Archives for July 2012

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...]