Dean’s Message for June 2021

Greetings,

As the CDC instructed vaccinated people are now allowed to do many things without wearing masks. However, it is still a confusing time for many of us, as we don’t know how to go back to normal comfortably and safely. 

The Seattle Chapter board members are very hopeful that we may finally gather in person, especially for the chapter’s annual meeting. We are still working on it and hope to release further details soon. It has been a long time since we have seen each other, and many people are very much looking forward to having events in person.

In May, we had two chapter events. St. Mark’s All Bach Performance was on May 14th and Wyatt, Susanna, and I had a great time performing on the Flentrop even though no one could attend in person. I was told that there were over 200 people watching the concert. On May 22nd, we had our very first organ masterclass through Zoom, and it went very well with 4 performers for the class. I am thankful for the willingness of the participants, Naomi, Nia, Halden, and Susanna, to record their playing and follow the suggestions that the instructor, Katelyn, demonstrated. I personally learned many things from the instruction and realized that a virtual masterclass can be very worthwhile. For sure, during the pandemic, we have gotten more creative. I would like to thank our program chair, Tim Beggs, for organizing it successfully.

More and more, we are hopeful to go back to normal in the coming months. Even though I served as dean during this unusual time, I am tremendously thankful that I have had this honorable opportunity to work for the chapter. Without the support of the board, it would not have been possible for me to go through this unprecedented time. I would like to give a huge thanks to the devoted board who has supported me faithfully.

 

Thank you!

Stay well and in touch,

Hannah Byun

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