AGO Monograph Series

The American Guild of Organists announces a series of short book-length monographs on topics about the organ and the organ playing community. The AGO Monograph Series will offer in-depth and researched stories about the world of the organ: instruments, persons, trends, places, and traditions. The AGO Monograph Series will be distributed free to AGO members and other interested parties.

No. 1: J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ on Public Radio

Michael Barone celebrates 50 years with Minnesota Public Radio. He was with the original stations that spawned the media giant nearly from its start. More importantly, he created a unique presence for the organ on the airwaves, produced a trove of original and important recordings, and 35 years ago, created the foremost organ-centered broadcast, Pipedreams. Read the accounts of how this came to be. (Available now)

No. 2: The Organ on Campus

While we may, at first glance, assume that the role of the organ on university and music school campuses affects those majoring students who have chosen to earn degrees and pursue careers, we learn that the place of fine instruments on campuses serves goals beyond teaching and learning. What is the real influence and cultural meaning of the organ on campus as told through the eyes of faculty, students, administrators, and the academic community? (Available late Spring 2018)

No. 3: The Making of a Virtuoso Organist

A select few individuals, through some mixture of talent, effort, teaching pedigree, smart career formation, and just plain luck advance to careers largely centered on concert performance. How are these virtuoso personalities “made”? A handful of young but established artists disclose their own routes to virtuosity, the joys and frustrations of the performing life, and the everyday work of making music on stage. (Available late Fall 2018)

About the Author

Haig Mardirosian, veteran recitalist, writer, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa, and professor emeritus of music at American University, wrote criticism for Fanfare Magazine and for THE AMERICAN ORGANIST prior to producing his monthly TAO editorial column, “Vox Humana” from which many excerpts were drawn for his book, Vox Humana: Essays about the World of the Pipe Organ and Those Who Play it, published by Morningstar Music Publishers.