In a few short days, we begin our 2016-17 program season with a long-anticipated and exciting program by Vincent DuBois, from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. This program is part of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Skinner, and features the magnificent Opus 327 Skinner instrument at St. Luke’s. DuBois is a world-renowned artist, and this is a great opportunity for not only those on the North Shore, but throughout Chicagoland. We look forward to seeing many, many of you there!
During this past month, our board has been busy with many things. Beyond planning all the programs in our new season, a scholarship committee has been doing a bit of researching through archival materials to reactivate our scholarship fund. While we have had the option for people to donate to a scholarship fund for some years, in recent years the task of actually advertising and giving out scholarships has gone dormant. In the coming months, we will be discussing what types of scholarships to offer, and how to communicate this opportunity with the organ community at large.
And lastly, over the summer, a member expressed interest in having a regular feature on our website or in the newsletter where our members share music ideas – mostly preludes and postludes that have worked well in worship. Whether you have ideas you’d like to share, or are looking for ideas, it would be a great resource for us all. If any of you would be interested in coordinating such a project, I’d love to hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea Handley, Dean