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.

September 2018 Isssue

For this, my first missive as co-dean, I want to thank all members for entrusting Daniel and me with this important leadership position. We are eager to be responsive to the needs of our wonderful members. And wonderful members are what comes to mind as we begin another season of serving our congregations with excellent musical leadership. The Baltimore Chapter, AGO is made up of really great people who are also fine musicians. Our chapter is blessed with a unique collegiality not necessarily found in all chapters. 

We are profoundly fortunate not only to have a great membership, but also to have opportunities to gather with each other at chapter events which are stimulating, both professionally and socially. While not every event may provide what you might need at any given moment, they always provide us the chance to reconnect with our valued colleagues. Staying connected keeps us going, renews our spirits, and frequently keeps us sane! It is comforting to know that our professional concerns and issues are shared by many; we are not alone. And while we may not always learn of immediate solutions to our challenges, fresh ideas do emerge from new and veteran members alike.

My hope is that your active participation in our chapter will afford you the opportunities for healthy, supportive and fun fellowship. Start by committing to attend the fabulous events which have been planned by our outstanding program committee, events which aim to address our professional, educational and social needs. If you have not already done so, please put the dates on your calendar today, making a commitment to strengthen our member relationships. 

The kick-off program is on Sunday, September 9th, 3:00-5:00 at the home of Michael Gaffney. This is going to be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones in a relaxed atmosphere which is certain to please. Michael also has one of the most magnificent house organs I know...a real pipe organ….a really large pipe organ installed in an addition to his house which holds ranks upon ranks of pipes. Bring your music, your organ shoes and your appetites for lots of goodies and drinks; this is going to be a great way to start our program year.

We hope you will join us, and if you know someone who is not a member, please invite them to come along and see what we’re all about. I look forward, with eager anticipation, to seeing you there.


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

Louis Gephardt