It’s Time to Renew Your AGO Dues

Benefits for members on the traditional July 1 -- June 30 membership year will end soon for those who have not renewed for the 2017-2018 year. To avoid interruption of your AGO membership benefits, including your monthly TAO subscription, please send your renewal payment as soon as possible. You may use ONCARD to quickly and securely renew online with a credit card or to print out your invoice and pay by check. Membership in the Guild comes with many benefits, including the following: connect with other organists enhance your skills as an organist and choral conductor celebrate the organ in historic and evolving contexts discover news of the organ and choral world online and in The American Organist nurture new … [Read more...]

Three Finalists to Compete in NCOI Final Round at 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City

The semifinal round was held Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, Quebec. Three finalists were selected who will compete in the NCOI Final Round which will be held in conjunction with the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The finalists are Robert Horton, Kalle Toivio, and Douglas Murray. Official Kansas City 2018 AGO Convention website … [Read more...]

July 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

A Kimball in the Wilderness St. John's Cathedral Denver, Colorado Chancel Organ W.W. Kimball 7231 (1938) Restoration by Spencer Organ Company Inc. (2009–2012) Gallery Organ Spencer Organ Company Inc. and J. Zamberlan & Co. (2016) New Antiphonal Organ with Vintage Pipes View an enlarged cover The chancel organ at St. John’s Cathedral is Colorado’s biggest pipe organ, the last large surviving Kimball, and a memorial to notable Denverites. The gift of Senator Lawrence and Margaret Phipps, the Kimball is placed in memory of Mrs. Phipps’s father, Judge Platt Rogers (1850–1928), mayor of Denver 1891–93. Judge Rogers died on December 25, 1928, leading Mrs. Phipps to envision a new organ in the Episcopal Cathedral in the judge’s … [Read more...]

Seven Regional Conventions to be Held in 2017

It's 2017 and that means that Regional Conventions are on the docket. Host cities this year are: Montreal, Richmond, Jacksonville, Youngstown, Iowa City, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. For contact information and links to each convention's website, visit the AGO website's Regional Conventions page. … [Read more...]

June 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

Plainfield United Methodist Church Plainfield, Indiana Reynolds Associates, Inc. Marion, Indiana By Thad Reynolds View an enlarged cover How times change! Plainfield United Methodist Church is a healthy and growing congregation west of Indianapolis. Plainfield has a large choir, and while the music there on any given Sunday morning could be anything from a motet to a Broadway tune, the worship program is usually traditional. Michael Pettry, the church’s organist and music director, makes each Sunday service an event. He does this not by showing off his skill, which is formidable, but by using the instrument to craft a musical environment that supports and enhances worship. The church’s first pipe organ was a small two-manual … [Read more...]

May 2017 TAO Cover Feature Article

St. Cecilia Catholic Church Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Johannus Orgelbouw B.V. • Ede, Netherlands By Rick Bocock View an enlarged cover Since 1851, St. Cecilia Catholic Parish has played a pivotal role in the growing community of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. As implied by their chosen namesake, Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, music has always been important in the life of this church. Thus, it was only natural that, when it came time to build a new larger worship space to house their overflowing congregation, it was assumed that a noteworthy organ would eventually become the central instrument supporting the music of worship. Plans for the new building began forming in 1999. But, as with many churches today, the … [Read more...]

May 2017 AGO Chapter News

NORTHEAST REGION New London County, Conn. Jan. 29, the chapter hosted its 19th annual Children’s Choir Festival at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Niantic, Conn. Approximately 80 children and teenagers from eight area choirs performed, first as individual choirs, then in an enthusiastic combined choir directed by Jake Troy with piano accompanist Kathleen Bartkowski. Prelude, offertory, postlude, and hymns were played by John Anthony on the Fisk organ. —Elizabeth Limkemann Boston, Mass. Feb. 17, the chapter hosted a recital by Faythe Freese, professor of organ at the University of Alabama, at St. Cecilia’s Parish. Freese played the 52-rank Smith & Gilbert located in the gallery in works of Reger, Vierne, and the Boston premiere of The … [Read more...]

April 2017 AGO Chapter News

NORTHEAST REGION Greater Bridgeport, Conn. Oct. 30, the chapter held its 15th annual Pipescreams concert at the United Congregational Church, Bridgeport. John Michniewicz, minister of music, was the host. Frank Martignetti, sub-dean, was chairperson of the event. The Rev. Sara Smith brought greetings to the audience. The featured performers included choirs from Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport, as well as organists and other musicians from area churches. As always, people came dressed in costumes for Halloween. A silent movie, accompanied by David Harris, concluded the program. A reception followed. Net proceeds from the concert benefitted the M. Louise Miller–Paul E. Knox Organ Music Scholarship Fund. • Jan. 7, … [Read more...]

AGO honors Joan Lippincott at Princeton University Chapel

The American Guild of Organists presented its fourteenth annual Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring Joan Lippincott on Friday, April 21, at Princeton University Chapel, where Lippincott served as organist for seven years following her 37-year-long tenure on the faculty of Westminster Choir College. An audience of more than 350 colleagues, students, friends, and loved ones came together to celebrate her lifetime achievements and dedication to the pipe organ and the literature composed for it. More than 500 viewers from 25 countries participated in the Gala Recital via live stream Internet broadcast. The Gala was sponsored by the AGO National Council and its Finance and Development … [Read more...]

2018 NCOI Semifinal Round to be Held July 5, 2017

Five semi-finalists have been selected for the NCOI semifinal round. The semifinal round will be held July 5, 2017 at the Northeast Regional Convention in Montreal, Quebec. The semi-finalists are Skye Hart, Robert Horton, Kalle Toivio, Juan Andres Mesa, and Douglas Murray. … [Read more...]