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
On June 5th at 7 p.m. the last chapter event for the 2016-17 season will be held at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church in
Bellevue.The program will feature organists Jiyoung Lee, and Will Simpson, and an accomplished ensemble of handbell ringers from
around the Seattle and Bellevue areas.
Featured on the night’s program will be music for organ and handbells. Included will be several pieces for organ and
handbells together, organ and handbells accompanying two hymns, music for organ and bell duet, music for handbell choir
alone, music for belltree, and for good measure and to demonstrate the organ, a couple of solo organ pieces. The purpose of
the program will be to demonstrate the various ways that handbells may be used in a worship service, including in conjunction
with organ in a variety of formats, as a bell solo, as an ensemble, and accompanying and introducing hymns.
Our hope is that you will come away with some new ideas for incorporating bells with organ into worship, regardless of the
size of your ensemble you may have or the capabilities of the organ at your place of worship. Dr. Vanessa Wilkie, handbell
expert, ringer at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran, and member of the internationally recognized “Bells of the Sound” handbell
ensemble will offer some brief remarks on handbell ringing. Pastor James N. McEachran, senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s
Lutheran will speak on collaborative worship. Dr. Will Simpson will say a word of thanks for all of the work done by our
chapter and thank the night’s participants. The program will be a little over an hour in length.
Directly following the program, newly elected board members and leadership of the Seattle chapter will be installed by Dr.
Dean Jamieson. A reception, catered by Bryant Wilkie will follow in the social hall of the church.
The address of the Saint Andrew’s is:
2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
Will Simpson, incoming chapter dean