Macon

Last updated: September 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Welcome to the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

 

Purpose of the American Guild of Organists

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving organ and choral fields. Chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1896, the AGO now serves over 21,000 members throughout the United States and world-wide. It provides educational and certification services and professional assistance to its members, and promotes the use of the organ in sacred and concert settings.

  1. To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase their contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences and to promote their understanding, appreciation and enjoyment.
  2. To improve the proficiency of organists and choral conductors.
  3. To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of achievement.
  4. To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities as contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Guild.

Current and Renewing Members click here

New Members click here

Dr. Jane Kimbrel, DMA
Dean, Macon Chapter AGO


2016–2017 Chapter Sponsored Programs

 

Annual Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 6:30 pm

Christ Church
582 Walnut Street
Macon, GA

Please join us for our welcome meeting and annual potluck dinner of the new 2016–2017 year. Bring your favorite appetizer, entree, or dessert to share. You spouse/significant other and friends are also welcome to attend. Beverages will be provided. Norma and Brev Hunt, who attended the AGO National Convention, will give a report and share photos from the event. Jane Kimbrel, who attended the St Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts, will also present a report.  Other members are invited to share of recent continuing education experiences. If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Poe by email at jonathan@christchurchmacon.com.


Dr. Joseph Golden, guest speaker

“Not like Hymns–like Music!”

Monday, November 1, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Northminster Presbyterian
565 Wimbish Rd
Macon, GA 31210

An approach to playing hymns on the organ in a manner that facilitates the multiple needs of the singers and that honors the stylistic standards that we all expect in the preparation and presentation of any sort of serious music. Mr. Joseph Golden, organ professor at Columbus University and Organist-Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus.


Guest Speaker

Tuesday, January TBD, 2017

More information coming soon.


Mercer Hymn Festival with Al Travis

Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 3:00 pm

Mulberry Street UMC
719 Mulberry Street
Macon, GA

Dr. Albert L. Travis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Organ at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He served on the faculty of the School of Church Music from 1977-2008. Dr. Travis has been Organist of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth since 1978. Currently serving as Organist and Director of Music Ministries, Dr. Travis plays the Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn Organ. Dr. Travis maintains an active schedule as hymn festival leader, improvisation workshop clinician, arranger and composer.


Concert for Organ & Brass

Monday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Riverside UMC
735 Pierce Ave
Macon, GA

Gail Pollock, Host


Clergy/Musician Luncheon

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Christ Church
582 Walnut Street
Macon, GA

Lunch will be provided free of charge.


Membership

We’d love to have you in our chapter!  Membership is not limited to organists only.  It is open to anyone who has an interest in organs and/or organ music.  If you’re interested in becoming “one of us,” please contact Gerald Carper, our Treasurer and Membership Chair.   He will lead you through the quick process that can be done almost entirely online.

Gerald Carper, gncarper@aol.com


Placement

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.


2016­–2017 Executive Committee

Dean: Dr. Jane Kimbrel janekimbrel@gmail.com
Sub-Dean: Mrs. Ellen Wilson missellen485@cox.net
Past Dean: Ms. Nelda Chapman nmchap@aol.com  or  nelda@st-joseph.cc
Secretary: Mrs. Sandra Smith sandysmith0814@gmail.com
Treasurer: Mr. Gerald Carper gncarper@aol.com
Registrar: Dr. Michael McGhee mmcghee@wesleyancollege.edu
Communications: Mr. Jonathan Poe jonathan@christchurchmacon.com
Historian: Dr. Harry Eskew harryeskew@cox.net
Chaplain: Mr. Dana Smith music@fumcwrga.org

Links

AGO National website

Nadine Cheek

Dr. Jane Kimbrel

Dr. Michael McGhee

Dr. Jack Mitchener

Gail Pollock

Sandy Smith

Christ Episcopal Church Music Ministry