Resources for Freelance (and Unemployed) Musicians Affected by COVID-19

AGO Responding to COVID With thanks to Dr. John A. Wolfe, Dean of the Brooklyn Chapter AGO, for bringing it to our attention, the American Guild of Organists Committee on Career Development and Support shares this "aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines" at https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/. New York City Chapter Member (and former dean) Christopher Creaghan shared this link with AGO Headquarters about how some nonprofit employers of musicians are handling cancellations:  https://www.middleclassartist.com/post/the-unsung-heroes-of-covid-19. Early Music America has compiled a helpful website page of resources for musicians: … [Read more...]

April 2020 TAO Feature Article

Wesley United Methodist Church Muscatine, Iowa C.B. Fisk Inc. Opus 153 Stop List By David C. Pike In January 2018, C.B. Fisk was, for the first time in its 57-year history, commissioned to replace a church organ that had been destroyed by an act of God. On March 6, 2017, a tornado swept through downtown Muscatine, Iowa, a small industrial city on the banks of the Mississippi River. During its brief, circuitous path through town, the tornado’s 115-mile-per-hour winds toppled the tall masonry chimney of Wesley United Methodist Church. The chimney’s stone-work came crashing down onto the roof over the pipe organ chamber. The roof collapsed, and in the blink of an eye Wesley’s 1983 four-manual 94-rank pipe organ, the largest … [Read more...]

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January 2020: Welcome New Members

Gabriel Abernathy Samuel Abernathy Aaron G. Anderson Garrett Artman Andrew Atkinson Theodore S. Babbitt Mr. Owen Barnert Adrian C. Bawtree Caroline Baxley Joshua Bickford Brad L. Bryan David N. Burnham Ryan B. Caboot Chris Cole Dianne B. Croft Solomon Davids Louise Devers Paul Dinan James Douglas Christina Edelen Brent E. Erstad Michael Fischer Mrs. Linda Forry Georgiann Gibson Diana L. Giombetti Brandon Gonyea Eric Goodrich Dana Gossner Patricia Gould Diana T. Greene SPC Joseph Bryant Hand Paul Hanson Ed Hauck Ms. Melissa Herr Wendy W. Herr Theodore L. Hine Christopher Hopkins David C. Horne Scott Hubli Lee S. Jones Jiyoun Hailey Jun Hans-Peter Keller Minkyung Kim Christina H. Kime Mark … [Read more...]

March 2020 TAO Feature Article

The Cathedral of Christ the King Superior, Wisconsin Glück Pipe Organs • New York City Stop List By Sebastian M. Glück   From the time that the Cathedral of Christ the King was dedicated on Christmas Day of 1927, the goal of building a suitable pipe organ had been elusive. The neo-Romanesque structure and its campanile are built upon a raised platform and stand nobly against the Wisconsin sky. Romanesque churches feature thick masonry walls with small windows that encourage ample reverberation, yet 1937 witnessed the carpeting of the sanctuary and the installation of sound-absorbing materials covering the ceiling and the upper walls of the nave, annihilating reverberation. In recent decades, the choir, accompanied by a … [Read more...]

February 2020 TAO Feature Article

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe Orlando, Florida Schoenstein & Co.• Benicia, California View the Stop List   The Tonal Perspective The tonal design opportunity here was truly grand—plenty of well-placed space for each division and a stoplist large enough to face no compromises. The challenge, as always, was making a good acoustical match. Even a “perfect” acoustic must be carefully matched to make full use of its quality. The Basilica is built on the plan of the original fourth-century St. Peter’s in Rome, but, of course, it is made of modern materials. The size and shape encourage a wonderful openness and short, but pleasing, reverberation. The clarity is quite wonderful. The frequency … [Read more...]

Hosting an AGO Competition Winner is the Perfect Chapter Event

Kalle Toivio was named the 2018 NCOI First Place Winner at the 2018 National Convention. Hosting an AGO competition winner is the perfect chapter event! Kalle lives and works in New York City, and he is available for recitals, masterclasses, and improvisation workshops. For more information, contact Kalle Toivio or AGO Headquarters. https://vimeo.com/384414974 The 2020 National Competition in Organ Improvisation has begun! Plan to attend the Semifinal and Final Rounds to be held in conjunction with the 2020 National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. … [Read more...]

Hosting an AGO Competition Winner is the Perfect Chapter Event

Kalle Toivio was named the 2018 NCOI First Place Winner at the 2018 National Convention. Hosting an AGO competition winner is the perfect chapter event! Kalle lives and works in New York City, and he is available for recitals or improvisation workshops. For more information, contact Kalle Toivio or AGO Headquarters. … [Read more...]

December 2019: Welcome New Members

Ralph C. Budd Jay Chadwick Sarah Cole Alex J. Cross Christopher Dazey Joseph Faryniarz Paul L. Finger Nathanael France Bill Geraci Trevor Good Aleah Harvey Shoko Hosono Hiromi Inomata Vernon Kimbro Deborah S. King Marisa J. Landsverk Christopher S. Lanier Mary Catherine Levri Timothy Ludwig Kathy Rissa Moore Elizabeth Patterson Jamie Pfauth Jacob Donald Pfund George Tomas Roberts-Oakland Tedd Roseberry Mr. Robert Sacks Brian Sanders Mr. Ian B. Sell William Smiley David N. Stamos Catherine W. Tyng Janice M. Vetter Ryan Villapiano Christine Wilhelm Zachary L. Wolff … [Read more...]

AGO Member Jan Kraybill Nominated for Three Grammy Awards

Jan Kraybill writes: I was absolutely thrilled that my most recent album, the second solo recording on the Kauffman Center’s Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant organ, has been nominated for three GRAMMY awards, including Best Classical Instrumental Solo, a very high honor indeed. That category, listing all five nominees, is below. It’s absolutely amazing to be included in this list of talented people! As far as I know, I am only the third organist— and the first female organist— to be nominated for a solo recording GRAMMY. The Nominee for Best Classical Instrumental Solo were: (Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.) THE BERLIN RECITAL Yuja Wang HIGDON: HARP CONCERTO Yolanda Kondonassis; … [Read more...]