July/August 2017 Issue
Greetings in these beautiful summer days. I hope you have had, or will have, an opportunity for vacation and a chance to get away from the normal routine. We all need time to step away from our work and gain a new perspective, time to be inspired by a conference or workshop or performance, and time to be rejuvenated so that we can start the program year with fresh ideas and excitement. If you haven’t already this summer, I encourage you to pick up that book you’ve wanted to read that has been sitting on the shelf for too long. Perhaps you can use this last month of summer to start working on that piece that you’ve wanted to learn. Use these slower days to meet up with colleagues and share ideas for the year ahead. We will soon be busy serving our congregations or schools, so be sure that you take time to be restored in spirit before embarking on another year of service.
The calmer days of summer also provide a good opportunity to get your planning done for the upcoming program year. If you are responsible for choosing choral repertoire, don’t forget that we have a “Choral Corner” where you can request to borrow an anthem. As music budgets get tighter, consider borrowing that new anthem from an AGO colleague rather than buying it. Just submit a request through the Pipe & Pedal. If you’re introducing a new hymn this year, be sure to read the wisdom shared with us in this month’s “Dear John” column. His ideas and insights will make the process rewarding for your congregation. And if you picked up some good tips or ideas at a conference or workshop this summer, consider sharing them with the chapter by submitting an article for the Pipe & Pedal.
In this month’s newsletter, you’ll see the listing of our programs for the coming year. Please support your chapter by attending these great events. There will be social time, concerts by stellar performers, masterclass opportunities, a workshop to develop improvisation skills, a members recital, and the anniversary celebration of an instrument and the tenure of a dedicated Director of Music. Be sure to place these events on your calendar right away, and be sure to thank Jim Houston, sub-dean, and the program committee for their work in putting all of this together. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events! Take advantage of these next few weeks for rest and relaxation!
The August 2017 Issue of the Pipe and Pedal is now available.