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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

It was a glorious day! We had over 20 youth for the Pedals, Pipes and Pizza event today and I am basking in the memories as this column is prepared. Our chapter pulls off some really cool events, I have to say, and this was a class act. Fabulous organization by Howard and Rita Stoess and the committee, followed by some marvelous teaching. I had no idea we had such natural-born teachers within our ranks. They came with enthusiasm and a love, not only for the organ, but for encouraging youth. Bravo-bravissima! It was inspiring. I wish that reporters from Time or People would have been there to cover this event. Since they weren't you get to read about it inside this issue. (We did receive some publicity for the event from the Everett Herald, for which we are grateful.)

Our AGO board met yesterday and among our agenda items to consider was the resignation of our dean-elect, Henry Lebedinsky, at the end of the program year. We reluctantly received his resignation and thanked him for his enthusiastic programming. Henry's concert career is flourishing to the point that he needs to be careful in accepting volunteer commitments. We are grateful to have had his energy and creativity. (He was, by the way, one of the awesome teachers today, providing harpsichord coaching to our PPP enrollees.)

Our next chapter event will be in June when we install new officers and enjoy a reading session of new music from Paraclete Press. Check inside for details. Meanwhile, you will have the opportunity to vote electronically for your new officers in the weeks ahead. We are grateful for all who have responded positively to the opportunity to serve - thank you for saying "yes."

Musically yours,
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean

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