RCO Members: Consider an Affiliate Membership with the AGO

We are delighted to offer you an Affiliate Membership that provides a digital subscription to twelve issues of The American Organist magazine at the special annual rate of $31.00 USD for RCO members. 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. 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 director, as well as full access to … [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...]

June 2020: Welcome New Members

Boston Chapter Rev. Dr Timothy J.R. Shotmeyer, SSJE Brigham Young Chapter Alex Gudmundsen Charlottesville-Albermarle Chapter Mr. Josh Dove Chattanooga Chapter Mr. Adam Burnette Greater Huntsville Chapter Mr. Glen W. Harper Hong Kong Chapter Mr. Tsz Nok Carlos Li Miss June Rippon Ms. Trinity Yiu Houston Chapter Michael M. Liu Lancaster Chapter Peter Hasse Lynchburg Chapter Dr. Curtis R. Smith Mid-Atlantic Region Independent Members Ms. Darlene K. Hardy Memphis Chapter Dr. Catherine Byars Nassau Chapter Leslie Fitzpatrick New Haven Chapter Miss Carolyn Craig Northern New Jersey Chapter Mr. Euntaek Kim Northern Virginia Chapter Mr. John Bliss Oklahoma City Chapter John M. Morrow Orange County Chapter Stephen … [Read more...]

Spring 2020: Welcome New Members

Alamo Chapter Robert Jenkins Atlanta Chapter Martha C. Barth Jamie A. Dick Joseph Hill Rick Latterell Austin Chapter Jonathan Mueller Giovanni Voltaggio Baltimore Chapter Joseph DiSeta Baton Rouge Chapter Caleb Porter Birmingham Chapter Keaton Lee Scott Boston Chapter Ms. Karen Kay Iddo Van Der Giessen Brigham Young University--Idaho Chapter Scott C. Nicholes Buffalo Chapter Jacob DeGarie Matthew R. Miller Andy Newbert Jonathan Niemi Katya Nikolaeva-Howard Gilbert Schulenberg Bradley Wingert Central Florida Chapter Mr. Ian Bryant Mark A. Neidig, Sr. Stuart Shelby Central Hudson Valley Chapter Mack Caldwell Joseph M. Pearson Central Iowa Chapter Mac Derscheid Louis Shriver Ana Yam Sau Qwan Yap Central … [Read more...]

Performance Videos

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2020 AGO Election

  National Council Proposes Adding an AGOYO Member with Voting Rights   The governance of the AGO is vested in its National Council, a small cohort of volunteer Guild members elected by their peers.  All Councillors serve two-year terms. Each councillor may serve up to five consecutive terms but can hold the same position for no more than three consecutive terms. The Council currently consists of eight voting members including four officers (President, Vice President/Councillor for Competitions and New Music, Secretary/Councillor for Communications, and Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development) plus three councillors with portfolio (Education, Membership, and Conventions), and the chair of the Board of Regional … [Read more...]

How to Reach AGO Staff Members

AGO headquarters is currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All AGO staff members are working remotely and can be reached by email and phone. Staff email addresses and phone numbers are available on this page: https://www.agohq.org/about-the-ago/headquarters/ … [Read more...]

AGO Responds to COVID-19 with Resources for Organists

Concerts and worship services may have been cancelled, but AGO's commitment to our members has not! Please go to AGO Responding to COVID-19, a page of resources compiled by the AGO Committee on Career Development and Support, to find helpful links to relief funds, tools for working remotely, and links to helpful information for remaining productive during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Please note:  all resources formerly located here and on the post page for freelance musicians have been moved to the above link.)   This page was last updated on March 31, 2020 … [Read more...]