We are the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
We are young, we are old. We live in Pittsburgh, we live in Indiana, we live in Alaska. We have been playing organ for seventy-five years, or we have been playing for twelve months. We experience music for a living. We serve God through music every day. We become members of a church community, sharing joys and sorrows with our choirs, our pastors, our spiritual friends, or our colleagues. We do not make a doctors’ salary, and we do not drive the most exquisite cars (or maybe we do, who cares). We are compassionate about music, even if we don’t obsess over organ every minute of every day (or maybe we do). We know Bach’s dates (1685-1750) like the back of our hand. We have played “Canon in D” more times than we care to think of. We are organists. We are underpaid and overworked.
And we are some of the luckiest people in the world.
Why are we beginning a blog?
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists encompasses a group of sacred musicians from the Pittsburgh area. Most of the organists have played the organ for most of their lives, and some of us are beginners. This blog will be dedicated to bringing as many aspects of church music (and music in general) to the public. You may subscribe to this blog and you aren’t even a member of the AGO, and that’s okay. The organ is a dying instrument, and it is an organist’s responsibility to make people realize its presence in society, even now. This blog will bring us information and support with AGO topics as well, as some Pittsburgh AGO-ers will be taking different certification exams this year. This will be a new medium, a new source for us as organists to find strength in challenges. Yes, this blog will be more centered towards young people. Since when will that be a bad thing? We need more young people in our profession. And that’s what we are going to strive to do.
You do not need to be a full-time church organist to read this blog. You won’t even need to be an organist- if you are a church musician, this blog will include pertinent information as well. This will be a place to vent (who doesn’t have a bride story or two- God knows I have plenty), to explore, to connect.
And so day one begins. Join us!