Dean’s Message for February 2021
It is unbelievable that we are already in the second month of the year. These days, due to the formidable virus, everyday life blurs together for most of us, which is not very enjoyable. So far, the rollout of vaccines is not as fast as we wished; it seems like my duty as dean for this year may not happen in person. I hope every member hangs in there until we can meet face-to-face.
In the midst of lots of unpleasant news, Dr. Carole Tarry delivered us the good news that the UW organ program raised a considerable amount of money so that the program may continue. With the news, the AGO Seattle chapter is very encouraged, and we would like to spread the word that our chapter will match the amount you donate until we reach $125,000. Thus, I strongly encourage you to consider contributing to this crucial project for saving the UW organ program. Having students and young organists in the program will be important for the future of the Seattle chapter as well.
On January 24-26, the national AGO had the Virtual Leadership Conference 2021. There were more than 170 participants including deans, treasurers, secretaries, etc. from all over the region. It was a good opportunity to learn how other chapters survive this difficult time and listen to some success stories they had in the last few months.
On January 29th, organist John Stuntebeck presented a live streaming concert on the Fritts organ in the Thomsen Chapel at St. Mark Episcopal Cathedral. The concert’s final piece was composed by Rebecca Groom Te Velde, an organist, and composer who grew up in Bellevue. After the concert, the Seattle chapter members had a zoom reception, and about 15 members had the opportunity to chat with John Stuntebeck and Rebecca Groom Te Velde. The concert was wonderful with a variety of music from Baroque to Contemporary, and everyone enjoyed listening to the concert and talked to the performer and composer.
Our program chair Tim Beggs contacted a few possible candidates for Zoom events in the coming months, so please be attentive to the emails we send out for upcoming events.
Thank you and stay well!
November 30th, Virtual Chapter Event
Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am
Seattle Chapter virtual event: New repertoire ideas for organ and organ plus one (vocal and instrumental) exploring a wide range of time periods as well as underrepresented composers, with resources on how and where to obtain performance materials.
The Presenter: Henry Lebedinsky has been a church musician for the past 27 years; he currently serves as organist and choir director at Christ Episcopal of Seattle. He is a composer, poet, historical keyboardist, and conductor who has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, Seraphic Fire, Sonoma Bach, and the Cantata Collective, among others. In 2014, he founded Seattle’s Early Music Underground, which brought Baroque music to brewpubs, wineries, and other places where people gather, presented in multimedia contexts which both entertain and educate. Lebedinsky’s sacred music for choir and organ is published by Paraclete Press, Carus-Verlag Stuttgart, and CanticaNOVA, and his poetry has appeared in Fresh Day Magazine.
Monday March 15, 7:00 pm
Tacoma Chapter virtual event celebrating J.S. Bach’s birthday. Multiple chapter members will present music by Bach on different local organs and harpsichords. The Zoom links will be available via the calendar page of the Tacoma AGO website: www.tacomaago.org
Please send a request for the Zoom invitation to the following email: