I am honored to serve as the Dean of the Utah Valley chapter for this upcoming term, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet together regularly as fellow organists. I am most grateful for the capable and talented board members. Each one has specific duties and assignments that they have accepted without hesitation. They are earnestly engaged in the cause of the guild and I am thrilled to have them on board!
We have been planning and organizing a calendar full of events this year that I hope you will find interesting, educational, uplifting, and fun! But we can’t do it without you! Our goal is to reach out to our membership, make connections, and encourage more participation. One of our board members commented that her choicest friends are here in the guild. I especially find value in the vision statement of the AGO “to engage, support, and uplift every organist.” This is very much inline with a thought that our organist friend and colleague, Ethelyn Peterson once said, “God has given us a stewardship in music to lift others. As we lift others to higher ground, we are elevated also.”
Consider taking time to attend some of the guild events this year and learn and experience more about the organ and organ music. Reach out to others and invite them to come along with you. Someone once said, “If you live only for yourself, you are always in danger of being bored to death with the repetition of your own views and interests.” We need you and want you as we work toward the goal “to engage, support, and uplift every organist.”
BM, CAGO, NCTM