2016 Gala to Honor Wilma Jensen

The American Guild of Organists Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award will be presented to Wilma Jensen at a recital and gala benefit reception on April 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Jensen will present a public recital at 7:00 pm at the West End United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Vanderbilt University Club (advance tickets required). Purchase tickets/Make a contribution … [Read more...]

A Message from James Thomashower, AGO Executive Director on the 2016 AGO Membership Directory

On February 1, Harris Connect, the authorized publisher for the 2016 AGO Membership Directory, began to receive telephone calls from AGO members verifying members’ information for the publication and offering the Directory for advance sale. Based on the experience of more than 2,000 calls received to date, here are some key facts you need to know about the project. Harris Connect sent all members a postcard and an email over my signature inviting members to call in to verify the information to be published in the Directory. The number provided will connect each member with an operator in a call center. The operator is an employee of Harris Connect. The operator is not a member of the AGO staff and does not work at AGO … [Read more...]

Young Organists Chapters

As of July 1, 2015 the AGO has seven new regional chapters for young organists to benefit young organists across the United States and other locations such as the United Kingdom and Italy.  Through Facebook a community of young organists who are members of the AGO are connecting in this virtual community to establish networking opportunities and generate innovative web-based programming. View officers by region of the Young Organists Chapters … [Read more...]

Watch Marvin Mills and Marlissa Hudson Perform “Three Spirituals”

In a recent email to members AGO President John Walker called attention to a new video on the AGO's YouTube page. Walker wrote: "I am delighted to be able to send you a link to a performance of Three Spirtuals, arranged by Marvin Mills and performed by soprano Marlissa Hudson, accompanied by Marvin Mills. Ms. Hudson’s performances of “Somebody Talkin’ ‘bout Jesus,” “Jesus, Lay Yo’ Head in da Window,” and “Plenty Good Room” are deeply moving; her conclusion to “Plenty Good Room” is truly spectacular. I know that you will enjoy it, too. I am very pleased to be able to send this to you now at the start of Black History Month as part of the American Guild of Organists’ recognition and celebration of the contributions and accomplishments … [Read more...]

Early Registration Rates Good Through March 14 at Houston Convention

Registration is ongoing for the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston. Secure the early registration rate by registering today. Follow these links for additional information about the convention: Home Schedule Featured Composers Workshops Venues Worship Performers Hotel & Transportation … [Read more...]

Apply to attend a 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter

Pipe Organ Encounters (POEs) offer teenagers and adults a rewarding opportunity to learn more about the pipe organ and its construction, instruction with experienced faculty, visits to hear and play outstanding instruments, and the chance to meet and interact with peers who share an interest in the King of Instruments. 2016 offerings include traditional POEs, a POE Advanced, and POE+ sessions. Click for complete information on the various POE offerings and to submit an application: Pipe Organ Encounters … [Read more...]

February 2016 TAO Feature Article

Immanuel Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA Taylor & Boody Organbuilders Staunton, VA By George K. Taylor & John H. Boody Two powerful events at the Virginia Theological Seminary conspired to bring to life a new chapel and a new pipe organ: the tragic destruction of the 1881 seminary chapel by an accidental fire in October 2010, and the destruction wrought in the Mid-Atlantic region by a freak summer derecho windstorm on June 29, 2012. The fire spurred the creation and building of a new elegant and powerful worship space that bears witness to the dedication of the Virginia Theological Seminary to liturgy and worship arts. The windstorm felled more than 20 of the old-growth white oak trees that graced the … [Read more...]

January 2016 TAO Chapter News

Northeast Region Waterbury, CT September 11, a catered dinner was held on a patio atop Albritton Hall at Wesleyan University. The weather and view were spectacular. The dinner was followed by the annual “Bach to School” recital by resident professor Ronald Ebrecht on the university’s Holt­kamp organ in Memorial Chap­el. The program included fun pieces by local composer Neely Bruce with jazz influence and percussion accompaniment. • October 30, a chapter meeting was held at Bristol Baptist/Synergy Church, where members were encouraged to invite and bring friends who may not be members of the AGO. A pizza dinner was provided, time was allowed for getting to know one another, and the year’s upcoming programs were outlined. Then, … [Read more...]

Sales of New Book on Allen Organ History to Benefit the AGO Annual Fund

Jerome Markowitz, founder of Allen Organ Company, has written a fascinating history of the origins of digital-sound-based products. Triumphs and Trials of an Organ Builder is a uniquely American story of innovation, perseverance, and intrigue. It's a must-read for anyone interested in the roots of digital sound. Markowitz built his first experimental organ in 1936 and, with the exception of the World War II years, was an organ builder and businessman until his passing in 1991. In addition to being chief executive officer of Allen Organ Company, he held over 25 patents. During the month of January, 2016, all proceeds from the Amazon.com sales of the paperback or Kindle version of Triumphs and Trials of an Organ Builder will be donated … [Read more...]

Applications for the 2016-2017 Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship will be accepted until February 15, 2016

The Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarships are presently awarded for a period of up to four years for undergraduate awardees and up to two years for graduate school awardees. One freshman ($7,500) and one first year graduate ($15,000) will be awarded in March 2016. Applicants are expected to have existing talent and achievements in the field of organ playing and an expressed commitment post-graduation to teaching, performing, or other serious endeavor with respect to the organ. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. The online application period ends February 15, 2016. … [Read more...]