Thanks to Our 2018 Silent Auction Bidders

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the donors of more than 160 unique and interesting auction items and the 193 bidders who placed 749 bids. The online auction raised approximately $20,000 for the AGO Annual Fund.  As we close out the auction, we are putting winning bidders and donors in touch with each other, as appropriate, and sending auction items to winning bidders. Please be patient as we complete this process. For further information or assistance, please e-mail fathurman@agohq.org. … [Read more...]

AGO National Convention Kicks off on July 2nd in Kansas City

The 2018 AGO National Convention gets under way on July 2nd in Kansas City, Missouri. This feature article in the KC Independent highlights many of the events that convention-goers will attend. … [Read more...]

American Guild of Organists Awarded $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support educational programs and career development for organists, choral conductors, and composers in 2018, including the AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., July 2–6. The Guild has received regular support from the NEA since 2005. The $25,000 “Art Works” grant matches the largest amount the arts endowment has ever given to the Guild. “This grant covers the full breadth of the AGO’s educational activities for current and prospective members as well as our programs of outreach to the public,” stated AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “The AGO promotes lifelong learning opportunities ranging from Pipe Organ … [Read more...]

AGO National Convention 2018: Explore Kansas City’s Rich Musical History

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz. American Jazz Museum … [Read more...]

Kansas City to Host 2018 AGO National Convention

AGO members will gather in Kansas City, Missouri July 2-6, 2018 for the AGO's biennial convention. Kansas City is currently experiencing a wonderful cultural rebirth. Energetic and attractive neighborhoods throughout the city are highlighted by world class performing arts venues, beautiful bars and restaurants, and a wide array of cultural hot spots such as museums, coffee shops, breweries, art galleries, and parks. Forbes named Kansas City one of “America’s Best Downtowns”; Huffington Post named it “Coolest City in America” in 2014; Time awarded KC “America’s Best City for BBQ”; and it was the first US city with access to Google’s ultra–high–speed internet service, Google Fiber. Here's a great article from the KC Independent on the … [Read more...]