Thomas H. Troeger Appointed Chaplain of the American Guild of Organists

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Thomas H. Troeger Appointed Chaplain of the American Guild of Organists


Thurman, F. Anthony Dma, The American Organist


AGO President Eileen Guenther Appoints Celebrated Liturgist, Hymn Writer, and Scholar to Honorary National Office

The American Guild of Organists announces the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger as AGO Chaplain for a term of two years, 2008-2010. The chaplain is an honorary national officer appointed to serve the diverse pastoral needs of the AGO National Council and the international membership of the Guild. Dr.Troeger will also contribute an editorial column to The American Organist Magazine. The appointment was made by AGO President Eileen Guenther and ratified by the AGO National Council on September 3, 2008. In speaking of his appointment, Dr. Guenther remarked:

"I have long appreciated the hymn texts Tom Troeger has written - texts that are perceptive, sensitive, artful, and that help us see and feel something new with every subject he addresses. Tom is an avid supporter of music in worship and as a writer, liturgist, and preacher will bring an important perspective to our work as musicians. "

In response, Dr.Troeger spoke of his long association with church musicians and how the role of music in worship has been influential in his life:

"I am profoundly honored to become the chaplain to the AGO. All my life, I have attended churches where fine organists have helped to lead the congregation into prayer and a livelier sense of the Spirit through their musical artistry and the wonder of all the varied sounds coming from pipes of metal and wood. Also, I remember the organist of my home church when I was growing up in Cooperstown, N. Y. Not only did I relish his playing of preludes, hymns, anthems, service music, and postludes, but I also am thankful for how he encouraged my serious study of the flute, and often invited me to play in services in which he accompanied me at the organ as I played the music of Bach, Handel, Glück, Gounod, and others. And later in my professional life, it was organists who worked so creatively with me in planning sermons and services built around major works for organ and choir. …

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