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As I write this mid-December, ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, near the shortest day of the year, it is appropriate to look back on chapter accomplishments of 2022, and then a glance at the future. The year 2022 was an “eventful” one for our Chapter. From a program perspective, the year included with other things a fantastic Members Recital in the spring featuring four of our young organists. This was followed after Easter by the “All-Bach on the Flentrop” featuring Alexander Weimann. This was a program that had been rescheduled twice because of Covid19. The highlight of the year was our successful THE WELL-TEMPERED FUTURE, AGO National Convention, July 3–7, 2022, hosted by our Chapter. This represented tremendous work by the Convention Steering Committee led by Convention Coordinator Michael Monnikendam. In the fall we acknowledged the 200th anniversary of César Franck with a pair of programs focused on his works.


Our chapter has long supported the organ study program at the University of Washington by matching gifts to the endowed faculty fellowship. This fall UW established a new position: Constituency Relations Officer at the UW School of Music and it is staffed by someone who has a background as an organist! At the end of this year, our chapter was able to complete its overall $125,000 commitment towards the endowment for the faculty position, matching a significant donation from long-time chapter member C. Henry Howard that brought previous cumulative contributions to this level. The University of Washington School of Music has announced a position for an Artist in Residence of Organ Performance. The appointment is full-time for an initial three-year contract and a search for candidates to fill the position is in process. There is also a significant opening for Associate Professor of Music – Organ at Pacific Lutheran University for fall of 2023 following the retirement announcement by Paul Tegels, University Organist.


Looking ahead to 2023, we start the year with a Seattle AGO Holiday Party – something like “Thank God the Holidays Are Over”. This is a celebration for chapter members hosted by Epiphany Parish of Seattle. Please join us at 6:30 pm on Sunday 1/8/2023 at the church, 1805 38th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. I hope to see many of you there!

Howard Wolvington


January AGO Chapter Event Sun. Jan. 8, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Hallelujah, the Holidays Are Over! party at Epiphany Episcopal 1805 38th Ave Seattle 98122.

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