Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
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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.

December 2017 Issue

Dear Colleagues,
There is no denying that this is a season defined by music. Everywhere you turn there is Christmas music playing. Whether sacred or secular, in a church, school or store, new or old, it is the music that creates the season, carries the nostalgia, and causes delight. What a privilege we have in being able to bring such beauty and joy into people’s lives. In this season of giving, you give of your talent and your very self. It is the best gift possible and your houses of worship, schools, and communities are blessed by it. Thank you for all you do to spread the much-needed message of peace, hope, and love.

There was a great crowd for Martin Jean’s recital at First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City and the masterclass was full of great insights. Thank you to First Lutheran Church for co-sponsoring the recital and to Wayne Wold for hosting us. And would you believe there were over 1,000 views of our Facebook post and pictures from the concert? Keep sharing news about our events. Thank you to Joe Martenczuk for administering our Facebook page.

We’ll take a break from chapter member events for the next two months since we’ll all be too busy or too tired to attend. However, make sure that February 11th is marked on your calendar as we celebrate 125 years of the Henry Niemann organ at First Unitarian Church and Jim Houston’s 50 years as Organist and Director of Music.

While it isn’t an event for members, there will be a very important outreach project happening on January 27th. Our chapter will hold a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event at Church of the Redeemer. Details are included in this newsletter. Be sure to pass along the information to anyone who might be interested. Ensuring that we have future generations of organists will require that we introduce the instrument to those who otherwise wouldn’t experience it. Outreach needs to become a priority. Thank you to David Storey for coordinating the Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza.

An early Christmas gift came at the beginning of December when we unwrapped our updated website. If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check it out at the same web address as before: The website features pictures of local instruments, links to the Pipe and Pedal newsletter and "Dear John" articles, submission forms for events and news, and easy links to the AGO national homepage and our chapter Facebook page. The events tab takes you to a new calendar for easy viewing of upcoming concerts. You’ll notice that AGO chapter events are marked with a picture, making them easy to find. While the newsletter will continue to list submitted events through the 15th of the following month, the website “contact us” tab will allow you to submit events for as far in the future as you want. This expansion will hopefully prove to be a valuable tool in avoiding conflicts between chapter events and the many concerts hosted by our churches and schools. The updated site also allows for easier editing so that we can stay current with our information, and, unlike the previous version, this website can be readily accessed from cellphones and tablets. We owe a huge thank you to our webmaster, Louis Gephardt, for designing and administering our website.

Blessings to you and your work this season. Thank you for your part in bringing beauty and cheer to those around you. Merry Christmas!    


The December 2017 Issue of the Pipe and Pedal is now available.

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