AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS
APPOINTS JASON LEISTER,
ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NEW YORK CITY The National Headquarters of the AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) is pleased to announce the appointment of JASON D. LEISTER as ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. Mr. Leister will provide operational support to the Executive Director by assuming responsibility for a variety of activities and special projects relating to the day-to-day administration of the organization. Among his duties will be to serve as primary staff contact for the Guild's meeting planning and convention needs. In that regard, Mr. Leister will work closely with all local AGO chapters presenting national and regional conventions, and he will serve as liaison to the Committee on National Conventions, the Committee on Regional Conventions, and local convention steering committees.
Mr. Leister's previous business experience is focused primarily within the telecommunications sector. He has worked for companies such as AT&T and Metron North America Inc., a satellite distribution company, where he organized a nationwide training seminar program. He is also a small business owner specializing in consumer telecommunications and e-commerce products and services.
Mr. Leister did his undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music (1995-1999) as a student of David Higgs. In 1997, he was awarded first prize in the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition, and second prize in the John Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition. He has performed throughout the U.S. and has appeared as organ soloist with the Florida Philharmonic. In addition to his position at AGO National Headquarters, Mr. Leister serves as assistant organist at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) in New York City. Before moving to New York, Mr. Leister was the assistant director of music and organist at The First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn.
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1896, the AGO now serves over 21,000 members in 342 local chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Antigua, Argentina, and Korea.
Membership in the AGO is open to all and includes working professionals - organists, choir directors, teachers, organbuilders, technicians, and suppliers to the field - as well as students, clergy, amateur musicians, and dedicated supporters. Membership is through local chapters, which hold regular meetings featuring performances, lectures, seminars, and discussions on a wide variety of topics.
Founded as both an educational and service organization, the AGO promotes the organ in its historic and evolving roles, encourages excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and provides a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.