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Current Topics

Spring Edition of Chiff off the old Blockflute is posted

In it are details of several important items underway in our chapter and at the national level:
Voting for 2021-24 EC Class
Membership Contact Group to Solicit Your Guidance
Suggested Ways You Can Contribute to the Chapter
National's "Year of the Young Organist"
University of Florida's Sacred Music Workshop.

Use of Online Election Platform for EC Election

For the first time, we're using an online election software package to conduct our spring election from start to finish. A separate email describing the process and providing your Voter ID and access key will be sent to you.

Please make sure your dues are current so that you can participate in the election. Contact dean@birminghamago.org if you have questions or need assistance.

Online and absentee voting will begin Monday evening, April 12th, and end Saturday, May 8th. In-person voting and the conclusion of the election is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 10th.

Stay Tuned Here for News on Spring and Summer Plans

We are working to resume in-person gatherings as soon as possible. In the meantime, we'll soon announce the date and time of a social via Zoom. Please join us if you can.

New Employment Guide from National

A new and very comprehensive handbook regarding the employment of musicians by religious institutions is now available. It covers all aspects from defining job descriptions, actual hours required for a position, education and qualifications, compensation, and so on. Not only is it a well-organized resource for those employing church musicians, it is a valuable tool for those seeking employment or reviewing existing employment situations. Click Employing Musicians in Religious Institutions to read or download the handbook.

National AGO COVID-19 Reference Materials

Our national office continually updates its extensive list of materials regarding coping with the impact of the pandemic on many aspects of our lives. Log on to AGO Responds to COVID-19 to read them.

Coming Events

2020-21 Chapter Program Calendar

These are the dates and topics of this year's programs. Beginning in October, we plan to zoom our activities so all may participate, resuming in-person meetings and dinners as soon as possible. The date of the May program will be announced when confirmed. Details for the current month's activity will be sent in chapter emails and posted on the website.

September 2020: Live online workshops available on national AGO website for you to enjoy individually at home (See description above)

Oct. 12, 2020: Charles Kennedy presents a program celebrating the contributions of Louis Vierne on his 150th birthday

Nov. 14, 2020: Pre-recital lecture/demo with Isabelle Demers at IPC, followed by dutch treat lunch at restaurant

Jan. 8, 2021: CANCELLED: Epiphany Party at home of Barry Norris

Jan.14, 2021: Post-Holiday Virtual Party via Zoom

Feb. 8, 2021: Forum Discussion: Coping with COVID

March - Aug.: Just for Fun: Virtual social gatherings

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