Greetings to you as another busy season of church music concludes and a slower-paced summer season begins. Here are several things to bring to your attention:
1) Nancy Russell, Ago Ohio District convener, hosted a meeting of Deans at the Bunn-Minnick Pipe Organ Co. in Columbus on May 2, 2009, and sent me a written report. I was not able to attend, but I phoned a Sandusky Chapter report to Nancy. Seven Ohio Deans attended along with two Regional officers. Nancy urged us to support the Annual Fund as a chapter or as individuals. A donation of $3 per member would pay costs of liability insurance. She also encourages us to network with other chapters and build on our strengths.
2) Remember the Organ Historical Society’s national convention coming to Sandusky’s First Congregational UCC on Tuesday, July 7. A public recital will be given at 1:00 p.m. by Christopher Marks. We have promised Charles Scroggy any help he needs in hosting this part of the Convention’s stop in Sandusky.
3) The Sandusky Concert Association has booked an organ-trumpet concert as the opening number on its 2009-2010 series. Anthony and Beard (note their photos in the Phillip Truckenbrod ad in “TAO”) will give the concert Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $5 for students. As organists we need to support this concert in every possible way: attend the concert yourself, bring friends, publicize the event, and offer help as needed and requested. This is a fantastic opportunity for organists to invite potential students to attend and consider lessons on the king of instruments.
4) And finally annual AGO dues should be sent to our treasurer Charles Scroggy. See the posting above for prices and when those need to be in. Your dues support the national and local organizations and include your subscription to TAO.
Have a great summer, and I’ll look for you at First Congregational UCC on Tuesday, July 7!
(signed) Laura Stellhorn, Dean