September Message from the Dean

Hello AGO Friends,

Fall is my favorite time of the year. The days are still crisp and pleasant, with just the right amount of nighttime chill. There's the scent of a distant bonfire in the air -- and it's time to polish our organ shoes, dust off our benches, and get to work!

Actually, there has been no downtime for the Lexington Chapter this summer, between the National Convention in Houston, the Great Lakes POE in Lexington, and putting the final touches on our AGO fall programming.

It is an honor to serve as only the second AGO Dean from Winchester. I am proud to report that the Lexington Chapter is as strong and vibrant as it has ever been. I have inherited from our immediate past-dean, Jane Johnson, a chapter that is in tip-top shape in all areas. But this raises the question: What do we do with a chapter in such good condition? The answer is: We go back to the basics! That means we will be emphasizing (1) Membership, and (2) Certification. This year's goals, programs and challenges will be focused on building and sustaining our membership, and encouraging the professional certification of our members.

One stated goal of reaching 100 chapter members this year has already been surpassed! I am pleased to report that, at the start of our 2026-17 Program Year, the LexAGO membership stands at 115. And we're still growing! There's no reason to think this trend will not continue. One of our newest members wrote to me, stating that she considers the LexAGO to be the "gold standard," when it comes to AGO Chapters. I agree! We will discuss AGO Certification in more detail in the October Newsletter.

Your new Executive Committee is pleased to present the upcoming 2016-17 Program Year to you in this edition of the Newsletter. We have a busy and ambitious year mapped out for you, with ten programs spanning nine months in three cities. There are recitals, workshops, choral and educational opportunities, social events -- in short, something for everyone! We will kickoff the new program year with a Catered Dinner and POE Celebration on Saturday evening, September 24, at Beaumont Presbyterian Church in Lexington. This is a ticketed event, so please read the complete details in this newsletter, and RSVP to me no later than Sunday, September 18.

In conclusion, here is the AGO CHALLENGE that I am putting before you, the membership, at the start of this new program year. Let's each of us build upon what we accomplished last year by "ADDING ONE!"

If you did not participate in a chapter activity last year, then choose ONE program from the lineup, and join us! If you attended 2 or 3 events last year, then set as your goal to ADD ONE! If you attended programs regularly, then consider volunteering to help with -- or host -- an AGO program. Volunteers are always needed. If you made a financial contribution, please consider adding to it this year. Perhaps this is the year you will step up and offer your spare room to a visiting guest speaker or recitalist. If you have never invited a friend or colleague to become an AGO member, perhaps this is the time. Perhaps this will be the year you will stop thinking about AGO certification, and do it!

Needless to say, the sky's the limit! I am honored to serve as the Dean of our Lexington Chapter -- the BEST AGO Chapter anywhere!

I hope to see you on September 24,

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, Jane Johnson, jhjohn -at- email.uky.edu.

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