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...]

2015 Gala Tickets Short Form

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December 2014 TAO Chapter News-Great Lakes Region

East Central IL, September 13, the chapter hosted a Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza event for eight young people ages 11–17. They toured, listened to, and played the 1921 Wurlitzer at the newly renovated Virginia Theatre, and the 48-rank 1965 Casavant at First United Methodist Church, both in downtown Champaign. Also, staff at the nearby Buzard Pipe Organ Builders took participants on a tour of their facility, including their renovation and new organ projects. After a pizza supper, the group was treated to a performance by theater organist Mark Gifford at the Virginia Theatre, including the accompaniment of a Buster Keaton silent movie. —Carolyn Pater East Central, IL AGO Chapter Website Cherry Capital, MI September 7, … [Read more...]

December 2014 TAO Chapter News–Mid-Atlantic Region

District of Columbia September 22, the chapter hosted its first meeting of the season with a hymn festival and installation of officers at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Md. (Thomas Smith, host). John Walker, AGO president, was the organist for the service, which featured lessons read by chapter members, interspersed with a variety of hymns in different styles. Officers sworn in for the coming year include Russell Weismann (dean), Victoria Shields (sub-dean), Jason Abel (secretary), Irvin Peterson (hospitality coordinator), Jeremy Filsell (education coordinator), Irv Lawless (archivist), and Thomas Smith (newsletter editor). Weismann encouraged members to practice warm hospitality toward newcomers and members at our … [Read more...]

All Day Bach Organ Marathon in New York

WQXR Radio is sponsoring an all-day Bach Organ Marathon beginning at 7am on Saturday, November 22nd, at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan. The marathon is curated by Paul Jacobs, chair of the organ department at the Juilliard School. Ticket prices range from $10 to $75 for the entire marathon. Performers include: 7:00 AM: David Crean 8:15 AM: James Wetzel 9:30 AM: Raymond Nagem 10:45 AM: Yinying Luo, Colin MacKnight, Janet Yieh 12:00 PM: Chelsea Chen 1:15 PM: Ryan Jackson 2:30 PM: Benjamin Sheen 4:15 PM: David Ball, Daniel Ficarri, Griffin McMahon 5:30 PM: Isabelle Demers 6:45 PM: David Enlow 8:00 PM: Paul Jacobs 9:15 PM: Christopher Houlihan 10:30 PM: Michael Hey 11:45 PM: Ryan Kennedy, Alexander Pattavina, Gregory … [Read more...]

November 2014 TAO Features Schoenstein & Company Organ

The November, 2014 issue of TAO features the installation of the Lewnosksi Family Organ in Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The organ was built by Schoenstein & Co. from San Francisco, CA. It began on a snowy day: Pipework of the Great Diapason chorus (L) and Pedal 16' Open Wood pipes, horizontal, behind central wall (R): The casework is installed: Read the article and view the complete stoplist in the November issue of the The American Organist. … [Read more...]

Pogorzelski-Yankee Composition Competition Deadline Nears

Submissions to the 2016 Pogorzelski-Yankee Composition Competition are due by November 28th, 2014. The Pogorzelski-Yankee tracker organ is now in its new home at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The competition fosters the creation of new music for this instrument and organs of this size. The 2016 Competition calls for an organ composition of 10-12 minutes in length; there are no restrictions in regard to compositional style. The competition is open to proposals from composers of all ages and nationalities. For further information: Pogorzelski-Yankee tracker organ installation New Music & Competitions … [Read more...]

AGO Great Lakes 2015 Regional Convention Features Thirteen Venues & Organs

Thirteen different venues in Indianapolis and Bloomington Indiana will host performances this summer at the AGO's Great Lakes Regional Convention. The venues are: Indianapolis Christ Church Cathedral Christian Theological Seminary Grand Hall, Indiana Landmarks Center St. Luke's United Methodist Church Second Presbyterian Church St. Paul's Episcopal Church Warren Performing Arts Center All Saints Episcopal Church Christ Church Cathedral St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Trinity Episcopal Church Bloomington Auer Hall, Simon Music Center Alumni Hall, Memorial Union For more information: Links to all 2015 AGO Regional Conventions The organs and venues featured in the home page slider are: LEFT: Christian … [Read more...]

November 2014 TAO Feature Article

Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University, Washington, DC Schoenstein & Co., San Francisco, CA In the heart of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., stands Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, built in 1893 and the gift of Sarah Dahlgren, whose husband was Admiral John Dahlgren. The Jesuit religious community that founded the university takes great pride in this chapel, which is the spiritual gathering place for Roman Catholic liturgies on the campus. In 2011, a renovation was launched to reinforce the chapel’s structural foundation and to preserve and enhance both its interior and exterior. The blessing of the renovated chapel took place in April 2014. I was pleased to serve as consultant in this project, assisting the … [Read more...]