Upcoming AGO Webinars, Recitals and Workshops


Saturday, October 17, 2020, 12 noon – 2:00 pm EDT. But I Need a Rohrschalmei! Understanding Tonal Design in Mainstream Traditional Church Instruments with Adam Pajan. This program will be livestreamed and will include a lecture component, a masterclass, and end with a performance by Adam.

How often do we see or hear of a scenario where an organist insists on having their one favorite stop on an instrument before supplying it with something more practical? Worse yet, how often have organs been removed or neglected because the organist at the time of design insisted on having a specific style of organ that may or may not be sympathetic to the congregation it serves? In this hour, we will conduct a survey of tonal design in organs in mainstream traditional music programs from 1900 to the present, tracing changes in aesthetic trends and noting the requirements of a service-playing instrument. After a review of what “belongs” in specific divisions and why, we will design an organ of 30 stops jointly by committee, seeing where our collective knowledge, experience, and preferences take us.

Adam Pajan serves on the organ faculty at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches both applied organ and organ technology. He serves as artist in residence at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, where he serves as organist/choirmaster for weekly Choral Evensong services. He received his DMA in 2014 at the University of Oklahoma following studies at Furman University and Yale University, where he earned the BM and MM degrees respectively. He has been a prizewinner in multiple prestigious organ competitions, including the Firmin Swinnen Prize (second place) at the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition and first-place awards at the Albert Schweitzer, Poister, Mader, and West Chester University organ competitions. His performing career has taken him across the United States and on five tours of Germany, as well as tours of England and Switzerland. He has performed at conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Guild of Organists.


This six-week series takes place on Mondays at 4 pm EDT via Zoom.

October 19th: Anne Laver, presenter
Improvisation for Beginning Organists
This webinar will demonstrate how to incorporate improvisation pedagogy when teaching beginning organists of any age or experience level. Anne Laver is professor of organ and university organist at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. She is also visiting professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music for the academic year 2020-21.  Register for this Webinar


October 26th: Don Cook, AAGO, presenter
Group Organ Teaching Strategies
Since its beginnings in 1988, the BYU Organ Lab has helped over 6,000 pianists learn basic organ skills. Join us as we consider ideas in student engagement, lesson plans, student savers, and online teaching options. Don Cook joined the organ faculty at Brigham Young University in 1991. He oversees a highly successful group organ program and serves as university carillonneur. He holds bachelor and master of music degrees from BYU and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Kansas. Between 2014 and 2020, Don served as the AGO national councillor for education.
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November 2nd: Cathryn Wilkinson, AAGO, presenter
Three Suites from the 18th to the 21st Centuries
Looking to add some variety to your repertoire? In this session we will learn about context and techniques in performing excerpts from three organ suites, representing different eras, styles, and moods. Cathryn Wilkinson studied with J.S. Darling at the College of William and Mary and finished her graduate degrees at the University of Iowa. She is currently vice president of academic affairs at Hartnell College in Salinas, California, and serves on the AGO Committee for the New Organist.
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November 9th: Ann Labounsky, FAGO, presenter
Improvisation and the Music of Jean Langlais
Improvisation is one of the most rewarding experiences that can exist for an organist. Building on her studies with Jean Langlais, Ann will explore approaches to improvisation using hands-on techniques. The webinar will also explore how to understand Langlais’s style of composition and performance. Ann Labounsky is the author of Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music, and she has recorded the complete works of Langlais issued through voixduventrecordings. She is chair of Organ and Sacred Music at Duquesne University.  A former AGO councillor for education as well as a past dean of the Pittsburgh chapter, Ann serves as organist/director at Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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AGOYO Fridays at Noon EDT:

August 14, 2020, Organ Crawl at the West Point Chapel

September 11, 2020, Workshop: Church Musicians and Technology

October 9, 2020, Panel Discussion: The Global Organist

November 13, 2020, Organ Crawl at Longwood Gardens

December 11, 2020, Organ Factory Tour at Austin Organ Company

January 8, 2021, Webinar: Young Conductors‘ and Organists’ Guide to Church Music

February 12, 2021: Organ Crawl at the Wanamaker Organ

March 12, 2021, Panel Discussion: Board Positions in the Guild and Serving in Leadership Roles

April 9, 2021, Organ Factory Tour at Taylor & Boody

May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021: Young Organists Recitals