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.

September 2019

Our fall season kick-off

Dear Colleagues,

As the month of August grinds to a halt, I feel like everyone is poised at the gate waiting for the starting signal! This time of year is filled with expectation and renewed energy – an exciting time for sure.  Our wonderful program committee, chaired by Sean O’Connor, is ready with our chapter kick-off, Sunday, September 22, at the Old Otterbein United Methodist Church, 112 W. Conway Street, for a service of Evening Prayer and installation of officers. The service will begin at 3:00 p.m.

If you have not been inside this lovely church, you are in for a treat. Built in 1785, and serving as the Mother Church of the United Brethren, the interior has been remodeled several times but remains the oldest in continuous use and the only extant 18th century church in Baltimore.  Located directly across from Camden Yards, it occupies a particularly eye-catching, attractive location in downtown Baltimore.  As well as its intrinsic physical and historic beauty, it houses a beautiful 1897 Niemann organ. This 13-stop organ of just 15 ranks impressively fills the space with a rich, warm sound providing excellent accompaniment to hymn singing. It has been featured in OHS conventions and was included in our chapter organ tour last spring.  The organ was fully restored in the early 1990s by David Storey in time for its 100th anniversary. The Lux Choir from Washington, DC will be leading the service. Please join chapter members as we lift our voices in songs of thankfulness to usher in the exciting program year.

Three weeks later on October 13, our chapter proudly presents organist Clara Gerdes in recital at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Finally, I wish you well in your all-important ministries as you launch the new season with your choirs and congregations. Please send us any news which might be of interest to our membership.

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Louis Gephardt