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Dean's Note from Matt Dierking

Thanks for a Great Year Everyone!

It’s hard to imagine that we just closed out our 2015-2016 program year with the Organ Academy Student Recital (see write up below). It went fast, but it has been a full and varied year. We kicked off the year with Grant Wareham’s Scholarship Recital. Grant was a Dayton Organ Academy student and returned from his studies at Rice University to play for the Dayton music community. Jerry Taylor and Karen Wareham’s program on marketing showed us how to get the word out for our events. We heard Trent Sims give a program on the four manual Allen at Harmony Creek where he demonstrated various musical styles representing the music from Germany, France and England. Grier Hill, Trudy Faber and Dr. David Crean organized an outstanding Organ Crawl in Springfield giving members a chance to play some of the best organs in Springfield. New member Dr. Devon Howard recapped his dissertation work on Baroque Improvisation for us. He made it seem so easy even I tried my hand at it. Priscilla Acuff hosted an event for pianists to “Meet the Church Organ” with the goal of encouraging them to play the organ during services. We had seven pianists attend and at least one has been playing the organ each Sunday since. We had fun and popcorn when Jonathon Moyer and St Johns Lutheran hosted “Silent Movie Night”. Terri Fryman, Daniel Yoder and yours truly played with videos and slide shows that ranged from Lilies to Magical Dragons to Monte Python. One of the last programs, presented by John Webb, gave us insights into how we work together as people like the Trumpets, Principals, Mixtures and Strings of the organ.

It was a great year and thanks to everyone who had a hand in the programs. That will be a hard program year to follow, but that’s what Jerry Taylor and the board must start on next - laying out next year’s program. If you have some good ideas for an event contact Jerry and let him know what you’d like to see.






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Houston Anyone? The AGO National Convention is in Houston this year. It promises to be an outstanding convention based on the recitalists, venues and workshops on the agenda. Jim Owen, Jerry Taylor and I are planning on attending. If you are planning to go, let us know and we will plan to have some Daytonian get-togethers while we are there.

The end of the program year is also the end of my first year as Dean. Thanks to all the officers and board members who gave of their time and efforts this year to get things done. These people do a lot of work behind the scenes to make the chapter what it is. In addition to the programs, the board updated the chapter operating guide, developed a chapter brochure and the chapter gave $4000 in college scholarships to students Grant Wareham and Jared Post. We also supported four academy teachers and students. Our Placement Chair, Terry Donat, assisted many churches to fill vacant organist positions. We happily greeted several new members, and sadly said our final goodbyes to some long term members and friends.

It’s been a great year for the Dayton Chapter and I hope for you as well. I trust you will join us again for the 2016-2017 program. Have a great summer!

Matt Dierking

Dean, Dayton AGO




We are not a stuffy group of high-brow organists, who all have organ performance degrees. No, no, far from it. We are teachers, students, part-time composers and arrangers, office workers, singers, music directors and pastors, professors, engineers, full-time and part-time organists, keyboard and electronic organ aficionados who enjoy supporting one another (and even borrowing from one another) as we play excellent church music that makes a joyful noise to the Lord! (And we eat together from time to time.) Come and join us this coming year.

The Mission of the AGO is:

To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase organ and choral music contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of organ and choral music.

To improve the proficiency of organist and choral conductors. To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment.

To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities that contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the guild.

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Happy New Year Everyone!


I hope everyone had a great Christmas music season. From the Messiah at Wittenberg to the Carillon Brass at the Loft to Noonday Carols at Westminster, Lynn and I enjoyed some really great Christmas music.


Now it’s time to start thinking about the year to come. So what’s your resolution?  Perhaps there’s that one piece you’ve always wanted to learn, an area organ you always wanted to play or maybe you just want to stay on top of the year’s music schedule.  No matter what your resolutions are, hopefully there’s room for one more: To Get Engaged with the Chapter.  We’ve had some great programs so far, and there’s much more to come. I hope you’ll plan to attend the programs, or even better, volunteer to help with your favorite one, or suggest a new one for next year. Working the programs with other members can be very enjoyable, and it is definitely a great help to the chapter.


Priscilla Acuff and Jerry Taylor are working on the next program now. “Meet the Church Organ for Pianist and Organ Enthusiasts” is meant to introduce pianists, or just folks interested in the organ, to the pipe organ.  It will be held Saturday, February 8th, at 10:00 AM at South Park United Methodist Church. If you know a pianist who would like to learn to play the organ or a parishioner who is just curious, encourage them to come. If you’d like to help just call or email Jerry Taylor, and he’ll get you involved.


Hope to See You Soon!

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