By Nathan Carterette – Sub-Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you to all who hosted, organized and worked on the past season’s events. The Chapter couldn’t function without the help of so many members and the places where they work donating their time and resources to coordinate events. While to many it may seem simple to ‘have a meeting’, individual institutions made sure that there was staff and support to open the building, provide kitchen facilities and work outside of their normal operating hours so we could enjoy both some nice social and productive learning time over the past year.
Speaking of learning time; after the grand installation service in September we learned about Northern German historic organs, heard some more Tournemire at Duquesne, had a masterclass with Susan Rice on vocal production, participated in a master class with Justin Bischof on improvisation, heard a lecture and performance on Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, and of course participated in a large joint meeting with other nearby Chapters in Latrobe.
For me personally our programs are informative and inspiring. I hope to keep them up to that standard but can’t do it alone. Please let me know if you have input or ideas to make our programs better, I always welcome comments and suggestions.
By the time you read this next year will be nearly finalized; but there’s always some adjustments and, as organists, we’re always doing some tuning. Don’t be hesitant to chat with me about our programs and make suggestions.