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Evansville AGO
Newsletter of the American Guild of Organists 
Evansville, Indiana Chapter
August/September, 2005
From the Dean

It is a pleasure to announce the 2005-06 schedule of activities for the Evansville AGO chapter. The new Executive Committee met several times during the summer months to develop this excellent program. Please note carefully that our activities are scheduled on various days of the week according to the nature of the program. Please mark your calendars now so as not to miss any of these events.

As members, we share a special responsibility to help fulfill the mission of the Guild as outlined in the Statement of Purpose: “The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.”
Here are some perhaps random thoughts as we begin the new AGO year. We are not just a club. We are the promoters of a truly awesome musical heritage which has developed over the past 1,000 years. Do you know people who “should” be members of the guild?  Consider inviting them to our Summer Social, a concert or a workshop. As the Evansville chapter begins this our 45th year, it is not too soon to be thinking about our 50th anniversary year and how we will celebrate that.

Again, mark your calendars now and plan to be an active participant this year in the many educational and fun activities of our Chapter. I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting in September.

With all best wishes,

September 16 Meeting: Last Rose of Summer Social Barbeque and Potluck

The Evansville AGO chapter and invited guests will meet on Friday evening, September 16th, at St. Margaret’s Chapel, 685 Watson Lane, Henderson, KY. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Barbeque will be provided. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.  Beverages will be provided.  So that we know how much BBQ to purchase, please call or e-mail Kathy Herdel with your dinner registration by Wed., Sept. 14: 270-826-2625;  krh49@hotmail.com

Following dinner, our program, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation,”  will feature brief reports and photographs from guild members. So far we have reports on the AGO Regional Convention in Grand Rapids; the UE British Cathedrals study trip to England; the UE Children’s Choir trip to England; a recording project at the University of Michigan; and more.  If  you have photographs or a report you would like to share, please call or email Zach Guenzel who is organizing the photos into digital format for ease of viewing: 812-760-1261; zg6@evansville.edu

Directions to St. Margaret’s Chapel
At the northern-most traffic light on Highway 41 in Henderson, turn east onto Watson Lane (from Evansville turn left at the first stoplight south of the bridges.)  The chapel is on the left, or north side of Watson Lane, about a half mile from Highway 41.  When you pass Stonegate Drive (on the right), begin looking for a large sign in a yard on the left which reads “Holy Name Catholic Church.”  It is 685 Watson Lane.

May Meeting Report

The chapter met at St. Lucas United Church of Christ. After a wonderful dinner meeting, chaired by Acting Dean, Kristin Jones, the group conducted the installation service led by Chaplain Neal Biggers. The following officers and other executive committee members were installed:

Doug Reed, Dean
Tom Drury, Sub-Dean
Tricia Clark, Secretary
Don Wade, Historian
Jenni Taylor, Treasurer
Helen Skuggedal Reed, Education Coordinator
Beverly Lacy, Member-at-large (1/3)
Kathy Herdel, Member-at-large (2/3)
Rhoda Martin, Member-at-large (3/3)
Zach Guenzel, UE AGO liaison
Neal Biggers, Chaplain

Meeting Schedule for 2005-2006

During the summer months, the Executive Committee has met several times to plan programs and projects for the coming year. Here is the schedule of activities for the year. Please mark your calendars now and plan to support your colleagues in these activities.

September 16 (Friday)   Last Rose of Summer Social, St. Margaret’s Chapel, Henderson, KY (see story page 1 for details).

October 15 (Saturday)   Church Music Mini-Workshop, co-sponsored with University of Evansville AGO, University of Evansville.

November  19 (Saturday)   Organ study tour (“crawl”) to Sisters of St. Benedict Convent, Ferdinand; Salem United Church of Christ, Huntingburg; St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper; lunch or dinner at Schnitzelbank, Jasper.

January 22 (Sunday)   Hymn Sing, St. Lucas United Church of Christ.

February 20 (Monday, Presidents’ Day) Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza for junior and senior high school students. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

March 18 (Saturday)   Mamie Dufford Organ Scholarship Audition, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

April 23 (Sunday)   Vincent Dubois, Guest Organist, University of Evansville Organ Series, First Presbyterian Church. Reception sponsored by Evansville AGO

May 8 (Monday)    Installation Festival Service, St. John East United Church of Christ.

Positions Available

Music Director (Part-Time).
Eastminster Presbyterian Church,
5501 Washington Ave.
Evansville, IN 47715
is looking for a part-time Music Director.  Primary responsibilities of this approximately 20-hours per week position include selection of music for Sunday anthems, leading weekly choir rehearsal and conducting choir on Sunday morning.  Bachelor’s degree and experience are desired, and strong interpersonal skills are required.
Respond to: epc@epcevv.com or mail resume to Eastminster Presbyterian Church at the above address.

Music Director (Part-Time) for strong urban church.  Direct adult choir for 1 service (traditional) & coordinate other music personnel.  Salary $6,000 to $8,500 depending on experience and duties. Resumes to:
   Central UMC
   300 Mary St.
   Evansville, IN 47710
   Fax: (812) 424-3575
Call for position details: (812)-424-357
Check out our web site for positions available and other local AGO Chapter News.