The AGO Needs Your Input. Take the AGO Strategic Planning Survey!

A comprehensive and vitally important new strategic planning survey is being distributed to all Guild members following each regional convention. The National Council enthusiastically encourages everyone to participate. The results will be analyzed by our strategic planning consultants and presented to Guild leaders in seven discrete regional webinars. Findings from the survey will help the National Council and set future priorities for the Guild. Please complete the online survey when it arrives in your Inbox after your region’s convention. (Questions about your regional convention will be available for those who attended one.) If the survey does not arrive in your Inbox immediately following the Regional Convention in your region, … [Read more...]

AGO Partnership with Church Music Institute

By action of the AGO National Council on June 11, 2019, the American Guild of Organists entered into a partnership with the Church Music Institute to provide discounted CMI membership rates for AGO members.  AGO members can have access to all Church Music Institute member benefits for less than half the cost of regular CMI membership, which include access to its online Sacred Music Library with over 18,000 choral selections and over 13,000 organ compositions.  Please log in to ONCARD and click on "Update Personal Information" to get the members-only link to join CMI. For complete information on this collaboration between CMI and AGO, please click HERE. … [Read more...]

July 2019 TAO Feature Article

St. John's Episcopal ChurchLafayette, IndianaQuimby Pipe Organs Inc. Warrensburg, Missouri St. John’s Episcopal Church is a thriving parish located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Music has been an important focus of the parish since it was organized in 1836. Upon the completion of the present building in 1857, a secondhand 1853 Pilcher organ was first rented and later purchased. In 1889, the first paid choirmaster and choristers were engaged, and a men and boys’ choir “reorganized,” which continued until 1960. A new Pilcher was installed in 1890; this instrument was subsequently enlarged and electrified by Pilcher in the 1920s. In 1966, due to failing mechanisms and changing taste, a new two-manual, 29-rank Wicks … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss Out: Renew Your AGO Dues Today

Is your membership up for renewal? Your AGO membership keeps your informed, connects you with other organists and shares job opportunities. Don’t miss the next issue of TAO. Ready to Renew Now? Use the ONCARD Login … [Read more...]

June 2019 TAO Feature Article

St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church Lafayette, Louisiana Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders Opus 145, 2017 View the Stop List By Kevin Martin When the final plans for St. Pius X Parish’s new church building were released, it was readily apparent that the new organ would require an enlarged specification, ultimately leading to digital augmentation. While there was ample room in the organ chamber (located in the rear of the nave) for approximately 30 to 40 ranks of pipes, the transepts were located too far away from the organ chamber and, therefore, would require organ divisions of their own to support the choir and congregational singing. The search for a pipe organ builder who would incorporate digital voices with speaking … [Read more...]

Acoustics in the Age of Frescobaldi and Fantini

Shelby Lewis discusses the acoustics of an Italian villa that may have been the venue of the legendary 1634 organ-trumpet concert by Frescobaldi and Girolamo Fantini. Read on Vox Humana … [Read more...]

Wayne Hobbs Scholarship

The American Guild of Organists is honored to announce the creation of the Wayne Hobbs Scholarship. Established by his family after his death in April, 2019, the scholarship is sheltered by the AGO New Organist Fund and will be awarded annually to a young person attending an AGO Pipe Organ Encounter. Contributions in memory of Wayne Hobbs, former music department chairman at Texas Tech and Western Kentucky University, are invited. Contribute Now Printable Contribution Form The AGO New Organist Fund was established in 1993 to support Guild programs dedicated to developing a new generation of organists. Inaugural contributions to this fund were made in honor of three extraordinary leaders of the Guild: M. Searle Wright, fago; Roberta … [Read more...]

Historic Organ Restoration in the Americas

In this new article on Vox Humana, Susan Tattershall discusses her work restoring organs in Mexico, Bolivia, and the West Indies, and engaging local communities in the process. Read Vox Humana … [Read more...]

Organists Ponder Fate and Future of Notre Dame’s Organ

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NPR Interviews Olivier Latry in Wake of Notre Dame Fire

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