Volume 2 of AGO Monograph Series Released

The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce the release of Volume 2 in the AGO Monograph series: The Organ on Campus, by Haig Mardirosian. Rather than a how-to guide, this might be called a why-to guide — an exploration of the motives, instincts, fortunes, and foibles of a community learning and teaching the sometimes-mysterious art of playing this complex and impressive instrument. Such an idiosyncratic narrative aims to assess the influence of the instrument on American college campuses, and in turn, on society and culture. Volume 2 can be downloaded in PDF format from this page on the AGO website. Volume 1, J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ on Public Radio, can also be downloaded from the same page. … [Read more...]

2018 AGO Silent Auction

The 2018 AGO Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City and conducted online from June 25-July 9 at www.BiddingForGood.com/AGO. The auction will benefit educational programming for youth and adults—everything from Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza programs for children, to Pipe Organ Encounters summer camps for youth, to a Professional Certification Program for seasoned professional musicians. More than 100 auction items have been generously donated by individuals, music publishers, symphony orchestras, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. We have a stunning inventory that includes recitals and masterclasses, hotel nights, dining, private tours, fine art, organ music and books, CDs and … [Read more...]

June 2018 TAO Feature Article

SS. Simon and Jude Cathedral Phoenix, Arizona Peragallo Organ Company Paterson, New Jersey by John Peragallo IV View an enlarged cover View the Stop List  “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” --Daniel Burnham As organbuilders, we are uniquely privileged to experience many rewarding moments in the process of seeing a new pipe organ come to life. Those moments are all the more amplified when this process includes a vibrant ministry that will realize the full potential of the new instrument. From our first interactions with the staff and organ committee at the Cathedral of SS. Simon and Jude, we sensed that the pipe organ was going to serve as the cornerstone of sacred music within the Diocese of … [Read more...]

2018 AGO National Election Official Results

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the 2018-2020 National Council and Board of Regional Councillors: National Council, 2018-2020 President:  Michael Bedford, DMA, AAGO, ChM Vice President/Councillor for Competitions and New Music: Eileen Hunt, DMA, AAGO Secretary/Councillor for Communications: Mary Stutz, BS Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development: Barbara Adler, DMA, SPC Councillor for Conventions: Michael Velting, DMA Councillor for Education:  Don Cook, DMA, AAGO Councillor for Membership:  David Lamb, DMus, CAGO Regional Councillors, 2018-2020 Councillor for the Northeast Region  Leslie Smith,  BM, MM, CAGO Councillor for the Mid-Atlantic Region Wayne L. Wold, … [Read more...]

May 2018 TAO Cover Feature

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church Duxbury, Massachusetts Andover Organ Company • Lawrence, Massachusetts By Matthew M. Bellocchio View an enlarged cover View the Stop List  Duxbury, on the Atlantic coast 35 miles southeast of Boston, was settled by some of the original Mayflower Pilgrims. By 1632, a group including John Alden and Myles Standish left their small Plymouth farms and went north to work larger lots along Massachusetts Bay. In 1637, their settlement, having met the legal requirements to be set off as a separate community with its own church, was incorporated as Duxborough (original spelling), the second town in the Plymouth Colony. Elder William Brewster was the church’s first leader. The church embraced the … [Read more...]

Vote Today for the AGO Leaders of Tomorrow

The governance of the AGO is vested in our National Council, a small cohort of volunteer Guild members elected by their peers. The Council consists of eight voting members including four officers (president, vice president/councillor for competitions and new music, secretary/councillor for communications, and treasurer/councillor for finance and development), three councillors with portfolio (education, membership, and conventions), and the chair of the Board of Regional Councillors (ex officio). With the exception of the chair of the BRC, all of the national councillors are elected by a vote of the general membership. The executive director of the AGO also serves on the National Council, ex officio, with voice but no vote. Leadership of … [Read more...]

April 2018 TAO Cover Feature

St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church Wall Street New York City Noack Organ Company • Georgetown, Massachusetts View an enlarged cover View the stop list View a sample week of music-making at Trinity Wall Street From the Director of Music and Arts From my first day at Trinity Church Wall Street, I have urgently desired to see world-class pipe organs reinstalled in Trinity’s three liturgical spaces—not merely our iconic 1846 Richard Upjohn building at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street and its attached All Saints Chapel, but also in St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity’s second functioning church home dating from 1766, five blocks up from Trinity Church at Broadway and Fulton Street. To my core, I believe that living, breathing … [Read more...]

AGO Young Organists

The AGO has seven regional divisions for young organists to benefit young organists across the United States and foreign chapters. Through Facebook, a community of young organists* who are members of the AGO, are connecting in this virtual community to establish networking opportunities and generate innovative web-based programming. *The AGO Young Organists (AGOYO) was formed to serve as an online Facebook community and promote innovative programming for young organists of the Guild. AGOYO members must be members of the Guild and under 30 years of age. … [Read more...]

A Young Organist Asks: Why go to the AGO National Convention in Kansas City?

Why do we bother having national conventions and why would I want to go? As a Young Organist myself, I know how hard it is to find the time and the money to attend a convention. But this one has my attention. Here are five reasons to attend the 2018 AGO National Convention and four ways to make it happen. 1) Content. You will have the opportunity to attend concerts, workshops, and presentations by world class musicians and scholars. Don’t believe me? Check them out on our website agokc2018.com. 2)  Learning about a new city. Explore Kansas City in the Heartland of the U.S. and occupying space in two different states. You never know where that next job opportunity might come from and wouldn’t it be nice to know a little something … [Read more...]

American Guild of Organists Awarded $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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 2018, including the AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., July 2–6. The Guild has received regular support from the NEA since 2005. The $25,000 “Art Works” grant matches the largest amount 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 AGO promotes lifelong learning opportunities ranging from Pipe Organ … [Read more...]