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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.

November Dean’s Message

Ah, autumn.... crunchy colorful leaves, the toasty smell of fireplaces, sunshine and nip in the air... I love this season. I admit to being a sucker for pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin tortilla chips, candy corn and peanuts, wearing fleece, admiring the changing leaves... and I love the musical presentations as we remember saints who have gone before us and give thanks for the blessings of God. I mark my calendar to attend the All Souls mass at St James where a musical requiem centers the mass. I look forward to speaking the names of loved ones in the prayers on All Saints. They have prepared the way...

Preparations! The Seattle chapter is now preparing for January Jubilee 2016. This is the first Jubilee we have hosted. It's a big deal. We have obtained financial support not only from SPAC, but also from the national AGO office. I hope you have the date on your calendar (I just learned yesterday of other conflicting musical events on the same date which is unfortunate, as we set this a year ago.) January 30, all day, Plymouth Church Seattle. Members are needed to help host. It is hoped that this event can draw from western Washington and serve as an educational boost for church and synagogue musicians. If you can help in any way, please send me an email (nkaamodt@aol.com) Our programming this year is very creative, thanks to the energies of Henry. Our recent event, held at a brewery, was wonderful. It's the first time I have attended an official meeting in such a relaxed setting, and I hope it's not the last. Special thanks also to JoAn Andenes, who in addition to recovering from her recent surgery, has once again put together the directory which will be in your mailbox soon. Thanks JoAn! Check out the remaining programs listed in the directory, and come!

Blessings to all!
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean

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