The Detroit Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Board of Directors
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Dr. Ronald Prowse

Thomas Curry
George Jonte-Crane
Rick Abdoo

Membership Chair
Substitutes List
Pete Townsend
Board Member
Linda Bauer

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Joseph Jackson

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David Stewart
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Joe Balistreri
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Glenn Miller

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John Potter
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Doris Hall
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Noah Horn

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Andrew Herbruck
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David Troiano
Board Member
Stephanie Yu
Committee Chairs Listed Below
Dalos Grobe
Dr. Wm. Jean Randall
Rev Randall Engle
Newsletter Editor
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Dean: Dr. Ronald Prowse Ronald Prowse studied under the direction of Pierre Toucheque (student of Flor Peeters), Gale Kramer, Ray Ferguson and Marilyn Mason, completing his Doctorate in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan in 1992.  After graduating, he continued the study of organ improvisation and composition with Naji Hakim at La Trinité in Paris, France.  In 2004 he was appointed Associate Professor and Director of Music at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Prowse is also an Assistant Professor on the adjunct faculty at Wayne State University. 

In 1987 the Archdiocese of Detroit selected Dr. Prowse to be the organist for the Papal Mass in the Pontiac Silverdome, which concluded the historic second visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States.  Dr. Prowse lectures and has been published in national journals.  In July of 2000 Albany Records released Ronald Prowse’s world premiere recording, Organ Works of Ned Rorem. 

Sub-Dean: Thomas Curry

Secretary: George Jonte-Crane George Jonte-Crane currently serves as secretary of the Detroit chapter of AGO. He is winding up a 6-1/2 year stint at Berkley First United Methodist Church as organist and choir director and will be moving to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Livonia in the same capacity at the end of the summer.. He also serves Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park in the same capacity. He holds degrees in organ, piano and choral conducting from the University of Texas and recently received an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Prior to moving to Michigan 15 years ago, he served churches in Orange, Beaumont, Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas.
Treasurer: Richard Abdoo Rick Abdoo has been a member of the Detroit Chapter AGO for 26 years.  He has served as a board member, and as Treasurer for a total of eight terms.  Rick is a retired engineering supervisor from Ford Motor.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and has three patents.  Rick has been in business as Abdoo Organ Services, repairing, expanding and rebuilding pipe organs for sixteen years.  Rick presently is the Treasurer for the Detroit Chapter AGO, Citizens for Peace, and the Citizens for Peace Education Fund.  He was previously the Treasurer for the SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club.  He is experienced in accounting and reporting for his own business as well as non-profit organizations, using Quickbooks Premier for non-profits.
Registrar, Membership Chair, Substitutes List: Pete Townsend Pete studied piano from an early age.  While in high school he spent $50 to purchase a tracker organ from small church about to be demolished.  He reworked the chest installing electric valves to become unit organ and built a 2 manual console from manuals and pedalboard salvaged from other instruments.  He taught himself how to play.  He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University, and while there decided to formalize his knowledge and took 2 years of organ lessons.  During college also worked midnight to 6 a.m. on the first restoration of the Fox organ which was in total non-working order, to get it ready for the 1960 AGO Convention.  He plays at least once a month at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, and remains a true amateur organist. 
Board Member: Linda Bauer Linda studied piano as a four-year old and began playing the organ for church while in middle school. My interest in music includes some years of harp study and also playing the flute.  I graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and taught elementary school vocal music while also playing for church. I’ve been a member of AGO since 1986 and have served as membership chair and on the board.  As a ringer with Classical Bells handbell ensemble, I had the opportunity to travel across the USA, France and also play with the DSO for a Christmas pops concert.  Two years ago I retired from my position as organist/director of music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe after thirty-three years on staff.  I now enjoy subbing and visiting family in Arizona and Texas.   
Board Member: Noah Horn Noah Horn directs the choral program at Wayne State University, where he conducts three choirs, supervises the master's program in choral conducting, and teaches ear training. He also serves as artistic director of Audivi, a professional vocal ensemble with an extensive repertory, and Oakland Choral Society, a community choir and orchestra devoted to performing masterworks. On weekends he directs the music program at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church.

Noah holds degrees in conducting and organ from Yale University and Oberlin College. In the past he has served as interim Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University, artistic director of The Madison Chorale, conductor of the Wesleyan University Orchestra, and director of the professional choirs at Christ Church, New Haven. As a professional tenor, he has sung with Conspirare, Yale Choral Artists, Yale Schola Cantorum, sounding light, and several other nationally-recruited ensembles, with whom he has recorded albums for Naxos and Delos. As an organist he has given recitals across the US and in Germany. His compositions have recently received several premieres in Michigan and Illinois. Venturing over to reality television, he appeared in the final rounds of America’s Got Talent 2013 with 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra. He hails from Davenport, Iowa, and resides in Detroit.
Board Member: David Stewart David Nisbet Stewart is a composer, pianist and organist.  He was a systems analyst for Valassis Inc. in Livonia until he retired at the end of 2013.  He is the organist/pianist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ferndale, and prior to that was at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Clawson.  He has been a musician for small Episcopal churches most of his adult life.  He joined the Detroit AGO in 2011.
Five of David’s organ compositions were released in February 2014 on the Navona label album titled FOUNDATIONS.  Another album from Navona is CONVERGENCE which has two of his major works –  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Suite for Piano-Brass Quartet. David is on the Board of Governors at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church and on the Board of Directors of the Warren Symphony Society.  David was at Duke University in 1960-62 where he studied organ with David Pizarro.  He transferred to Oberlin Conservatory where he studied composition with Walter Aschaffenburg and Joseph Wood, and piano with Arthur Dann, and graduated with the B.Mus. in 1965.  He studied composition with Alvin Etler at Smith College where he received the M.A. in 1969.  He taught music theory, composition and electronic music at Eastern Michigan University, Kent State University, and Oberlin Conservatory, until he changed careers to information technology in 1979.  This was fortunate since he is much more compatible with the business world than with the academic world. David’s and his wife Xina live in Huntington Woods.  They have two married children and three grandchildren who all live in Massachusetts.  He is a member of ASCAP, SCI, Conductors Guild, and AGO.
Board Member: Joseph Jackson Joseph Jackson currently serves as the Organist/Music Associate of the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak. Prior to this appointment he held positions as Music Director at a number of historic churches such as The First Presbyterian Church of Detroit and a long tenure at The First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. His broadcast credits include National Public Radio’s “The First Art” and “Pipedreams”. His solo recording “Philadelphia Gothic” appears on the DTR label, and his performance of the Howard Hanson Organ Concerto is available on the Naxos label. Jackson serves as the accompanist of the Rackham Symphony Choir, The Michigan Opera Theater Children’s Chorus, and for the Berkley High School Choirs. He received a MM in Organ Performance from The University of Michigan where he was a pupil of the late Robert Glasgow. Joseph previously served a term on the Detroit Chapter board in the 1980’s and the Philadelphia Chapter board in the 1990s.
Board Member: John Potter
Board Member: Joe Balistreri Joe Balistreri, a native of Detroit, Michigan, earned his Masters in Organ from the University of Michigan. His organ performances include an AGO convention, university conferences, and orchestral collaborations. The American Organist Magazine has described Joe’s playing as “especially moving.” The Diapason Magazine hailed his “impressive technique and bristling enthusiasm.”
Joe is the Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Detroit, serving as a resource and community facilitator for parish musicians and clergy. In this role, he serves as Episcopal Music Director at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, directs the Archdiocesan Chorus, and oversees the Cathedral Cultural Series.
In his spare time, Joe enjoys cycling, cooking, surveying architecture, Detroit politics and composing. Joe is particularly proud of creating the St. Jude Recital Series, a community-building, fundraising series of organ recitals supporting the restoration and upkeep of the 75-rank Pilzecker organ of St. Jude Church, Detroit.
Board Member Glenn Miller Glenn Miller is Director of Music and Organist at Kirk in the Hills, Bloomfield Hills, where he directs the congregation’s professional Chancel Choir, the boys’ and girls’ choirs, and its concert series.  He is also active as a professional choral singer.
Board Member Andew Herbruck
Board Member Doris Hall
Board Member David Troiano
Board Member Stephanie Yu
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