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.
March Dean's Message
As I promised in the February message, I want to follow up on some recent conversations I've had with folks regarding our chapter's outreach as well as how we see the organ in its evolving roles. Some of these ideas will be passed along to the 2014-15 program committee, and other ideas will need some interested parties to see them through to execution. Perhaps you will find interest in one or more of these ideas and help to put them to work!
- (Teachers) Take on one current piano student "gratis" for one year to introduce them to the organ; all participating teachers/students come together to hold a recital at the end of the year
- Provide more outreach and support to part-time organists
- Consider free/sponsored AGO membership for local high school and college students
- Host an organ "petting zoo" at churches, schools or community centers that allows children to see, touch, hear and blow organ pipes as well as play a portative organ
- Put money into repairing and exposing rarely used organs (like we did in mid-February at University Christian Church)
- Host a free public concert/event (especially at a non-liturgical locations such as Benaroya Hall)
- Connect with local orchestras and chamber groups to encourage (and/or sponsor) the programming of organ works during upcoming seasons
- Have an AGO representative at area events that include organ, prepared with membership materials, current newsletters, and marketing about our organization
- Commission new works for organ
- Sponsor more composition contests
- Collaborate with other chapters to promote a new music movement for the organ
- Host a one-day mini-conference for all area musicians on various organ-related topics (moving from piano to organ, accessible literature for liturgical use, etc.)
If you have ideas to add to the list, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to all of you who have contributed thus far to "the list." I'm encouraged by your interest and enthusiasm for the organ and am truly excited for the future of our chapter.