Volume 2 of AGO Monograph Series Released

The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce the release of Volume 2 in the AGO Monograph series: The Organ on Campus, by Haig Mardirosian. Rather than a how-to guide, this might be called a why-to guide — an exploration of the motives, instincts, fortunes, and foibles of a community learning and teaching the sometimes-mysterious art of playing this complex and impressive instrument. Such an idiosyncratic narrative aims to assess the influence of the instrument on American college campuses, and in turn, on society and culture. Volume 2 can be downloaded in PDF format from the this page on the AGO website. Volume 1, J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ on Public Radio, can also be downloaded from the same page. … [Read more...]

2018 AGO National Election Official Results

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the 2018-2020 National Council and Board of Regional Councillors: National Council, 2018-2020 President:  Michael Bedford, DMA, AAGO, ChM Vice President/Councillor for Competitions and New Music: Eileen Hunt, DMA, AAGO Secretary/Councillor for Communications: Mary Stutz, BS Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development: Barbara Adler, DMA, SPC Councillor for Conventions: Michael Velting, DMA Councillor for Education:  Don Cook, DMA, AAGO Councillor for Membership:  David Lamb, DMus, CAGO Regional Councillors, 2018-2020 Councillor for the Northeast Region  Leslie Smith,  BM, MM, CAGO Councillor for the Mid-Atlantic Region Wayne L. Wold, … [Read more...]

Vote Today for the AGO Leaders of Tomorrow

The governance of the AGO is vested in our National Council, a small cohort of volunteer Guild members elected by their peers. The Council consists of eight voting members including four officers (president, vice president/councillor for competitions and new music, secretary/councillor for communications, and treasurer/councillor for finance and development), three councillors with portfolio (education, membership, and conventions), and the chair of the Board of Regional Councillors (ex officio). With the exception of the chair of the BRC, all of the national councillors are elected by a vote of the general membership. The executive director of the AGO also serves on the National Council, ex officio, with voice but no vote. Leadership of … [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...]

Christopher LaRosa’s Award-winning Monument Premieres at IUP on March 4, 2018

The Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee at Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites you to the world premiere of Monument by Christopher LaRosa.  Monument will be performed on the Porgorzelski-Yankee organ by Dr. James Kibbie, Professor and Chair of Organ and University Organist at the University of Michigan. The performance is scheduled for 3:00 PM– 5:00 PM in the DiCicco Hall, Room 121 Cogswell Hall on the IUP campus.  A discussion with the composer will precede the concert at 2:00 PM. Update: A recording of the concert  is available on YouTube   … [Read more...]

AGO Announces Afffiliation with Vox Humana

The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce their affiliation with Vox Humana, a new online journal that presents current ideas, trends, and research about the organ. Articles are published every two weeks by leading organists and scholars from around the globe. Visit Vox Humana. … [Read more...]

AGO Launches the American Guild of Organists Monograph Series

The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce availability of J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ and Public Radio. Barone 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. Future monographs in the series will include The Organ on Campus and The Making of a Virtuoso Organist. Download a free copy of this unique document or purchase a printed copy in the AGO online store. … [Read more...]

Two new Pogorzelski-Yankee Scholarships will be awarded for the 2018-19 academic year

The online application period for 1) an entering college freshman and 2) entering 1st year graduate scholarship begins January 1st and ends February 15, 2018. More information on the Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship - The application period has begun! Students must plan to be an entering college freshman or an entering first year graduate student in the 2018-19 academic year. Students must have a desire to commit a significant portion of the two years following graduation to teaching, performing, or other serious endeavor with respect to the organ. Students must attend, or plan to attend, a nationally or regionally accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, or conservatory) by the time awards are made. … [Read more...]

Support the AGO on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday, November 28, is a national day of philanthropy. To celebrate the occasion, we ask that you consider making a gift to the AGO Annual Fund. Our ambitious goal is to raise $24,000 in 24 hours. We are both making a commitment to contribute to the Guild on Giving Tuesday, and we encourage you to do so as well. The Guild is poised for great things in 2018. Contribute Now At our National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., July 2-6, we will roll out a completely new, three-year strategic plan that is designed to provide greater support to our chapters and members than ever before. But first, we will start the year by helping to fund January Jubilees in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio. In the spring we will … [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...]