It’s Time to Renew Your AGO Membership

Benefits for members on the traditional July 1 -- June 30 membership year will end soon for those who have not renewed for the 2016-2017 year. To avoid interruption of your AGO membership benefits, including your monthly TAO subscription, please send your renewal payment as soon as possible. You may use ONCARD to quickly and securely renew online with a credit card or to print out your invoice and pay by check. Membership in the Guild comes with many benefits, including the following: connect with other organists enhance your skills as an organist and choral conductor celebrate the organ in historic and evolving contexts discover news of the organ and choral world online and in The American Organist nurture new … [Read more...]

Scholarship Application for Pipe Organ Encounters (POE)

The deadline for POE Scholarship applications is Friday, April 15, 2016. Need-based scholarship aid is available to cover full or partial registration fees for attending a POE (POE or POEA, only, not POE+). Funds are limited, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarship applications for both POE and POEA events require two forms to be submitted by the deadline--one by the family of the student and one by the student’s teacher. Use the links below to complete your application for a 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter POE Student Application & Parent Information Form POE Teacher Recommendation Form POEA Student Application & Parent Information Form POEA Teacher Recommendation Form … [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...]

Ask Aunt Wilma – Previous Episodes

Dr. Wilma Jensen has been heralded as an outstanding recitalist, church musician and teacher. As Professor of Organ at Indiana University, among other schools, she has helped shape a generation of outstanding organists. Wilma will be honored at the 2016 Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on April 8, 2016, where she will receive the AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award. Aunt Wilma will answer user-submitted questions in her new online column. Please enjoy the first installment below! Dear Aunt Wilma, In the Brahms Chorale #10 "My heart is filled with longing" in A Minor, how can the player keep the music interesting with the constant 8th note repetition in the left hand? Return to current episode … [Read more...]

Ask Aunt Wilma

Dr. Wilma Jensen has been heralded as an outstanding recitalist, church musician and teacher. As Professor of Organ at Indiana University, among other schools, she has helped shape a generation of outstanding organists. Wilma will be honored at the 2016 Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on April 8, 2016, where she will receive the AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award. Aunt Wilma will answer user-submitted questions in her new online video column. Please enjoy the latest installment below! Dear Aunt Wilma, What kind of freedom do you think would be appropriate in the Adagio section of  Franck's Choral No. 3 in A Minor? Have further questions or discussion about this months' episode? What would you like Aunt Wilma to … [Read more...]

Support the AGO on Giving Tuesday: December 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 was Giving Tuesday. Thank you for making the AGO part of your Giving Tuesday plans. Contribute to the AGO … [Read more...]

2015 AGO Holiday Cards Available Now

Just in time for the holidays! The AGO’s holiday cards are now available in the AGO Store ("Guild Gifts") section. Each packet of 20 cards includes five cards of the four different designs below. They are accompanied by 20 envelopes. Cards are blank on the inside.         … [Read more...]

Claude Baker Wins First Ronald G. Pogorzelski – Lester D. Yankee Annual Competition

View the 2017 guidelines for the second Pogorzelski-Yankee Annual Competition. Application deadline is August 31, 2015. Advertising a new prize with a $10,000 commission for a solo organ composition, the AGO’s Committee on New Music fully expected a large body of applicants, but they were nonetheless overwhelmed when they received nearly 80 applications. Committee members were even more thrilled to learn that the applicant pool was not only broad but equally deep, boasting applications from many highly accomplished and internationally recognized composers. In the end, the panel of judges—Pamela Decker, Hans-Ola Ericsson, and David Shuler, all important figures in new music and the organ—selected as the winner a renowned composer new to … [Read more...]

AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are Underway

The first round of the 2015 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists has now ended. The competition begins at the chapter level; competitors may compete in any chapter competition held within the AGO region of their home or school. This year 27 chapters had AGO/Quimby RCYO events and those events are now over. The winners from those chapter events advance in turn to the final round, held concurrent with the seven Regional Conventions. The seven regional winners, the 2016 Rising Stars,  will play next year at the  AGO National Convention in Houston, TX. Meet the 2015 chapter winners in the RCYO section! … [Read more...]

Wilbur Held Dead at Age 100

Wilbur Held, a resident of Claremont, California, passed into life everlasting on March 24, 2015, at age 100. The AGO remembers with gratitude his service as a National Councillor (1968–1971) and dean of the Columbus (Ohio) Chapter. A celebration of his lifetime of music composition resulted in a Centenary Edition of his organ works, published by MorningStar Music in 2014. Wilbur Held was born on August 20, 1914, in Des Plaines, Illinois. He enrolled at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, studying organ with Frank van Dusen and theory/composition with John Palmer, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees there. Midway through his studies, he became Leo Sowerby’s assistant at St. James Church—an association that lasted … [Read more...]