Dean’s Message for January, 2021

I hope you had a blessed holiday season and new year despite the challenges we faced in 2020. Although news of the vaccine is uplifting, it seems like we will have to live this way for a few more months. I am sure that you all have been very busy adjusting your Christmas services in accordance with the new circumstances. Even though we are getting a little more familiar with all the technologies and skills, the new normal is not very fun. Hopefully, things will get back to normal in 2021.

 

The last chapter meeting, “Casual with Carole,” went very well and had good attendance. We listened to the wonderful performance of Dr. Carole on the Fritts organ recently installed in her home, and she explained the financial situation of the UW organ department. She was very hopeful in reaching the necessary amount of funds for keeping the organ program at UW. Some of the members shared their ideas on how we can spread the word that we need help to maintain the program. I believe it is very critical to continue the program since we’ve recently lost some of our younger members. Having the organ program helps draw young organists to the Seattle area, so I encourage all of you to spread the word vigorously.

 

On Dec. 19 we had an AGO Christmas Party through Zoom. Before the party members watched a Youtube video of the organ performances by Hannah Byun, Sr. Jo Baim, David Lepse, Kyle Kirschenman, and Halden Toy. It was very enjoyable to watch many organists play on different organs. I thank all the performers for the wonderful performances, and the program chair, Tim Beggs, for putting everything together smoothly! At the party, we had three high school organists, which was very encouraging, and at the end of the meeting, there was a chance to talk to them a little more. I very much look forward to having them actively participate in our program in the near future.

 

I hope we are able to plan physical gatherings soon. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

 

Hannah Byun Dean

Calendar

November 30th, Virtual Chapter Event
Chapter Event

Monday, Nov 30, 7:00 PM

Seattle Chapter Event via Zoom "Casual with Carole" - spend the evening with Organ Professor, ret., Carole Terry when she shares the scoop on fundraising for the organ program at the University of Washington, and we will take your ideas as well for how the chapter can help. We will also Zoom in live to her home to see and hear her delight in her recently installed Fritts Op. 31 organ. (see photo to the left) The Zoom link will be provided closer to the event. See you there! Tim Beggs Dean Elect Fritts organ opus 31 now in the home of Carole Terry. Manual I Manual II Pedal Principal 8’ Gedeckt 8’ Subbass 16’ Octave 4’ Rohrflöte 4’ Octave 2 Nasat/Cornet II (c’) 2 2/3.

Please send a request for the Zoom invitation to the following email: seattleago@gmail.com