Don E. Saliers Appointed Chaplain of the American Guild of Organists

AGO President Eileen Guenther Appoints Celebrated Theologian, Scholar, and Musician to Honorary National Office.

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) announces the appointment of the Rev. Don E. Saliers, PhD as AGO Chaplain for a term of two years, 2012–2014. The chaplain is an honorary national officer appointed to serve the diverse pastoral needs of the AGO National Council and the international membership of the Guild. Dr. Saliers will also contribute an editorial column to THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine. The appointment was made by AGO President Eileen Guenther and ratified by the AGO National Council at the AGO National Convention in Nashville in July.

In speaking of his appointment, Dr. Guenther declared, “Don Saliers is a musician, a scholar, and a theologian. Don understands ‘both sides of the aisle’ and will be a bridge in addressing their common interests and concerns. I am confident that his insights will be invaluable to the readers of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST.”

DON E. SALIERS is the Wm. R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship (Emeritus) at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He also served as Director of Emory’s Masters of Sacred Music Program. Educated at Ohio Wesleyan, Yale Divinity School and Cambridge Universities, he received his doctoral degree from Yale University.

Don Saliers taught at the Yale Divinity School before joining the faculty at Emory in 1974 and has served local churches in rural Ohio and the inner city of New Haven. For the past 33 years he has been organist/choirmaster at Emory University’s Cannon Chapel, and has contributed to the United Methodist Hymnal, The Book of Worship, and to the recent Upper Room Worshipbook.

Dr. Saliers lectures, preaches, and leads retreats widely across North America, and has taught regularly at Notre Dame, St. John’s, Vancouver School of Theology, and Boston College. He has served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is the author and co-author of 15 books and over a hundred essays and book chapters. Among his recent publications are Filled with Light; Music and Theology; Worship As Theology: Foretaste of Glory Divine; Worship and Spirituality; Worship Come To Its Senses; and Music and Theology. In 2005 he wrote A Song to Sing, A Life to Live, with his daughter Emily who is one-half of the Grammy-Award winning Indigo Girls. Don serves on the editorial boards of the Weavings, Spiritus, and Worship journals, and took part in the founding of the Academy for Spiritual Formation.