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.

February 2018 Issue

Dear Colleagues,

Picture it... the year 1893... Washington National Cathedral is chartered, Thomas Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, Grover Cleveland is president, the Salt Lake Temple is dedicated, people flock to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the melody for “Happy Birthday” is copyrighted, New Zealand becomes the first country to grant women the right to vote, Tchaikovsky conducts the premiere of his Symphony No.6 Pathétique, Dvořák's “New World” Symphony receives its premiere in Carnegie Hall, and... First Unitarian Church in Baltimore receives its Henry Niemann organ.

Now picture this... the year 1968... Super Bowl II is played in Miami, Lyndon B. Johnson is president, the Vietnam War undergoes the Battle of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive, Madison Square Garden opens at its current location, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy are assassinated, President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, the United Methodist Church is formed, the S&P 500 closes above 100 for the first time, Richard Nixon is elected president, Yale University announces it will admit women, Rosemary’s Baby and Hawaii Five-O premiere, and... Jim Houston begins his tenure at First Unitarian Church in Baltimore. Congratulations to both Jim and First Unitarian’s Henry Niemann organ for the history that they have made in Baltimore. You have enriched our music community and brought beauty into the world. Our chapter sends best wishes on this anniversary and looks forward to celebrating with you on February 11th at 4:00pm. More details can be found in this newsletter. I hope many of you will be able to attend this great celebration.

As you look for more information regarding our events, don’t forget to check the new master calendar on the chapter website. The “events” tab on the top-right takes you to the calendar for easy viewing of upcoming concerts. You’ll notice that AGO chapter events are marked with a picture, when possible, 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. Be sure to add your events to our online calendar! 

And last but certainly not least, the nominating committee will soon be putting together a slate of candidates for board members and officers. I hope you will consider offering your time and talent to help our chapter and further the art of organ music and performance. If you are willing to serve, please contact Sean O’Connor, our chapter registrar, at

I’ll see you at First Unitarian Church on the 11th! Best wishes to all! 


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