From our friends at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church:
Organ Concert & Dedication of the Restored Aeolian Skinner Organ Opus 1273
October 30, 2022
Richard Spotts, Organist
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
301 East Ninth St.
Chester, PA 19013
Free Admission | Freewill Offering | Reception to Follow
For Information: 610-872-5711 or StPaulsChester@Verizon.net
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chester is pleased to announce the dedication of its newly restored Aeolian-Skinner organ (opus 1273). The instrument was designed in 1954 by Joseph Whiteford and installed in January of 1956. The two-manual, twenty-nine rank organ was fully refurbished by Stephen L. Emery, Inc. and their team over the past year, which included the faithful restoration of the original unaltered instrument, the addition of prepared ranks, and an updating of the console.
In celebration, on Sunday, October 30 at 3pm, organist Richard Spotts will be performing selections of works by Charles Tournemire. Richard has spent over a decade studying “L’Orgue Mystique” and has given several performances of the complete work. His book on the subject is planned to be published in the coming year by the Leupold Foundation.
The recital will consist of selections from various works by Tournemire, including the “Suite évocatrice” (written in a “neo-antique style” for the Clicquot organ of Saint-Gervais in Paris), an excerpt from the “Trois Poèmes” (a piece written for the rededication of Tournemire’s newly restored instrument at Sainte-Clotilde), the “Ave maris stella” from the “Cinq Improvisations”, and two movements from “L’Orgue Mystique”.
There is no charge for admission and a freewill offering will be received. Refreshments will be served following the program. The building is wheelchair accessible and off street church parking is available. Please help us share this information, spread the word, and plan to attend this special event. St Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 301 E Ninth St, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013.
Choirmaster and Organist
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the AGO Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter website, where you may find useful and regional information on activities about the grandest of instruments: THE ORGAN. Celebrating our 60th year (established, 1961), we invite you to browse the events calendar and resources here. Informative workshops, educational presentations, performances, tours, social events, and our periodic newsletter, VOX HUMANA aim to support all-things-organ. If you are currently seeking a national professional organization related to organ and choral fields, look no further! Our only criteria for membership is your interest in organ music.
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Dean, SEPA AGO
About SEPA AGO
The American Guild of Organists Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (SEPA AGO) was first chartered as the Chester Chapter (1961). In 1967, our current name saw to include the wider demographic of our membership base.
Today, one of our most treasured benefits is the built-in camaraderie of a smaller group. Albeit small in size, our scope of membership is a diverse group of organists, organ enthusiasts, organ builders, organ music lovers, and concert-goers spanning a wider geographical area.
Since it’s inception to today, SEPA AGO has striven to present a high quality of lectures, concerts, and workshops pertinent to our organization. These programs aim to reflect a local look at church, theatre, and home organ interests. For a variety of tastes and interests, the calendar (above) spans that palette. Educational, professional, and social events are planned annually, providing a variety of opportunities for growth and sharing. Regular resources include a newsletter, VOX HUMANA, local job postings, and a substitute organist list.