Archives for April 2015

Pittsburgh to Host 2015 AGO Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention

David Briggs, Chanticleer, Nathan Laube, and Ann Elise Smoot will be among the featured artists at the 2015 AGO Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention. Venues will include Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trinity Cathedral (Pittsburgh), St. Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh), Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Sacred Heart Parish, Heniz Chapel, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Epiphany Catholic Church, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, and Calvary Episcopal Church. … [Read more...]

AGO Honors Cherry Rhodes & Ladd Thomas at Glendale, California Gala

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) presented its twelfth annual Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring Cherry Rhodes and Ladd Thomas on Friday, April 17, at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, California where Dr. Thomas has served as organist for 55 years. An audience of more than 500 colleagues, students, friends, and loved ones came together to celebrate the lifetime achievements of this dynamic musical couple. View a slideshow of photos of the Gala The Gala was sponsored by the AGO National Council and its Development Committee in cooperation with the First United Methodist Church of Glendale. The event raised approximately $60,000 to be invested in the AGO Endowment … [Read more...]

Southern Plains Chapter (OK) to host Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced and Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical

The Southern Plains Chapter in Oklahoma is hosting this year’s Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced and Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical. Some interesting things you may not know about Oklahoma and this year’s POE events there: - Faculty members for the POEA and POETech represent some the nation's leading collegiate organ teachers. - The University of Oklahoma is the largest college in the state with nearly 31,000 students. - Through its American Organ Institute, OU is the only educational institution to offer degree emphases in organ technology, available at the baccalaureate and master’s level. - Instruments at the University include the 1999 CB Fisk in Gothic Hall (with nearly 5 seconds of reverberation) and "Mini Mo," a portion of the … [Read more...]

Meet the 2015 NCOI Semifinalists

In December, 2014, twelve organists entered the 2015 competition. Working with a proctor, each competitor created a CD recording in January which was returned to AGO Headquarters in accordance with the procedure outlined in the rules. A panel of three judges, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Emma Lou Diemer, and Jason Roberts, reviewed the recordings (which remained anonymous) and selected five semifinalists. The upcoming semifinal round will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Southeast AGO Regional Convention in Charlotte on July 1, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. By showcasing the art of improvisation at a regional convention, the NCOI committee hopes to build interest throughout the Guild for this … [Read more...]

AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are Underway

The first round of the 2015 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists has now ended. The competition begins at the chapter level; competitors may compete in any chapter competition held within the AGO region of their home or school. This year 27 chapters had AGO/Quimby RCYO events and those events are now over. The winners from those chapter events advance in turn to the final round, held concurrent with the seven Regional Conventions. The seven regional winners, the 2016 Rising Stars,  will play next year at the  AGO National Convention in Houston, TX. Meet the 2015 chapter winners in the RCYO section! … [Read more...]