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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.

April 2018 Issue

Dear Colleagues,

For those of us in church work, we’ve passed the big hurdle. Holy Week and Easter are behind us and the schedule gets a little more relaxed without the stress of so many big services looming in the future. Many thanks to everyone who planned, played, sang, and directed during this holy time. You have shown the ability of music to speak far beyond the spoken word and why it is such an essential element of worship. I also want to give a special thank you to the many part-time organists who have given incredible hours of extra time during this season, which is often on top of another full-time job. Your contributions to the worship life of your community are invaluable and appreciated, even if it isn’t always communicated. Imagine how many churches wouldn’t experience the grandeur of Easter morning if it wasn’t for the many organists who step up to provide triumphant joy through music, in addition to their main career. Thank you to all of you!

Our slightly relaxed schedules hopefully allow time to attend the two exciting events coming up this month. Carol Williams performs at Brown Memorial Church on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 PM and Isabelle Demers performs at Zion Lutheran Church on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM. In a profession that has for too long been limited to or dominated by men, it’s great to have a month with recitals by fantastic female organists. Both events are a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to join you so they can hear these dynamic performers. Our final event for the program year will be the 20th Anniversary of the French Organ Music Marathon at Grace United Methodist Church on May 20. Make sure this is in your calendar and come prepared to hear some great music.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!


The April 2018 edition of the Pipe and Pedal is now available.