Dean’s Message

Hello, AGO members,

Organists are appreciated at weddings and funerals and especially on Christmas Eve, but Halloween is the season when it is actually hip to play the organ! I will confess that I used to think that associating the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor with haunted houses was detrimental to our profession, but Halloween provides such a wonderful opportunity to schedule concerts that might make some new fans for the organ. The PipeScreams tradition at First Presbyterian in Dunedin is just such an event.

Let me express my thanks to all the Guild members and friends who played the organ, played the piano, dressed up in costume, sang in the Spectre Singers or sang solos in the program. It was so much fun to exchange our normal Sunday morning roles and behaviors for more of a Saturday Night Live vibe. The program included a nice variety of music by Mendelssohn, Rossini, Gigout, Tchaikovsky, Gounod, Lloyd Webber and more. Maybe even one or two people in the audience took out their phones and looked up who Perotin was! (My apologies if that brings back memories of trying to stay awake while reading A History of Western Music by Donald J. Grout). Perhaps the most fun of all was singing and snapping our fingers to the theme from the Addams Family.

May the joy of PipeScreams inspire all our work as we move into our busiest two months of the year,

Bradley Swope