Message from the Dean

from the March, 2015 newsletter

Hello AGO Friends,

As I write this, we're bracing for yet another wintry forecast of 3-7" of snow when I'm sure most of us are more than ready for spring! Luckily the frigid temperatures and deeper than normal snowfall didn't cause too much disruption to our full schedule of organ events in February. We'll look forward to Bruce Neswick's rescheduled recital at Good Shepherd. Now it's full speed ahead to our next event, this Saturday's improvisation master class and recital by Roger Nicholls. This is a great opportunity to interact with our Louisville-area colleagues since the event is co-sponsored by our two chapters. Look for more details elsewhere in this newsletter, and if you need a ride to Louisville please let me know and we'll see what we can do. I hope to see you there!

Our 10th annual Bach Marathon is Saturday, March 21st, beginning at 10 am at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church with selected organ works. If you want to play and haven't yet let me know, please contact me by March 15th so that we can finalize the program. The Marathon's afternoon session will be held at Faith Lutheran Church and will feature soloists and ensembles playing and singing Bach's works.

Also, please make note of our rescheduled Finale workshop which will be presented by Brian Hunt on Monday, April 13th at Cathedral of Christ the King. If your hand-written notation is as difficult to read as mine is, you won't want to miss this opportunity to discover how Finale can simplify your musical life! It will be a fun, low-stress learning environment, so come join us, and bring a friend!

I'm happy to report that we're putting the finishing touches on our proposal to host a Pipe Organ Encounter in the summer of 2016! If our proposal is accepted, we'll be reaching out to the membership-that's YOU!-to see where you'd like to help! Pipe Organ Encounters are crucial to introduce young people to our instrument and ensure the longevity of our profession. We're extremely excited to have this opportunity. So watch your newsletter for updates and specifics on how you can be involved!

Happy Easter (it's only about 4 weeks away!)


Sponsors Announced

Thanks very much to the following for sponsoring our newsletter and website!! And thanks to Larry Sharp for making all of the arrangements.

  • Asbury University
  • B. Rule
  • Goulding and Wood
  • Rivierstad

From AGO National in Boston

Lexington members Roland Herzel and Larry Sharp have provided us with some notes from their experiences at the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston. Herzel  Sharp p. 1  Sharp p. 2 

Also, Larry has provided us (with permission) with sheet must for a piece entitled Hornpipe (Page 1 Page 2).

Thanks, guys!

Our trip to the Abbey

Courtesy Jane Johnson and Mark DeAlba

Music at the Abbey

Text from the May newsletter

No, not Downton, but Kentucky's own Gethsemani! Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship, music, and contemplation on May 17 at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY, where monks have lived, worked and prayed for over 150 years.

You may be familiar with their cheese, fruitcake, and the writings of the notable Thomas Merton, but praying the Liturgy of the Hours is at the heart of religious life at the Abbey. Singing through the 150 psalms according to a 2-week cycle forms the backbone of their 7 daily prayer services, and our chapter will have the opportunity to participate in one of them.

We will begin our excursion with lunch in Bardstown at Talbott Tavern at 11:15, including the Installation of Officers led by our chapter chaplain, Larry Sivis. From there, we proceed to the Abbey, where Br. Luke will show and invite us to play the church's LeTourneau organ, followed by the 2:15 service of None, approximately 15 minutes long and open to the public. Next, we adjourn to the choir room for an introduction to the choral works of Gethsemani composer Fr. Chrysogonus Waddell. Br. Luke will share some of Waddell's unpublished hymns written for the Abbey, and Bonnie Harstad will lead a read-through of several octavos published and provided by World Library Publications. From that point, you are free to roam the Abbey's 1200 acres, visit the Welcome Center, and attend the 5:30 Vespers service if desired, leaving whenever you wish.

Feel free to bring a guest or family member to participate in our planned activities, or to explore the church and grounds on their own. For more information about the Abbey of Gethsemani, visit their website at; drive time from Lexington is approximately 1.5 hours.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

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