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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.

February Dean's Message

The Seattle chapter board agreed to host the new Orgelkids outreach program this year using SPAC funds. This educational program is aimed at young children, age 5 and up. It is a hands-on project that has children assemble a functioning two octave, two rank pipe organ within an hour from a kit. The organ kit will be here for a week and we can repeat the program in multiple venues such as schools, churches or even at a mall. This program originated in the Netherlands and has recently come to the US. The kit we will use is currently in Eugene, Oregon. A trained person comes with the kit so all we need to do is arrange the venues and get the kids to attend. Our dean is seeking to put together a team to coordinate the effort this year. Contact me at: nkaamodt@aol.com if you have an interest in helping or if you have an idea of a suitable venue. More information and a video of kids assembling the kit can be viewed at: www.orgelkidsusa.org.

Below is what the AGO national site says about this program:
-is designed to capture interest at a younger age than AGO’s existing programs. Orgelkids can be used with kindergarten groups on up.

-lowers the threshold for participation: PPPs and POEs have the prerequisite of prior piano experience. Orgelkids has no requirements for its audience beyond curiosity.

-is mobile. It comes to the audience rather than vice versa. Orgelkids can be shared at Maker Faires, music festivals, science and engineering festivals, and museums.

-can integrate with the existing programs, becoming part of PPPs and POES, or its curriculum can stand alone.

-is hands-on and appeals to both musicians and builders. Orgelkids captures the zeitgeist of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), DIY (Do It Yourself) and Maker movements.

Orgelkids’ simple implementation makes it a boon to any chapter, and will be easily shared between chapters.

Musically yours,
Norma Aamodt-Nelson

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