The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this, we
- encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music;
- inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors;
- provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support;
- nurture future generations of organists;
- promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
- engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
June Dean's Message
We are doing everything that we can to make the end of the year meeting on June 8 one of the most interesting ever. Here is what we are going to offer you that night:
Great music—Organ+ music is truly interesting by its nature, and so we are going to have four duos of remarkable music of this type with highly gifted musicians performing including people you have never heard. These performances are intended to give all of us ideas about how the organ can be used more broadly then we often think.
Important information—I want you to know interesting things about our chapter, about intriguing organ activities we can do, and about how we can make organ music more appealing to the general population. Therefore, between the pieces of organ+ music, I’m going to give three very short talks on these topics:
- Our chapter—You’ll find out how many members we have, how we compare with other chapters, and even how we compare in age of membership. AGO has lost 24% of its membership in last 15 years—how have we done? How much money do we have, what is it committed to, and how is it being used to support innovative projects? I’ll answer these and other questions, and you’ll be surprised, guaranteed.
- Activities beyond the routine—You’ll hear about no less than 9 organ-related activities of our chapter which are planned or which are on the table for discussion, some of which we have never done and some of which are, well, radical. You will be provided a way to be involved in whichever of these that grabs you. This is, after all, your chapter.
- The world—We play the king of instruments, the most versatile instrument of all, and arguably the most interesting. Why is it, then, that organ concerts are often poorly attended and why is it that children so rarely want to learn to play the organ? I’ll present research that gives insights about making the organ more popular to the public.
Changing of the guard—The final part of our program will be to thank outgoing officers and to swear in the new ones. Find out who these new people are and get acquainted.
You’ll get all of the above, and a truly delicious catered dessert in the social time following the program. You only need to come to our final chapter meeting of the year on Monday, June 8, 7:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood.
See you on June 8!
Carl Dodrill, Dean