February Message from the Dean

February is our shortest month, yet it is filled with special days and observances. There's Groundhog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, and Mardi Gras, just to name a few. It's also Black History Month and, you guessed it, National Children's Dental Health Month (for more on that, see this month's Trivia Contest!).

During this shortest of months, your Lexington AGO Calendar of Events is teeming with special programs and activities. During February, there will be AGO program opportunities scheduled for you over the course of five different days!

First up, during the weekend of February 17-19, we look forward to co-hosting Bruce Neswick's recital and evensong appearances at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Please note that the Friday, February 17, recital is a ticketed event. Don't be left out! Details are included in this newsletter, explaining how to register for your free member's ticket. The Saturday Open Rehearsal and Sunday Evensong services are free and open to the public. Bruce is an internationally-recognized organist, conductor, composer, educator and improviser, and we always look forward to his trips back "home" to Lexington! We thank our friends at Good Shepherd (and also at St. Michael's and St. John's) for coordinating this special weekend's events!

But wait! There's more!

Our second program opportunity for this month will be held during the following weekend, February 25-26. The LexAGO, along with our friends at Christ Church Cathedral, will co-sponsor Malcolm Archer's Lexington appearance. You are invited to attend his Saturday Open Rehearsal and Sunday Evensong services. This is a rare opportunity to observe and hear the former organist and director of music at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Many thanks go to our Cathedral friends for making it all happen!

With five different days of AGO activities from which to choose, I hope to see many, if not all, of you at this month's programs! With more and more programs on our calendars, there are more and more opportunities for each of us to join our AGO friends for special events, now and in the months to come. Let's build on this sense of excitement and camaraderie. Invite a friend or guest to experience all that the Lexington AGO has to offer!

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Larry Sharp

Sponsors for 2016-17

Thanks very much to the following for sponsoring our newsletter and website!! And thanks to Larry Sharp for making all of the arrangements.

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Beaumont Presbyterian Church
  • Good Shepherd
  • B. Rule
  • Rivierstad
  • D.C. Schroth Organ Builders

Be a Member! Join the Lexington AGO Chapter

Joining the AGO is easy and can be done online via the AGO National website. You can join as a chapter member, join as an independent member, or subscribe to the TAO magazine. Those who prefer not to join online can contact our chapter dean, Dr. Larry Sharp, agolarry@att.net or James Humlong, jdh1218@windstream.net.

Mission, Vision, and Values Statement

The AGO Mission statement has been modified as of May, 2016. The entire statement can be seen on the AGO National Mission, Vision, and Values Statement page.

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.

The vision of the American Guild of Organists is to engage, support, and uplift every organist.

© 2016 American Guild of Organists
Lexington, KY chapter