Dean’s Message March 2023

Kudos! and a huge thank you to Wyatt Smith, who really pulled out all the stops, as they say, for our February chapter event. It was by his inspiration that young organists were given the opportunity to encounter the Fritts organ at PLU up close with his demonstration of the instrument, and by inviting the students to try out the organ for themselves. Ranging in age from 12-27, eight young organists had the chance to experience this monumental instrument together and got to know one another over pizza at Farrelli’s. After lunch, the students returned to Lagerquist Hall for Dexter Kennedy’s superb recital. Watching these young musicians over the course of the afternoon, I truly believe that connections were made, and friendships kindled. Be sure to see Wyatt’s article and pictures on this website and imagine the myriad of ways we can continue to encourage relationships among young organists and cultivate connections among our members of all ages. Our chapter board is excited about exploring the possibilities, and as always, we welcome your ideas!

Looking ahead, we hope you can join us for “Bach Rediscovered,” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma, on Monday, March 20, at 7:00pm, This members’ recital recreates Mendelssohn’s all-Bach recital performed at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1840. As Robert Schumann commented on the original event, “We are never finished with Bach.”

Note that we are not scheduling a chapter event for April, anticipating everyone’s busy routines leading up to Holy Week and Easter. Look forward to May and June events still under development; there is still more to come!



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