FROM THE DEAN

Angels announce with shouts of mirth him who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming with the word, the Lord is coming.

The Lord is indeed coming. I don’t know of too many peaks and valleys around Pinellas County, but I sure have experienced the humming of crowds of people in Costco and Walmart. This year, more than ever, we are all ready to gather with friends and family near and far. ‘Tis the season, indeed.

Let’s capitalize on this first holiday season ‘post-Covid’ and have a great turnout for our Virtual Twelve Days. We still need about 7 performers. Each day of Christmastide we will offer our community a gift in the form of a short video of music. Please get in touch with me and let’s make a plan to record at the venue of your choice.

Speaking of gathering…fourteen members of Clearwater and St. Petersburg chapters gathered on November 19 for a wonderful trip to Gainesville, FL. Tim Belk not only drove, but provided a lovely assortment of fresh baked treats, a seasonal punch, and chocolates for us to enjoy on the way. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and collegiality as we crawled around four organs. Organists at First Presbyterian Church and Holy Trinity Church offered short presentations about each instrument and then our folks took turns on the bench. Professor Laura Ellis and three of her students were gracious hosts at the University Auditorium. Each student played a piece from their repertoire on the magnificent Anderson Memorial Pipe Organ.

Our next in-person gathering will be at Alfano’s Restaurant in Largo on January 7. Once again we will have the private banquet room, and will be entertained with music for guitar and flute. You may indicate your entrée via email to Bob Booth.

Finally, start thinking about a piece you might perform on our Members Recital at St. Ignatius in Tarpon Springs in February. Director of Music Brandon Vennick is currently overseeing the installation of a new organ (3 manual hybrid Viscount-Casavant). Our event will serve as the dedicatory recital for this fabulous instrument.

People, look east, and sing today
Love, the Lord, is on the way!


Shawn Thomas, Dean