So where did the year go? It seems to have flown by, further propelled by the Christmas whirlwind, and now it is January 1st. Cheers to all of us as we begin 2023, having made the best of 2022! I hope all of you who found December a crazy time of church services, holiday concerts, and more, are enjoying a well-deserved time of rest and renewal.
On the cusp of this new year, I am so grateful to our board, who have been working diligently to bring wonderful programs that provide points of connection for colleagues and friends, outreach to the general public, and opportunities for learning and enrichment. I encourage you to scroll through the articles on the Tacoma AGO website. In the narrative and pictures, one is reminded of so many years of great concerts, lectures, picnics, organ tours, master classes, and even caroling accompanied by the Marceau positive organ in the Tacoma Mall! The warmth of community and friendship, cultivated over decades, is so palpable in the images, and new members tell me they notice the vibe right away at our gatherings. Encouraged by this culture of support, I look forward to the work of the new year, alongside a very dedicated board, and wish all of us in the Tacoma AGO a Happy New Year!
Looking ahead, we hope you will join us for “New Year, New Music,” at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gig Harbor, Monday, January 16th, at 7:00pm, on the newly expanded 1982 Rieger organ, installed by Martin Pasi. Many of us first heard this instrument in November 2021, before the new stops were added. Now we get to experience the completed disposition at this informal and fun event. We invite you to share favorite organ pieces (or excepts), suitable for preludes and postludes. On our website’s event page, click the link to sign up to play. A reception will follow, graciously hosted by St. John’s.
Finally, please keep your eye on the event calendar and your email for announcements about upcoming programs that are currently under development. As always, if you have suggestions along the way, please let us know – new ideas are always welcome!