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Dean's Note from Matt Dierking


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 6th, 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.

The event is free.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP by February 2nd via email to:

 matt.dierking@agodayton.org

Hope to See You Soon!

 

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Dr. Devon Howard’s program, “Baroque Improvisation Lecture and Demonstration” was simply fantastic. Held at St George’s Episcopal, Devon leveraged his doctoral studies on “Organ Improvisation in Context: Historical and Practical Influences on the Craft of Improvisation at the Organ”, to take the mystery out of improvisation. He laid out his approach to “imitate composed music, assimilate the musical ideas, and innovate through the act of spontaneous improvisation”. We had a great turnout, and several members got the chance to try out his approach through guided demonstrations. Janet Burkett did a great job with a “Frere Jacques” arpeggio under the “Old 100th”.

Finally, Devon topped off the night with a series of improvisations on a hymn that ranged from small and simple to intricate and finally big and festive. Devon made the program both fun and informative, and everyone went home excited to try what they learned.

Thanks to organist Jeff Powell and St Georges Episcopal for hosting us and lending us the use of the wonderful Fisk Tracker for the program. 

Devon serves as the Director of Worship & the Arts at the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. He is also passionate about teaching organ performance and improvisation to all ages.

 

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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.

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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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