Archives for June 2015

Call for Nominations for the 2016-2018 National Council

The AGO National Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of 14 candidates for the seven positions on the 2016-2018 National Council. In an effort to identify the most talented and dedicated leaders of the Guild, the committee seeks names of potential candidates from all Guild members. Please review the committee’s "Call for Nominations" below and take a few moments to assist the committee in its work either by offering to serve the Guild yourself or recommending one or more colleagues for Council positions. —James Thomashower, Executive Director American Guild of Organists … [Read more...]

2015 Spreckels Organ Society & AGO Competition Held

The annual San Diego AGO/Spreckels Organ Society scholarship auditions were held recently in San Diego. Congratulations to young organists Miranda Kaack, Reiley Fleischbein, John Yokoyama, Suzy Webster, Lauren A., Margaret Campbell, Alex Kramer, and Vincent Pham for presenting an excellent concert on May 31. Robert Lang’s photos of the concert can be seen here. … [Read more...]

Claude Baker Wins First Ronald G. Pogorzelski – Lester D. Yankee Annual Competition

View the 2017 guidelines for the second Pogorzelski-Yankee Annual Competition. Application deadline is August 31, 2015. Advertising a new prize with a $10,000 commission for a solo organ composition, the AGO’s Committee on New Music fully expected a large body of applicants, but they were nonetheless overwhelmed when they received nearly 80 applications. Committee members were even more thrilled to learn that the applicant pool was not only broad but equally deep, boasting applications from many highly accomplished and internationally recognized composers. In the end, the panel of judges—Pamela Decker, Hans-Ola Ericsson, and David Shuler, all important figures in new music and the organ—selected as the winner a renowned composer new to … [Read more...]

June 2015 TAO Feature Article

Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Bryn Athyn, PA Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Hartville, OH By Charles Kegg The Bryn Athyn Cathedral organ has been one of the most fascinating and challenging instruments in the history of the Kegg firm. The donor, Oberlin graduate and active Philadelphia organist Fred Haas, has always admired the work of Ernest Skinner. In the discussion of the new organ for the cathedral, all roads led to a recreation of Skinner’s work. We were asked to marry two modest E.M. Skinner organs, expand the combined instrument in Skinner style using new or vintage pipe work, and add a dramatic fourth manual division that complements the theology of the congregation and the dramatic building architecture— all while creating new … [Read more...]