A Message from the Dean

Dear Friends,
The saying goes “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” How true that has become for all of us this spring as we experience the “new normal.” On behalf of our executive board, I wish to tell all of you that we miss you, and we are thinking of each of you.

In a special way I want to thank our Sub-Dean, Ken Danchik, for his constant work. Even in a normal year, being the Sub-Dean is a rather involved position, and he held the title through perhaps one of the most difficult years in our chapter’s 100-year history. Originally, Ken did an excellent job programming season, which took an incredible amount of work. Then, in response to the pandemic, he reprogrammed the year. And now, in the end, he had to cancel everything. Please, if you are in touch with Ken, offer him your thanks to him for his great work. Be sure  to check out Ken’s article regarding the May meeting. The trip to Youngstown has been canceled,  but we have planned a joint online meeting with Pittsburgh NPM.

Second, I would like to thank Regina Kettering for her excellent work on our newsletter. She has brought us relevant information regarding COVID-19 yet again, and she was able to move the newsletter online. Our plan was to move the newsletter online and mail copies to the ten or so individuals who do not  have computers, however the timeline was quickly moved up as our printing company closed due to the pandemic.

I also want to offer my thanks to Ed Moore and the Organ Artist Series Board, as well as Tyler Randolph and the Pittsburgh Organ Academy Board, as they navigate these difficult times. They, alongside the members of our executive board, continue to make excellent decisions for the good of the
guild, and I am thankful for their service.
As you are reading this, you will have been, or soon will be, contacted by members of our
executive board and friends on behalf of our AGO. This is part of a response plan led by the National AGO to call all of our membership. Please know our message is genuine. We miss you all greatly. Likewise, the National AGO has posted a great deal of resources for organists on their webpage. If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to take a look at the assistance that they are offering. Visit http://www.agohq.org for more details.

Please know that we are carefully monitoring this situation as we look to the fall. When the programming committee meets virtually, they will most likely need to consider programs that could be live-streamed with a skeleton crew at a church, as well as programs that can function as our normal monthly  meeting. It is better to be prepared for the worst. As you know, next year we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Chapter.  Regardless whether it will be online or in-person, it will be good for us to join together in this celebration.

Know of my continued prayers for each of you. It is an honor to be your Dean, and I look forward to the day when we can come together and celebrate the end of this pandemic.

Chaz Bowers