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...]

October 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Auburn, New York 1890 Carl Barckhoff Pipe Organ Restored by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders by David Mccleary View an enlarged cover View the Stop List The 1890 Carl Barckhoff organ at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Auburn, New York, is thought to be the builder’s largest extant organ, and unlike most of the organs of its period, survives in relatively unaltered and undamaged condition. These two factors, combined with Barckhoff’s exceptional tonal design and the fact that the organ continues today as the primary instrument of the parish, made it imperative that it receive the restorative attention necessary to continue its mission. When we approach any restoration project, we weigh the value of restoring … [Read more...]

September 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Arlington, Virginia Holtkamp Organ Company • Cleveland, Ohio By F. Christian Holtkamp View an enlarged cover View the Stop List When approaching the Washington, DC, area in the crush of daytime traffic, it is hard to imagine what it was like some 150 years earlier. At that time, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church stood in open farm country on Glebe Road, in the same location as it stands today. When the church was founded in 1854, Glebe Road was unpaved and only wide enough to allow for the passage of horse-drawn buggies. The first church building was used as a hospital and stable during the Civil War. In the winter of 1861, much of the building was dismantled by Union troops stationed nearby in … [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...]

Six Pipe Organ Encounters Highlight 2017

2017 witnessed six successful Pipe Organ Encounters, including one POE Advanced and one POE Technical. Congratulations to the host chapters, teachers, and students. The six POEs and their host chapters were: Dordt College Campus (Sioux Center, Iowa) South Dakota Chapter June 11-16, 2017 Website POE The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) Birmingham Chapter June 25-30, 2017 Website POE Advanced Berkeley Lake, Georgia Phil Parkey OrganBuilders & Atlanta Chapter July 9-14, 2017 Webpage POE Technical Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) Greater Hartford Chapter July 16-21, 2017 Website POE University of San Diego (San Diego, California) San Diego Chapter July 16-22, … [Read more...]

August 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

First United Methodist Church Dalton, Georgia Parkey Organbuilders Berkeley Lake, Georgia View an enlarged cover  … [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...]

July 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

A Kimball in the Wilderness St. John's Cathedral Denver, Colorado Chancel Organ W.W. Kimball 7231 (1938) Restoration by Spencer Organ Company Inc. (2009–2012) Gallery Organ Spencer Organ Company Inc. and J. Zamberlan & Co. (2016) New Antiphonal Organ with Vintage Pipes View an enlarged cover The chancel organ at St. John’s Cathedral is Colorado’s biggest pipe organ, the last large surviving Kimball, and a memorial to notable Denverites. The gift of Senator Lawrence and Margaret Phipps, the Kimball is placed in memory of Mrs. Phipps’s father, Judge Platt Rogers (1850–1928), mayor of Denver 1891–93. Judge Rogers died on December 25, 1928, leading Mrs. Phipps to envision a new organ in the Episcopal Cathedral in the judge’s … [Read more...]