June 2015
An End and a Beginning; Goodbyes and Hellos

NSAGO Dean Andrea Handley
NSAGO Dean Andrea Handley

Andrea Handley

Monday evening, the North Shore AGO chapter held its annual banquet, signaling the end of this program season. We’ve had a great year of educational and enjoyable programs, and fun and fellowship together. We participated in a “Name that Tune” game together; we were part of a hugely popular Bach organ works series; we enjoyed a warm and entertaining Epiphany party; we began a dialogue about the relationships between clergy and church musicians; we experienced an excellent concert by a nationally-renowned colleague; and we delighted in a delicious banquet and in hearing each other play patriotic and American works.

But Monday evening also signaled the kick-off of the 2015-16 season of programs. After a short break this summer, we will reconnect in September for another year of excellent programming. There will be time for discovering new music, hearing young aspiring organists, a SECOND annual Epiphany party, continued dialogue on clergy/church musician relationships including seminary students this next year, a fantastic 2-day conclave featuring the EM Skinner organs on the north shore, and a Pentecost celebration and members’ recital to close the season. Please take some time to look at the new program dates, locations, and detail in the “Upcoming NSAGO Programs” section of this newsletter.

Monday evening also found us saying thanks for the service of retiring board members: Jay Peterson (board member for 3 years, treasurer for past 4 years), Mary Gifford (board member for past 3 years), and Lois-Eve Anderson (board member for past 3 years). And we welcomed several “recycled” board members and officers to new positions: Christine Kraemer from sub-dean to secretary, Sharon Peterson from board member to sub-dean, Laurie Stivers from board member to treasurer, and Jill Hunt from secretary to board member. And lastly, we welcomed new board members: Philip McPeek, Kathy Roderer, Bev Sheridan, Robert Ward and Robert Woodworth.

Enjoy your summer, and please plan on joining us in the fall for our first program. We look forward to seeing many new faces at our programs next season!

Andrea Handley, Dean

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