Some organists and choir directors in the area have gotten together to form a local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The AGO is a national organization whose purpose is to “promote the organ, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, and education.” Previously, the nearest AGO chapters were in Wilmington and Charleston; but now we have the newly chartered Grand Strand Chapter, with members from Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Conway, and Georgetown. I have already enjoyed getting to know some of my colleagues both within the diocese and from other denominations.
I mention this here because Trinity had the distinction of hosting the very first meeting of the Grand Strand Chapter this past Friday, the 1st. There were about 25 members and friends present; we shared a meal together and then went upstairs to sing some anthems that had been brought by various members. If you have a minute, please check out some pictures of the event here.
In addition, the chapter’s website (www.agograndstrand.org) has a listing of musical events in area churches. You might find useful in that there, all in one place, is information on all different kinds of concerts and services up and down the Grand Strand, almost all of which are free. Click on the “Events and Concerts” link on the homepage.