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 Dalton First United Methodist Church is located in Dalton, Georgia, an active community located in northwest Georgia about 30 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dalton remains an active producer of carpets and now hardwood and tile flooring. The industry has been very kind to the community providing an active economy. First United Methodist has enjoyed an active music program for many decades under the leadership of several fine musicians. The church had a new pipe organ installed in 1982, and that organ served the congregation well for the time of its installation. We have been fortunate to have them as a client over the … [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...]

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...]

June 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

Plainfield United Methodist Church Plainfield, Indiana Reynolds Associates, Inc. Marion, Indiana By Thad Reynolds View an enlarged cover How times change! Plainfield United Methodist Church is a healthy and growing congregation west of Indianapolis. Plainfield has a large choir, and while the music there on any given Sunday morning could be anything from a motet to a Broadway tune, the worship program is usually traditional. Michael Pettry, the church’s organist and music director, makes each Sunday service an event. He does this not by showing off his skill, which is formidable, but by using the instrument to craft a musical environment that supports and enhances worship. The church’s first pipe organ was a small two-manual … [Read more...]

Important 2017 Deadlines

It's a busy time with deadlines approaching: TAO Articles: Submission deadline is August 1 for October issue Pogorzelski – Yankee Annual Competition submission deadline is August 31. August 31 is the last day to make a contribution and be included on the donor report in the December issue of TAO. Student Commissioning Project submission deadline is September 30. … [Read more...]

May 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

St. Cecilia Catholic Church Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Johannus Orgelbouw B.V. • Ede, Netherlands By Rick Bocock View an enlarged cover Since 1851, St. Cecilia Catholic Parish has played a pivotal role in the growing community of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. As implied by their chosen namesake, Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, music has always been important in the life of this church. Thus, it was only natural that, when it came time to build a new larger worship space to house their overflowing congregation, it was assumed that a noteworthy organ would eventually become the central instrument supporting the music of worship. Plans for the new building began forming in 1999. But, as with many churches today, the … [Read more...]