Two new Porgorzelski-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. 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. Students must provide verification of … [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...]

December 2017 TAO Cover Feature

The New Organ at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Carmel, Indiana Buzard Pipe Organ Builders by John-Paul Buzard View an enlarged cover View a Stop List Pilgrim Lutheran Church’s former building was located on land that the State of Indiana purchased to create a new entrance ramp for I-465; their parking lot was purchased by another institution. The congregation was therefore able to relocate and erect a new building without the need for fund-raising, although the process occupied more than ten years. Early in their planning process, Pilgrim’s organ committee selected Buzard Pipe Organ Builders for their hoped-for new organ in what was then their hoped-for new building. Imagine my delight and surprise when many years following our … [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 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 Deadlines

November 1 (Ongoing): Registration is open for AGO 2018 Convention in Kansas City. November 15: Editorial and advertising deadlines for the January issue of TAO. December 1: Applications for the May 11, 2018 CAGO exam are available. December 31: Deadline to claim a deduction for a charitable contribution made in 2017. January 1, 2018: Students applying for a scholarship award for the 2018-19 academic year can submit an online application from January 1 to February 15, 2018. More information. December 31: Supersaver Deadline for AGO Kansas City 2018 Convention Registration. March 31, 2018: Early Registration Deadline for AGO Kansas City 2018 Convention. May 31, 2018: Regular Registration Deadline for AGO Kansas City 2018 … [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...]