Message from the Dean

from the March, 2015 newsletter

Hello AGO Friends,

It's hard to believe another AGO year is in the books. We've had some great programs with lots of variety, from learning about Finale software to hearing some of the finest organ and choral talent available. It will be a hard act to follow, but your executive committee believes that we have done it with our line-up of programming for 2015-16. We're still arranging some of the locations and dates, but here's what we have planned thus far:

Saturday, September 26 - Potluck Picnic and Music Sale at historic Walnut Hill Church in rural Fayette County

Friday, October 23 - Concert by Brazilian organist Marcello Giannini - location TBD

Friday, November 6 - Concert by Jonathan Rudy, winner of the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance - First Presbyterian Church, Lexington (co-sponsored by FPC as part of their Music for Missions concert series)

January - we're still working this one out, but I can tell you that if it comes together it will be a great choral/organ workshop activity and social event

February - anticipating another Snowmagedden, this program's going to be an easily rescheduled social activity, with a surprise twist-you'll have to come in order to find out what we have in store for you but we can definitely tell you that it will be fun!

March (early, in order not to coincide with Easter!) - a member recital, location TBD

April - POE Prep and social event, location TBD

May 21-22 - Workshop and Hymn Festival with massed choir, led by David Cherwien - location TBD (co-sponsored by Louisville AGO)

June - Dinner and Officer Installation Service, location TBD

July - Pipe Organ Encounter!

Complete details about all these programs will be sent in your August newsletter. You can also check the chapter's website ( or our brand-new Facebook page for information as it becomes available.

We are so excited to have been chosen to host a 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter! You'll be hearing lots about this in the upcoming months. Please read POE Director Zach Klobnak's letter elsewhere in this newsletter and be thinking about how you'd like to help with this important event for young organists. As with our Regional Convention in 2011, there will be places for everyone to be involved, and we want everyone to be involved. If you ask anyone who has attended one, he or she will tell you that a POE can be a life-changing experience for a teen. Who wouldn't want to be a part of something like that!

I hope you'll have plenty of opportunities this summer for relaxation and renewal. Several of you have told me that you're planning to attend the Regional Convention in Indianapolis in July, so I will see you there. If you attend other organ-related summer workshops and would like to do a short write-up about them for our August newsletter, please let Scott Heydinger, our editor, know.

I'd like to thank our executive committee members for all their hard work this year on behalf of the membership. We're looking forward to another great year, and I hope you'll be a large part of it!

Have a great summer,


POE Coming to Lexington in 2016

Thanks to Lexington AGO member Zach Klobnak, Lexington will host a POE in the summer of 2016! Please consider how you might help with arrangements. Volunteers are needed!

Zach Klobnak, DMA Recital

Zach Klobnak is doing his last DMA recital at The Presbyterian Church in Danville on June 21st at 7:30. The program is Clerambault Suite No. 2, Frescobaldi Bergamasca capriccio, Hindemith Sonata 1, Pablo Bruna tiento (Spanish baroque), and Bach E Major. All are invited.

Sponsors for 2014-2015

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

Be a Member! Join the Lexington AGO Chapter

Joining the AGO is easy and can be done online via the AGO National website. You can join as a chapter member, join as an independent member, or subscribe to the TAO magazine. Those who prefer not to join online can contact our chapter dean, Jane Johnson, jhjohn -at-

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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Lexington, KY chapter