Kansas City to Host 2018 AGO National Convention

AGO members will gather in Kansas City in 2018 for the AGO's biannual 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. To keep up with news of the convention, bookmark the 2018 AGO National … [Read more...]

Important 2017 Deadlines

October 16-17: National Council, Board of Regional Councillors, and Staff Meet with 2B Communications for Strategic Planning Retreat, Kansas City, Missouri. October 17: National Council meets with Board of Regional Councillors, Kansas City, Misssouri. October 17: 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance submission deadline. October 18: Board of Regional Councillors Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri. October 18-21: Pedagogy Conference, Lawrence, Kansas. November 1 and November 15 respectively: Editorial and advertising deadlines for the January issue of TAO. December 31: Deadline to claim a deduction for a charitable contribution made in 2017. … [Read more...]

Meet the Winners of the 2017 RCYO Competitions

Twenty-eight AGO chapters hosted the AGO/Quimby RCYO (Regional Competitions for Young Organists) between February 15 and April 15, 2017. The first place winners from those chapter events advanced to the final rounds of the competition at each regional convention. Meet the 2017 first and second place AGO/Quimby RCYO winners from each of the seven regions. … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Renew Your AGO Dues

Benefits for members on the traditional July 1 -- June 30 membership year will end soon for those who have not renewed for the 2017-2018 year. To avoid interruption of your AGO membership benefits, including your monthly TAO subscription, please send your renewal payment as soon as possible. You may use ONCARD to quickly and securely renew online with a credit card or to print out your invoice and pay by check. Membership in the Guild comes with many benefits, including the following: connect with other organists enhance your skills as an organist and choral conductor celebrate the organ in historic and evolving contexts discover news of the organ and choral world online and in The American Organist nurture new … [Read more...]

Three Finalists to Compete in NCOI Final Round at 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City

The semifinal round was held Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, Quebec. Three finalists were selected who will compete in the NCOI Final Round which will be held in conjunction with the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The finalists are Robert Horton, Kalle Toivio, and Douglas Murray. Official Kansas City 2018 AGO Convention website … [Read more...]

Seven Regional Conventions to be Held in 2017

It's 2017 and that means that Regional Conventions are on the docket. Host cities this year are: Montreal, Richmond, Jacksonville, Youngstown, Iowa City, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. For contact information and links to each convention's website, visit the AGO website's Regional Conventions page. … [Read more...]

AGO honors Joan Lippincott at Princeton University Chapel

The American Guild of Organists presented its fourteenth annual Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring Joan Lippincott on Friday, April 21, at Princeton University Chapel, where Lippincott served as organist for seven years following her 37-year-long tenure on the faculty of Westminster Choir College. An audience of more than 350 colleagues, students, friends, and loved ones came together to celebrate her lifetime achievements and dedication to the pipe organ and the literature composed for it. More than 500 viewers from 25 countries participated in the Gala Recital via live stream Internet broadcast. The Gala was sponsored by the AGO National Council and its Finance and Development … [Read more...]

2018 NCOI Semifinal Round to be Held July 5, 2017

Five semi-finalists have been selected for the NCOI semifinal round. The semifinal round will be held July 5, 2017 at the Northeast Regional Convention in Montreal, Quebec. The semi-finalists are Skye Hart, Robert Horton, Kalle Toivio, Juan Andres Mesa, and Douglas Murray. … [Read more...]

2017 Gala Honors Joan Lippincott

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) selected internationally acclaimed organist and teacher JOAN LIPPINCOTT as the honoree for the 2017 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Princeton, N.J. Complete information can be found here. Joan Lippincott's biography can be found here. The celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Princeton University Chapel, where the honoree, joined by organists Scott Dettra and Eric Plutz, will perform a recital that is free and open to the public. A Gala Benefit Reception (advance tickets required) will follow. All proceeds from the Gala will honor Joan Lippincott in perpetuity through the AGO Endowment Fund. For further information, … [Read more...]

2017 AGO National Pedagogy Conference Set for University of Kansas

The 2017 AGO National Pedagogy Conference will take place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS from October 18-21, 2017. The focus will be on organ and improvisation study in the French conservatory system. Featured artists are Michel Bouvard, Vincent DuBois, Aurelie Decourt, Olivier Latry, and Shin-Young Lee. Additional American artists include Lynne Davis, James Higdon, and Norma Livlingson. Full details and registration information are now available at the Pedagogy Conference website.   … [Read more...]