Nassau Chapter

Last updated: June 22, 2018 at 16:06 pm

Message from the Dean 


Our member’s recital  on April 29th at the Garden City Community Church was a wonderful experience.  Meredith Baker played Cesar Franck’s Chorale in A Minor. Frank Crosio played Psalm Prelude Set 1 No1 by Herbert Howells and Tuba Tune by Norman Cocker.  Henry DeVries played Benedictus by Max Reger and added a touch of humor with Hornpipe Humoresque by Noel Rawsthorne. Michael C. Haigler concentrated on works by J. S. Bach: Little Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625 and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532. He also played a work by American organist Emma Louise Ashford, Fanfare in G Minor.  Finally, Chelsea Chen, who attended the recital as District Convener to install the chapter officers, graciously agreed to play Tu Es Petra by Henry Mulet.  At the end of the recital, Chelsea presided over the installation of officers:
Dean: Elizabeth Bailey, CAGO
Subdean: Meredith Baker, FAGO, ChM
Secretary and Newsletter Editor: Denward W. Collins, III
Treasurer and Chapter Administrator: Carol G. Dort
Placement Chair:  Christopher R. Cusumano
Board Members:
Henry A. DeVries, Past Dean
David E. Schmidt
Larry Tremsky

Finally, our outgoing officers were recognized.  Henry DeVries, the outgoing Dean, was presented with an AGO Past Dean Lapel Pin and a gift certificate.  Henry has been the Dean of the Nassau Chapter for 12 years.  During that time, he fostered collaboration with the Suffolk chapter by supporting a number of events that were jointly sponsored by both chapters, such as the workshops on Martin Luther King Day.  He has been the Minister of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Hicksville for the past 31 years, where he directs a multiple choir and handbell program as well as teaching K-8 vocal and choral music at the school.  He holds a degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College and was the winner of the Stamford, CT AGO Young Artists Competition in 1986. He was named assistant conductor/accompanist of the Long Island Choral Society in 2016, and has performed and accompanied events throughout the country.

Our outgoing Secretary, David E. Schmidt, has been the organist and choir director at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Merrick for 40 years.  He studied at the Julliard School of Music. He served as the Secretary of the Nassau Chapter for six years, during which time he changed the format of the chapter newsletter, “The Pipeline”, to give it a more formal look and included columns and photos in color.  He also expanded the calendar to include other musical events besides the chapter events that were being held in our local area.  Our thanks go to both Henry and David for their contributions to the Nassau Chapter!

We would like to thank the Garden City Community Church, the Rev. Lynn A. Sullivan and Frank Crosio, Minister of Music, for jointly sponsoring this recital. We would like to thank all the recitalists for sharing their talents.  They were all excellent!  Thanks to everyone who provided items for the reception and helped set it up and clean up afterwards. Finally, we would like to thank Chelsea Chen for taking the time from her busy schedule to travel to Garden City, participate and install the incoming officers.

Pennsylvania Youth Choir
Our final event for this year is the Pennsylvania Youth Choir concert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville on Saturday, June 2nd.  Details about this concert are provided elsewhere in this newsletter.  Chapter members are encouraged to attend.

Carl Gscheidle
Our sympathy goes to Helen Gscheidle on the recent death of her husband Carl, who spent many years as organist and choral director for Our Savior Lutheran Church in Port Washington, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview, the Lutheran Church of New York and Grace Lutheran Church.  He was also a faithful member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau Chapter. The Nassau AGO Chapter will contribute $75 to the Good Shepherd Organ Fund and $75 to the Suffolk AGO Scholarship Fund, as requested in Carl’s obituary.

Nassau AGO Substitute List
The Nassau AGO chapter is putting together its list of members who are interested in doing substitute work.  Information for this list is obtained from the national AGO website.  If you wish to be included on the list and you have not indicated your availability on the AGO website, please do so by July 1st.  After July 1st, a final list will be compiled and sent to all Nassau chapter members.  Here’s how to update your information:

  1. On the home page, click on Membership.
  2. Click on Renew-Membership/Update-Personal Information.
  3. Login.
  4. Click on Update Personal Information.
  5. Click on View/Edit Chapter Specific Data
  6. Check off the options that apply to you.

Annual Fund
The Nassau chapter will donate $150 to the AGO Annual Fund.

– Elizabeth Bailey, Dean


Local Events

Upcoming events:

Long Island Choral Society:
Summer Sings
Sundays at 7:00 p.m.,  Donation $10 per person.
Summer Sing I: June 10th, Beethoven: Hallelujah and Brahms: Requiem (in English), St. Anthony’s High School Chapel, South Huntington.
Summer Sing II; July 22nd, Carrissimi: Jepthe and Mozart: Requiem, Our Lady of Peace Church, Lynbrook.
Summer Sing III: August 19th, Vivaldi, Gloria, Kodaly, Missa Brevis and Haydn, Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo, Garden City Community Church, Garden City.
(for more information, check the Long Island Choral Society’s web page at:

Nov. 11th Douglas Major, retired National Cathedral organist and a brilliant musician, will give a recital at St. John’s in Cold Spring Harbor to honor Veteran’s Day with many patriotic pieces in his recital.




To receive a complimentary copy of our most recent newsletter “Pipeline” contact Den Collins at or 516-935-3913.



If you are a visitor and would like to join our chapter, please contact our Registrar: Carol Dort,

You may obtain an online membership registration from the National AGO Website:

We hope you’re enjoying our website which also links you back to the National website and other chapters in the USA!



For churches and temples who wish to list their vacant organist/choir director positions or who are seeking a substitute organist please contact: Christopher Cusumano (631) 271-4635

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



For information about certifications, please contact: Frank Crosio, FAGO.


Contact Us


Elizabeth Bailey, CAGO

Meredith Baker, FAGO MA ChM

Denward Collins, III

Carol Dort, SMM ATCL

Christopher Cusumano


Henry DeVries

David Schmidt

Lawrence Tremsky, MMus



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