Dean’s Message for October
I hope you, your family and friends, and your communities are all well. How challenging it has been to face the unhealthy air quality from our regional fires after these months of isolation and distancing! Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the fires, and we rejoice to hear and see that they are somewhat abated. Indeed, it is certainly a very strange and unsettling time.
The Seattle chapter AGO continues to plan for more online offerings in the months ahead. Our first attempt at online community-building was offered on September 21, and was a rousing success. I was pleased to visit with the members who “attended” our Zoom meeting. We happily reconnected, sharing stories of survival and relating how our various churches are managing their worship services. It was hard to hear that some members don’t have access to organs; however, it felt good to share our concerns and to discuss solutions and coping mechanisms.
I hope more members can join for the next virtual event, which will happen in October. We’ll announce that information soon. The board continues to plan for hosting virtual concerts in the near future and is purchasing electronic gear to be able to produce such broadcasts. In addition, we are looking at a possible joint event with the Tacoma chapter in the future. Our next board meeting is on October 12, and if you have any concern to share, please let us know.
Thank you and stay well!
Hannah Byun, Dean
October 26th, Virtual Chapter Event
Our chapter meeting this month is Monday, October 26, at 7:00 PM, and we will be treated to a live presentation of the new Ortloff Op. 2 organ at St. Dunstan's in Shoreline. Jonathan Ortloff is a rising organ builder based in Massachusetts and will be at the church completing tonal finishes during the next two weeks.
In addition to discussing the organ itself and hearing highlights of its capabilities from our own Susanna Valleau, St. Dunstan's Music Director, Jonathan will also walk us through what he considers to be an excellent model of the search, design, and bid process - which Susanna and St. Dunstan's accomplished in spades. Live Q&A will follow the presentation.
Please send a request for the Zoom invitation to the following email: