Archives for January 2014

$2.5 Million Gift Enables AGO to Enrich Lives Through Organ Music

Largest Bequest in the History of the AGO Establishes Endowments for College Scholarship Program, Organ Composition Competition, and Organ Fund to Maintain Tracker Pipe Organ New York City - The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is spearheading three major initiatives that have been made possible by the largest bequest in Guild history. Totaling more than $2.5 million in cash and assets including a tracker pipe organ, the bequest from the estate of Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee was first announced at the 2010 AGO National Convention in Washington, D.C. With the gradual distribution of the assets over the last three and a half years, the Guild has worked diligently and faithfully to honor the donors’ intentions by … [Read more...]

AGO Awarded $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Funding Will Support Performances, Workshops, and New Music at the 52nd Biennial AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass., June 23–27, 2014 The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass., June 23–27, 2014. The $15,000 NEA “Art Works” grant is directed to support performances, educational workshops, publication of the Boston Organ Book, and new music premieres. The grant carries a mandate that it be matched dollar for dollar from other funding sources. The 2014 AGO National Convention is the fifth consecutive AGO National Convention that has garnered funding from the arts endowment. AGO President Eileen Guenther … [Read more...]

AGO Pipe Organ Encounters With the King of Instruments Provide Opportunities for Education and Fellowship

Nine Summer Educational Programs for Teenagers and Adults Announced by the AGO with Generous Funding Provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America and the American Institute of Organbuilders The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce five Pipe Organ Encounters (POEs) and one POE (Advanced) for students aged 13–18; one POE (Technical) for students aged 16–23; and two POE+ programs for adult students in 2014. Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) and the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) will support the summer programs, which will be held from coast to coast. Complete contact information for each Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine … [Read more...]