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Welcome to New Member Anne Lyman

We welcome Anne Lyman as our newest member. She is known to many of us, but I have included a short biography for those who may not have met her. We look forward to her participation in chapter events, and appreciate the expertise that she will bring in choral music.

Dr. Anne E. Lyman serves as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of Music Tacoma Community College. She is Artistic Director of the Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir in Seattle and is Director of Music Ministries at Skyline Presbyterian Church in Tacoma. Dr. Lyman currently also serves as President of the Washington State Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Lyman has previously conducted choirs at the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Iowa, and Cornell College, as well as festival and honor choirs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Lyman holds degrees from The College of Wooster, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Iowa under Timothy Stalter and Christine Getz.

Dr. Lyman’s musical pursuits include early music research and vocal performance. She is the Artistic Director of the Tacoma Early Music Ensemble, which performs polyphony from the 14th through 16th centuries, and also runs the Tacoma Early Music Workshop. In 2007, she completed a nine-month residency in Leuven, Belgium under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship, receiving additional recognition for her work by the Society of Seventeenth Century Music, the Belgian American Education Foundation and the Stanley Foundation.

Dr. Lyman loves hiking, cooking, and gardening. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband Zach, son, Milo and daughter, Eleanor.

AGO Election Results

There were no objections to the proposed slate of officers, so the slate is elected by acclamation.

Please welcome Sheila Bristow as dean, and Cheryl Drewes as subdean, both in new positions. Sandra Tietjen will continue as treasurer, and I (Thomas Clark) will continue as secretary and webmaster.

Michael Menne joins the board as an at-large member along with continuing members David Dahl and Satya Jaech.

Welcome to New Member Noel Channon

Noel Channon is moving from Lynnwood to Bremerton and has recently joined the Tacoma Chapter. Noel holds BA and MA degrees in organ from New Mexico Highlands University. He is currently the organist at Messiah Lutheran in Seattle where he also teaches organ lessons.

He notes that his house in Bremerton will have two grand pianos, a harpsichord, and a virginal. That sounds like an offer to host a party in the post-COVID world!

Please extend a welcome to Noel when the opportunity arises. We are happy that he has joined and look forward to his participation.

September 2020 Opening Meeting

Our September meeting will feature our own Dr. Wyatt Smith discussing Bach’s Clavier-Übung III followed by a group question-answer session.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this meeting will be by Zoom on September 21 at 7:00 PM. Closer to the meeting time we will send an announcement that contains a Zoom link. The Zoom link will be added to the online calendar at the same time.

2020 Officer Election

As required by our bylaws, the August newsletter published a slate of proposed officers and board members as follows:

  • Dean: Sheila Bristow
  • Sub-Dean: Cheryl Drewes
  • Secretary and Webmaster: Thomas Clark
  • Treasurer: Sandra Tietjen
  • Member at large: Michael Menne

Because it is unlikely that we will have any in-person meetings in the next several months, your board has opted to manage the election on our website (hopefully without any Russian interference!).

In order to vote, you MUST log in to our website using the login form at the bottom of the menu column on the left. If you have not previously established a password, please follow the instructions.

Once you have a password, use the email address that you used to join at the AGO national site, and you password, to login. After logging in, you will see a ballot on the right column of the main page under the calendar. In the interest of simplicity, we are presenting the entire slate for a yes or no vote. In the unlikely event that a majority of members disagrees with the slate, we will repeat the election with a checkbox for each candidate.

The election will be open for two weeks. Please vote! We need a quorum to make it official.