AGO Fellowship Certification

The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification.  Examinations have played a central role in the Guild’s work since its founding.  Being professionally certified can play a major role in your life and career. Fellowship certification is the highest level of certification offered by the AGO. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas.

  1. Perform organ literature of advanced difficulty.
  2. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of organ repertoire.
  3. Know and apply authentic performance practice.
  4. Understand organ tonal design.
  5. Apply authentic and effective registration.
  6. Understand the mechanics and maintenance of the organ.
  7. Accompany with flexibility and musicianship.
  8. Sight-read open scores including lines in the C clefs.
  9. Transpose
  10. Improvise
  11. Compose and arrange.
  12. Demonstrate practical knowledge of orchestration.
  13. Have a broad knowledge of music history and literature.
  14. Be able to write in contrapuntal forms of both 16th and 18th century styles, and to analyze examples.
  15. Transcribe from dictation.

pdf-large-typeManual of Procedure
Associate and Fellowship Examination

Educational Resources for Fellowship Certification

The ear training exercises and the past exams below are offered by the AGO Certification Committee for candidates to use to prepare for Fellowship certification.

Purchase the repertoire for the Fellowship Exam at Cliff Hill Music or Lois Fyfe Music.


Solutions to the Fellowship Ear Training examples (above).


pdf-large-typeFellowship Exam 2019 (solutions for the 2019 exam will be available in October, 2019)