American Guild of Organists Elects 2012–2014 National Council

NEW YORK CITY—The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) announces a newly elected National Council for a term of two years, July 1, 2012–June 30, 2014. Election results were reported on Wednesday, July 4, during the AGO Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Members of the newly elected National Council include four national officers, four national councillors with portfolio, and nine regional councillors drawn from across the country. The non-voting AGO Executive Director serves as an ex officio member of Council.

PRESIDENT
Eileen Guenther, DMA
Vienna, Va.

VICE PRESIDENT
John Walker, FAGO, DMA
Baltimore, Md.

SECRETARY / COUNCILLOR FOR MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Lois Z. Toeppner, MM
Westborough, Mass.

TREASURER / COUNCILLOR FOR FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT
Calvert Johnson, DM
Decatur, Ga.

COUNCILLOR FOR EDUCATION
Joyce Shupe Kull, FAGO, CHM, DMA
Arvada, Colo.

COUNCILLOR FOR COMPETITIONS AND NEW MUSIC
Christian Lane, MM
Cambridge, Mass.

COUNCILLOR FOR CONVENTIONS
Mark A. Babcock, MM
Des Moines, Iowa

COUNCILLOR FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Marlene Hallstrom, CAGO, MM, MMusEd
Wichita, Kans.

REGION I COUNCILLOR
New England
Cheryl Duerr, AAGO, MM
Lexington, Mass.

REGION II COUNCILLOR
New York–New Jersey
Agnes Armstrong, CAGO
Altamont, N.Y.

REGION III COUNCILLOR
Mid-Atlantic
Glenn Rodgers, AAGO, MM
Delran, N.J.

REGION IV COUNCILLOR
Southeast
Laura Ellis, DMA
Gainesville, Fla.

REGION V COUNCILLOR
Great Lakes
David K. Lamb, CAGO, DMUS
Columbus, Ind.

REGION VI COUNCILLOR
North Central
Marilyn Schempp, SPC, MM
Sioux Falls, S.Dak.

REGION VII COUNCILLOR
Southwest
Michael Bedford, AAGO, CHM, DMA
Tulsa, Okla.

REGION VIII COUNCILLOR
Pacific Northwest
Dean G. Jamieson, PHD
Shoreline, Wash.

REGION IX COUNCILLOR
Far West
Leslie Wolf Robb, CAGO, BA
La Jolla, Calif.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ex officio
James E. Thomashower, CAE, BA
New York, N.Y.

“The process of nominating candidates to the National Council requires a coordinated effort among ten Guild committees comprising more than 50 volunteers,” reported AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “The AGO National Nominating Committee and nine Regional Nominating Committees identified 34 candidates for nomination to the 17 positions on Council. We thank all of the nominees for their willingness to serve in these volunteer positions. We congratulate the newly elected councillors and extend our sincere thanks to the following individuals who completed their terms of service: National Councillor for Conventions Dennis Elwell; National Councillor for Competitions and New Music David Vogels, chm; and Regional Councillors Paul Barte (Great Lakes Region), Jane Errera, chm (Mid-Atlantic Region), and Jan Kraybill, fago (North Central Region).”

“The 2012–2014 AGO National Council will have an extremely busy agenda addressing many resolutions adopted by the 2010–2012 National Council,” declared Thomashower. “Among the top priorities being addressed are the implementation of a new mission statement and reorganization of the Guild’s national and regional leadership responsibilities and committee structure. The new Council is well equipped to meet these challenges as five new Council members bring fresh stores of talent and energy to the table complementing the experience of our 12 returning members.”

The election was held from April 1–30 and managed by Intelliscan Inc., an independent election management firm engaged by the AGO to administer the election, receive the ballots, and tabulate the results. The total number of ballots cast was 5,305, representing responses from approximately 30% of the Guild’s membership. “The ability to vote and elect Guild leadership is not only a benefit of membership but also a responsibility,” added Thomashower. “Some of the races for Guild officers and councillors were particularly close. One race for Regional Councillor was decided by seven votes.”