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...]

January 2020 TAO Feature Article

Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Norfolk, Virginia Casavant Opus 2734, Renovated by Foley-Baker Inc. Stop List by Mike Foley Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has long been noted for its music. In 2012, Kevin Kwan became the director of music and organist and in just a few years lifted the program to yet new heights. The church opened in 1910 with a 50-rank Austin which, after a massive fire, was replaced with a replica instrument. This organ fell victim to water and wear over time and was replaced in 1963 with Casavant’s 68-rank Opus 2734. At the time, it was a fine example of America’s mid-century outlook on tonal design. However, as with so many other churches, the ever-changing ear of the organ world did not … [Read more...]

Beware the Scammers

Scammers are everywhere and AGO chapter leaders need to be vigilant about requests for funds. AGO Executive Director James Thomashower recently wrote a column in TAO on scams and how to protect yourself and your chapter funds. Please read and share with your fellow chapter officers and members: Protect Yourself and Your Chapter from Scams … [Read more...]

Atlanta Chapter to Host AGO 2020 National Convention

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce the upcoming 2020 convention. We are very excited to be selected as the host city for this event. For the most up-to-date information on registration, accommodations, and schedules, visit the convention website. … [Read more...]

December 2019 TAO Feature Article

The McLean Memorial Organ: Its History and Evolution (1919–2019) By F. Anthony Thurman The McLean Memorial Organ at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (northwest Philadelphia) has a rich and storied history. It is not only the largest church organ in Philadelphia but also one of the largest pipe organs in the Delaware Valley. The roster of prominent performers who have played it over the last century would be too long to begin to list. When I was hired as music director at First Church in 2016, I knew right away that this was a very special organ but one that was desperately in need of intensive care. Wind leaks in the century-old windchests were louder than the softest stops on the organ. Dead notes compromised the … [Read more...]

AGO Monograph Series

Volumes 1-3 of Michael Barone's Monograph Series are available for sale through the AGO store. Volume 1: J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ and Public Radio. Volume 2: The Organ on Campus Volume 3: The Making of a Virtuoso Organist Shop the AGO Store … [Read more...]

Organ Building and Restorations in the Netherlands

Frits Elshout, recently-retired Director of Flentrop Orgelbouw in the Netherlands, discusses his experience leading one of the most important firms for organ building and restoration of modern times in this interview with Vox Humana Associate Editor Bruce Shull. Link:   … [Read more...]

November 2019: Welcome New Members

Dennis Akerman Bill Bakeman Alexander Birch Hazel Boerner Alphonso Brown Andrew MacKinnon Brown Olivia Brownfield Timothy Bullara Lucas Aranha Carvalho Miguel Castro Olivia Connors John R. Crawley Deborah Dickman Benedikt Ehrhardt Lindsey Fugill Pamela Fuller Rouzan Gevorkian Janet E. Guetle Joe Hickman Patrick M. Hogan HyeSung Hwang Brad Jackson Chan Gyu Jang Lucas Jindra David Joder Jakob Johnson Deagan Jones George Kayes Karen Khanagov James Kimball Bill Kurzdorfer John Landis Enoch Laudie Aaron Lauper Justin V. Lee Ju Young Lee Gloria Lemus Claudia Loethen Adam Lutz James J. Maynard Patrick Meaden Walter J. Miklas Angela Morgan My Linh Mueller Robert H. Myers Ruben F. Navarro Timothy … [Read more...]

Organ Building and Restorations in the Netherlands

Frits Elshout, recently-retired Director of Flentrop Orgelbouw in the Netherlands, discusses his experience leading one of the most important firms for organ building and restoration of modern times in this interview with Vox Humana Associate Editor Bruce Shull. Link … [Read more...]