When: Wednesday, July 6th, at 5:30pm.
Venue: The Grove Hotel
We are very excited to have the National AGO President, Dr. Eileen Guenther, speak during the banquet.
EILEEN GUENTHER has held leadership roles in the American Guild of Organists for many years. In her second term as National President, she has previously served as Dean of the Washington (D.C.) Chapter and Chair of the 1982 AGO National Convention in Washington. As a member of the AGO National Council, she has been Councilor for Organizational Concerns, Councilor for Professional Development, and Vice President. She is a national and international organ recitalist and has performed in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. She is featured on recordings with Etherea Records, the U.S. Air Force Orchestra, Vista Records (London), and Foundry Records. For many years, Eileen Guenther was the host of an award-winning radio program, The Royal Instrument, broadcast on Washington’s WGMS.
Dr. Guenther is Associate Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary and Professorial lecturer in music at the George Washington University. At Wesley, she teaches music and worship courses and is Director of Chapel Music. Dr. Guenther lectures for churches, musical and denominational organizations on clergy-musician relations, global music, Spirituals, and Music and Social Justice.
Eileen has served as visiting lecturer at Africa University in Zimbabwe. She has also been part of global praise teams teaching music and worship in Uganda and Ivory Coast. South Africa holds a special place in her heart and she has led six groups of students from Wesley Seminary on immersion trips there.
In 2007, Dr. Guenther concluded a distinguished career at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington. She was minister of music and liturgy for more than 30 years and designed the church’s 60-rank Casavant sanctuary organ in 1984. Under her leadership, the Foundry Choir appeared at United Methodist General Conference twice and sang at the Baltimore–Washington Annual Conference on many occasions. The Foundry Choir also sang at the White House numerous times and was described in a review by The Washington Post as "one of Washington’s best choruses." With repertoire ranging from Bach to Vaughan Williams, these singers presented an annual Concert for Life, raising more than $600,000 for organizations serving those living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa and in the Washington area.