Premiere performance of Construct: for organ

Ann Labounsky will premiere Christopher Adler’s Construct: for Organ, March 26th at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Construct: for Organ was the commissioned piece in the second Annual Pogorzelski-Yankee Annual Competition. Watch the performance live beginning at 2pm EDT. … [Read more...]

February 2017 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Fairfield West, Connecticut. October 9, the chapter enjoyed a demonstration of the Newberry Memorial Organ at Yale University’s Woolsey Hall by Thomas Murray, university organist. A tour of the organ by curators Nicholas Thompson-Allen and Joe Dzeda followed the demonstration. —Jonathan Ryan Greater Hartford, Connecticut. A large grant from the chapter helped support the 19th annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. This year the festival was held at its new home at Hartford’s Trinity College after 18 seasons at First Church, Wethersfield, Conn. First place in the Young Professional Competition went to Colin MacKnight, second place to Collin Boothby, and third place to Joey … [Read more...]

March 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Buffalo, New York Parsons Pipe Organ Builders • Integrated Organ Technologies Inc. New organ projects have the luxury of starting from scratch. After evaluating the acoustics, placement, and people, the builder can create a design that (hopefully) suits everyone, perhaps even himself. In the best situations, the builder is given carte blanche, much like a novelist with a blank page. It is often under such circumstances that masterpieces result. By contrast, rebuilds are another breed altogether. They enjoy neither the luxury of restoration (with its discipline of no change) nor that blank page of new-organ creativity. In place of the novelist starting from scratch, the rebuilder is akin to the … [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...]

National Committee Meeting Notes

AGO National Committee Directors submit notes of their meetings thereafter and are displayed on this post page. … [Read more...]

February 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

The Second Time Around S.L. Huntington & Co. • Stonington, Conn. By Scot L. Huntington In 1816, a two-manual organ built in 1680 by Arp Schnitger—the most celebrated organbuilder of the Baroque era—was moved to the remote North Sea village of Cappel on the North Sea. This organ is now a mecca for builders and organists alike. In America, Hook & Hastings maintained an ever-changing catalog of second-hand instruments. William Johnson moved one of his early organs when he replaced it in 1874—it in turn being moved a third time in 1914. This month’s cover story features legacy instruments given a new lease on life in new and appreciative homes, acquired for a fraction of the cost of a new, purpose-built organ. When New … [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 at Prospect House, the private dining club of Princeton University. All proceeds from the Gala will honor Joan Lippincott in … [Read more...]

Round Lake Organ Declared National Monument

The 1847 Ferris organ in the Round Lake Auditorium in Round Lake, NY has been designated a National Historic Landmark, believed to be the first such honor for any organ in North America. AGO member Agnes Armstrong wrote a letter in support of the designation to the National Park Service. "I'm thrilled. This is really exciting," she said in an interview with the Times Union newspaper. She has played recitals on the organ for more than 30 years and released a CD of organ music played on the Ferris titled "Victorian Christmas in Round Lake." Read the full article on the Ferris organ National Historic Landmark designation. … [Read more...]

AGO Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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 2017, including new music commissioned for the AGO National Convention in Kansas City, MO July 2–6, 2018. While the AGO has received regular support from the NEA since 2005, the $25,000 “Art Works” award is the largest grant 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 NEA’s funding sends an uplifting message to … [Read more...]

December 2016 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region New London County, CT June 11, members and guests of the chapter enjoyed food and fellowship at the lovely waterside home of Shari Lucas, in spite of heavy rain. Officers were elected, followed by an inspiring performance by our host’s Dixieland Band. —Elizabeth Limkemann Waterbury, CT September 9, the chapter organized a dinner at a Middletown restaurant, followed by the annual “Bach to School” organ concert at Memorial Chapel on the campus of Wesleyan University. In his program on the Holtkamp organ, university organist and professor Ronald Ebrecht played several pieces by Maurice Duruflé, noting that Duruflé died 30 years ago. Ebrecht, who has studied and written extensively about the composer, provided … [Read more...]