Magazine article The American Organist

From the President

Magazine article The American Organist

From the President

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It is that time of year again. Schedules are starting to become less hectic and most of us are looking forward to activity changes in the coming weeks and months. For some, it will be a chance to enjoy a vacation (simple or exotic), or a new learning opportunity, or having the needed time to get personal and professional lives in order. The new season for some of us will begin as early as mid-August.

Each summer there are an increasing number of workshops on a plethora of subjects all over the nation as well as in foreign countries. (The April issue of TAO provided an enticing list.) To continue to learn should be one of our chief joys, as well as a necessity.

And, of course, our own AGO Regional Conventions begin next month. I do hope you have registered for one or more. These events are exciting and inspirational and have all the benefits of our National Conventions, plus the fact that the average attendance allows much more interaction than is possible at a National. Several people have remarked that they have never seen a more interesting and exciting group of convention plans. The locations, the artists, and the activities-how can you not attend, especially if there is one close to you. Region IX will again postpone its Regional until January of 2008, when the Southern Arizona Chapter will host a Mid-Winter Conclave, open to all, in Tucson. Meanwhile, Region IX members are welcome to attend conventions in other regions.

As I have reminded you before, if for some good reason you cannot take advantage of any of these offerings, there is no excuse for not learning some new music or reading some new books while at home. …

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