Dean’s Message July 2021

Dear chapter members,

For many organizations July is actually the beginning of a new year (at least for the budget). AGO has proclaimed this is the Year of the Young Organist, and I want to make sure you are aware of some opportunities—for yourself or for young organists in your circle.

On the national level, dues are free this year for new or renewing members under 30, and there are also a variety of programs throughout the year designed for young organists. More information is available at

Also, the AGO Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters is offering the first ever Virtual POE for teenagers. It’s from Sunday, July 18–Friday, July 23, and the registration deadline is July 5 (with a cost of $95). More information is available at

At the local level, Tacoma Chapter is sponsoring scholarships for students studying with TAGO members. Preference is given to young organists, but there is no age limit. Application materials include an essay, recording, and teacher recommendation. Those are due on August 1st. More information is available at

And, we are working on program planning which will reach out to younger members—of the guild or of the public. If you have ideas you’d like to be considered, please send me a note.

As we enter the summer season, I hope you are staying cool and safe during this unseasonable weather. As someone who grew up in this area, I never thought I’d complain about too much sunshine in June! With temperatures well over 100 last weekend, a friend suggested I drink Gatorade at my church jobs. I had thoughts of other beverages running through my head…but at work it’s ice water all the way. Cheers!

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