-By Jason Roberts
By a strange turn of fate it turns out that this will be my last deanery column to you. Last month a friend told me about a position at St. Bartholomew’s in New York, and I went to audition on a whim, thinking it might be good experience. To my surprise, St. Bart’s offered me the job; and I said yes. It’s one of those opportunities that is difficult to turn down. So Erik and I are moving to New York in May. We will have been in Hartford for seven years, which is longer than I’ve lived anywhere in my life. They have been very happy years, and I am really going to miss my friends here.
I’m so lucky to have been involved with the AGO chapter in such an exciting time: the new website, the Jolidon bequest, the recitals and workshops (and conventions) we have presented. We really have a good thing going, and I hate to leave it. Kari Miller, who has been sub-dean for a year (and who has pretty much been doing my job all along), is going to assume the deanship. At last the chapter will have somebody who is responsible, sensible and a great musician to guide it! Thank you, Kari! It has been wonderful having you do my work for me. Unfortunately, my first day on the job is the Monday of our Annual meeting and dinner, May 19. Although I will not be at the dinner, I certainly hope that I will see many of you before I go. At a party perhaps? As Groucho Marx says, “Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.” The chapter is lucky to have so many talented musicians and enough money to make some exciting things happen here. Don’t waste this opportunity! Be creative, take some risks and enjoy promoting the music that you love. Last of all, thank you for the chance to be a part of this wonderful organization!