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.
February Dean's Message
Last month we hosted our first January Jubilee. One of the perks of January Jubilee registration included a
6-month AGO membership and so we say "welcome" to our new members. We hope you will find collegiality in the
Chapter and engagement in the exciting activities planned for 2016.
You will read the exciting news from Christopher Glenn announcing the winners of the recent Bach to the Future
composition competition. We thank Christopher and his team for their work, and proudly recognize that one of the
winners came from our chapter.
We anticipate the energy forthcoming in April with Pedals-Pipes and Pizza and thank Rita Stoess for assembling a
creative planning team to pull this off. Details are forthcoming.
The rich musical environment of the Seattle area continues to offer a feast of choices. Chapter officers realized
that some of our monthly events competed with significant recitals, and so you will notice in the Dean-elect's
column some adjusted dates; please note them on your calendars.
And now, drumroll please, we say an enormous THANK YOU to our January Jubilee team: Wanda Griffiths
(Chair) and Douglas Cleveland (co-host with Wanda at Plymouth); Rita and Howard Stoess, JiYoung Lee, and
Paul Thornock from the planning committee, SPAC, AGO National, the Rogers and JW Pepper companies, to the
members and friends who have staffed the workshops, reSound for their music, Michel Bouvard (visiting artist),
Matthew Burt (our West Region Councillor)and all who have worked so hard to pull off this most successful event,
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean