Message from the Dean

From the September Newsletter

Hello AGO friends!

It's great to see those dues renewals coming in as our yearbook deadline approaches. Don't miss out-if you haven't yet paid your dues there's still time. You can log on to and click on the Membership link to renew with ONCARD, or you can mail your dues directly to American Guild of Organists, 475 Riverside Dr., Suite 1260, New York NY 10115 with a note that you're a member of the Lexington KY chapter. Thanks for your renewal! I'm also happy to report that several new members have joined our ranks, so watch for them at upcoming meetings and be sure to make them feel welcome.

Speaking of upcoming meetings, there are several events this month that you won't want to miss. On September 23rd Lexington AGO is joining with First Presbyterian Church and Christ Church Cathedral to bring Schola Cantorum of Oxford for a magnificent choral concert at Christ Church. Preceding the concert our Hospitality Chair Lynn Vera is hosting a potluck social at her church, St. Andrews Episcopal, which is just a short walk from Christ Church. Lexington AGO will be supplying a deli platter and drinks so all you have to do is come bearing a side dish or dessert and you'll have a chance to catch up on everyone's summer activities before going on to the concert. Look for all the details elsewhere in this newsletter, and plan to come.

Many of our members are participating in events around the region this month- Glenna Metcalf and Roland Herzel will perform on Sept. 12th as the University of Louisville's School of Music gives tribute to Melvin Dickinson in a memorial concert on their campus; Asbury University alumni including Lisa Hall and Mark Schell will be playing on Asbury's recital series September 18th. For more information on these and other upcoming programs, check the newsletter or our chapter website at

I will be traveling some this month and will regrettably have to miss our potluck and Schola Cantorum recital, but I hope to see you at some of the other events mentioned above. Please support your fellow members by coming to their programs when you can, and don't forget to bring a friend!


Melvin Dickinson Memorial Program Announced

The University of Louisville School of Music will present an organ recital on Sept. 12 at 8:00 pm in honor of Prof. Melvin Dickinson. Admission is free.


University of Louisville School of Music Pays Tribute to Melvin Dickinson

Performers are former students including Margaret Dickinson, Roland Herzel, Glenna Armstrong Metcalfe, Philip Hines, Lisa Lewis, David Pilkinton, and Timothy Baker.

New AGO Lexington Member

We're please to welcome Hayden P McNeal, one of Dr. Robinson's students, as our newest member!

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

Presbyterian Hymnals Available

Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church has about 150 copies of the l980 Presbyterian hymnal. If you, your church or you know of a church that could use some or all of these please call the church office at 255-1074. -- Mary Anna Stepp

Two Organs Available

A Gulbransen Paragon organ is available. Purchased new in late 1980's or early 1990's. It has been plugged in and works but not played seriously since the 1990's. The organ is in Shelbyville. If interested, call Steve Wilborn, (502) 593-2846. Picture 1 Picture 2

Schober Electric Home Organ (located in Wilmore, KY), price negotiable. Contact Jim Floyd at 317-569-9095 Picture

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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Lexington, KY chapter