How to Submit Chapter News to TAO

Please email chapter news reports (not newsletters) to All reports received are published. Please include: name of chapter date of event city or town in which event took place Report recent activities only; do not list future events. Include names of active participants who are AGO members. Photos: Only unmodified high-resolution TIFF or JPG files (300 dpi) are acceptable for electronic submission (send as attachments). Deadline for submission is two months prior to issue date. … [Read more...]

Reserve Your Houston Convention Room Now; Discounted Rate Expires May 25

5:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, May 25 is the cutoff date to make reservations at the Hilton Americas-Houston for those attending the AGO National Convention. After that time, the convention rate of $145 will no longer be guaranteed and may no longer be available, and unsold rooms will be released for sale to the public. Please make your reservations now if you haven’t done so already. With more than 4,000 room nights sold already, a few rooms at the $145 rate are still available on every night of the convention and for several days before and after it. Reserve your room now.   … [Read more...]

Meet Your New National Council and Regional Councillors

Here are the results of the AGO 2016 elections. New officers will be installed during the AGO National Convention in Houston, June 19-23. Officers and National Councillors: President: Vice-President/Councillor for Competitions and New Music: Secretary/Councillor for Communications: Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development: Councillor for Conventions: Councillor for Education: Councillor for Membership: Michael Bedford Eileen J. Hunt Mary Stutz Barbara Adler Michael Velting Don Cook David K. Lamb Regional Councillors: Northeast Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Southeast Region: Great Lakes Region: North Central Region: Southwest Region: West Region: Cheryl J. Duerr Glenn L. … [Read more...]

Jean Langlais Remembered

The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce the publication of Jean Langlais Remembered, a monograph by Marie-Louise Langlais (Foreword by James David Christie) available exclusively in electronic form on the AGO website. This gift to the AGO is made in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Jean Langlais’s death on May 8, 1991. Jean Langlais Remembered contains 11 chapters devoted to his life and musical career, 64 illustrations, and a chronological catalogue of his works. “Jean Langlais was deeply attached to America and to Americans,” stated Marie-Louise Langlais. “This is why I hope this book appears on the internet for free, with open access to all, through the AGO, in recognition of the extraordinary work of this … [Read more...]

May 2016 TAO Feature Article

St. Joseph Catholic Church Lincoln, Nebraska Bedient Pipe Organ Company • Lincoln, Nebraska By Ryan Luckey and Mark Miller We are often asked, “What is the most rewarding part of building a pipe organ?” People usually expect us to reply by describing the thrill of hearing the new organ as it plays music that was written specifically for the type of instrument we have just built. But they are surprised to hear our actual answer: “It’s the collaboration and the people we get to work with.” Working closely with the client to identify their needs and developing a plan to supply those needs results in the most successful and rewarding outcomes for everyone involved. St. Joseph Catholic Parish of Lincoln, Nebraska, was established … [Read more...]

April 2016 Chapter News

Northeast Region Greater Bridgeport, CT July 1, members and friends of the chapter gathered in New Haven at the Greek Olive restaurant for the annual meeting, prior to a re­cital by Thomas Murray at Woolsey Hall as part of the AGO Northeast Regional Convention. Past deans present were David Yoder, RoseAnne Homola, Flora Major, John Michniewicz, Carole Fanslow, and Barbara Bayers. The Rev. Meg B. Williams (current dean) pre­sided at the meeting. • October 18, the 14th annual Pipescreams program was held at United Congregational Church. Host organist was John Michniewicz; Frank Martignetti chaired the event, ably assisted by other chapter members. Included in the program were the Norma Pfriem Children’s Choir of the host church, the … [Read more...]

March 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region Berkshire, MA September 19, the chapter held a Pedals, Pipes & Pizza event, featuring various exhibits, at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield. The organ was dem­onstrated by Scott Bailey (dean), Matthew McConnell presented a harpsichord demonstration, John Terauds presented a brief history of the organ (in 20 PowerPoint slides), and Joy Mullen (sub-dean) provided information about the Guild and its programs. Children present were able to sit at the console and try out the instrument. Pizza was provided afterward. • October 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, the chapter and the Cantilena Chamber Choir presented a concert titled “O Be Joyful in the Lord: Sacred Music for Choir and Organ.” It was preceded by … [Read more...]

The AGO’s Three New Music Competitions Are Now Open to Entries

Competitions for new music are an important part of the Guild’s commitment to the future of organ and choral music. Seeking to draw on particular individual strengths, the AGO Committee on New Music has developed a procedure wherein composers submit proposals for commission rather than compose for stipulated criteria. For more information see the AGO/Marilyn Mason, AGO/ECS, and Pogorzelski-Yankee sections. Applications are now being accepted online. … [Read more...]

Scholarship Application for Pipe Organ Encounters (POE)

The deadline for POE Scholarship applications is Friday, April 15, 2016. Need-based scholarship aid is available to cover full or partial registration fees for attending a POE (POE or POEA, only, not POE+). Funds are limited, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarship applications for both POE and POEA events require two forms to be submitted by the deadline--one by the family of the student and one by the student’s teacher. Use the links below to complete your application for a 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter POE Student Application & Parent Information Form POE Teacher Recommendation Form POEA Student Application & Parent Information Form POEA Teacher Recommendation Form … [Read more...]

Meet the Performers at the AGO 2016 Houston Convention

This summer's AGO National Convention in Houston features a diverse and talented array of twenty-four performers, from soloists, to large choral groups. Visit the Houston Convention's website to learn more about the performers or to register. Additional links: Schedule Featured Composers Workshops Venues Worship Hotel & Transportation Houston Convention home page … [Read more...]