Sept. 13, 2005
NEW YORK CITY—The AGO National Council and Headquarters staff remain concerned about the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We are especially concerned about the 56 members of the New Orleans Chapter and the 17 members of the South Mississippi Chapter, since both chapters were in the direct path of the hurricane. We would welcome any news about the well-being of the members of those chapters.
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is developing a program to provide support to AGO members displaced from homes and jobs due to Hurricane Katrina. We have learned from the dean of the New Orleans Chapter that obtaining current contact information for chapter members is of primary concern. Of secondary concern is finding new sources of employment for those displaced from their regular jobs. Lastly, many of these individuals will need replacement musical scores.
A Web page has been developed to help identify and locate AGO members of the New Orleans and South Mississippi Chapters. This Web page is also designed to provide job listings and services available to our members. The URL is:
All AGO members are asked to share this information with friends and colleagues. AGO Chapters are asked to post this link on their Web site. The AGO will update information on this page as new information is received at AGO National Headquarters. To submit information for this Web page, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AGO is now able to accept financial gifts that will be used exclusively to provide assistance to AGO members in the region affected by Hurricane Katrina. All funds received for hurricane relief will be allocated to support the AGO members and chapters affected by the storm, in consultation with the leadership of those chapters. Checks should be made payable to the AGO, indicating in the memo line that the funds are to be used for "Hurricane Relief." Checks should be mailed to AGO National Headquarters, Hurricane Relief, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. Contributions can also be made online at www.agohq.org/contributions.
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, it sets and maintains high musical standards and promotes the understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. The Guild currently serves approximately 19,000 members in more than 300 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The American Organist Magazine, the official journal of the AGO and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, reaches an audience of more than 20,000 readers each month.
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 email@example.com.