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...]

Important 2017 Deadlines

It's a busy time with deadlines approaching: Registration deadline for the Greater Hartford (CT) POE – June 15, 2017 Pogorzelski – Yankee Annual Competition - submission deadline is August 31, 2017 Student Commissioning Project – submission deadline is September 30, 2017 August 31 is the last day to make a contribution and be included on the donor report in the December issue of TAO. … [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...]

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...]

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...]