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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.

September Dean's Message

In the summer message, I made the point that our chapter is a wonderful place to connect with others who are interested in making music with the organ. In this column, I want to point out two areas in which our chapter has really moved ahead.

The first of these is the POE+ which we sponsored in July under the able direction of Rita Stoess. Because Rita and her husband Howard are newer members of our chapter, many of you do not know them, but I have known them since 2007 when I attended as an observer a POE in Spokane which Rita directed. That POE was outstanding, it influenced our POE in Seattle in 2008, and I knew that Rita and her team would do a fabulous job for us with the POE+ and they did.

I cannot tell you how enthusiastic I was about our POE+, but I will claim that the richness of this experience would be envied by any chapter in the country. I do not believe that the depth of the faculty giving the lessons is exceeded anywhere, the workshop experiences were truly diverse and rich, and the concerts (including the one put on by the students) were absolutely excellent. I was so impressed that I pushed for and got a multiple page coverage of this POE+ at the end of the present newsletter (thanks to our Editor, Karl Rabel for his extra work on this issue). Check it out! You will be pleased that you are part of a chapter that offers this quality of organ education for students.

The second area in which we are moving forward in a major way is with regard to our program this year. Read the column of our new Co-Deans-Elect Norma Aamodt-Nelson and Omaldo Perez in this newsletter. This year they are bringing in new energy and ideas to our monthly meetings, and I promise you that you will not be disappointed when you attend. Look at what is planned for September 29, for example. The first thing is a potluck which is a real chance for you to be connected with old friends and to make contact with new. That will be followed by the program on Bells and Whistles. Check out what that means—you may be surprised. Decide now to come to the program for the content, yes, but also to connect with colleagues and this is equally important. Our chapter is a wonderful place to do exactly that!

Carl Dodrill, Dean

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