Message from the Dean

from the December, 2012 newsletter

Greetings of the Season, AGO friends!

It's hard to believe that December is here. Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that we had that wonderful concert by Schola Cantorum of Oxford, not to mention our choral and organ reading session? And we're just getting started!

Your Executive Committee has some exciting programming coming in 2015, beginning with our Twelfth Night Party on Tuesday, January 6th. Bill and I are happy to invite you to our home for some social time, and the 1927 Estey will be available for any of you who'd like to play so bring your music and shoes! We also have the DiMartino/Robinson trumpet organ duo performing for us in February, our Robert Nicholls improvisation workshop in March (co-sponsored with Louisville AGO), the rescheduled Finale workshop, our Bach Marathon, and Yun Kim's recital to finish the season in May. Details for these are listed in the calendar of events found elsewhere in this newsletter. Make plans now to attend, and bring a friend!

Speaking of friends, if you're stumped for gift ideas why not consider giving your friends a gift from AGO National this year. From AGO sweatshirts and t-shirts, to CDs, to various educational resources, they have something for nearly everyone who likes music. You can also give the gift of membership or a subscription to The American Organist magazine-the perfect present for that beginning organist that you know. For the musician who has everything, consider a contribution to AGO's Annual Fund, Endowment Fund, or New Organist Fund in his/her honor. (It's even tax-deductible!) And in all the gift-giving frenzy, don't forget yourself-maybe 2015 is the year you give yourself the gift of guild certification. If you would like to become certified, we're here to help!

With the arrival of the holiday season, many of you are working overtime to prepare the best music possible for your congregations and audiences. Through your efforts, you are fulfilling the mission of the Guild by enriching people's lives with your organ and choral music. Thank you! Oh, and Merry Christmas! See you in the New Year!


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.

© 2014 American Guild of Organists
Lexington, KY chapter