Frederick Hohman is the 2019 Pogorzelski-Yankee Awarded Composer

Frederick Hohman's commissioned composition, The Organ Icons, will be premiered March 3, 2019 at 4PM, at Daniel DiCicco Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For those who can't attend in person, the recital will be streamed live on the AGO website. More information. … [Read more...]

Music on Demand: Residential Pipe Organs in America

Scott Hummel discusses the player pipe organs that became popular in American homes at the turn of the twentieth century. … [Read more...]

New on Vox Humana: Historic Organ Restorations in Cortona, Tuscany

Gian Carlo Ristori, Chairman of Organi Storici Cortona, discusses cataloguing, preserving, and organizing restorations of historic organs in Tuscany, Italy. Read now … [Read more...]

Three Organs in Need: A New Fairy Tale

Celebrated author, librettist, and poet Marec Béla Steffens presents a new fairy tale about three pipe organs who desperately need repairs, and are willing to use any means necessary to get them. Artwork: “Organ-ised Crime” (2018) by Krystyna Steffens. Three Organs in Need: A New Fairy Tale … [Read more...]

A Gift from the AGO

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, and through the generous support of Pro Organo, we are delighted to offer these excerpts from John Walker's CD, Christmas Rediscovered, recorded at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, for free download: Gigout: Rhapsodie sur des Noëls Reger: Ave Maria Karg-Elert: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Bach: Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch We will be honoring AGO Past President John Walker with the 2019 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception. Save the date: Friday, April 26! You are invited to join us at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh to enjoy John's free recital at 7:30 p.m. The AGO Endowment Fund Gala Benefit Reception … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: The Gothic Organ at Rysum

This article by Christopher Holman in Vox Humana’s Historic Organs of the World series features the extraordinary c. 1450 Harmannus organ in Rysum, Germany. voxhumanajournal.com/rysum … [Read more...]

2019 AGO Gala Honors John Walker

The 2019 AGO Gala will honor John Walker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Walker will perform a recital at 7:30 pm and a Gala Benefit Reception follows. Advance tickets are required for the Reception. Click for more information or to purchase tickets, ads, or sponsorships … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: Johann Gottfried Müthel–Bach’s Final Pupil by Lukas Frank

Lukas Frank discusses the life and organ works of J.S. Bach's final pupil, Johann Gottfried Müthel. … [Read more...]

Support the AGO on #Giving Tuesday

We invite you to join us on #GivingTuesday, November 27, by making a tax-deductible contribution to the American Guild of Organists. Your gift can be directed toward supporting your local chapter or any one of our national funds. The AGO Annual Fund supports educational programs nationwide ranging from opportunities for beginning organists to our professional certification program. The AGO Endowment Fund is our fund for the future that provides annual operating support through earnings from our investments. The New Organist Fund provides scholarships and support for Pipe Organ Encounters for students of all ages. Contribute Now In the weeks ahead, concert halls and houses of worship will be filled with the music of the King … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: Charles Tournemire’s L’orgue mystique and the Ordinary Form Mass

In the November, 25 2018 issue of Vox Humana Douglas O'Neill writes about Charles Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique and the Ordinary Form Mass ( 1870-1939). It is unparalleled among Roman Catholic organ music; Tournemire had desired to do for the Roman Catholic Mass what J.S. Bach had done for the Lutheran Mass with his Orgelbüchlein. It is a set of 51 suites for nearly every Sunday and select feast days of the church year. Gregorian chant permeates Tournemire’s music, with motives drawn from the appointed proper chants for the day. Each suite consists of five movements: a “Prélude à l’Introït,” “Offertoire,” “Élévation,” “Communion,” and “Pièce terminale”. Read Vox Humana … [Read more...]