AGO Welcome

Dean's Note from Matt Dierking

Welcome to the new AGO Year! My first few months as Dean have been busy. The board kicked off many of the elements I introduced in the last Trumpetings. A good group of our members represented the chapter at the Indianapolis Regional Convention. The board, led by Jerry Taylor, developed an outstanding 2015-2016 program. We reviewed and approved a proposal from Chair Rachel Lammi and the academy teachers to update the Organ Academy. We started our chapter outreach with a new Dayton brochure and direct contact plan.  Finally, the first steps have been taken on our community project to get the Dayton Art Institute organ playable again!  We’re also going to try something new with the programs.  Each program will have a small committee to support it, so please pitch in if a program lead calls and asks for your help.  We will continue to have a dinner or reception after each program, so make sure you join in the fun!

 Thanks to everyone who has renewed their membership either through ONCARD or by sending your forms to Membership Chair, Ellen Bagley.  We have quite a few members who have not renewed, so please take the time to sign up.  Ellen will be calling everyone to see if they need help with the new system or would rather renew the old way.  Feel free to email or call her (937-260-0221) if you have trouble.

 One of the ways we plan to make contact with more organists and churches is through our new chapter brochure.  The chapter and national AGO brochures will be distributed at our chapter events, member concerts & recitals, 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, ask a board member for materials to hand out.

 I’m looking forward to a great year, and seeing everyone at this year’s programs!      


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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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