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March 2022

The Dean's Corner

From the Dean's Corner

Greetings from the Dean’s Corner. I’m writing with excitement as this month we see two great opportunities for music-lovers of all ages and skills.


Both of these events have more information about them on the programs page of our website:


The Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event which was rescheduled is set for this Saturday, March 5, at Covenant Presbyterian. PPP’s are fun events because kids get to encounter the pipe organ and play it—perhaps for the first time. In addition, they learn the inner workings of the instrument, and they get to hear it in its grandeur as played by a professional musician. I’d like to express our chapter’s thanks to Rob Dicks and the good people of Covenant for allowing us to use their facility and three organs for this event.


On Saturday March 26, please plan to attend the Hickory Organ Crawl. This all-day affair will feature stops at five delightful organs in our neighbor to the north, Hickory, North Carolina. Best of all, the event includes chauffeured transportation from the Charlotte and Huntersville areas: you only need to park your car at one of two convenient locations, and the motor coach will pick you up, drive you to Hickory, drive you around Hickory, take us all to a delightful dinner, and then bring us back. Tickets are available online, and a generous sponsor has offered a number of half-price need-based sponsorships. If you prefer not to use the motor coach, or if you wish to apply for a sponsorship, please contact Zach Bowyer, at We hope you will join us for this fun event.


Throughout this entire pandemic, the Charlotte AGO has continued to request that its members and guests to be good guests of whichever church or facility is hosting us. To that end, we are asking our members and guests to follow any policies regarding masks which may still be in effect even though Mecklenburg County has relaxed the county-wide Covid protocols. Local churches are free to make their own decisions, and as guests of that church, we are to follow those policies. Thank you for understanding.

-Mark Johanson
Dean, Charlotte AGO


March 5th: Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
Come one, come all to Pedals, Pipes and Pizza at Covenant Presbyterian Charlotte, on Saturday, March 5, from 10 – noon.
AGO members, we need you to spread the word to any of your elementary-aged piano students and to your piano-teaching colleagues.

Please make sure the piano community knows of this opportunity to introduce the organ to young students.

The morning will introduce all three of Covenant Presbyterian’s pipe organs to the participants. Then the young musicians will have a chance to play one of their own piano pieces on the organ.
If you have questions, contact Ed Tompkins at Morning Star Lutheran Matthews or Rob Dicks at Covenant Presbyterian Charlotte.

Membership News

From the Membership Desk

Thank you for keeping your membership active. We are so glad to have you as an active part of our community.   

This month we are issuing a big welcome to Beth Green, a chapter friend, who lives in Waxhaw; Br. Sica, a young organist at Belmont Abbey; Renee Downey, a chapter friend in Matthews; and Sheri Kwapiszeski, who lives in Charlotte.

Welcome, Beth.
Welcome, Br. Sica.
Welcome, Renee.
Welcome, Sheri.  
We currently have 181 members in our chapter.
Kathie Riebe
Membership Chair
Summer Recital Series 2022
The 2022 Charlotte AGO Summer Recital Series will be held on the Sundays in June, July, and August 2022. Performers are needed for Sunday evening recitals, and there are still openings! Performers will prepare a one-hour recital with an intermission, and secure a venue in the Charlotte region to host your recital. Please email your preferred recital date and the location which you have secured to Kaitlyn Davros, Summer Recital Series coordinator:

Furman University's Hartness Organ Series...

Featuring our splendid 42-stop, 54-rank Hartness Organ (C.B. Fisk Opus 121, 2004), Furman University will present one more exceptional recital this coming year. On Thursday evening, March 27th, Furman University Professor of Music and University Organist, Charles Tompkins will present a recital of works ranging from Sweelinck to Persichetti. This recital is free of charge and open to the public. 
Hartness Organ Series: Please refer to the Events Calendar 
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