Congratulations to the 2016 NYACOP and NCOI Winners

Five finalists played at the 2016 NYACOP final round Saturday, June 18, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. The winning players were Katelyn Emerson – First Place, Kirk Rich – Second Place, and Weicheng Zhao – Third Place and Audience Prize. Three finalists were chosen at the 2015 NCOI semifinals held July 1, 2015 at the Charlotte SE Regional Convention. The three organists below traveled to Houston, Texas for the NCOI final round that was held June 21, 2016 at Christ Church Cathedral (Houston). Thomas Dahl, was awarded 1st Place and the Audience Prize, Matt Gender was awarded 2nd Place, and Kalle Toivio was awarded 3rd Place. … [Read more...]

Eight Prizes Presented to Six Organists at National Convention in Houston, TX

The American Guild of Organists  is pleased to announce the results of its National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and the National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI). Prizewinners were recognized at the 53rd biennial AGO National Convention in Houston, Tex. The following prizes were awarded: National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance First Prize—Katelyn Emerson The Jordan Organ Endowment Prize: $10,000, awarded in conjunction with a solo recital on the Jordan Family Organ in Columbus, GA; The Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize: $3,000 cash award and career development assistance provided by Karen McFarlane Artists; a CD recording by Pro Organo; a performance at the 2018 AGO National … [Read more...]

AGO Recognizes Three Award Winning Composers

The American Guild of Organists honored three award- winning composers at its Annual Meeting on June 22, during the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, TX. AGO Vice President Christian Lane presided over the award presentations to David Ashley White of Houston, Ivan Božičević of Croatia, and Michael Gilbertson of Hamden, CT The 2016 Distinguished Composer Award was presented to David Ashley White. The prestigious award, created in 1986, is presented biennially to recognize outstanding composers of organ and choral music in the United States. White’s anthem, With a Shining Like the Sun, for mixed chorus, brass, timpani, organ, and congregation, was given its premier performance during the convention. Previous award recipients … [Read more...]

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

The American Guild of Organists bestowed its two highest awards of national distinction in conjunction with the 53rd biennial AGO National Convention in Houston, TX. Award presentations were made during the Guild’s Annual Meeting. AGO President John Walker made the presentation to Frederick Haas, and at Walker’s request, Jeffrey Hoover made the presentation to Robert Bennett because of Hoover’s long association with the award recipient. The AGO President’s Award was presented to Frederick R. Haas of Philadelphia, PA. The prestigious award, created in 1988, is presented biennially to recognize outstanding contributions to the art of the organ in the United States. The 2016 President’s Award was given to Haas “in gratitude for his inspired … [Read more...]

Houston Convention Ends on a High Note

The 53rd biennial National Convention of the AGO ended on a high note on Thursday, June 23rd. A very high note. The evening opened with a greeting from the International Space Station astronaut Jeff Williams. Also featured in the program from St. Martin's Episcopal Church was Hans Zimmer's Cornfield Chase from the movie Interstellar. Over the course of the 5-day event 1,200 attendees were busy from early morning through the closing of the Exhibit Hall at midnight. A large number of enthusiastic young organists brought a special energy to the convention. A reception on Sunday night in outgoing president John Walker’s suite for AGOYO (AGO Young Organists) members was jam-packed. Finalists in both the NCOI (National Competition in … [Read more...]

Houston 2016 Convention — Thursday June 23rd

The final day of the convention features a full morning of workshops. The afternoon features recitals by Ars Lyrica Houston, Joby Bell, and Diane Belcher at various locations. You won't want to miss the AGO Rising Stars' performance of Bayoubüchlein at Co-Cathedral of Sacred Heart. An Evening Extravaganza and Closing Reception at St. Martin's Episcopal Church close out the day's activities. … [Read more...]

Houston 2016 Convention – Monday June 20

Monday is the first full day of activities. Recitals and workshops are held throughout the day. Rising Stars from each of the AGO's seven regions perform at 9:00 am at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The AGO Professional Certification Reception will be held at 5:30 pm at the Hilton Americas. In the evening the first of two concerts at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be held. Michel Bouvard performs "Power Dance," a commissioned work by Joan Tower. The concert will be live-streamed and can be watched at … [Read more...]

Houston 2016 Convention – Saturday June 18

The American Guild of Organists' 53rd biennial convention kicks off today in Houston, Texas. The Hilton Americas hotel serves as convention headquarters. The Houston Steering Committee has worked tirelessly to create a convention that showcases vibrant performances, world-class instruments, enlightening workshops, creative new music, and inspiring worship. The convention kicks off with the finals of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) at St. Paul's United Methodist Church from 9am to 5pm. Hospitality Suites at the Hilton Americas are open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Registration is open from 6-8pm. … [Read more...]

Registration Continues for the AGO Houston Convention, June 19-23

Registration is ongoing for the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston. Register Now Follow these links for additional information about the convention: Home Schedule Featured Composers Workshops Venues Worship Performers Hotel & Transportation … [Read more...]

Houston to Host the AGO 2016 Convention

The 2016 AGO National Convention will take place in Houston, TX and showcase vibrant performances, world-class instruments, enlightening workshops, creative new music and inspiring worship. You will have many opportunities to meet fellow musicians and create dynamic connections. Convention dates are June 19-23, 2016. Registration begins in October, 2015. Bookmark the convention website to keep up to date with all the news: Houston Convention 2016. … [Read more...]