Jonathan Hehn, Director of the Tallahassee Church Music Conference, has asked me to help publicize this event, coming up in January. Here's what he says:
"The purpose of this conference is twofold. Primarily is a continuing education opportunity for regional church musicians and clergy. This is a way for our chapter to advance the educational causes of the Guild. Also, the conference "aims to increase the public awareness of church music practice in the Southeast by providing the public with concerts and worship services offering a broad and representative spectrum of music and worship." In this way we hope to further the primary cause of the Guild, which is to promote the arts of organ and choral music, without discounting the undeniable influence of other musical and liturgical styles. We have almost two dozen workshops and concerts this year and are very excited about our faculty, who include Marva Dawn, Boyd Jones, John Ferguson, Andre Thomas and several others." You can check out the website for full information.
Region IV of the American Guild of Organists covers the Southeastern United States and Bermuda, including the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. There are seven districts, 58 local chapters, and over 3,000 members. Our work supports the mission of the Guild: To promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.