Wednesday, September 22


Greetings to all of you on this Labor Day Weekend. Our next program is Sunday, November 14, 2010, 3:00 p.m. when we will have an anthem Reading Session at the Huron Presbyterian Church. Bring one to three of your favorite choir anthems to share with everyone. Please bring 10-15 copies of each anthem so everyone can use a copy during the reading session.

I, for one, will not be sad to see this extremely torrid and exhausting summer draw to a close.

It is, however, time to plan Fall / Winter / Spring once more, as I note that our first choir rehearsal at St. Johns’ Lutheran Church occurred on September 9th.

There are some interesting points made in the September issue of TAO. I call your attention, in particular, first to the Correspondence page and the Second, I call attention to “The Last Page,” on page 96.

In over 50 years on the organ bench, my experience, even at their most discouraging, never mirrored those of Dale T. Stanton: conversely the exalted idealism expressed on “the Last Page: has never been fulfilled in my own experience.

The actual reality of the Church Music Condition rests now, as I believe it always has done, somewhere between these two polarities.

Also of great interest is the article on page 40 regarding the new Leupold Bach edition, which begs the question, “How many Bach editions are actually needed?”

The article on page 52, the new feature “Part Time Church Musician” certainly took me back in time at least 52 years.

I wish all of you a successful and rewarding new season.

Your Dean,
Henry B. Kihlken

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