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...]

March 2018 TAO Cover Feature

Christ Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fisk Opus 150 By Charles Nazarian View an enlarged cover View the Stop List  There may be no city in America more aware of its history and with more passion for architectural preservation than Philadelphia. The Christopher Wren-inspired Christ Church, once attended by four of our nation’s founding fathers, is located in the heart of the Historic District and encompasses the burying ground where Benjamin Franklin lies. Its airy interior is illuminated by arched, multi-pane windows, graced with an elegant barrel-vault ceiling, and composed of handsome Palladian features that visually express the birthplace of our democracy in the ideal proportions of Greco-Roman architecture. At the center … [Read more...]

ONCARD Improvements

Welcome to the ONCARD blog. Please use this space to offer suggestions for improvements to ONCARD. Headquarters will start sending out renewal letters for the 2018-2019 dues year in April. Please let us know of any suggestions you have for new reports or other functionality. Use the comments section below to add in your suggesti0ns. You can also review and comment on suggestions that other members have made. Thank you for helping us improve ONCARD. … [Read more...]

Christopher LaRosa’s Award-winning Monument Premieres at IUP on March 4, 2018

The Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee at Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites you to the world premiere of Monument by Christopher LaRosa.  Monument will be performed on the Porgorzelski-Yankee organ by Dr. James Kibbie, Professor and Chair of Organ and University Organist at the University of Michigan. The performance is scheduled for 3:00 PM– 5:00 PM in the DiCicco Hall, Room 121 Cogswell Hall on the IUP campus.  A discussion with the composer will precede the concert at 2:00 PM. Update: A recording of the concert  is available on YouTube   … [Read more...]

Mid-Atlantic: Pianists on the Organ – What to Play When You’re Just Starting

Hello all from the Mid-Atlantic! Our post this month in our continuing series on the transition from piano to organ comes from Tom Robak. There's a lot that pianists can play on the organ even before they acquire lots of pedal technique. Here are some categories of pieces that will be useful to a pianist: General “keyboard music” that is written for any or multiple keyboard instruments Organ music for manuals only Harpsichord/clavichord repertoire Organ music with minimal pedal Music for harmonium/reed organ You can do a lot of your own research by scoping out IMSLP and other repositories of free sheet music, as well as your local music libraries. To get you started though, here are some of my suggestions that might … [Read more...]

Southeast: Professional Development at the Organ

This month from the Southeast, managing different jobs under one title by Christopher Henley! Be sure to check out the other resources on our region's site as well; we're not just a blog! Southeast AGOYO Blog … [Read more...]

North Central: French Organ Music

Greetings from the North Central AGOYO! I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start. Here are some thoughts on organ music from France. The implications of the French Revolution and organ innovation by Cavaille-Coll are mentioned as two distinguishing forces that separate the earlier repertoire and instruments of the French Classic from their Romantic successors. A list of prominent composers from each period is also given. The French Classic instrument pictured is the 1714 Boizard organ at Abbaye Michel-en-Thierache, and the French Romantic instrument is the famous 1862 Cavaille-Coll organ at Saint-Sulpice, Paris. Of all the national schools which comprise the organ’s literature, the contributions of France are among the … [Read more...]

Mid-Atlantic: Transitioning from Piano to Organ

Greetings from the Mid Atlantic AGOYO! Continuing in our series on transitioning from piano to organ, here is an article written by one of our board members, Peter Bayer, about pedal technique. The Pedal of the Organ is another keyboard like a manual, but instead of having two hands wherewith to play it, one has two feet. The two feet generally work best if they are treated as a unit, as if they were one hand with two fingers. The primary motion of the feet should be a pivoting motion from the heels, while the legs above the heels remain relaxed, only coming into motion in order to facilitate large movements. Therefore, good posture is of utmost importance for good pedal technique. The back must be straight, and one must sit … [Read more...]