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Pipe and Pedal

The Pipe and Pedal is the monthly newsletter of the Baltimore AGO. For past issues, please visit our Historical Archives. If you wish to submit an article for the Pipe and Pedal, you may visit our submissions page.

November 2017 Issue

Dear Colleagues,

It’s that time of year when the pace starts picking up. All Saints has happened or is just around the corner. Then, it’s Thanksgiving, which is quickly followed by Christ the King. On the heels of that is Advent and Christmas. In the midst of this there are concerts, extra rehearsals, end-of-semester exams, and holiday parties. There is much ahead of us in this exciting and exhausting season. Thankfully your AGO chapter is here to help.

If you’re still searching for organ or choral ideas for the Advent/Christmas season, then be sure to read the timely “Dear John” column. Dr. John Walker has some great suggestions for you to consider. If you need inspiration to get you through the busyness, then be sure to hear Martin Jean’s recital at First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City. The recital is on Sunday, November 5th, at 4:00pm. You will also want to add Saturday’s masterclass to your calendar. Beginning at 10:00am, Dr. Jean will lead four participants through varied repertoire. This is the only masterclass for the program year, so I hope you will take advantage of this educational opportunity and come hear the insights of a distinguished teacher and performer. Thank you to First Lutheran Church and our host, Wayne Wold, for co-sponsoring this event with the chapter.

Thank you to Glenn Osborne for sharing his knowledge of improvisation with the chapter last month. We had a good turnout at The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and I think everyone walked away a little less afraid of improvisation. It is an important skill in our vocation and I hope there will be more opportunities for learning in the future.

The board has been doing “editing” work on a new chapter website and it should be up and running soon. We express sincere gratitude to Jonathan Parker, who kept our web presence going for so many years, and to Louis Gephardt, our current web master who designed the new website. As the internet becomes the leading tool and easiest method for distributing information, this new website will allow quicker updates and easier sharing of news across a number of digital platforms. We are so grateful for all of the work that has gone into this project and look forward to unveiling it soon.

Also, the board is working on a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event which will be held on January 27th at Church of the Redeemer. This is a wonderful chance to introduce the pipe organ to youth and families. You can learn more about a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event in the most recent issue of The American Organist. We will be looking for your help to spread the word about this important outreach, which we hope will feed into our scholarship program. Stay tuned for more news.

I will see you soon at Martin Jean’s recital at First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City. As always, best wishes for the work ahead of us. And on behalf of the board, in this season of thanksgiving, we give thanks for all that you contribute to the musical life of this region.


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