The American Guild of Organists (AGO) bestowed its two highest awards of national distinction in conjunction with the 51st biennial AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Award presentations were made by AGO President Eileen Guenther.
The AGO President’s Award was presented to Martha Rivers Ingram of Nashville. The prestigious award, created in 1988, is presented biennially to recognize outstanding contributions to the art of the organ in the United States. The 2012 President’s Award recognized Ms. Ingram “in gratitude for her generous patronage of the King of Instruments, vision for the Nashville Symphony and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and commitment to expanding the musical horizons of the Nashville community.”
Past recipients of the AGO President’s Award include: Clementine Miller Tangeman, Alice Tully, Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Hulings, Amelia Lay Hodges, J. Michael Barone, Roberta Bitgood, fago, chm, Edward A. Hansen, aago (posthumously awarded), Anthony Baglivi, Craig R. Whitney, Pleasant T. Rowland, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley, and Messrs. Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee (posthumously awarded).
The AGO Edward A. Hansen Leadership Award was presented to Peter and Lois Fyfe, also of Nashville. Created by the AGO National Council in 1999 to honor the memory of the Guild’s distinguished past president, Edward A. Hansen, aago, the prestigious award is presented biennially to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the AGO. The 2012 Edward A. Hansen Leadership Award was given to the Fyfes “in recognition of their commitment to excellence in music; unparalleled knowledge of sacred music; their roles as teachers and mentors; and their leadership, devoted service, and extraordinary generosity to the AGO.”
Previous Hansen Award recipients include: Karen McFarlane Holtkamp, Ruth M. Caswell, Joyce S. Hesketh, Betty Jean Bartholomew, D. DeWitt Wasson, CHM, Marianne Webb, and Frederick Swann.