Welcome to the Southeast Region Blog!

Welcome to the Southeast Region Blog!

Greetings to all members in the Southeast Region of the American Guild of Organists. I hope that this blog can be an easy way for us to keep in touch. Please contact me for news and events from your chapter that should be included. I'm happy to spread the word! Scroll to the bottom of the page for the regional events calendar.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2014-2015 season.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A report from the National Convention in Boston!

Greetings from Boston! My favorite events so far: the regional meeting held on Wednesday morning (with lots of door prizes!); the Rising Star concert on Wednesday afternoon performed by our own Carolyn Craig; and seeing good friends and renewing acquaintances.

Here's a photo from the first concert at Boston Symphony Hall (James David Christie performing with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A visit to Blue Ridge!

On Thursday, May 22, your trusty Regional Councillor made a visit to the Blue Ridge chapter in North Carolina. A fine dinner (prepared by host Jamie Bryson -- thanks!) and fine conversation was held at Ewotah United Methodist Church. Your RC shared information about the guild, ONCARD, the national restructuring, etc. Thanks to all who attended (see picture below). It was a joy to meet you all!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Installation of officers in St. Petersburg

Last evening, I took a wonderful drive south to St. Petersburg to install the newly elected officers. A wonderful evening prayer service and dinner held at Holy Faith Catholic Church. Congratulations!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

News from the Spring National Council Meeting

Members of AGO National Council met in St. Louis this past week. Here's my top ten list:

10. Buds and blossoms in St. Louis – spring is certainly in the air!
9.  The view from the 11-floor reception site following the Charles Callahan recital. Yes, I could see the Arch!
8. The TAO should be going online soon. Look for it.
7. Have you considered joining the Clarence Dickinson society? What is it? A group of people who have decided to leave an estate gift of any size to the guild.
6. There is still time to register for Boston; be sure to book your hotel if you haven’t done so.
5. The Charles Callahan AGO Endowment Recital. He even played his “Aria”! (Bet you all know it).
4. Welcoming a new chapter to our region: Fayetteville-Sand Hills Area (NC)!
3. A chance to share membership concerns from Region IV/Southeast with the Council.
2. Online renewal of dues. Invoice should be coming to an inbox near you J
1. Getting excited about the Region IV/Southeast meeting at Boston. Will there be raffle prizes? Yes, there will. See you there!

Charles Callahan, the AGO Distinguished Artist, performed a recital at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. What a wondrous space!

Monday, March 3, 2014


Did you know that there is a new POE page on Facebook? Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/PipeOrganEncountersoftheAGO

Our Southeast region is looking for chapters to host POEs during the summer of 2015. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a part of the most fun and exciting outreach program the AGO has to offer!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Greater Greensboro Hymn Festival and Masterclass

Rob Ridgell, director of Music-Organist at Christ Church, Charlotte, led a masterclass and hymn festival for the Greater Greensboro chapter. The improvisation masterclass was well attended with three performers gracing the bench. The hymn festival, entitled "The Gift of Creation", included a choir of around 25 singers from area churches. Pictured below are Ridgell and some of the hymn festival participants:

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Tennessee Centennial

The AGO has been in Tennessee for 100 years (1914-2014)! On Sunday evening, I had the pleasure to attend “Night of 100 Stars: Organ Concerto Concert” at Bartlett United Methodist Church. 

The orchestra? The GPAC Youth Symphony (GPAC=Germantown Performing Arts Center!). The program? In addition to the opening of “Also sprach Zarathustra” and the Overture to Candide, we were treated to Widor’s Symphonie pour Orgue et Orchestre, Op. 42 (different performers for each mvt: Jane Gamble, Eva McPeters, and Karen Strawhecker) and the world premiere of Dennis Janzer’s Concerto No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 24. Oh, what a night!

From left, performers of the Widor Symphony: 
Jane Gamble, Eva McPeters, and Karen Strawhecker

Dennis Janzer following the premiere of his organ concerto. 
Movement titles: Intrada, Basso Ostinato, Flourishes and Fanfares

Earlier posts on this blog have outlined the yearly events – check it out, perhaps you can attend one of the remaining concerts!