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On Friday May 29th, Christ Church in Andover honored John Skelton for his 50 years of service as a church musician and organ professor.
Two of John's outstanding former students - Andrew Scanlon and Jacob Street - performed an organ recital in thanksgiving for his many contributions to the organ world as an instructor, performer, and mentor. Their program will include works by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Franck, Durufle, Alain, Bridge, and J. S. Bach.
Congratulations, John, and thanks!
The American Guild of Organists is sad to announce the death of internationally renowned organist and composer McNeil Robinson on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in New York City, following a long illness. The Guild extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends, especially his wife, Cristina Cassellato Robinson.
McNeil Robinson, who chaired the organ department at the Manhattan School of Music for more than two decades, was a world renowned improvisateur who taught more winners in the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation than any other teacher. He was a commissioned composer for the AGO National Conventions in San Francisco (1984), Boston (1990), and New York City (1996).
Mr. Robinson served as organist of New York City’s most celebrated houses of worship for more than half a century. These included the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the Church of the Holy Family (United Nations), Park Avenue Christian Church, Park Avenue Synagogue, and Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Details regarding time and location will be posted on this website.
The New York City Chapter's website has a lengthy obituary, available here.