Marilyn Keiser to Be Honored in New York City at AGO Receital and Gala Benefit Reception

Celebration of the Her Lifetime Achievements Will Benefit the AGO Endowment Fund. The American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring Marilyn Keiser on Friday, April 5, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. Dr. Keiser will perform a solo recital featuring works by Alec Wyton, Herbert Howells, Margaret Sandresky, Josef Rheinberger, and Louis Vierne. The gala benefit reception will follow in the Cathedral’s St. James Chapel. Recital and Gala Benefit Reception Tickets are $100 ($75 tax deductible) and can be purchased online at www.agohq.org or by calling 212-870-2311, ext. 4308. Gala ticket holders will be offered preferred seating in the Great … [Read more...]

Don E. Saliers Appointed Chaplain of the American Guild of Organists

AGO President Eileen Guenther Appoints Celebrated Theologian, Scholar, and Musician to Honorary National Office. The American Guild of Organists (AGO) announces the appointment of the Rev. Don E. Saliers, PhD as AGO Chaplain for a term of two years, 2012–2014. The chaplain is an honorary national officer appointed to serve the diverse pastoral needs of the AGO National Council and the international membership of the Guild. Dr. Saliers will also contribute an editorial column to THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine. The appointment was made by AGO President Eileen Guenther and ratified by the AGO National Council at the AGO National Convention in Nashville in July. In speaking of his appointment, Dr. Guenther declared, "Don Saliers is a … [Read more...]

AGO Names Prizewinners in National Organ Competitions

Eight Prizes Presented to Six Organists at AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. 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 on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the AGO Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the 51st biennial AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. The following competition prizes were awarded: NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION IN ORGAN PERFORMANCE First Prize—Daryl Robinson The Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize: $3,000 cash award and career development assistance provided by Karen McFarlane Artists; a CD … [Read more...]

AGO’S Highest and Most Prestigious Awards Bestowed at AGO National Convention

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 … [Read more...]

National Composition Awards Bestowed at AGO National Convention

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) honored three award winning composers at its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 4, during the AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. AGO President Eileen Guenther presided over the award presentations to Craig Phillips of West Hollywood, Calif.; and to Nicholas O’Neill and Alan Smith, both of Great Britain. The 2012 Distinguished Composer Award was presented to Craig Phillips. 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 Pinkham, Samuel Adler, Dominick Argento, William Albright, Conrad Susa, Emma Lou Diemer, Dan Locklair, … [Read more...]

AGO National Council Adopts New Mission Statement

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) announced a newly adopted mission statement, which was approved by the AGO National Council at its July 2012 meeting in Nashville. The new mission statement begins with a succinct, memorable statement that focuses on how the AGO makes a difference in the world. It is followed by a list of goals that help define how the mission will be accomplished. The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this, we: • Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music; • Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors; • Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support; • Nurture future … [Read more...]

American Guild of Organists Elects 2012–2014 National Council

NEW YORK CITY—The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) announces a newly elected National Council for a term of two years, July 1, 2012–June 30, 2014. Election results were reported on Wednesday, July 4, during the AGO Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Members of the newly elected National Council include four national officers, four national councillors with portfolio, and nine regional councillors drawn from across the country. The non-voting AGO Executive Director serves as an ex officio member of Council. PRESIDENT Eileen Guenther, DMA Vienna, Va. VICE PRESIDENT John Walker, FAGO, DMA Baltimore, Md. SECRETARY / COUNCILLOR FOR MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Lois Z. Toeppner, … [Read more...]

John and Marianne Weaver Honored by the AGO National Council

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) presented its eighth annual Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Saturday, April 21, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. An audience of 421 colleagues, students, and friends came together to celebrate the lifetime achievements of John and Marianne Weaver. The gala was sponsored by the AGO National Council and its Development Committee. Major support was provided by the Kimmel Center and Pemcor Inc. of Lancaster, Pa., printer of The American Organist Magazine. The event raised more than $25,000 to be invested in the AGO Endowment Fund in the Weavers’ honor.The recital featured John and Marianne Weaver, joined by Diane Meredith Belcher, Chelsea Chen (with Lewis Wong, … [Read more...]

John and Marianne Weaver To Be Honored With AGO Recital and Gala Benefit Reception in Philadelphia

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring John and Marianne Weaver on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. The recital will feature John and Marianne Weaver, joined by Diane Meredith Belcher, Chelsea Chen, Ken Cowan, and Alan Morrison. The gala benefit reception will follow. A pre-concert on-stage conversation with the performers will be moderated by Pipedreams Host Michael Barone beginning at 2:15 p.m. The gala is sponsored by the AGO National Council, Eileen Guenther, president, and the AGO Development Committee. All proceeds will benefit the AGO Endowment Fund in the Weavers’ honor. Recital and Gala Benefit … [Read more...]

American Guild of Organists Awarded $15,000 Grant From the National Endowment for the Arts

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the 2012 AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., July 1–6, 2012. The $15,000 NEA “Art Works” grant is directed to new music, workshops, and performances, and carries a mandate that it be matched dollar for dollar from other funding sources. The 2012 AGO National Convention is the third consecutive AGO National Convention that has garnered funding from the arts endowment. AGO President Eileen Guenther stated, “The recognition by the NEA reaffirms the importance of new music commissions to increase organ and choral repertoire available to future generations, and to increase the American public’s knowledge of and … [Read more...]