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.

June 2018 Issue

Dear Colleagues,

It is the end of another program year and I am so grateful to the many people who have made this year a success. Each event required numerous details which were carried out by dedicated chapter members. We are fortunate to have so many people who give their time and talent for our chapter.

First off, thank you to Chris Schroeder and Kitty Allen for their work with our closing event, the French Organ Music Marathon at Grace United Methodist Church. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the marathon, which is quite an accomplishment. It was a great afternoon of music in a beautiful space. Thank you to everyone who shared their talent and thank you to our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

Our events this year were possible because of the work of our program committee. Many thanks to Jim Houston and the committee for dreaming up and organizing the events. This year we learned about Hauptwerk and improvisation, heard recitals by Martin Jean, Carol Williams and Isabelle Demers, celebrated the anniversary of an instrument and the tenure of a dedicated Director of Music, and had a member’s recital in conjunction with the French Organ Music Marathon. Thank you to everyone who hosted or participated in an event and made it all possible. What a wonderful year!

This year also saw the launch of our new website and the revival of our Facebook page. Be sure to check them out. Thank you to Louis Gephardt and Joe Martenczuk for managing our social media and digital presence.

Thank you to our board members and officers who have served for the past few years and whose term is now complete – Joy Bauer, Jim Houston, David Storey, and Wayne Wold. We are so grateful for your years of service and leadership. And if you have not yet voted, this is a reminder that ballots are due by June 15th.

Finally, thank you to all of you for the work that you do in your houses of worship and schools. You bring a touch of the Divine to your worship services through music. You create moods and emotions that can’t be expressed through common language. Because you share your talent your parish experiences something special beyond the norms of everyday culture. And to those who teach, thank you for passing along the universal language to another generation. The world will be richer and kinder because you are creating musicians who know how to express beauty.

Best wishes to all in these summer months!


The June 2018 issue of the Pipe and Pedal is now available.