. 38.
San Diego (Calif.) Chapter
Contact: Leslie Robb, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organ/piano music and miscellaneous old hymnals.
York (Pa.) Chapter
Contact: Rodney Barnett, 717-244-5020, email@example.com.
Choral Music: 26 unused copies of "O Lord, You Are My God and King", SAB with organ, trumpet, handbells, and opt. cong, arr. Donald Busarow, tune: JERUSALEM, Augsburg 11-10892. 20 unused copies of "Cantad al Senor", unison w/ descant, 2 trumpets, percussion, and organ, arr. Robert Hobby, tune: CANTAD AL SENOR, MSM 50-9063.
Contact: Chad Winterfeldt, DMA, Director of Music, First Lutheran Church, 1114 W. Traverse Rd., Saint Peter, Minn., 56082. Church: 507-934-3060, Home: 507-934-1836, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service music and the standard literature.
Contact: Bon & Sue Smith, Avon, CT. 860-673-2104. email@example.com.
Organ music. Several volumes of miscellaneous 'collections.'
6 pieces by Vincent M. Ryan.
I'm Gonna Live so God can use me (SATB, piano)
O Come Divine Messiah (SAB, org, handbells)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SAB, piano or organ)
This the Son of Mary (SAB, piano, flute)
People Look East (SAB, org - only 8 copies)
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (SAB, vln, org)
Collections of Anthems, used but clean condition:
(9 copies) Short Anthems, W. Glen Darst, 1960
(11) The Chapel Choir Book, Rob Roy Peery, 1957
(13) The MorningStar Choir Book, P. Thomas, 1957
(10) Sunday Songbook, Natalie Sleeth, 1976 Hinshaw.
(11) Laudamus, N. Sleeth, 1980 Hinshaw.
(9) The 2nd Belfry Book, Katherine Davis, 1955 Remick
We will gladly ship to anyone who needs this music.
Contact Vincent M. Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilgrim Hymnals. Several cases available.
Contact: Sue Smith, Organist, Avon Congregational Church, Avon, CT. 860-673-2104. Suesmith@smith-lawfirm.com.
Band instruments NEEDED:
3 Flutes, 5 Clarinets, 4 Alto Saxophones, 1 Baritone, 12 Trombones, 4 Tubas, 3 Percussion Kits, and Tuba mouth pieces.
Contact: Director of Bands Becky Daigrepont
William Pitcher Jr. High School, 415 S. Jefferson, Covington, LA 70433. Phone: 985-892-3021, Cell: 504-606-4276.
Children's Choir Robes
Contact: Ginny Roedig, Director of Music
River Presbyterian Church, Rocky River, OH
Back issues of The American Organist Magazine, 1995-Present
Contact: Anita Kirschling, 920-432-0160, email@example.com
Willing to respond to requests for particular pieces of organ music, of the type particularly used by
Lutherans and Episcopalians, that an organ major in college and graduate school has collected over the years.
Contact: Collette Beuther, Collette@compuserve.com
Choral music, organ and piano music, Bibles, hymnals, pianos and full-sized keyboards.
Contact: The Rev. Alan D. Martin, Dradmartin@aol.com.
Organ music, various composers from the estate of J. Bertram Strickland of Pennsylvania.
Contact: Victor L. Fields, Organist & Choirmaster
Trinity UCC, 32 West Market St., York, PA 17401
Organ scores, mostly new, mostly French, incl. Dupre ed Bach. Contact: Tom Mercer, POB 572, Willow Street, PA 17584-0572. firstname.lastname@example.org
Organ music, piano music, and scores for recorder and gamba. Contact: Diane Heath, email@example.com
Hundreds of single anthem copies, mostly SATB, from various choral workshops (Hinshaw, Augsburg, Concordia, Morning Star & others). Composers range from "anonymous" to Zabel. Contact: Sharon Freude, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ Church Cathedral, Louisville, Kentucky, has 40 purple cassocks available for donation. Please contact Robert L. Boozman, Director of Music: email@example.com or 502-587-1354 Ext. 229.
Two different hymnals: Hymns of Praise, Numbers One and Two Combined, printed in 1940, 20 count. Contact: Heidi Kohne, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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