November Message from the Dean

"Now Thank We All"

Thanksgiving is fast becoming my favorite holiday. It combines all the pleasures of Christmas and other family gatherings, but with less of the hustle and bustle. Have you ever noticed how certain smells are capable of triggering instant memories? Aromas from a holiday kitchen can make us feel that grandparents, favorite aunts and uncles, and other loved ones are still with us. It's funny how music is like that, too. Certain songs and hymns can instantly transport us back to a special time or place, and bring long-ago memories to the forefront.

"We Gather Together"

Please make it a priority during this fall season to take full advantage of your AGO membership and all of the programs available to you. For our next gathering on November 19, at First Presbyterian Church, we will be observing the 2016 Max Reger Centennial. Dr. Christopher Anderson will be returning to Lexington, with special guest Carolyn Craig, to lead our program on Reger and his music. Full details may be found inside this newsletter. Allow yourself the time to invest in some new ideas and music, and enjoy making memories with your AGO Friends. After all, it's not just our congregations who will enjoy the benefits of our freshly-sharpened skills, but we ourselves. I hope to see you there!

"Ere the Winter Storms Begin"

As of this Newsletter's release, the Season of Advent is only four Sundays away, and we are all fully engaged in our work. Our choirs are busy rehearsing on a regular schedule, and personal practice time is suddenly at a premium. Despite all of this, it is important to invest some time in ourselves. Check the AGO Calendar of Events for opportunities of special interest to you. This may include supporting a student at his senior recital, or attending one of several All Saints offerings at area churches. You may choose to attend an Election Day recital, with hopes of reason, good taste and civility soon being restored. Perhaps it is time to consider preparing for one of the AGO Certification examinations.

There is much for which we should be thankful this fall, as we head into the busiest of church seasons. As always, I am grateful for your friendship and ongoing support of our Chapter -- the BEST AGO Chapter anywhere!

I'll look forward to seeing you on November 19, if not sooner.

Happy Thanksgiving,
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