Magazine article The American Organist

The President's Page

Magazine article The American Organist

The President's Page

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PART of a Cathedral Organist's happy responsibility is the daily teaching and accompaniment of Psalms, and odd verses crop up constantly in all manner of joyful situations. Verse 24 of Psalm 118 goes: "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

And here, then, is MUSIC / The A.G.O. Magazine, full of life, hope, and integrity. It must speak for itself and we all must support it, criticize and praise it and give our best selves to it. Then it will represent us truly in the wide, teeming world in which our great profession must play an increasingly important part.

We are at a milestone in the history of our Guild. It is many decades since the American Guild of Organists voted to send its news and the subscriptions of its members to Mr. Siegfrid Gruenstein's Diapason. That relationship was mutually valuable and we want, on this significant day, to wish The Diapason every good thing in its continuing independent life.

Our Guild is made up of so diverse a membership that it would seem humanly impossible to reach all of us helpfully all the time. Yet we must try. I happen to believe very firmly that those of us who labor with what I like to call "humble resources" need the Guild almost more than those whose every need seems to be granted before they ask. MUSIC / The A.G.O. Magazine can be a splendid instrument in the sharing of our talents and we must all see that it is.

One of our finest and strongest Chapters is in Anchorage, Alaska. It has about 20 members, and how vitally alive they are. My thirty-minute meeting with their Dean and some of his officers in the Anchorage Airport early last April was perhaps the most moving experience I have had as your President. …

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