July 2017
End of a Season, Start of Another

NSAGO Dean Andrea Handley
NSAGO Dean Andrea Handley

Andrea Handley

We’ve completed our last program of our 2016-17 season, had our final board meeting saying goodbye to retiring board members and welcoming new ones.  And we have a fantastic season to look forward to next year – our 60th anniversary as a chapter!

We have a great line-up of programs, beginning with an Installation Service for officers and board members, and a reception on Sunday, September 24 at First United Methodist Church in Evanston. (For those of you who picked up our program brochure at the June 5 event, note the time change for this event – it will be at 7pm, not 4pm, as listed in the brochure.) Each of our programs this next season will emphasize our history together as a chapter. In September we will celebrate music written by chapter members, featuring Austin Lovelace, Thomas Matthews, Morgan Simmons and Richard Webster. As an added treat, Carl Grapentine of WFMT will be our narrator!

On November 10, we will be treated to a recital at Millar Chapel by Janette Fishell, who was a student of Richard Enright’s. The recital will be a memorial recital in his name, followed by a master class the next morning, November 11.

On January 5 we will celebrate Epiphany at our fourth annual Epiphany party – a warm time of fellowship and fun for all. We will toast our 60 years together!

On March 4, we will gather at Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth for a wine-and-cheese reception and fireplace panel discussion about the changes in the past 60 years in organ design, teaching, and practice.

On April 29, we will culminate our 60th season celebration with a Deans’ Recital at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, the site of the very first program of the North Shore Chapter in October of 1958, which was a recital by E. Power Biggs.  It is also the 60th anniversary of the Aeolian-Skinner organ at First Pres Evanston, as well as the 150th anniversary of the church. We will follow up the recital with a gala banquet, including a slide show of pictures and memories of our chapter through the years.

Then on June 2, we will gather again for a chapter picnic at board member Judy Kohl’s house in Lake Forest. It will be the end of a wonderful season of celebration and memories!

Please scroll down for our full brochure for more details, and be sure to download all the programs to your phones from our calendar. Have a wonderful summer, and see you all in the fall.

Andrea Handley, Dean

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