This is my first column as Dean. It’s truly an honor to serve you in this capacity. I was fortunate to meet and get to know many of you better over the past two years while I served as sub-dean. I’m constantly amazed by your talents and the countless ways in which you support our chapter, each other, and your craft as organists and organ enthusiasts in general. Some of you have been members of our chapter longer than I have been alive! (Although you’re still young at heart!)
With the help of Larry Blackburn and Janet Griffin, I compiled a list of past deans of our chapter. It began in 1937 as the Utah Chapter, and grew to the point where another chapter was founded, and in 1954, the Salt Lake Chapter was formed. We’re now in our 60th year in this organization! It was a humbling experience to look through this list and add my name to it. Many of these names are musical giants and legends in their own right. Some of them have been mentors and teachers to me, and people I look to for musical inspiration. Many of these names are your names- those who served the chapter and then continued to be members. I’m grateful for the great history of this organization.
Of course, many of you have served in other capacities, and are not named on this list. Your service may (at this time) be nameless, but certainly not thankless. So, on behalf of the chapter, THANK YOU!
I’m excited for this new program year and the many exciting things it will bring. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of you. I’m anxious for you to get to know Matthew Plooster, Sub-dean and Ian Christensen, treasurer. Becky Azera has continued on as secretary. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful team of people!
Please take time to review the events and other items in the newsletter. There are a lot of wonderful things coming up. Also review the calendar. It’s updated on a continual basis and is a good resource for you. Resolve to attend more guild activities and concerts this year. It will be well worth your time. I’m excited for a great year!
Lastly, if there’s anything I can do or the chapter can do for you, please let me know. Feedback, event ideas, concerts and other events, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.