Updated June 25, 2021
Message from the Dean
Welcome to Fort Lauderdale AGO!
This web-page contains basic information about our Chapter. Whether you are a visitor or resident, enjoy browsing through our website.
Our Chapter Year goes from September through May. The date of our next meeting / event will be posted under “Local events” on this website along with other updates, so please visit us frequently!
We are located in one of the most fast growing, dynamic and ethnically diverse areas of the United States. The high Season of Tourism and Cultural Activities in general is between October and Easter, but our area is active all year round and offers a good selection of Churches with interesting organs and Music Programs to visit. In the last years some venues and cultural organizations have started offering Summer Programs.
AGO FT LAUDERDALE CHAPTER EVENTS:
We are in summer recess until September 2021. Our program of activities for the coming 2021-22 season still depends on the ongoing COVID19 situation. But as restrictions are being lifted, we hope that we can offer an exciting program of activities again! Please stay tuned for updates.
SPECIAL EVENT – SUNDAY JUNE 27 – 4:00 pm: ORGAN RECITAL BY JOHN BLACK at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF POMPANO BEACH (“The Pink Church”) – 2331 NE 26th Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
ADMISSION IS FREE – This concert also will be live-streamed. Visit https://www.thepinkchurch.org/spire-concerts/ for details. This event is part of “THE SPIRE CONCERTS” and NOT sponsored by The American Guild of Organists. But we want to extend the invitation to all AGO members who might be interested.
For more information about musical activities as well as some churches please go to “Links” further down on this website.
Our newsletter is sent out in electronic format to our members every month from September to June.
You don’t have to be an Organist to join AGO! We welcome everybody who loves the King of Instruments, its music, and any activity related to it. AGO membership is open to everyone who submits to our Code of Ethics.
To join us as a FIRST TIME CHAPTER MEMBER please visit:
and follow the options on the web page. Make sure you select our Chapter when joining. We get a notification from the System when somebody joins, but anyway we encourage to get in touch with us directly to make yourself known to us!
Our MEMBERSHIP FEES:
Please visit www.agohq.org for information
Chapter Friend: Minimum $ 25.00
Additional gifts are tax deductible and always welcome!
Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals have used contact information from our substitutes for scams. Being committed to safeguard our members’ privacy and protect them from schemes made in in their name, or directed to their person, WE WILL NOT POST SUBSTITUTES LISTS ANYMORE ON THIS PUBLIC WEB PAGE. We apologize for any inconvenience that might result as a consequence of this precautionary action. Thank you for your understanding!
Information about available positions will be forwarded to AGO members only.
To become an AGO member please refer to “Membership” on this website or visit the National Website.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
We are sorry, but at this moment we have no AGO Certification Program. But there are opportunities for Organ Studies at following Higher Education Institutes in our area:
Broward College (BC) (Formerly known as “Broward Community College”)
Susan Dodd 954 616 7099 Cell / Email
Florida International University (FIU)
954 438 5729 / Email
More info available at the DIRECTORY of institutions of higher education who offer study programs in Organ, Sacred Music and Choral Conducting:
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR THE ORGANIST
1.- SCORES:Petrucci Music Library (by International Music Score Library Project)
Free downloadable Public Domain Scores. In the U.S., scores publishec before 1923 are Public Domain.Choral Public Domain
Public Domain Scores for free of more specialized academic works. Limited requests only (please read information on page).
Search and download digitized scores for free.Sheet Music on the Web (by Sheet Music Consortium)
This is a new project. It links to several important libraries worldwide and has thousands of scores for free download.The Mutopia Project
Classical organ music (Bach, Handel, Pachelbel) for free downloadHarvard University free digital scores
Free scores and libretti for download, but very little organ musicLanglais Scores
List of scores of Jean Langlais’ works and link to sites where to get them. (Langlais’ works -as any works and publications after 1924- are not Public Domain, therefore not available for free). The page http://www.jeanlanglais.com contains more interesting information about this important 20th cty french organ composer.
MASTER LISTS OF ONLINE RESOURCES FOR THE MUSICIAN:
(For support: Directories of Resources Lists)
Finding Scores Online List (from Yale University)
Resources for Music Scholars List (from Harvard University)
(Especially Americana!)Sheet Music Colections Inline List (from University of Chicago Library)
Sheet Music Collections Online List (from Duke University)
Internet changes almost daily! Links not working anymore? Site down or moved? Domain not longer in use? Want to know what’s new?- These Master Lists keep the Resources List Directory updated in real time plus more useful information.
(Recordings, especially early / historical recordings by U.S. artists)”National Jukebox” by Library of Congress
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
Free downloads or streaming onlineNaxos Music Library
Listening by subscription only; no downloads.04.- MISCELLANEOUS:Hymn Tune Index
An invaluable resource for the Hymnologist! A comprehensive census of English language hymns from 1535 – 1820 and their tunes.J.S. Bach Biography
Pictures, history, location of 31 original instruments(The page http://www.baroquemusic.org contains many other interesting things for the baroque music lover!)
LOCAL CHURCHES (with significant organs and / or music programs):
First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale: https://www.firstbaptistftl.com/
First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach [The Pink Church]: http://www.pinkpres.org/
The Church by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale: http://www.thechurchbythesea.org/
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church: http://www.crpc.org/
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale: http://www.firstpres.cc/
All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale: http://www.allsaintsfl.org/
St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church: http://stmartinchurch.org/
First United Methodist Church of Fort Lauderdale: https://www.fumcftl.org/
Plantation United Methodist Church: https://www.plantationumc.org/
First Church United Methodist of Coral Springs: http://www.fumcocs.org/
Christ United Methodist Church: https://www.christchurchfl.org/
PIPE ORGAN BUILDERS:
Guzowski & Steppe Organbuilders
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Fax-Phone 954 491 6852 – Cell 954 560 4438
Dunne Music Company
www.dunnemusic.com ~ 1-888-94-ALLEN
FL representatives for ALLEN Organs
“PIPEDREAMS” from NPR
on NPR Classical South Florida, WKCP – FM 89.7
To listen online:
The complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany as FREE INTERNET DOWNLOADS:
INFORMATION SOURCES REGARDING THE ORGAN:
AGO Boston Chapter Organ Library
Photocopies of Out of Print and Public Domain material are available for a moderate fee. Donations of organ related books, music and literature as well as financial support are encouraged.
Pipe Organ information for children:
American Organ Institute (AOI) from the University of Oklahoma:
General, Technical and biographical information about pipe organs, especially Theater and “Symphonic” organs:
The Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/
Organ database project in France: (French only) http://orgue.free.fr/
American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO): http://www.pipeorgan.org/
The Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA): http://www.apoba.com
Organ Historical Society (OHS): http://www.organsociety.org/
American Theater Organ Society (ATOS): http://www.atos.org/
The Reed Organ Society http://www.reedsoc.org/
ORGAN RELATED ONLINE FORUMS AND CHAT LISTS:
Please see links posted under “Certification” on this web page.
We keep this List updated, so please check it out regularly!