Annual Member Dinner and Scholarship Winner Recital – Ryan Giraldi

May 19, 2024 5:30 PM Social; 6:00 PM Dinner; 8:00 PM Recital

We are thrilled to have 2023 M. Louise Miller – Paul E. Knox Scholarship Competition Winner – Ryan Giraldi join our annual social time and catered dinner for a short recital program. Local restaurant and recital at Saint Theresa RC Church, Trumbull.

Ryan Giraldi, 2023 M. Louise Miller – Paul E. Knox Scholarship Winner

Join us for a very special evening. We are thrilled to have 2023 M. Louise Miller – Paul E. Knox Scholarship Competition Winner – Ryan Giraldi join our annual social time and catered dinner for a short recital program at Saint Theresa RC Church, Trumbull.

Annual Social and Restaurant Dinner

The evening starts at 5:30 PM with a chance to coast into summer with fellow chapter members and their guests with wine and appetizers at a nearby restaurant (TBA) including appetizer, main course, and dessert. The cost is $40 per person.

To register and pay for the event, please follow these two steps:

1. Click on the registration link by the May 13th deadline  to provide your details and reserve your spot. Registration link: [Everbrite link]

2. Click on PayPal link to complete your payment https://greaterbridgeportago.org/online-payments/. Alternatively bring a check to the door for $40 per person payable to the Greater Bridgeport AGO. Still please reserve if you a bringing a check so we have a good headcount for the caterer.

For any questions on the event, contact RoseAnne Homola

The recital continues directly after dinner and dessert (8:00 PM) in the beautiful sanctuary, featuring two pipe organs. The recital is open to the public – suggested donation.

About Our Performer

Ryan Giraldi is a junior at the University of North Texas (UNT) pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance, studying with Dr. Jesse Eschbach. Ryan is also informally studying composition at UNT. Hailing from San Antonio, Ryan began organ lessons 4 years ago with Mark Marty, AAGO, Dean of the Alamo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Strangely enough, it wasn’t hymns and church that brought Ryan to the organ, but rather the drama in the overture to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera. What started out as a humble fascination with the instrument quickly spiraled into an obsession. As Ryan’s interest deepened, the organ sound on their Kirkland Signature digital piano was beginning to prove inadequate. After securing weekly lessons and a humble practice instrument in his home, a vintage Allen analog organ, Ryan’s skill began growing alongside his aspirations. Over the past 4 years Ryan has expanded his love beyond the organ, to other aspects of music, and knew a career in the music field was now an incontrovertibly definite. He is now working with Danny Brooke of V.O.C.E instruments, to install and voice Hauptwerk digital organ systems for congregations, small and large, where music and the organ are a cornerstone of worship. Ryan is a proud and active member of the Austin chapter of the AGO.

 

Click here to learn more about the M. Louise Miller – Paul E. Knox Scholarship Competition for 2024.

We look forward to seeing our colleagues and friends of the chapter at this wonderful event. Don’t miss it!

Hosts – John Polo, Alex Hodgkinson, RoseAnne Homola