Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Enriching lives through organ and choral music

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.

May 2018 Issue

Dear Colleagues,

April was a great month for music. We were treated to two recitals by organists with incredible talent – Carol Williams and Isabelle Demers. Thank you to Michael Britt at Brown Memorial Church and John Heizer at Zion Lutheran Church for hosting us and helping to make these concerts possible. Some AGO chapters are never able to bring in famous performers and we just had two in one month. We have to count our blessings when we can and remember how fortunate we are to be able to have such great programming. Thank you to the program committee for organizing the events throughout the year and to each of you for your support of our chapter which makes it all possible.

The 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. We will turn to our own membership for the talent in this program and it’s a great way to see the wealth of talent that we have. Snacks will be provided by our chapter so you can camp out for the whole afternoon. Make sure this is in your calendar and come prepared to hear some great music.

Our chapter’s talent isn’t only in music but also in organization and leadership. Thank you to the candidates who have stepped up to assume leadership for the next term. We have a wonderful slate of officers and board members bringing great gifts. None of our concerts, workshops, social events, or outreach events would be possible without members who are willing to share their time and talent with our chapter.

Your willingness to help, however, doesn’t require that you be elected to a position. Anyone can assist with refreshments after a concert, put together publicity items, offer a workshop, submit an article for the newsletter, etc. Many hands not only make light work but they also strengthen our chapter. Consider offering a little time this next program year. We’ll all benefit if you do.

Now that spring is finally here I hope you will get a chance to rest from the organ bench and work desk and breathe some fresh air in the outdoors! Be sure to make time in the coming months for rest and rejuvenation. It is a necessity for mind, body, and spirit. You have given much to your music community in the past year and, as the schedule slows down a little, it’s time to take care of yourself.

Best wishes to all! See you at the French Organ Music Marathon! 


The May 208 issue of the Pipe and Pedal is now available.