2017 Gala Honors Joan Lippincott

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) selected internationally acclaimed organist and teacher JOAN LIPPINCOTT as the honoree for the 2017 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Princeton, N.J. Complete information can be found here. Joan Lippincott's biography can be found here. The celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Princeton University Chapel, where the honoree, joined by organists Scott Dettra and Eric Plutz, will perform a recital that is free and open to the public. A Gala Benefit Reception (advance tickets required) will follow. All proceeds from the Gala will honor Joan Lippincott in perpetuity through the AGO Endowment Fund. For further information, … [Read more...]

2017 AGO National Pedagogy Conference Set for University of Kansas

The 2017 AGO National Pedagogy Conference will take place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS from October 18-21, 2017. The focus will be on organ and improvisation study in the French conservatory system. Featured artists are Michel Bouvard, Vincent DuBois, Aurelie Decourt, Olivier Latry, and Shin-Young Lee. Additional American artists include Lynne Davis, James Higdon, and Norma Livlingson. Full details and registration information are now available at the Pedagogy Conference website.   … [Read more...]

Premiere performance of Construct: for organ

Ann Labounsky premiered Christopher Adler’s Construct: for Organ, March 26th at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Construct: for Organ was the commissioned piece in the second Annual Pogorzelski-Yankee Annual Competition. The concert can be viewed on YouTube at the link below. … [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...]

AGO Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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 2017, including new music commissioned for the AGO National Convention in Kansas City, MO July 2–6, 2018. While the AGO has received regular support from the NEA since 2005, the $25,000 “Art Works” award is the largest grant 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 NEA’s funding sends an uplifting message to … [Read more...]

Important 2017 Deadlines

It's 2017 and important application deadlines are approaching. Regional Convention early registration deadlines are as follows: Northeast/RCCO: March 8 Mid-Atlantic: March 31 Southeast: Closed Great Lakes: March 31 North Central: March 15 Southwest: March 6 West: March 31 The Service Playing Certificate test will be administered from January 1 through March 31, 2017. POE Scholarship applications are being accepted online from January 15 to April 16, 2017.  Find the appropriate application. POE attendance applications have early registration deadlines starting March 1.  Here are the registration deadlines for each event. Online applications are now being accepted for the AGOYO North Central Young Composers Competition; deadline … [Read more...]

Shop the AGO Holiday Store

The AGO Holiday Store Quick Order Form is up and running! Along with past favorites such as AGO greeting cards, The American Organist magazine slipcase, and The Young Persons Guide to the Pipe Organ this year we are offering the Philadelphia Hymnbook. Prices include the 10% AGO member discount. Place an order now. … [Read more...]

AGO Prepares 30 Instructional Videos for New Organists

The AGO has begun developing a series of 30 videos intended to teach basic skills and techniques to beginning organists including pianists who are making a transition to organ-playing. The videos will be available on the AGO 's YouTube channel. More information will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, here are the working titles of the videos: 1. A pianist’s first steps in making the transition to the organ. The concept of 8´ pitch. 2. The architecture and layout of the American pipe organ. Two-manual organs. Turning the organ on. The coupling of manuals. 3. Larger American organs of three or more manuals. Coupling manuals to pedal. Divisions under dynamic expression. 4. The organ score. Manual and pedal compasses. Varieties of … [Read more...]

AGO Past President John Walker to be Honored at Concert

Organists Marie-Louise Langlais, Eileen Guenther, Henry Lowe and Michael Britt will present a concert honoring organist John C. Walker, immediate past president of the American Guild of Organists, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. They will be playing the church’s 1931 Skinner organ, Opus 839 (IV/45). Three choral works composed in Walker’s honor will also be performed. The program includes works by Jean Langlais, Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé, Bruce Simonds, Robert Hebble, and Joe Utterback. Brown Memorial’s Chancel Choir will perform pieces by Daniel Gawthrop, Alfred Fedak and JoyAnne Amani Richardson. John Walker and JoyAnne Richardson, who … [Read more...]

2015 Pittsburgh Regional Convention Videos Now on YouTube

In the summer of 2015 the AGO Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention in Pittsburgh hosted performances by organists Nathan Laube, Elise Smoot, Marvin Mills, Brian Harlow, Christopher Jennings, and vocalist Marlissa Hudson. The performances, nine in all, were video-recorded and are now available in a playlist on the AGO's YouTube Channel. Totaling more than two hours of performance, these high-quality videos feature the organs of Calvary Episcopal Church, Duquesne University, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral. Narrated by WQED's Jim Cunningham, the videos showcase several impressive examples of church architecture in Pittsburgh. Members of the AGO's Pittsburgh chapter provided logistical and financial … [Read more...]