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.
June Dean's Message
As the program year winds down with our final chapter event on June 5, we have the chance to look back on what has been a memorable year for
Seattle. This issue highlights yet another exciting day in which elementary-age children from the public school system encountered one of the most
exciting new organs in the country. Thanks to Laura Ouimette for her vision, to the team that surrounded her, to SPAC for funding, and to Plymouth
UCC for hosting.
It took a lot of work for David Lepse and David Nichols to get the electronic ballot to you, and I want to commend and thank them for their tenacity,
especially David Nichols! This was a dream of the board under Carl Dodrill’s leadership and it has now come to fruition. For those not on computers,
JoAn Andenes kindly mailed ballots, and we should meet our deadline of May 31 for chapter elections.
It has taken a village to pull off the events of this past program year, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. A special thanks to
Henry Lebedinsky for his fine programming and vision. His ideas were fresh and creative, and we are grateful for his work this past year.
Certainly one of the highlights was our January Jubilee, and I wanted to let you know that as a result of our Matthew Burt’s visit that day
(Councillor of the West Region), we are being challenged to consider hosting a national convention in the future. Our upcoming Board meeting on
June 4 will be the first serious discussion we will have on this topic (if you have opinions, advice, etc. please shoot me an email,
If your schedule is like mine, the summer offers less evening rehearsals and more time to clean, file, and organize as well as an opportunity for
outdoor recreation, gardening and just plain relaxation. Some have exciting trips planned, still others look forward to staycation, garage and
closet cleaning, mindless novels, family celebrations, and more. I plan to enjoy the richness of the AGO Houston Convention and hopefully take in a
couple of other choral music workshops along the way. However your summer unfolds, be safe, take care, and enjoy some well-deserved rest.
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean