An Interview with Former AGO President Searle Wright, FAGO

In June 1990, professor of music and composer Dan Locklair sat down with former AGO president Searle Wright, FAGO, at First Congregational Church in Binghamton,New York to conduct an extensive interview for The American Organist. The transcript of their talk was published in the September 1992 issue. Dan recently unearthed the recording (on two cassettes), transferred the audio to CDs, and sent them to me for the archives at AGO Headquarters. Since 2018 is the centenary of Searle Wright’s birth, we would like to share the audio of this fascinating interview, in which Wright discusses a wide range of topics, from his early development as both a classical and theater organist, work as a musician in New York City (including the first U.S. … [Read more...]

Central Arizona Chapter Completes its Pipe Organ Encounter, Opus 2

After a 15 year hiatus, the Central Arizona Chapter of the AGO held its second Pipe Organ Encounter from June 17-22, 2018.  Sixteen students from Metro Phoenix, Texas, Kansas, Las Vegas, Kentucky, and Idaho enjoyed significant instruments throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.  Some were talented pianists who had never played the organ, and some were in their second or third POE.  Local faculty were mainly from the graduate program at Arizona State University with Prof. Kimberley Marshall as their primary instructor.  Amanda Mole, laureate of several national and international competitions and in her final stages of doctoral work at the Eastman School of music, was the featured recitalist for the week. The week began Sunday evening … [Read more...]

August 2018 TAO Cover Feature

Sewickley Presbyterian Church Sewickley, Pennsylvania Bedient Pipe Organ Company • Lincoln, Nebraska by Ryan Luckey View an enlarged cover View the Stop List The town of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, is located a short distance northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. Although the town was officially incorporated in 1853, Presbyterians had been meeting for worship in the area since the early 1800s. Worship services were held first in a log cabin and then in a brick church until the present stone building was completed in 1861. A chapel was added in 1953. The church remains a vibrant part of life in the community. The small chapel is Gothic in design and seats 80 worshipers. Although the central aisle is carpeted, the high ceiling and … [Read more...]

Thanks to Our 2018 Silent Auction Bidders

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the donors of more than 160 unique and interesting auction items and the 193 bidders who placed 749 bids. The online auction raised approximately $20,000 for the AGO Annual Fund.  As we close out the auction, we are putting winning bidders and donors in touch with each other, as appropriate, and sending auction items to winning bidders. Please be patient as we complete this process. For further information or assistance, please e-mail … [Read more...]

Vox Humana Completes its First Season

Our affiliate journal Vox Humana has just concluded its first season, and now has 20 articles online. With over 800 subscribers and 1,000+ followers on social media, this new project presents current ideas, trends, and research about the organ in a contemporary format, and is becoming a respected and valued resource about every aspect of organ art worldwide. Read Vox Humana … [Read more...]

AGO National Convention Kicks off on July 2nd in Kansas City

The 2018 AGO National Convention gets under way on July 2nd in Kansas City, Missouri. This feature article in the KC Independent highlights many of the events that convention-goers will attend. … [Read more...]

July 2018 TAO Cover Feature

Christ the King Chapel St. John Vianney Theological Seminary Denver, Colorado Kegg Pipe Organ Builders • Hartville, Ohio By Charles Kegg View the Stop List View the Mixture Compositions Every new pipe organ project, large or small, has a unique sense of importance. Rarely are we afforded the opportunity to build an instrument that will inspire generations of clergy to high ideals. Our new organ at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary is a rare honor for an organbuilder. The goal we shared with associate professor of sacred music Mark Lawlor was to build an instrument suited primarily to the multiple daily Masses of the seminarians. The failing electronic organ from 20 years ago had “replaced” the original 1931 Kilgen pipe … [Read more...]

Twin Cities AGO Chapter POE Recitals Available for Viewing

The Twin Cities AGO chapter presented two recitals as part of its Pipe Organ Encounter at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Monday, June 25, 2018 — 7:30 P.M. (CT) — Boe Memorial Chapel Featuring "One Week" by Buster Keaton Catherine Rodland, Organ James Bobb, Organ John Ferguson, Organ Tuesday, June 26, 2018 — 7:30 P.M. (CT) — Studio A Christopher Jacobson, Organ … [Read more...]

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 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...]