Award-winning Sept Hommages Performed at IUP; Available for viewing on YouTube

Claude Baker won the first Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Annual Competition. His commissioned piece, Sept Hommages, premiered March 13th at 3:00 pm on the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Organ at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kola Owolabi performed. The general public was able to watch an interview with Dr. Baker and Dr. Owolabi's performance through a live stream from IUP. A recording of Dr. Baker's interview is currently available on the IUP YouTube channel. A recording of Dr. Owolabi's performance will be available shortly. View the IUP YouTube channel. View the full program guide Learn more about Claude Baker and the AGO’s newest competition. … [Read more...]

2016 Gala Honors Wilma Jensen

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) selected internationally acclaimed organist, church musician, and teacher WILMA JENSEN as the honoree for the 2016 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Friday, April 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Complete information can be found  here. The celebration began at 7:00 p.m., at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue, where the honoree performed a free recital featuring works by Vierne, Philip James, Franck, Brahms, Schumann, and Tournemire. Dr. Jensen was joined by Stephen Seifert in a performance of Conni Ellisor's Blackberry Winter, a concerto for dulcimer and string orchestra, which was transcribed for organ by the honoree for this … [Read more...]

Application to host a Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical (Builder)

Before starting this form, please be sure you have at the ready the following items needed for upload during the application process: A digital file (.PDF, .rtf, .doc, etc.) of a brief history of the organ building firm making the application All names of proposed faculty or staff from the firm's staff A digital file (.PDF, .rtf, .doc, etc.) of a tentative schedule of activities for your POE Tech A digital file which is a scan of the “Statement of Approval” signed by the owner/president of the firm. (Form is found on the third page of Section 6.1.2 of the POE Handbook.) … [Read more...]

March 2016 TAO Feature Article

St. Monica Catholic Church, Dallas, TX Nichols & Simpson Inc., Little Rock, AR By Jeremy Wirths St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, founded in 1954, is a large parish of around 14,000 parishioners, with an average of 4,000 individuals attending seven weekend Masses, and a proud heritage of education: St. Monica School maintains an enrollment of more than 850 students in grades K–8. The parish has ten choirs and ensembles that provide leadership for the various Masses in both English and Spanish. The church building and organ are used for several school choral liturgies each week, along with many special performances, including organ recitals, and numerous musical presentations by outside ensembles. In 2012, the … [Read more...]

AGO Member and Honoree Featured on Grammy-winning Recordings.

2008 AGO Distinguished Composer Award recipient Stephen Paulus posthumously won the 2016 GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his work Far In The Heavens performed by True Concord Voices and Orchestra, led by Eric Holtan, on Reference Recordings. The work, commissioned and written for the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, was accepted by Paulus's wife Patty and his two sons, Greg and Andrew. Paulus's Three Places of Enlightenment / Veil of Tears / Grand Concerto on the Naxos American Classics label garnered a Best Classical Compendium GRAMMY® Award for Nashville Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and producer Tim Handley. Organist and AGO member Nathan Laube is featured. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra … [Read more...]

POE Advanced 2016

The 2016 POE Advanced features instruments by a wide range of builders including Casavant, E.M. Skinner, Holtkamp, Juget-Sinclair, Noack, Schantz and Wilhelm. Visiting Faculty members Christian Lane, Kimberly Marshall, Bruce Newsick, Carole Terry, and Christopher Young will perform recitals, teach workshops and classes, and offer private lessons. Cincinnati-area organists including faculty from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music will also participate. Other activities include an introduction to carillon playing and a visit to the large E. M. Skinner organ at Cincinnati Museum Center. EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 1. For full details, please visit cincinnatiago.org/poea16 … [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...]

Registration Continues for the AGO Houston Convention, June 19-23

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