Shop the AGO Holiday Store

The AGO Holiday Store Quick Order Form is up and running! Along with past favorites such as AGO greeting cards, The American Organist magazine slipcase, and The Young Persons Guide to the Pipe Organ this year we are offering the Philadelphia Hymnbook. Prices include the 10% AGO member discount. Place an order now. … [Read more...]

December 2016 TAO Feature Article

Basilica of St. Josaphat Milwaukee, WI Buzard Pipe Organ Builders • Champaign IL By David Brown Why this organ? We decided to feature this little organ on the cover of The American Organist magazine because it is a fabulous instrument in an exquisite space, even if it is an old organ in a new location. A vital portion of this industry’s lifeblood is the restoration and renovation of existing pipe organs, and we believe that our excellent renovation work deserves to be seen by our colleagues in this journal. We ask ourselves just as many questions before undertaking a renovation project as we do in the evolution of our new organs’ tonal style. This is essential if the renovation project is to respect the original builder’s intent, the … [Read more...]

Support the AGO on #Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. We ask that you consider making a gift to the American Guild of Organists. We will apply your gift to the area of the Guild that is most meaningful to you. For example, you can choose to support our Annual Fund, specific educational programs like Pipe Organ Encounters or the Certification program, our conventions, our chapters, or our Endowment. A gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated. You can … [Read more...]

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AGO Prepares 30 Instructional Videos for New Organists

The AGO has begun developing a series of 30 videos intended to teach basic skills and techniques to beginning organists including pianists who are making a transition to organ-playing. The videos will be available on the AGO 's YouTube channel. More information will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, here are the working titles of the videos: 1. A pianist’s first steps in making the transition to the organ. The concept of 8´ pitch. 2. The architecture and layout of the American pipe organ. Two-manual organs. Turning the organ on. The coupling of manuals. 3. Larger American organs of three or more manuals. Coupling manuals to pedal. Divisions under dynamic expression. 4. The organ score. Manual and pedal compasses. Varieties of … [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. Further details will be available soon at the conference website.   … [Read more...]

November 2016 TAO Feature Article

Ebenezer Lutheran Church Greensboro, NC Parkey Organbuilders • Duluth, GA By Phillip K. Parkey My initial contact with Greensboro’s Ebenezer Lutheran Church occurred approximately five years ago, when William Carroll was the chair of the music department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and the organist/choirmaster at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. We had met Dr. Carroll through our working relationships with other organists in Central North Carolina. The church had a “compiled” organ that had been installed in the 1980s and had never been successful. They began to explore options for replacing the organ completely. Dr. Carroll had previously been in the selection process with two other organs in the Greensboro area. … [Read more...]

AGO Past President John Walker to be Honored at Concert

Organists Marie-Louise Langlais, Eileen Guenther, Henry Lowe and Michael Britt will present a concert honoring organist John C. Walker, immediate past president of the American Guild of Organists, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. They will be playing the church’s 1931 Skinner organ, Opus 839 (IV/45). Three choral works composed in Walker’s honor will also be performed. The program includes works by Jean Langlais, Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé, Bruce Simonds, Robert Hebble, and Joe Utterback. Brown Memorial’s Chancel Choir will perform pieces by Daniel Gawthrop, Alfred Fedak and JoyAnne Amani Richardson. John Walker and JoyAnne Richardson, who … [Read more...]

October 2016 TAO Feature Article

Three Small Pipe Organs Kegg Pipe Organ Builders • Hartville, OH By Charles Kegg The desire of every organist is to play a pipe organ, Mozart’s King of Instruments. With the extensive publicity that large pipe organs can receive, many congregations believe they cannot consider a pipe organ due to limited space or budget. Typical parish churches need an instrument that can support congregational singing, accompany the choir, and play service music and a moderate range of organ literature; organ recitals are rare events. A properly designed and executed pipe organ of modest size can serve these needs well. With this in mind, our firm has spent considerable time developing instruments that are interesting to play, attractive to … [Read more...]

October 2016 AGO Chapter News

Northeast Region Springfield, MA, The chapter’s POE was held at Smith College, Northampton, MA, July 10–15. Twenty-six middle and high school musicians participated. —Mary Jeanne Tash Binghamton, NY July 14, six chapter members joined members of the Syracuse chapter and the newly established Ithaca chapter to play and hear the recently installed two-manual, 21-stop Juget-Sinclair (Opus 45) at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Ithaca, in response to an open console invitation by Erik Kibelsbeck (director of music). The organ is built in the French Romantic style of Cavaillé-Coll, and is specifically based on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Pierre de Charenton, France. The organ, tuned in equal temperament at A440, employs … [Read more...]