August 2020: Welcome New Members

Mr. Michael Alderman Heidi Argyle Mr. Jack V. Austin Charles Ballinger Joshua C. Benkendorf Mr. Jacob Aleksandar Bogdanovic Mr. Jonathan Matthew Bolena Rachel Booz Jordan Bramwell Mr. David Bridge Mr. Aaron Browka Maria Budacova Timothy Bullard The Rev. Grace Burton-Edwards Mr. Nathaniel Butler Robert L. Buzzard Dr. Raymond A. Calderon, II Mason Cancilla Mr. Devin Chang Mr. Ethan Chap Mr. Colby T. Charnin Mr. Nathan C. Chen Dr. Theresa Chen Mr. James Duncan Claar Mrs. Eileen Cloutier The Rev. John H. Conners Mr. Robert Coursen Dr. Kenneth M. Dean , Jr. Mr. Jonathan Durkovic Ms. Emily Ehrensperger Mr. Charles D. Eidelman Mr. David Elacqua Ms. Emma Evans Ms. Katrina R. Fahrenthold Bryson D. Foster Levi … [Read more...]

OrganFest 2020

We hope you enjoyed the program for the AGO’s inaugural virtual OrganFest, which was held July 20 - 24, 2020. Details can be found at https://agoorganfest2020.org. The archived broadcast for each day's program may be accessed  at the links on the OrganFest 2020 website below: Monday, July 20, 2020 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Thursday, July 23, 2020 Friday, July 24, 2020 Rising Star Performances may be accessed on the following page of the OrganFest 2020 website: Rising Stars PipeTalks by presenters originally scheduled for the Atlanta 2020 convention are viewable here on the OrganFest 2020 website: Pipe Talks … [Read more...]

August 2020 TAO Feature Article

Our Lady of Czenstochowa Church Coventry, Rhode Island Kegg Pipe Organ Builders • Hartville, Ohio By Charles Kegg   Each pipe organ we build brings something new to our table. Of course each instrument is different from any other we have built, but the relationship we have with Brian Mattias, director of music and organist at Our Lady of Czenstochowa Church, is also unique. Brian is an organbuilder, service technician, and owner of Potter-Rathbun Organ Company in Cranston, Rhode Island. He is active in the American Institute of Organbuilders, and I have known him for many years. Brian sees and hears new pipe organs from builders from all over the world at our annual conventions and had an unusually broad perspective when … [Read more...]

RCO & AGO Members: Consider an Affiliate Membership

We are delighted to offer RCO members an Affiliate Membership in the AGO that provides a digital subscription to twelve issues of The American Organist magazine at the special annual rate of $31.00 USD. You will also have access to our online educational videos and COVID-19 resource pages. From the AGO website menu choose Membership/Join the Guild/RCO Affiliate Membership. RCO Members click here AGO members can also become Affiliate members of the Royal College of Organists for ₤25.00 and receive a  package of digital benefits including access to iRCO, the College’s outstanding digital content hub that contains hundreds of videos, webinars, audio files, papers, articles and other educational material for the organist and choral … [Read more...]

AGO Affirms That Black Lives Matter

The American Guild of Organists recognizes and affirms that Black Lives Matter. We call upon every chapter and all of our members to speak out against racial bias and take action to make the world a better, safer, and more secure place for the members of the Black community. Now is the time for us to search our souls for ways to be more caring, to be better brothers and sisters to our Black colleagues, and to demonstrate our unwavering support for their professional advancement and success. The tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, the equally senseless killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta on June 12, and the death and injury of so many others are heartbreaking and inexcusable. We extend our condolences to their … [Read more...]

July 2020 TAO Feature Article

Irvin Boudreaux Practice Organ Baton Rouge, Louisiana Nolte Organ Building • Milwaukee, Wisconsin By John M. Nolte Every successful organ project begins with a dream or vision. The maxim attributed to Thomas Edison is also true: “Vision without execution is just hallucination.” Irvin Boudreaux’s vision of his own practice instrument began when he was a private student of Warren Hutton at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. The most popular practice organ on campus was the 1974 Holtkamp two-manual and pedal tracker with three 8' ranks: Manual I Rohrflöte, Manual II Copula, and Pedal Pommer. There were no stops or couplers, just 154 pipes to help you learn your music. Irvin thought about this off and on for a number of years. … [Read more...]

AGOYO Holds first Organ Crawl at Co-Cathedral Houston

Co-Cathedral Houston, Texas October 12, 2019 Stellar attendance at AGOYO's first pop-up event “Organ Crawl” today at the Co-Cathedral Houston! Thank you all for making this event successful, especially our Director of Music and Cathedral Organist Crista Miller. This event could not be planned without your tremendous effort!!! And Organ tech Corbin Sturch, very clear and on spot explanation of the pipe works and organ crawl tour, Patrick Schneider,Jim Roman, Daryl Robinson, Timothy Lloyd Moe, Jeong-Suk Bae, Mary Joy Silmaro, Heeyeon Cha, Joel Trekell and other helpers! So happy to meet many new faces and know that there are other young people interested in pursuing organ and sacred music!! -Olga Wong, AGOYO board member … [Read more...]

October 12, 2019- Houston, Texas Co-Cathedral

Stellar attendance at AGOYO first pop-up event “Organ Crawl” today at the Co-Cathedral Houston! Thank you all for making this event successful especially our Director of Music and Cathedral Organist Crista Miller, this event could not be planned without your tremendous effort!!! And Organ tech Corbin Sturch, very clear and on spot explanaSon of the pipe works and organ crawl tour, Patrick Schneider,Jim Roman, Daryl Robinson, Timothy Lloyd Moe, Jeong-Suk Bae, Mary Joy Silmaro, Heeyeon Cha, Joel Trekell and other helpers! So happy to meet many new faces and know that there are other young people interested in pursuing organ and sacred music!! -Olga Wong, AGOYO board member … [Read more...]

June 2020: Welcome New Members

Boston Chapter Rev. Dr Timothy J.R. Shotmeyer, SSJE Brigham Young Chapter Alex Gudmundsen Charlottesville-Albermarle Chapter Mr. Josh Dove Chattanooga Chapter Mr. Adam Burnette Greater Huntsville Chapter Mr. Glen W. Harper Hong Kong Chapter Mr. Tsz Nok Carlos Li Miss June Rippon Ms. Trinity Yiu Houston Chapter Michael M. Liu Lancaster Chapter Peter Hasse Lynchburg Chapter Dr. Curtis R. Smith Mid-Atlantic Region Independent Members Ms. Darlene K. Hardy Memphis Chapter Dr. Catherine Byars Nassau Chapter Leslie Fitzpatrick New Haven Chapter Miss Carolyn Craig Northern New Jersey Chapter Mr. Euntaek Kim Northern Virginia Chapter Mr. John Bliss Oklahoma City Chapter John M. Morrow Orange County Chapter Stephen … [Read more...]

June 2020 TAO Feature Article

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Chattanooga, Tennessee Allen Organ Company • Macungie, Pennsylvania by Jeff Ayers Stop List   When entering the Woodmore neighborhood of Chattanooga, Tennessee, observers will notice a large stone Gothic structure with soaring heights and stunning architecture. Upon walking into First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, you will immediately notice the 70-foot-tall brick walls, stone floor, hand-painted ceiling, and the organ, strikingly flanked by stained glass windows and pipework. For more than 40 years, Bruce Clark has served as the organist at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 1980, he oversaw the installation of the 48-rank Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ that originally included … [Read more...]