Magazine article The American Organist

Giving Thanks to Our Profession

Magazine article The American Organist

Giving Thanks to Our Profession

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With the Thanksgiving holiday just a few weeks away, we wish to express our gratitude to all who make organ music, to all who make it possible to make organ music, and to all who help us make the best possible organ music.

In that spirit, I extend thanks to every member of the Guild for enriching the lives of their congregants and audiences with inspiring service music and recital programs. I thank the National Council and National Committee members for their good work in strengthening our organization and keeping us focused on the achievement of our mission. Thank you, Councillors with Portfolio, Regional Councillors, District Conveners, and Regional Coordinators for Professional Development and Education. Thank you, deans, sub-deans, secretaries, and treasurers, as well as registrars, membership coordinators, newsletter editors, Webmasters, professional development coordinators, educators, archivists, librarians, and hospitality chairs for keeping our chapters on track throughout the year.

Thank you to our national chaplain and all who serve as chaplains for chapters.

Thank you to those who volunteer their service on chapter committees, and especially those who devote years on steering committees for national and regional conventions. Thank you, convention advertisers, exhibitors, donors and sponsors, workshop and worship leaders, performing artists and artist management firms.

Thank you to those who have served on steering committees for Pipe Organ Encounters in all of their rich variations, as well as POE faculty and chaperones, and patrons and providers of scholarship funds. Thank you, POE students for showing up at these events. You give us much hope for the future of the profession.

Speaking of education, thank you to those who teach young people at every age and level of ability from elementary school through college, and thanks to those who teach adult learners, who may progress more slowly. …

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