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.
April Dean's Message
Wheat arising green - April greetings to you!
Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
love lives again, that with the dead has been;
love is come again like wheat arising green.
I write this message on Good Friday, one of the holy days marked by many churches, and since the worship bulletins are ready for the big festival,
the music is copied, practiced and learned, I'm looking forward to the fulfillment. Planning and execution, all to be savored, reflected upon, and
then filed away for next year. The cycle continues through the seasons. We live through one while keeping our eyes on the next. At times it feels
breathless, other times, it plods heavily. There have been three deaths this week within this church community, not to mention the tragedies we read
in the headlines, and we are touched by the circle of life. A new baby born to dear friends, and the loss of a child to a choir member. I reflect on
the honor it is to be in the ministry of music, where one is able to offer consolation, proclamation and promise.
I find myself enriched while listening to choral ensembles rehearse, instruments warm-up, choir members hurry in to their place in the loft,
church members close their eyes in prayer.
For our AGO chapter, an application has been made for a POE-intermediate to be held in July 2017. We are pleased that our leadership will include
Wyatt Smith, Rita Stoess and Carl Dodrill, as we thank them for stepping to the plate. On the immediate horizon, we have Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
planned for April 23, and I encourage each of us to reach out to piano students within our circles. When I sent an email about it to piano teachers
in the Lynnwood area, one teacher wrote back, "what a hoot! I will definitely encourage my kids to sign up."
This issue includes photos and an eyewitness account of the "Bach in the Mall" project. Congratulations to all who were able to participate and/or
support it. We're also thankful for the work of the nominating committee, under the direction of Jerry Van der Pol, and grateful for our colleagues
who have agreed to run for office, answering the call to leadership. It is an honor to serve.
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean