AGO Student Member Featured on NPR’s “From the Top”

Forrest Eimold, a 16-year old AGO student member in the Boston Chapter, was recently featured on "From the Top," which airs on National Public Radio. He played Carillon de Westminster, Op. 54, No. 6, by Louis Vierne. The performance took place thirty-six feet above the stage of Emory University's Emerson Concert Hall in Atlanta, Georgia on the Werner Wortsman Memorial Organ. The organ was named in memory of alumnus Werner Wortsman in recognition of his generous support of the arts at Emory. The organ, a mechanical key-action tracker instrument of fifty-four stops and 3,605 pipes, is playable from three manual keyboards and pedal board. From Winthrop, MA, Forrest is the current organ scholar at St. Paul's parish in Harvard Square. He's a … [Read more...]

December 2015 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Cape Cod and the Islands, MA September 27, the chapter held its annual Convocation. A Choral Evensong for Michaelmas was held in the Orleans United Methodist Church. The service was officiated by the Rev. Judith Davis, chapter chaplain and rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Harwichport. Organist for the event was Nancy McCarthy, chapter secretary and organist-choirmaster at the Orleans church. After the Declar­a­tion of AGO Religious Principles was read, officers and board members were installed for the 2015–16 season. Following the service, a reception was held in the fellowship hall. —Grace McGill-Gora Merrimack Valley, MA September 27, the chapter held its installation of officers and a potluck dinner … [Read more...]

December 2015 TAO Feature Article

Chapel of St. Joseph, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, MO A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company, Lithonia, GA By Arthur E. Schlueter III Every organ commission that has been awarded to our firm has left us humbled and thankful for the opportunity to build instruments for worship and praise. This was amplified by the opportunity to build an instrument in support of the daily life, prayer, 
and worship for the clergy, staff, and students at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. When I arrived for our first visit to the seminary, I was informed of plans to renovate the chapel that would include a new pipe organ. I had numerous discussions about how the organ would be used in worship and sought to design an eclectic specification that would … [Read more...]

2015 AGO Holiday Cards Available Now

Just in time for the holidays! The AGO’s holiday cards are now available in the AGO Holiday Quick Order Page. Each packet of 20 cards includes five cards of the four different designs below. They are accompanied by 20 envelopes. Cards are blank on the inside.         … [Read more...]

November 2015 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Binghamton, NY August 3, Roberta Rowland-Raybold, CAGO, played a recital at St. James Episcopal Church in Lake Delaware on the 24-rank Möller (1948)/(Sid) Chase (2005) organ as a benefit for the St. James Choral Scholars Fund. Rowland-Raybold is the newly appointed director of music at First Luther­an Church in Albany. She is past dean of the Binghamton and Oneonta chapters; a former AGO district convener in New York and Pennsylvania; and a published composer of hymn settings, introductions, and reharmonizations, and sacred music for the organ (Augsburg Fortress Press). Her program included works by Callahan, Couperin, Bach, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Dvoˇrák, Benoit, and Frescobaldi. • August 15, the chapter held its … [Read more...]

Dan Locklair’s INITIAL MEMORIES to Receive World Premiere

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) College of Fine Arts and the Department of Music will present the world premiere of Dan Locklair's INITIAL MEMORIES: A Divertimento for Organ and Wind Quintet on Saturday, November 7, at 3 p.m. A pre-concert presentation by the composer will be given at 2:15 p.m. The pre-concert event and the performance, both of which are free and open to the public, will take place in the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, Cogswell Music Building at IUP, located in Indiana, Pa., 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. All are invited to a reception following the concert. INITIAL MEMORIES will be presented by members of the IUP music faculty including: Dr. Joseph Baunoch, bass; Dr. Rosemary Brumbelow, clarinet; Dr. Stephanie … [Read more...]

November 2015 TAO Feature Article

Christ the King Catholic Church, Dallas, TX Juget-Sinclair Organbuilders, Montreal, Quebec By Stephen Sinclair An organ project is, by its nature, a long process—it can be helpful for organbuilders to reflect on the beginning once we’ve reached the end. We might forget, for example, that the project at Christ the King in Dallas was, for all intents and purposes, dead in the water for more than a year, for lack of a solution to the conundrum of how to successfully build a mechanical-action instrument out-of-chambers, without placing any weight on the balcony itself, or reducing space for the choir. It wasn’t an aha moment that led us to a solution. It was more a case of the elimination of doubt—as crazy as it seemed, we could see no … [Read more...]

AGO Prizewinners Featured on Pipedreams in November

Program number 1545 airing November 9, 2015 will feature winners of various national and regional competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Nicholas Capozzoli (2003 Buzard/All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 4/18/15). Capozzoli took first prize in the 2015 Taylor Organ Competition sponsored by the Atlanta AGO Chapter.    J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541    Elsa Barraine: Prelude and Fugue No. 1    Craig Phillips: Rhapsody for Organ (2015) * * * * * * * * * * * * * Jonathan Rudy (2012 Fisk/Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 6/23/14); (2008 Fisk/Auer Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, … [Read more...]

McNeil Robinson 1943-2015

The American Guild of Organists is sad to announce the death of internationally renowned organist and composer McNeil Robinson on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in New York City, following a long illness. The Guild extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends, especially his wife, Cristina Cassellato Robinson. A public memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. Church of the Ascension Fifth Avenue at Tenth Street New York City, NY 10011 All are welcome. McNeil Robinson, who chaired the organ department at the Manhattan School of Music for more than two decades, was a world renowned improvisateur who taught more winners in the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation than any other teacher. He … [Read more...]

Ask Aunt Wilma

Wilma Jensen answers your questions Dr. Wilma Jensen has been heralded as an outstanding recitalist, church musician and teacher. As Professor of Organ at Indiana University, among other schools, she has helped shape a generation of outstanding organists. Wilma will be honored at the 2016 Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on April 8, 2016, where she will receive the AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award. Aunt Wilma will answer user-submitted questions in her new monthly online column. Please enjoy the first installment below! Dear Aunt Wilma, In the Brahms Chorale #10 "My heart is filled with longing" in A Minor, how can the player keep the music interesting with the constant 8th note repetition in the left … [Read more...]