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.
October Dean's Message
There's nothing like the knowledge that you will be hosting cousins from Sweden to get me motivated. While we have been exchanging notes about their
visit for a number of months, I realized yesterday that the piles of paper throughout our house will not impress. Neither will the dust.
Today, as a dog-walker, I observed a very impressive welcome to President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan as I stood at the end of the Paine Field
runway. It was thrilling to watch the 747 land. Streets and freeways were closed, there were tons of red flags, protesters, helicopters, and tight
security. I expect that months of preparation have gone into this week for the Seattle area, and in a similar fashion for the Pope's arrival today
on the east coast.
Impressions... we all appreciate it when we can tell that someone has been anticipating us. Sometimes it's the little things that say you are important,
welcome, we've been waiting for you. Often our work as musicians helps to create that gracious environment. Having the lights on, sheet music set out,
pencils sharpened, and a friendly smile tells our volunteer choir members that they matter. Having a greeter open the door and hand one a worship folder
signals welcome, we're glad you came to sing and pray with us today.
The program year for our chapter began September 14th with a welcoming event for clergy and musicians. We shared food, laughter, conversation, a
stimulating time of Q/A, and evensong. We welcomed our year together.
May you find the AGO chapter a welcome space. I hope to see you this program year.
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean