I am back from a vacation to Canada with my husband. In total, I have traveled 12 days in July. We also had a major plumbing issue which resulted in me not being home much in between trips. I plan to post regularly for the remainder of the summer.
One of the first people I met at the AGO convention was Joan McConnell. Her name tag indicated that she is from Tiffin, OH. This caught my attention immediately as I was born in Tiffin, OH. I was surprised to see a Tiffin resident as most have not heard of Tiffin. Joan teaches organ and music theory at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. She brought two of her organ students to the convention.
Next, I met Paul Monachino who is the organist at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, OH. Michael Gartz (my teacher) suggested I seek out Paul at the convention. I am glad that I did. I learned that Paul’s wife (she was not at the convention) was also from Tiffin. Our families lived close by to each other, perhaps on the same block. This during my childhood before my family moved to Michigan. My mom remembered and said that one of Paul’s wife’s siblings babysat me once.
Paul introduced me to Neil Kraft. It turns out that Neil played the electronic organ that is now in my living room many years ago when it was still in the Christian Science Church in Adrian, MI. Amazing!
I am probably more likely to remember the people I met and connected with than the music played at the amazing concerts. Have you made any unexpected connections lately?
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