FROM THE DEAN:
The success of our current season demonstrates the benefit that A.G.O.
membership provides for you, for our community and for our profession.
Our meeting on May 20, 2002* will wrap up a very good year of informational
programs (improvisation master class, organ and choral repertoire sessions,
Keyboard Kaleidoscope for children and youth, organ craw), inspiring performances
(by Robert Delcamp as well as local organists), and social events (summer
social and pre-program meals). We also received terrific
newspaper and television publicity, had good community participation, and
raised over $1000 in connection with our Hymn-a-thon fundraiser, which
will directly benefit our scholarship fund for young local organists and
general programming of the chapter. It has been a privilege
to serve as your Dean during this exciting year.
Next season promises to be at least as productive and enjoyable as our
current one. Our Nominating Committee has served us well by nominating
several new officers, including Kevin Ellerbusch (of Evansville/Newburgh)
as chapter Dean for 2002-2003 and Daniel Wilkinson (Madisonville, KY) as
Sub-dean, along with Dwight Huntly (Evansville) as an Executive Committee
member at large. (We thank Robert Nicholls who has completed a three-year
term on the committee and Douglas O’Neill who has served as our University
of Evansville connection during his visiting professorship there!)
We are already beginning to plan programs for 2002-2003. Some
of our ideas so far include a program this fall celebrating the centenary
of the organ in the historical St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on First Avenue
in Evansville, a hand-bell reading session, informative programs offering
some new ideas for running a successful church music program, and much
more. Due to popular demand, we’re hoping to have another summer
organ social (Note: we’re currently hoping for a volunteer to host the
social in their home or other suitable space).
All these events and more are made possible by your membership in our
chapter. Your membership fees, your willingness to share time and
talents to help implement events, and your commitment to attend and spread
the word about our events are what will make it a successful season.
Please return the enclosed form and your membership fee by June 15,
2002, and expect a full report on plans for a full season to come.
J. Neal Biggers, Dean
Evansville Chapter, American Guild of Organist
Don’t forget to call Jenni Taylor (812) 473-1907 with dinner reservations
for Monday May 20th:
Dinner at Weinbach’s Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.,
Meeting and worship/installation service at Neu Chapel at 7:30.
POSITION AVAILABLE: Central United Methodist Church, Evansville: Choir