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 2015-2016 season.


Monday, October 20, 2014

January Jubilee 2015

Has your chapter considered hosting a January Jubilee?? This is an education outreach of the AGO -- join the excitement. Here are the details: 

The Committee on Sharing Skills and Resources announces seven Jubilees to be held in 2016, with a $1,000 subsidy from National to each Jubilee. It is the goal of the committee to have one Jubilee from each of the seven regions. January Jubilees are for the purpose of nurturing musicians working for religious institutions, introducing those musicians unacquainted with the AGO to its work and mission and encouraging them to become members of the Guild. We hope you will consider this unique opportunity to reshape your chapter into a more accessible and welcoming image, to fill the gap between local chapter activities and conference level efforts, and to meet and interact with peers who share an interest in the King of Instruments.  February 1, 2015 is the deadline for submitting an application to host a 2016 Jubilee. The program is outlined in the JJ handbook available online at the American Guild of Organist website. You are welcome to contact Sheila (info below) if you have any questions.

Sheila Hess, Director
Committee on Sharing Skills and Resources

Oh, yes, Sheila is from our very own Southeast Region. Thanks for your great work, Sheila!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

National Council Meetings, Version October 2014

Your roving regional councillor has spent the last four days in the greater Louisville area in AGO meetings.

As I sit at the airport awaiting my flight back home, I glanced at my boarding gate information. Hey, destination CHARLOTTE!!  I hope YOU have destination Charlotte for our 2015 Regional Convention in July.

Here is your day-by-day 'low-down':

Wednesday was a meeting of the Regional Councillors. Here is the time that I get to bring your concerns to the ears of our national officers.

Thursday brought a meeting of the Committee for Conventions with the convention coordinators for the 2017 regional conventions (yes, we are thinking that far ahead for you). Thanks to Peter DeWitt and the Jacksonville chapter for stepping up for our region!

Friday and Saturday were meetings with the national council. As usual, I bring you my Top Ten list from the most recent edition of national council meetings:

10: Have you joined the AGO's Facebook page? Great information is shared. Check it out by Searching "American Guild of Organists".
9: What have you done to personally bring a new person into the guild? How about sponsoring a high school student with a membership?
8: One of our own, Sheila Hess from Jackson, Mississippi, is on the Committee for Sharing Skills & Resources. Has your chapter considered sharing their chapter expertise with a January Jubilee? Ask Sheila if you have questions.
7: Our new President John Walker was at the helm during Council meetings. I remember when I first met him back in the early 90's. I served as his host when he performed a recital in the chapel at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas (my first teaching job). My, how time flies by.
6: I touched down in a sunny Louisville, after leaving a very soggy Sunshine State. I guess they don't call my home city "The Swamp" for nothing . . .
5: Register for Charlotte 2015!
4: On Friday evening, four members of the Indiana University organ department played a recital for us. Imagine my delight to see our own Carolyn Craig (2013 Region IV RCYO/Quimby Winner) on the bench performing. Go Knoxville girl, we are proud of you!
3: Please ensure that your members are renewing (either via ONCARD or mail). We don't want to lose any members during this cycle!
2: Have you contributed to the annual fund? How about becoming a member of the Clarence Dickinson society? Let's ensure that the guild has a bright future.
1. The guild has a number of great initiatives, has your chapter considered hosting a POE?

Great minds, good energy, and love of the guild are evidenced in these meetings. Day by day, let's remember the AGO mission: "to enrich lives through organ and choral music". What have you done lately??