Mid-Atlantic: Introduction to the Difficulties in Moving from Piano to Organ

Greetings from the Mid-Atlantic Region! We will talk this year about moving from playing the piano to playing the organ. It happens inevitably in the pianist’s career that he or she will, at some point in time, be asked to play the organ. The request comes most often from those who do not understand the niceties of technique, touch, and coordination associated with the various instruments in the keyboard family, and it is assumed that if one keyboard looks like another, than it will be an easy enough affair to transition from one to the other. Indeed, certain gifted artists within living memory have successfully attempted this feat. The majority, however, feel a lack of certainty upon hearing this request, and some have even reported … [Read more...]

AGO National Convention 2018: Explore Kansas City’s Rich Musical History

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz. American Jazz Museum … [Read more...]

November 2017 TAO Cover Feature

The Episcopal Church of SS. Andrew and Matthew Wilmington, Delaware Quimby Pipe Organs Inc. • Warrensburg, Missouri by T. Daniel Hancock Cover photo credit: Danny Schweers View the Stop List View an enlarged cover The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM) is a vibrant faith community located on the southwestern edge of downtown Wilmington, Delaware, where the center city district gives way to the historic Quaker Hill neighborhood. Founded in 1996, SsAM is the result of a carefully considered and executed combination of two Episcopal parishes: St. Andrew’s Church, founded 1829, and St. Matthew’s Church, founded 1846. St. Andrew’s was primarily a white congregation, while St. Matthew’s was predominately black; … [Read more...]

Kansas City to Host 2018 AGO National Convention

AGO members will gather in Kansas City in 2018 for the AGO's biannual convention. Kansas City is currently experiencing a wonderful cultural rebirth. Energetic and attractive neighborhoods throughout the city are highlighted by world class performing arts venues, beautiful bars and restaurants, and a wide array of cultural hot spots such as museums, coffee shops, breweries, art galleries, and parks. Forbes named Kansas City one of “America’s Best Downtowns”; Huffington Post named it “Coolest City in America” in 2014; Time awarded KC “America’s Best City for BBQ”; and it was the first US city with access to Google’s ultra–high–speed internet service, Google Fiber. To keep up with news of the convention, bookmark the 2018 AGO National … [Read more...]

Important Deadlines

November 1 (Ongoing): Registration is open for AGO 2018 Convention in Kansas City. November 15: Editorial and advertising deadlines for the January issue of TAO. December 1: Applications for the May 11, 2018 CAGO exam are available. December 31: Deadline to claim a deduction for a charitable contribution made in 2017. January 1, 2018: Students applying for a scholarship award for the 2018-19 academic year can submit an online application from January 1 to February 15, 2018. More information. December 31: Supersaver Deadline for AGO Kansas City 2018 Convention Registration. March 31, 2018: Early Registration Deadline for AGO Kansas City 2018 Convention. May 31, 2018: Regular Registration Deadline for AGO Kansas City 2018 … [Read more...]

October 2017 TAO Cover Feature

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Auburn, New York 1890 Carl Barckhoff Pipe Organ Restored by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders by David McCleary View an enlarged cover View the Stop List The 1890 Carl Barckhoff organ at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Auburn, New York, is thought to be the builder’s largest extant organ, and unlike most of the organs of its period, survives in relatively unaltered and undamaged condition. These two factors, combined with Barckhoff’s exceptional tonal design and the fact that the organ continues today as the primary instrument of the parish, made it imperative that it receive the restorative attention necessary to continue its mission. When we approach any restoration project, we weigh the value of restoring … [Read more...]

September 2017 TAO Cover Feature

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Arlington, Virginia Holtkamp Organ Company • Cleveland, Ohio By F. Christian Holtkamp View an enlarged cover View the Stop List When approaching the Washington, DC, area in the crush of daytime traffic, it is hard to imagine what it was like some 150 years earlier. At that time, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church stood in open farm country on Glebe Road, in the same location as it stands today. When the church was founded in 1854, Glebe Road was unpaved and only wide enough to allow for the passage of horse-drawn buggies. The first church building was used as a hospital and stable during the Civil War. In the winter of 1861, much of the building was dismantled by Union troops stationed nearby in … [Read more...]

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

First United Methodist Church Dalton, Georgia Parkey Organbuilders Berkeley Lake, Georgia View an enlarged cover  … [Read more...]