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Dear Fellow Guild Members,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you! It would seem that the fresh start of 2021 is anticipated by so many, perhaps more than ever before. 2021 marks a new beginning but also, God willing, a light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic. I wish each of you a blessed and cheerful new year! Our January meeting, due to both government restrictions at this time and space limitations of the Church of the Redeemer, will take place solely online. Please see Ken Danchik’s article for more information. It is our continued hope to have some semblance of a meeting in person with live-streaming, if that possibility allows. However, we want to do so safely and in accord with state guidelines. Please continue to stay tuned for more details.

Additionally, our executive board meeting will take place on Zoom on Monday, February 8. This is a change from the original date of January 21 to allow Sr. Cynthia Pock and the Nominating Committee some additional time to compile the roster of candidates for our annual chapter election. More information about our upcoming chapter election will be sent to you in the February newsletter. Stay tuned for more details.

Each year, I often write to my choir members about some New Year’s Resolutions that they might embrace in the coming year. They are often simple things about marking their music as much as possible, arriving early, using the texts of the psalms, songs, and motets as a catalyst for personal prayer and reflection, turning in their music right away instead of holding onto for months on end, and other good habits that they might consider embracing for their own spiritual and musical benefit. In this year of 2021, I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage each and every one of us, as organists, to consider again embracing daily practice without fail, even if just for a short time each day. In speaking with some of you on the phone these last nine months of this pandemic, one of the things I have heard repeatedly is that “I don’t have anything to practice for right now.” Let us practice now for both ourselves and, for those of us in ministry in the church, for God. How about if, for January, we each begin to learn a new prelude or postlude piece for the Easter season? I, myself, am considering learning John West’s Old Easter Melody (O filii et filiae) with variations for the Second Sunday of Easter. If you care to join me in learning a new piece for the Easter season, please email me and let me know!

Happy Anniversary!
Chaz Bowers

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