Ask Aunt Wilma – Previous Episodes

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 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 hand? Return to current episode … [Read more...]

Ask Aunt Wilma

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 online video column. Please enjoy the latest installment below! Dear Aunt Wilma, What kind of freedom do you think would be appropriate in the Adagio section of  Franck's Choral No. 3 in A Minor? Have further questions or discussion about this months' episode? What would you like Aunt Wilma to … [Read more...]

January 2016 TAO Feature Article

Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO Schoenstein & Co., Benicia, CA By Jack Bethards "A dignified and churchly ensemble” described Ladue Chapel’s new Kilgen organ in the December 1951 dedication program. This was a special year for the St. Louis organ firm—its centennial. Author, organ consultant, and organist William H. Barnes was the re­citalist. Solo repertoire, although featured on the opening program, was clearly of minor importance in the full scheme of the church music program. This was a church organ. Not too many years later, church organists were being advised by the academic community that they were being short-changed with instruments that were caricatures—not much better than theater organs. The great … [Read more...]

Support the AGO on Giving Tuesday: December 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday. In the video below AGO Executive Director James Thomashower asks that you make the AGO part of your Giving Tuesday plans. Contribute to the AGO … [Read more...]

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 Store ("Guild Gifts") section. 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...]