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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;
  • 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.

May Dean's Message

Our program year is quickly winding down though there are still a couple of exciting Chapter events to come including the annual young organists recital on Monday, May 19, 7:30 PM at Saint Mark's Cathedral and our officer installation, recital and reception event on Monday, June 16.

Featured at the young organists recital will be four of our Chapter's talented youth, including David Boeckh, Matthew Johnson, Sam Libra and William Bryant.  These four will play a very diverse program on the Cathedral's amazing Flentrop organ.  Those who attend this year's event will have the opportunity to walk away with free music!  Yes, we will feature our popular music exchange.  Feel free to bring some of your "extra" scores if you choose or simply browse through the stacks to find something of interest to take home with you.  Additionally, I'm particularly excited to announce that during the recital, we will be honoring one of our Chapter's most faithful and dedicated members.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend.  And while you're at it, please bring along a friend or two to help fill up the Cathedral as we show our support for the young performers.

In other news, I hope you've had an opportunity to log in to the AGO's new ONCARD system.  ONCARD stands for Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues.  The Seattle Chapter is now set up in the system and will be using it as our primary means for dues collection and a portal through which contributions can be made to things like our scholarship program.  We hope that this streamlined, online approach will make your process of renewal faster and more convenient.   Each year, members of our Chapter Board have spent dozens of hours reaching out to folks who are slow to renew through our old mail-in process.  For me, I write about three checks a year, one of which is to the AGO.  And, having to mail it in has always seemed so old fashioned and chore-like.  I'm excited that the AGO has finally caught up with the times! 

Lastly, we are at that all important time of the year when our members are charged with electing new Chapter leadership.  Again, we have a tremendously healthy Chapter, full of talent and resources.  Our elected leaders work hard to ensure that our funds are wisely spent and to generate new and exciting opportunities for our members to network, learn and prosper.  I urge your participation in the election process! 

Happy Spring and I hope to see you at an upcoming organ event!  

Peace,
Christopher Glenn, Dean

 

 

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