Vox Humana: The Gothic Organ at Rysum

This article by Christopher Holman in Vox Humana’s Historic Organs of the World series features the extraordinary c. 1450 Harmannus organ in Rysum, Germany. voxhumanajournal.com/rysum … [Read more...]

2019 AGO Gala Honors John Walker

The 2019 AGO Gala will honor John Walker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Walker will perform a recital at 7:30 pm and a Gala Benefit Reception follows. Advance tickets are required for the Reception. Click for more information or to purchase tickets, ads, or sponsorships … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: Johann Gottfried Müthel–Bach’s Final Pupil by Lukas Frank

Lukas Frank discusses the life and organ works of J.S. Bach's final pupil, Johann Gottfried Müthel. … [Read more...]

Give the Gift of Membership

Give the gift of membership … twice! Do you know two people who would love to receive the gift of AGO membership? Now through December 21st, you can buy a membership or TAO subscription for a new member and get a second new membership (of equal or lesser value) for free! Have just one person in mind? You can gift a membership and receive a free gift for yourself and the new member. All potential members must be new to the Guild. Call us at 212-870-2310 (M-F, 9-5 Eastern) or 212-870-2311, ext. 7512 (M-F, 9-5 Pacific) for more information and to give the gift of AGO membership! … [Read more...]

Support the AGO on #Giving Tuesday

We invite you to join us on #GivingTuesday, November 27, by making a tax-deductible contribution to the American Guild of Organists. Your gift can be directed toward supporting your local chapter or any one of our national funds. The AGO Annual Fund supports educational programs nationwide ranging from opportunities for beginning organists to our professional certification program. The AGO Endowment Fund is our fund for the future that provides annual operating support through earnings from our investments. The New Organist Fund provides scholarships and support for Pipe Organ Encounters for students of all ages. Contribute Now In the weeks ahead, concert halls and houses of worship will be filled with the music of the King … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: Charles Tournemire’s L’orgue mystique and the Ordinary Form Mass

In the November, 25 2018 issue of Vox Humana Douglas O'Neill writes about Charles Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique and the Ordinary Form Mass ( 1870-1939). It is unparalleled among Roman Catholic organ music; Tournemire had desired to do for the Roman Catholic Mass what J.S. Bach had done for the Lutheran Mass with his Orgelbüchlein. It is a set of 51 suites for nearly every Sunday and select feast days of the church year. Gregorian chant permeates Tournemire’s music, with motives drawn from the appointed proper chants for the day. Each suite consists of five movements: a “Prélude à l’Introït,” “Offertoire,” “Élévation,” “Communion,” and “Pièce terminale”. Read Vox Humana … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: The Italian Classical Organ at Imperia

In the November 18, 2018 issue of Vox Humana, Kirk M. Rich discusses an organ built by Giovanni Battista Ciurlo between 1788 and 1789. The organ is located in Torrazza, an ancient village situated in the mountainous province of Imperia. Only accessible by car, the medieval Church of St. George the Martyr sits on a hill midway up a mountain. Read Vox Humana … [Read more...]

December 2018 TAO Cover Feature

Two Tales of Two-Manual Organs By Patrick J. Murphy View an enlarged cover Stop List Organbuilders dream about having the opportunity to construct fine large instruments that stunningly display their creative ethos. The realities of today’s market, however, more often challenge builders to create highly flexible instruments in very limited spaces and budgets. Many congregations give in to these limitations easily, threatening the extinction of quality music in their worship life. But there are many parishes, even small ones, that understand the value of quality music in their services and find ways to overcome the perceived limitations. Patrick J. Murphy & Associates recently had the fortunate opportunity to provide modest … [Read more...]

Vox Humana: Music in Canadian Cathedrals

Patrick Wedd, recently retired Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral in Montréal, discusses church music in Canadian cathedrals with Vox Humana Associate Editor, Nicholas Capozzoli. Read the complete article. … [Read more...]

Online applications to attend 2019 Pipe Organ Encounters are now open

Six AGO Pipe Organ Encounters will be hosted by chapters in five states (Massachusetts, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Washington) and in one foreign country (Finland) in 2019. In addition to four traditional POEs, there will be one POE-Advanced, and one POE-Technical.  For more information and to apply to attend, please visit any of the three following AGO website pages: Pipe Organ Encounters for traditional POEs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Missouri, Seattle Washington, and Helsinki, Finland. Pipe Organ Encounters-Advanced  for the POE-Advanced in Houston, Texas. or Pipe Organ Encounters-Technical  for the POE-Technical in River Forest and Oak Park, Illinois. … [Read more...]