A welcome from the Dean

I welcome you as you visit our new SIAGO website. The Southern Indiana Chapter is a vibrant group of organists, people who love the organ, friends of the organ, and musicians who play other instruments or sing and have become part of our chapter. We are a very active chapter as you will see in the events listed. At our recent Friday Noon Lenten recitals it has been exciting to see each other and to see our community members who enjoy attending our organ events. I invite you to explore our website and choose an upcoming event you would like to attend.
Gary D. Pope, Dean

May 2023 Newsletter ~ by Gary Pope, dean

Dear SIAGO Members and Friends,

We have reached the time of year when the academic year comes to a conclusion, choir season

comes to an end, and we have our May SIAGO events. In the last few weeks you have received

email messages from Janet Hamilton and Judith Miller about our May 8 and May 23 events.

Allow me to bring these to your attention.

On Monday, May 8, I hope we all will gather at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (178

Klerner Lane, New Albany). Janet will introduce our main speaker, Dr. Robin Smith. Her

presentation will feature vocal techniques and how ro help the voices of our choir members. Dr.

Smith is a grad of the Jacobs School of Music and has taught voice and diction. We welcome Dr.

Smith and look forward to her presentation.

On Monday, May 23, we will have our Festive Pre-Concert dinner for SIAGO members and

friends. The dinner begins at 5:30 pm at St. John Presbyterian Church, 1307 Elm Street, New

Albany. Reservations are due by Tuesday, May 9, and the cost of the dinner will be $12.00.per

person. Please send reservations by the 9th to garytheresapope@gmail.com. Make checks

payable to SIAGO.

At 7:00 pm following the dinner our Soaring Eagles Emerging Artist recital will be presented in

St. John Presbyterian Church. featuring Rhonda Edgington. Rhonda received a Masters Degree

from IU (studying with Larry Smith and Marilyn Keiser). She spent seven years working in

Bremen, Germany, studying with Harald Volgel, Hans-Ola Ericson, and Hans Davidson. You can

listen to some of Rhonda’s recordings at:

https://rhonda.edgington.info/index.php/multimedia/recordings.. T

The guest trumpeter will be Dr. Brian Reichenbach.

Dr. Charlie Mitchell will be the host at St. John Presbyterian Church. Dr. David Lamb is the coordinator of

the Soaring Eagles Emerging Artists recitals.

Thank you to all musicians who presented our Friday Noon Lenten Organ Recitals in March and

April. I estimate that we had an average attendance of 85 persons who attended the recitals. We

appreciate all of our members and friends who attended. We also appreciate The News and

Tribune for their feature article about the recital series.