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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;
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  • nurture future generations of organists;
  • promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
  • engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

April Dean's Message

On Saturday, March 7, our chapter sponsored the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists.  The impetus for this came from our own member Carl Kishline who has been appointed Regional Competition Coordinator for the very large West Region of the AGO.  Our board heartily approved the idea, designated $1,000 for the competition, and endorsed my appointment of Richard Lind as Chapter Coordinator for this event.

Richard had coordinated these competitions before and he really “knew the ropes.”  Through LaDonna Bowers, he got First United Methodist of Bellevue to host the competition.  He lined up Norma Aamodt-Nelson, Carol Foster, and Paul Tegels as judges, and he persuaded David Lepse to turn the pages for the contestants.  He also ran the truly professional program with the greatest of decorum.  The competitors were as follows:

David Boeckh began playing the organ at 14 and he studied first under Mel Butler.  He is now a sophomore at UW and he studies with Carole Terry there.  He is also the organ scholar at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, Washington.

Jennifer Shin is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in organ performance under the instruction of Dr. James Kibbie.  She lives in California and she and her mother flew up for the event as there were no other competitors in her area.

As everyone in attendance agreed, both of these young people played extremely well and while Jennifer did win, the competition was incredibly close.  My warmest thanks to everyone who gave much time to make this wonderful competition a reality.

Carl Dodrill, Dean
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