|Last updated: April 20, 2013|
Message from the Dean
|You are invited to attend our 2013 PipeSpectacular on Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1993 Church Street, Freeport, IL. The church is celebrating the completion of additions to their pipe organ. The concert will feature AGO members and friends who have a Freeport connection including Vickie Lashinski, Chris Parkinson, Laura Watson, Diane Dietmeier, Larry and Sibyl Acker, Stuart Bernath, Lavonne Welling, Steve McMillen, Tim Anderson, and the Immanuel Lutheran Bell Choir. There will be a freewill offering to support the Rockford Chapter’s Kay Hotchkiss Scholarship Fund which is available to beginning organ students. A reception will be hosted by the Bell Choir after the concert. Please join us!|
| Upcoming 2012-2013 Programs
April 28–Immanuel Lutheran Church/Freeport
3:00 p.m. PipeSpectacular Concert and Reception
May 20 – Emmanuel Episcopal Church/Rockford
6:00 p.m. – Appetizers and Entertainment by Creole Stomp, Banquet with a Cajun Flair,
Chapter Meeting and Installation of Officers
|Region V Convention News
Registration on-line is now open -- www.agokalamazoo.org - please take note of the excellent pricing, including:
Students -- whether AGO members or not -- just $100.00
Spouses/Partners of AGO members at AGO member price.
Bus transportation INCLUDED
Three meals INCLUDED
Optional Choral Academy INCLUDED
Complimentary breakfasts for hotel guests.
Performances and workshops by a roster of Region V royalty, and national/international as well.
All events within convenient short walking distance of each other
Complimentary mobility transport for those who desire it
|The following membership levels are available.
(Half-price memberships available NOW. Please contact Jean Anderson, Registrar for details)
To register your membership, please contact
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild's National Website.
|TOP 10 THINGS I LEARNED/GAINED FROM PREPARING FOR AND TAKING THE TEST FOR THE AGO SERVICE PLAYING CERTIFICATE - BY LAURA WATSON
1. These things take time --don't to give up on yourself
2. Even you can transpose
3. Techniques for varying hymns
4. Skills for better hymn leading
5. Increased facility with manual and piston changes (especially via study of anthems)
6. Improved understanding of what to look for when planning registrations for anthem accompaniment
7. A patient and creative teacher is very helpful--thank you Greg Gyllsdorff!
8. Being intentional about sight reading preparation vastly excels the "dive in and hope for miracles" strategy
9. Having a church partner to give you some extra practice time in the last month before the exam is invaluable--thank you Steve McMillen!
10. AGO certification process is very useful for helping an aspiring organist envision and tackle the steps that will get her to the next leg of the musical journey.
If you are interested in studying for one of the Guild exams, please contact Gregory Gyllsdorff at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 815-621-2709.
For any additional information go to: http://www.agohq.org/education/index.html
Rockford chapter webmaster - RockfordAGO@comcast.net
|Our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Guild-of-Organists-Rockford-IL-Chapter/352639247290
Fabry Inc. Pipe Organs - http://www.fabryinc.com/
2012 AGO Convention - http://www.AGO2012.org/
2013 AGO Region V Convention - http://www.agokalamazoo.org/
Pipedreams Recordings - http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/
Organmaster Shoes - http://www.organmastershoes.com/
Rockford Area Arts Council - http://www.artsforeveryone.com/
Fox Valley Chapter - http://www.foxvalleyago.org/
Encyclopedia of Organ Stops - http://www.organstops.org/
Free sheet music - http://imslp.org/wiki/
If you are a Rockford AGO chapter member, you can have your favorite links added to this list by sending an email to RockfordAGO@comcast.net.
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