Tune in to a Virtual Recital Featuring Five NYACOP 2020 Semifinalists

The recital will feature five of the nine semifinalists from the 2020 NYACOP Competition. The 2020 competition was canceled earlier this year, due to the pandemic. Follow this link for the recital: https://youtu.be/BmG9HtELLeQ. … [Read more...]

December 2020 TAO Feature Article

The Parish of Our Lady of Fatima (Paróquia Nossa Senhora de Fátima das Furnas da Tijuca) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, Inc. By Lance G. Hill A little bit of humanity begins this article. I first met Tom Lewtak while he was a graduate organ student at the State University of New York at Binghamton. We became friends immediately, and my wife and I became the godparents to one of his sons. The friendship has endured now for 27 years! In the meantime, I was honored to witness and discuss the many points of the development and construction of this particular organ, marveling at the skill and artistry of the Lewtak team. I wish to give the reader the perspective of a person familiar with the firm from the time … [Read more...]

African-American Organ Music: A Roundtable Discussion and Live Q&A

The AGO is excited to invite you to attend the following special presentation: African-American Organ Music: A Roundtable Discussion Followed by a Live Q&A. Join the discussion with panelists: Adolphus Hailstork Evelyn Simpson-Curenton David Hurd Mickey Thomas Terry Mark Lawson Date: Tuesday,September 8, 2020 View the discussion on YouTube at 7:30 pm EDT by clicking here Attend the Zoom AGO Post Discussion at 8:30 pm EDT by clicking here Presented in cooperation with MorningStar Music Publishers.   … [Read more...]

Memoirs

The AGO is pleased to provide a link to the digital publication of the selected memoirs of Charles Tournemire in English, edited by Marie-Louise Langlais, translated by Susan Landale. "In 2014, I edited the French long version of Tournemire’s Memoirs, but I then had the idea that an English translation of this text, limited to material relating to music and the world of the organ and organists, would be useful and welcomed. This is that work." –Marie-Louise Langlais. Read Memoirs by Charles Tournemire. Paris, Monday July 27, 2020 TO : American Guild of Organists James Thomashower, Executive Director Bill Valentine, Director of Information, Technology and Digital Communications Dear Sirs, My sincere thanks to the AGO, this … [Read more...]

OrganFest 2020 Performances Live On!

We hope you enjoyed the program for the AGO’s inaugural virtual OrganFest, which was held July 20 - 24, 2020. Details can be found at https://agoorganfest2020.org. AGO OrganFest 2020 may have ended, but the performances live on! We are continuing to accept donations to help AGO members who have suffered financial hardships and cannot afford to renew their membership. Make a Donation to Support an AGO Member. Please donate here. The archived broadcast for each day's program may be accessed at the links on the OrganFest 2020 website below: Monday, July 20, 2020 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Thursday, July 23, 2020 Friday, July 24, 2020 Rising Star Performances may be accessed on the following page of … [Read more...]

OrganFest 2020

We hope you enjoyed the program for the AGO’s inaugural virtual OrganFest, which was held July 20 - 24, 2020. Details can be found at https://agoorganfest2020.org. AGO OrganFest 2020 may have ended, but the performances live on! We are continuing to accept donations to help AGO members who have suffered financial hardships and cannot afford to renew their membership.  We encourage you to donate here. The archived broadcast for each day's program may be accessed  at the links on the OrganFest 2020 website below: Monday, July 20, 2020 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Thursday, July 23, 2020 Friday, July 24, 2020 Rising Star Performances may be accessed on the following page of the OrganFest 2020 … [Read more...]

RCO & AGO Members: Consider an Affiliate Membership

We are delighted to offer RCO members an Affiliate Membership in the AGO that provides a digital subscription to twelve issues of The American Organist magazine at the special annual rate of $31.00 USD. You will also have access to our online educational videos and COVID-19 resource pages. From the AGO website menu choose Membership/Join the Guild/RCO Affiliate Membership. RCO Members click here AGO members can also become Affiliate members of the Royal College of Organists for ₤25.00 and receive a  package of digital benefits including access to iRCO, the College’s outstanding digital content hub that contains hundreds of videos, webinars, audio files, papers, articles and other educational material for the organist and choral … [Read more...]

AGO Affirms That Black Lives Matter

The American Guild of Organists recognizes and affirms that Black Lives Matter. We call upon every chapter and all of our members to speak out against racial bias and take action to make the world a better, safer, and more secure place for the members of the Black community. Now is the time for us to search our souls for ways to be more caring, to be better brothers and sisters to our Black colleagues, and to demonstrate our unwavering support for their professional advancement and success. The tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, the equally senseless killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta on June 12, and the death and injury of so many others are heartbreaking and inexcusable. We extend our condolences to their … [Read more...]

AGO OrganFest 2020

The American Guild of Organists is thrilled to announce the first online OrganFest, which will take place July 20-24. Each evening’s broadcast will premiere a new work which had been commissioned for the 2020 National Convention in Atlanta, accompanied by interviews with the composers. Featured performers will be Jens Korndörfer, Amanda Mole, Alan Morrison, Thomas Ospital, and Catherine Rodland. Additional recorded performances by recent international organ competition winners will be presented, and short presentations will share exciting news and updates from the AGO. The daily YouTube premiere (8pm Eastern) and accompanying Festival website will be available at no charge. OrganFest 2020 promises to be an exciting way to showcase … [Read more...]

AGOYO Holds first Organ Crawl at Co-Cathedral Houston

Co-Cathedral Houston, Texas October 12, 2019 Stellar attendance at AGOYO's first pop-up event “Organ Crawl” today at the Co-Cathedral Houston! Thank you all for making this event successful, especially our Director of Music and Cathedral Organist Crista Miller. This event could not be planned without your tremendous effort!!! And Organ tech Corbin Sturch, very clear and on spot explanation of the pipe works and organ crawl tour, Patrick Schneider,Jim Roman, Daryl Robinson, Timothy Lloyd Moe, Jeong-Suk Bae, Mary Joy Silmaro, Heeyeon Cha, Joel Trekell and other helpers! So happy to meet many new faces and know that there are other young people interested in pursuing organ and sacred music!! -Olga Wong, AGOYO board member … [Read more...]