November Dean’s Update

Dear AGO Friends,

When I receive “The American Organist” (TAO) each month the first article I read is the column by our national chaplain, Don Sailers.

In the summer of 2018 I attended the Conference for Music, Theology, and the Arts at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  Don was part of the conference faculty and I attended his class on psalms.  In addition, both he and John Ferguson gave a break-out session on the journey with their spouses who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Don and John served as their wives’ caregivers and are now widowers.  I was overwhelmed with the compassion and kindness of these men and their ability to communicate their experience of joy and humor through the pain.  I commend to your reading a 2020 publication from GIA “Theme and Variations” written by Don Sailors.  “Theme and Variations” is a collection of columns first appearing in “The American Organist.”  The book is on my Christmas list.

A “screen-full” of members gathered on Saturday, October 10, to hear Chris Shaw’s presentation on where to find new music.  Thanks to Chris for an organized and helpful hour.  On November 14 Lynne Davis’s WSU organ students will bring us our next virtual opportunity.  Details follow in this newsletter.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.  Amid all of our unknowns and stresses, we can still choose to live with gratitude.


Annette Lindal

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