April Dean's Message

Spring has sprung! Welcome to the post-Easter Edition of our April Newsletter!

Without a doubt, Spring arrived in the Bluegrass this year before Easter. By now, the final strains of our Hallelujah Choruses and Widor Toccatas are beginning to settle, but it's not time for summer break just yet. We still have much to keep us busy -- "Thomas Sunday" (my favorite disciple!), Good Shepherd, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, Mother's Day, Father's Day . . . Whew!

While our originally-scheduled April program has been postponed, there's still much AGO business to keep us occupied.

Inside this Newsletter, you will find your official AGO Spring Ballot. Please participate in Chapter-wide voting. While this is our "off-year" election, please contact Executive Secretary Lynn Vera via email (or regular mail), and exercise your right to vote for a representative at-large to the Executive Committee (Class of 2020).

As previously announced, the LexAGO is now partnering with the Kroger Community Rewards program, in hopes of bringing in new donations for our Chapter. Have you signed up for your Kroger Card yet? Have you gone online to register your card with the LexAGO? If not, what are you waiting for?! Details may be found inside this Newsletter.

There's also POE Scholarship money available to our young members who may be interested in attending one of this summer's POE opportunities. Again, details may be found in this Newsletter.

Congratulations go out to Gabe Evans, who has recently joined the ranks of LexAGO Members with AGO Certification! With summer break just around the corner, now would be a good time to gather up your music and materials and look into the certification process for yourself!

Your Executive Committee has also been hard at work, finalizing details for the upcoming 2017-18 LexAGO Program Year. Be sure to check next month's Newsletter for full details!

And, finally, be sure to check out the Calendar of Events. There's an untold wealth of information there on area programming that's sure to be of interest. Read inside how LexAGO Member Mark DeAlba and I recently created our own "Concert Series," traveling between three different city and church sites and taking in three outstanding recitals, all in support of our fellow LexAGO Members!

Wishing you a Joyous Easter Season and a Happy Spring,
--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