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. All proceeds from the Gala will honor Joan Lippincott in perpetuity through the AGO Endowment Fund. For further information, … [Read more...]

Federal Trade Commission and AGO Setttlement

April 4, 2017 To All AGO Members: As you may know, on Friday, March 31, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that the AGO had entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Commission. The release references a proposed consent order that resolves a complaint initiated by the agency alleging that the Guild’s rules restrained competition and harmed consumers in violation of the FTC Act. The FTC’s announcement is the culmination of 17 months of careful negotiations between the Guild and the Commission. We have previously detailed this process in emails to chapter leaders, articles in TAO, notices on the AGO website, and presentations at the 2016 National Convention. As part of the settlement agreement, the … [Read more...]

2017 Pipe Organ Encounters Schedule

POE for ages 13–18 June 11–16 Sioux Center, Iowa July 16–22 San Diego, California (Registration full - Waiting list only) July 16–21 Hartford, Connecticut July 23–27 Winchester, Virginia An introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Piano or organ proficiency ranging from intermediate to advanced is required. Apply to attend. Scholarship assistance is available - … [Read more...]

April 2017 TAO Cover Feature

The Reuter Organ Company Centennial The Reuter Organ Company officially began operations on April 17, 1917. At that time, Adolph C. Reuter had worked in the organ industry for over 15 years and held supervisory positions at Wicks, Casavant, and Pilcher. He had been meeting with area businessmen since the beginning of the year to organize his own company. Before the end of the year, the new firm had installed its first organ at Trinity Episcopal Church in Matoon, Illinois. This organ still plays weekly services and will be featured in a recital this November—100 years and one day after it was first used on a Sunday morning. Our last anniversary article in The American Organist (March 1992) gave a detailed history of the first 75 … [Read more...]

2017 AGO National Pedagogy Conference Set for University of Kansas

The 2017 AGO National Pedagogy Conference will take place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS from October 18-21, 2017. The focus will be on organ and improvisation study in the French conservatory system. Featured artists are Michel Bouvard, Vincent DuBois, Aurelie Decourt, Olivier Latry, and Shin-Young Lee. Additional American artists include Lynne Davis, James Higdon, and Norma Livlingson. Full details and registration information are now available at the Pedagogy Conference website.   … [Read more...]

Premiere performance of Construct: for organ

Ann Labounsky premiered 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. The concert can be viewed on YouTube at the link below. … [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...]