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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

As you'll notice in this month's edition of the newsletter, we are ramping up efforts for our annual election process.  It was only fitting that in the latest edition of The American Organist, was a column entitled "Why I am a Member of the Guild."  For me, being a member of the Guild serves many purposes including, but certainly not limited to, connecting with others who share similar interests and skills, professional development opportunities, educating others about the organ, and working to ensure that future generations will value the "King of Instruments."   Taking on various roles with the Board over the past four years has given me a greater appreciation for all of these.  Furthermore, my involvement has allowed me to both "give back" in honor of those whose hard work came before me, and to "pay it forward" so that future generations of organists in the greater Seattle area can benefit from a strong organization down the road.

Maintaining our Chapter does require work - go figure!  Many of you have served in Board and Officer positions in the past and a number of you have done so on and off for decades.  You are the reason behind the strength and success we enjoy today!   We now get ready to elect a new group of folks to lead us over the next few years.  I'm truly excited about the opportunities that lie before us and am equally encouraged by those who have graciously agreed to run for leadership positions in the upcoming election cycle.

As we go about this year's election process, you'll note that the Board has recently approved a couple of slight changes to our Chapter Operating Procedures.  Specifically, we are reverting the Dean and Dean-Elect positions back to being one year terms and we will consider the Membership Coordinator position to be an appointment rather than an elected position.  The former of these has to do with recruitment.  As two-year terms, the Dean and Dean-Elect positions required a four year commitment by nominees - that wasn't an easy sell!  (Though, I went for it and enjoyed it nevertheless.)  As for the Membership Coordinator, with the migration to the national dues collection process (ONCARD), the position will see some modifications as we hope to enjoy a more automated process for renewals and membership management going forward.

In closing, I want to thank those of you who have served in the past, those currently serving, and those who are involved in this year's election.  Furthermore, I want to encourage those among you who have yet to step up to the plate to do so!  We have numerous opportunities throughout the year for your participation on committees and such.  This is about carrying on our traditions, honoring those who have come before us, and shaping the future of our existence as an organization.  Why are you a member of the Guild?

Best wishes to you and yours this spring season.

Christopher Glenn
Seattle AGO


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