Welcome to the website for the Lexington KY chapter of the American Guild of Organists!
Our large and diverse membership includes professional musicians and those who love the organ, students and retirees, and everyone in between. Please browse our site to learn more about our chapter and to view upcoming events. You will also find archived pdfs of our chapter newsletters. We would love to talk to you about becoming a member of the Lexington chapter! We have several membership categories, and one is sure to be just right for you. To get started visit the Join as a Chapter Member page of our national organization. We hope that you'll join us and participate in our 75th season of great presentations, recitals and masterclasses!
Jane Johnson, CAGO
Dean, Lexington AGO
Hello AGO Friends,
Happy Spring! Although we are continuing to cancel planned in-person events due to the pandemic, we have lots of substitute activities scheduled for upcoming weeks for your education and enjoyment. You will find more information about these elsewhere in this newsletter.
We are especially pleased to be able to still meet on April 17th with Elizabeth George, AGO National's Director of Member Engagement and Chapter Development. This will be a lunch meeting via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent in your April newsletter. Elizabeth will talk a bit about some of the new resources available to members, as well as long-range plans for future conventions and other updates from national. Plus she will have a special surprise that you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars now!
Looking ahead to next year, your Executive Committee recently met to continue planning for 2021-22. We don't have all the details finalized just yet, but we can tell you that we are working towards an interesting mix of recitals (some postponed from this year), educational programs, and just plain fun with your fellow AGO members. We will also be having the long-delayed celebration of our 75th anniversary. So stay tuned! More details will follow in a future newsletter.
It is also time to elect a new member-at-large to our Executive Committee. Members-at-large serve for a three-year term, staggered so that each year a new at-large member comes onto the board. (The other elected officers of our Executive Committee serve two-year terms, so their elections will occur again next year.) Brian Hunt has chaired this year's nominating committee, comprised of Gwen Frazier, Gabby Manion and Grant Holcomb. I would like to thank them for their work. A ballot for our new member-at-large is included in this newsletter on page 4. Please make sure you vote before the May 1st deadline. Our new member-at-large will be installed at our first in-person meeting, whenever that may be.
We're into our busy season of preparations for Holy Week and Easter. Here's wishing you all some time to stop and smell the hyacinths.
We're on Facebook!
Be sure to check us out on the AGO Lexington KY Facebook page.
LexAGO is including monthlong sponsorships on our website and newsletter. Please see the full page ads in our newsletters and our Sponsors page. Contact Dr. Larry Sharp for details and rates on how to become a monthlong or yearly sponsor.
Sponsors for 2020-21
Thanks very much to the following for sponsoring our newsletter and website!! And thanks to Larry Sharp for making all of the arrangements. Check out their ads on our Sponsors page.
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Milnar Organ Company
- The Piano Shop
- Goulding & Wood
- D.C. Schroth Organ Builders
- B. Rule
- Rodgers Classic Organs
Be a Member! Join the AGO Lexington 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)email.uky.edu.
Mission, Vision, and Values Statement
The AGO Mission statement has been modified as of May, 2016. The entire statement can be seen on the AGO National Mission, Vision, and Values Statement page.
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.
The vision of the American Guild of Organists is to engage, support, and uplift every organist.