AGO 2020 National Convention in Atlanta Has Been Cancelled

The National Council, the Committee for Conventions, and the Convention Steering Committee for the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists regret to announce the cancellation of the AGO 2020 National Convention. The uncertanties surrounding the spread of the coronavirus required us to take this action. We could not guarantee the health and well-being of registrants, performers, presenters, exhibitors, worship leaders, and all others who would have been involved in the convention. We are deeply saddened at having to make this decision, but we feel it is in the best interest of all AGO members, their families, friends, and colleagues. The convention website will remain in place for reference purposes for the time being. … [Read more...]

AGO Monograph Series

Volumes 1-3 of Michael Barone's Monograph Series are available for sale through the AGO store. Volume 1: J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ and Public Radio. Volume 2: The Organ on Campus Volume 3: The Making of a Virtuoso Organist Shop the AGO Store … [Read more...]

Organ Building and Restorations in the Netherlands

Frits Elshout, recently-retired Director of Flentrop Orgelbouw in the Netherlands, discusses his experience leading one of the most important firms for organ building and restoration of modern times in this interview with Vox Humana Associate Editor Bruce Shull. Link:   … [Read more...]

November 2019: Welcome New Members

Dennis Akerman Bill Bakeman Alexander Birch Hazel Boerner Alphonso Brown Andrew MacKinnon Brown Olivia Brownfield Timothy Bullara Lucas Aranha Carvalho Miguel Castro Olivia Connors John R. Crawley Deborah Dickman Benedikt Ehrhardt Lindsey Fugill Pamela Fuller Rouzan Gevorkian Janet E. Guetle Joe Hickman Patrick M. Hogan HyeSung Hwang Brad Jackson Chan Gyu Jang Lucas Jindra David Joder Jakob Johnson Deagan Jones George Kayes Karen Khanagov James Kimball Bill Kurzdorfer John Landis Enoch Laudie Aaron Lauper Justin V. Lee Ju Young Lee Gloria Lemus Claudia Loethen Adam Lutz James J. Maynard Patrick Meaden Walter J. Miklas Angela Morgan My Linh Mueller Robert H. Myers Ruben F. Navarro Timothy … [Read more...]

Organ Building and Restorations in the Netherlands

Frits Elshout, recently-retired Director of Flentrop Orgelbouw in the Netherlands, discusses his experience leading one of the most important firms for organ building and restoration of modern times in this interview with Vox Humana Associate Editor Bruce Shull. Link … [Read more...]

October 2019: Welcome New Members

Amy Ahui Davian D. Alleyne Michelle Andersen Kevin Anderson George Arrigotti Alek M. Bacon Jonathan D. Bading Janean Baker Daniel G. Baker Richard P. Baks Emily B. Ballentine Erb Kathleen Bandel Joshua Bandish Sarah Barclay Patricia M. Barnes Madalyn Ryann Bartz Emelyn Beaster Grace Beaster Alexander Bednar Christine Beesley Dallas E. Bell, Jr. Brian Benison Christina Benson Nyeal Robert Biedenstein Tracy Boswell Laura Bottei Michele Bowers Jane Bowie Ivelen Branum Rona Bresnahan Charles W. Broadbent John Dudley Brockett Elena Brooks Fern Brooks Tony Brooks Marcus Browning Alexander F. Buiel Grahm A. Burns R. Morgan Burrow, Jr. Evan Bursch Richard Burton Kayley Byers Cathy Caldwell David … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: Reconstructing Bach’s Organ Concertos

Matthew Dirst, Professor of Music at the University of Houston, Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston, and Organist at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, discusses his reconstructions of Bach's concertos for organ, and his new recording of these fascinating works. Read Vox Humana. … [Read more...]

October 2019 TAO Feature Article

Covenant Presbyterian Church Scranton, Pennsylvania Patrick J. Murphy & Associates Stowe, Pennsylvania View the Stop List By Patrick J. Murphy The major renovation of this three-manual, 37-stop organ at Covenant Presbyterian Church recasts the existing 1960s-era Schlicker with a new Swell division, revoiced fluework, new chorus reeds, and a new PJM signature console. This follows what is now a typical project that retains the best of an organ’s existing assets, instilling new musical life within a given instrument with “good bones.” The project presented an opportunity to demonstrate what can be accomplished when everyone involved works together toward a common goal. Long held as the Scranton family … [Read more...]

Meet the 2020 AGO/Quimby Rising Stars

The 2019 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists concluded at the 2019 regional conventions. Each of the young organists below was awarded the First Prize in their region. Top row, left to right: Eddie Zheng, Northeast – Nicholas Stigall, Southeast – Michael Caraher, North Central – Amber Dahlberg, West Bottom row, left to right: Luke Brennan, Mid-Atlantic –Noah Klein, Great Lakes – Martin Jones, Southwest   … [Read more...]

Welcome New Members, August 2019

AGO is proud to welcome these new members in August, 2019. Mr. Eber Beck, Jr. Ms. Paula Dyches Ms. Kim Jones Hari Bayani Mrs. Kyung Hee Kim Frederick Proulx, III Erin Blake Burkard Schliessmann Michael Simpson Kevin Gray Kelly Sharp Dolores Hicks Chesna Anderson Mr. Jacob Dawson Ms. Robyn Fawson Ms. Cindy Galbraith Mr. Jason J. Volovar Cathi Swanson Dean Wagner Mrs. Michele A. Bynum Molly Berghout Emily E. Bavaro Jeanne Elmuccio Mr. Nelson Cox Ms. Gabrielle Marie Nervesa Mr. Owen Salter Mr. Donovin Joseph Tavares Matthew C. Cremisio Vincent V. Pham Mr. Samuel J. Grosskreuz Dr. Raphael Bundage Mr. John J. Kosch Catherine S. Wilson Mr. Stephen J. Dierkes Mr. Ryan Haynie Sun Chang John W. Spain Dr. James … [Read more...]