Greetings! Members of the Central NC Chapter, AGO. It is hard to believe but September is almost gone….where did the month go!!!??
Children and youth are back in school and most choir programs have already begun the fall schedule.
I bet most of you have already begun rehearsing Christmas Music, too!!?? It’s only three months away!!
Last Friday, September 23 about 19 of us gathered at the home of Geoff Simon. Geoff was a Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
He and his wife have retired to this area. They have built a beautiful music studio that houses three grand pianos and the Allen organ originally owned by Carlo Curley.
He assisted Roger Petrich, one of our own members, in giving some personal anecdotes about the life of Leo Sowerby. Both Roger and Geoff studied with Sowerby as Fellows of the College of Church Musicians at the Washington National Cathedral. I personally had the opportunity to hear Leo Sowerby play the premiere of his own Symphonia Brevis at the National Cathedral when I was a high school student in York, PA. in 1965.
The evening ended with a wonderful time of fellowship and food (wine, too!)
I hope many more of our members can take advantage of the varied programs our chapter is planning. Don’t forget the recital at St. Michael’s Episcopal on Sunday, October 2nd presented by Matthew Brown from Salisbury.
If you have already volunteered to serve on a committee please contact me or Ruth Hoffmann. We particularly need persons to serve on the program committee, especially to help plan and design the 2017 Smorgansbord.
If you are interested in helping to develop membership coordination and assimilation please contact Janet Cherry, Chair. I’m sure Tamara Lewis could use some help with the Newsletter.
(Drum roll!!!) The Chapter Website is about to go online….the first items are ready to go! Check www.cnccago.org by the end of September. The Members Only section is not ready, but the site should be live by the end of the month. Thank you to Andy Liepins and the Technology Committee for making this happen. If you would like to serve on this committee please give Andy a shout!
Here’s wishing you all the best for a successful fall season.
Dr. William J. Weisser, Dean