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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.

April Dean's Message

Spring greetings! With the daffodils and tulips springing up in my garden, I am hopeful that, despite the rain and wind, spring is around the corner. As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion....

This is the time to review your plans for the summer. Some have already registered for a regional conference, others might be contemplating their finances and schedules. While it would make sense to register for our own regional in Salt Lake City, the TAO will show you all the regionals, and it is quite a feast. After hearing the King's College-Cambridge choir in concert last night, I have to admit that I am tempted by the Montreal regional, especially since it ties into a denominational conference I would like to attend in the Midwest. Whatever you choose, do know that you will find rejuvenation and refreshment. And proudly admit that you are from Seattle, the site for the 2022 national convention!

Recently, Wyatt Smith, Sam Libra and I walked through potential hotel sites with our national executive director James Thomashower and a contract negotiator. It was exciting to think about various logistics in preparation for 2022. Preparations continue as we will begin assembling a steering committee. If you want to be in on the ground-level for this exciting conference, please be in touch with one of us.

A personal note.... my daughter's wedding last Saturday was a beautiful event for our family, and we were the recipients of wedding and reception music prepared by professionals who were extremely well prepared, musically gifted and most gracious. I couldn't believe how relaxed I was, knowing that we were in good hands, and yet, I kept feeling like I should be turning on the organ, or moving a music stand, or...what's my point? sometimes it's good to be on the other side, and then you realize how very important our work is to those we serve.

Blessings in the journey,
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean

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