AGO Bestows Highest and Most Prestigous Awards at National Convention

The American Guild of Organists bestowed its two highest awards of national distinction in conjunction with the 52nd biennial AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. Award presentations were made by AGO President Eileen Guenther during the AGO Annual Meeting. The AGO President’s Award was presented to Christoph Wolff of Belmont, Mass. The prestigious award, created in 1988, is presented biennially to recognize outstanding contributions to the art of the organ in the United States. The 2014 President’s Award recognized Mr. Wolff “in gratitude for his exhaustive musicological research, extensive publications, and lifelong commitment to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.” Past recipients of the AGO President’s Award include: Clementine … [Read more...]

John C. Walker Elected President of the American Guild of Organists

The American Guild of Organists (AGO), the world’s largest professional association of organists and choral conductors, as well as the largest organization on the globe dedicated to a single musical instrument, has elected John C. Walker as its president. The membership of the AGO includes approximately 17,000 organists, choral conductors, music educators, organbuilders, clergy, and aficionados. In speaking of his election, President Walker remarked: “As a lifelong member of the AGO, it is both a thrill and a humbling responsibility to be chosen by my peers to lead this great organization. As the 31st President in the 118 year history of the Guild, I am honored to walk in the steps of illustrious predecessors. During this era of … [Read more...]

AGO Names Prizewinners in National Organ Competitions

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is pleased to announce the results of its National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and the National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI). Competition prizewinners were recognized at the 52nd biennial AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. The following competition prizes were awarded: NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION IN ORGAN PERFORMANCE First Prize—Jonathan Rudy The Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize: $3,000 cash award and career development assistance provided by Karen McFarlane Artists; a CD recording by Pro Organo; and a performance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, TX. Second Prize—HyeHyun Sung $3,000 cash award provided by John-Paul Buzard Pipe … [Read more...]

AGO Recognizes Two Award Winning Composers

Distinguished Composer Award Presented to Libby Larsen AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition Presented to Ivan Božičević The American Guild of Organists (AGO) honored two award winning composers at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 24, during the AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. AGO President Eileen Guenther presided over the award presentations to Libby Larsen of Minneapolis, MN; and to Ivan Božičević of Croatia. The 2014 Distinguished Composer Award was presented to Libby Larsen (libbylarsen.com). The prestigious award, created in 1986, is presented biennially to recognize outstanding composers of organ and choral music in the United States. Previous award recipients include: Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Daniel … [Read more...]

AGO Elects 2014–2016 National Council and Regional Councillors

NEW YORK CITY—The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) announces a newly elected National Council for a term of two years, July 1, 2014–June 30, 2016. Election results were reported on Tuesday, June 24, during the AGO Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. Members of the newly elected National Council include four national officers and three national councillors with portfolio. In addition, in accordance with AGO Bylaws, AGO Past President Eileen Guenther will remain on the Council as a non-voting member for a period of one year. The non-voting AGO Executive Director serves as an ex officio member of Council. PRESIDENT John Walker, FAGO, DMA, Baltimore, Md. VICE PRESIDENT / COUNCILLOR FOR … [Read more...]

Charles Callahan to be Honored at AGO Recital and Gala Benefit Reception in St. Louis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: F.Anthony.Thurman@agohq.org March 3, 2014 212-870-2311, ext. 4308 Celebration of His Lifetime Achievements Will Benefit the AGO Endowment Fund NEW YORK CITY — The American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring award-winning organist and composer Charles Callahan on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Callahan will perform a solo recital featuring works by American composers. The gala benefit reception will follow at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The Recital is free and open to the public. Gala Benefit Reception Tickets are $125 ($100 tax deductible) and can be purchased online at … [Read more...]

$2.5 Million Gift Enables AGO to Enrich Lives Through Organ Music

Largest Bequest in the History of the AGO Establishes Endowments for College Scholarship Program, Organ Composition Competition, and Organ Fund to Maintain Tracker Pipe Organ New York City - The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is spearheading three major initiatives that have been made possible by the largest bequest in Guild history. Totaling more than $2.5 million in cash and assets including a tracker pipe organ, the bequest from the estate of Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee was first announced at the 2010 AGO National Convention in Washington, D.C. With the gradual distribution of the assets over the last three and a half years, the Guild has worked diligently and faithfully to honor the donors’ intentions by … [Read more...]

AGO Awarded $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Funding Will Support Performances, Workshops, and New Music at the 52nd Biennial AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass., June 23–27, 2014 The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass., June 23–27, 2014. The $15,000 NEA “Art Works” grant is directed to support performances, educational workshops, publication of the Boston Organ Book, and new music premieres. The grant carries a mandate that it be matched dollar for dollar from other funding sources. The 2014 AGO National Convention is the fifth consecutive AGO National Convention that has garnered funding from the arts endowment. AGO President Eileen Guenther … [Read more...]

AGO Pipe Organ Encounters With the King of Instruments Provide Opportunities for Education and Fellowship

Nine Summer Educational Programs for Teenagers and Adults Announced by the AGO with Generous Funding Provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America and the American Institute of Organbuilders The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce five Pipe Organ Encounters (POEs) and one POE (Advanced) for students aged 13–18; one POE (Technical) for students aged 16–23; and two POE+ programs for adult students in 2014. Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) and the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) will support the summer programs, which will be held from coast to coast. Complete contact information for each Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine … [Read more...]

AGO Receives Generous Sponsorship From Columbus State University’s Jordan Organ Endowment

Ten-Year Commitment Will Support National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance and Pipe Organ Encounters for Youth in Southeastern States. The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce a new partnership formed with the Jordan Organ Endowment of Columbus (Ga.) State University. The Jordan Endowment’s commitment of $105,000 over ten years (2013–2022) will support the AGO’s National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) for youth in the Southeastern States. "We at the Jordan Organ Endowment are truly excited by this partnership with the AGO in supporting programs that both bring new people to the organ and that nurture those who are already studying to perfect their … [Read more...]