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Dean's Note - Matt Dierking

This will be my last Dean’s note. The new officers have been elected and will be installed at the Student Recital on May 7th. I hope you will all be able to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of the students and show support for the efforts and dedication of the new officers.

It’s hard to believe my time as Dean is coming to an end.  It has been a busy couple of years.  In the March Trumpeting’s, I reviewed the programs over the last few years, and now it seems like a good time to take a look at the state of the chapter in general.   

Bottom Line: The Chapter is in good shape. We’ve worked hard to have good processes, programs and documentation. We have great new officers and board members taking over, so the next few years will be even better.

I’d like to thank the officers: Jerry Taylor, Priscilla Acuff and Decker Jones as well as all the board members and Chairs who served during my tenure as Dean.  You all made it a smooth and enjoyable experience.

It’s been a busy four years as Sub-Dean and Dean. Lynn and I will take some time off.  We’re off to France next month and plan to do a lot more sailing this year.    

    -Cheers, Matt


There are still a lot of organists in the area who don’t know about us. We have our updated chapter and national AGO brochures that will be distributed at our chapter events, concerts and to teachers and schools.  If you know someone who should join or know of an event where there may be potential new organists/members, asks a board member for materials to give out. 



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We are not a stuffy group of high-brow organists, who all have organ performance degrees. No, no, far from it. We are teachers, students, part-time composers and arrangers, office workers, singers, music directors and pastors, professors, engineers, full-time and part-time organists, keyboard and electronic organ aficionados who enjoy supporting one another (and even borrowing from one another) as we play excellent church music that makes a joyful noise to the Lord! (And we eat together from time to time.) Come and join us this coming year.

The Mission of the AGO is:

To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase organ and choral music contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of organ and choral music.

To improve the proficiency of organist and choral conductors. To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment.

To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities that contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the guild.

Soli Deo Gloria
Soli Deo Gloria

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Happy New Year Everyone!


I hope everyone had a great Christmas music season. From the Messiah at Wittenberg to the Carillon Brass at the Loft to Noonday Carols at Westminster, Lynn and I enjoyed some really great Christmas music.


Now it’s time to start thinking about the year to come. So what’s your resolution?  Perhaps there’s that one piece you’ve always wanted to learn, an area organ you always wanted to play or maybe you just want to stay on top of the year’s music schedule.  No matter what your resolutions are, hopefully there’s room for one more: To Get Engaged with the Chapter.  We’ve had some great programs so far, and there’s much more to come. I hope you’ll plan to attend the programs, or even better, volunteer to help with your favorite one, or suggest a new one for next year. Working the programs with other members can be very enjoyable, and it is definitely a great help to the chapter.


Priscilla Acuff and Jerry Taylor are working on the next program now. “Meet the Church Organ for Pianist and Organ Enthusiasts” is meant to introduce pianists, or just folks interested in the organ, to the pipe organ.  It will be held Saturday, February 8th, at 10:00 AM at South Park United Methodist Church. If you know a pianist who would like to learn to play the organ or a parishioner who is just curious, encourage them to come. If you’d like to help just call or email Jerry Taylor, and he’ll get you involved.


Hope to See You Soon!

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