A Message from the Dean

Dear colleagues,

Please accept my best wishes for your presentations of music for Advent, Christmas and the New Year. This may be our busiest time and when completed we are tempted to hibernate like Punxsutawney Phil. Yet, thanks to Linda Everhart and so many of our Chapter colleagues, we have begun plans for the AGO 2019 Endowment Fund Distinguished Artists Gala featuring our good friend, John Walker. I will join with our former Deans in writing personal notes to Chapter members encouraging participation in all Gala festivities. Articles are being prepared by Linda, Ann Labounsky and Russell Weismann for publication in The American Organist and across several issues of our Chapter Pipelines. I would like to see everyone attend this wonderful Gala that includes his Organ Artist recital on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Following the recital we will have the opportunity to greet John and celebrate his achievements at a Gala ticketed reception at the elegant Mansions on Fifth. I invite us to defer the spending of a wedding stipend and give it to a colleague so that they can attend attend the Gala reception. Please join me in this promise. All proceeds from the reception benefit the Endowment Fund of the American Guild of Organists, which was established in 1994 to provide income to educate new organists and cultivate new audiences.

Doug Starr