|AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS
ELECTED TO 2001
ASSOCIATIONS ADVANCE AMERICA HONOR ROLL
NEW YORK CITY The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) has been elected to the 2001 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Washington, D.C. The AGO received the award for Pipes Spectacular! Worlds Largest Organ Concert, a unique celebration of the organ in America designed to increase appreciation for the enduring majesty of the King of Instruments while refocusing public attention on the importance of music education, particularly for young people, and the arts in our culture. Through its local chapters and affiliate organizations, the AGO produced 240 concerts in 48 states, Canada, and Australia on October 15, 2000.
Now in its eleventh year, the prestigious Associations Advance America Awards program recognizes associations that propel America forward through innovative projects in education, skills training, standards-setting, business and social innovation, knowledge
creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.
AGO Pipes Spectacular truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society, remarked ASAE President Michael S. Olson, CAE.
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the AGO seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members. The Guild currently serves more than 20,000 members in 343 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad.
This information is submitted by F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications at the National Headquarters of the American Guild of Organists and THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine. For further information, please contact Dr. Thurman by TEL (212) 870-2310, FAX (212) 870-2163 or E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.