In the News

The AGO National Council is following closely the news of recent allegations of inappropriate behavior by an organ teacher toward his students at institutions of higher education. Council members have reached out to the students to offer their concern and support. The academic institutions are conducting independent investigations about the allegations toward their faculty member, and the results of those investigations will help determine any further action on the part of the Guild. As a reminder, all AGO members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics, which requires “responsible conduct toward those whom we serve” and to “avoid any sort of abusive behavior, whether verbal, physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, or other.” Read the … [Read more...]

An Interview with Former AGO President Searle Wright, FAGO

In June 1990, professor of music and composer Dan Locklair sat down with former AGO president Searle Wright, FAGO, at First Congregational Church in Binghamton,New York to conduct an extensive interview for The American Organist. The transcript of their talk was published in the September 1992 issue. Dan recently unearthed the recording (on two cassettes), transferred the audio to CDs, and sent them to me for the archives at AGO Headquarters. Since 2018 is the centenary of Searle Wright’s birth, we would like to share the audio of this fascinating interview, in which Wright discusses a wide range of topics, from his early development as both a classical and theater organist, work as a musician in New York City (including the first U.S. … [Read more...]

Central Arizona Chapter Completes its Pipe Organ Encounter, Opus 2

After a 15 year hiatus, the Central Arizona Chapter of the AGO held its second Pipe Organ Encounter from June 17-22, 2018.  Sixteen students from Metro Phoenix, Texas, Kansas, Las Vegas, Kentucky, and Idaho enjoyed significant instruments throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.  Some were talented pianists who had never played the organ, and some were in their second or third POE.  Local faculty were mainly from the graduate program at Arizona State University with Prof. Kimberley Marshall as their primary instructor.  Amanda Mole, laureate of several national and international competitions and in her final stages of doctoral work at the Eastman School of music, was the featured recitalist for the week. The week began Sunday evening … [Read more...]

Thanks to Our 2018 Silent Auction Bidders

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the donors of more than 160 unique and interesting auction items and the 193 bidders who placed 749 bids. The online auction raised approximately $20,000 for the AGO Annual Fund.  As we close out the auction, we are putting winning bidders and donors in touch with each other, as appropriate, and sending auction items to winning bidders. Please be patient as we complete this process. For further information or assistance, please e-mail … [Read more...]

Vox Humana Completes its First Season

Our affiliate journal Vox Humana has just concluded its first season, and now has 20 articles online. With over 800 subscribers and 1,000+ followers on social media, this new project presents current ideas, trends, and research about the organ in a contemporary format, and is becoming a respected and valued resource about every aspect of organ art worldwide. Read Vox Humana … [Read more...]

AGO National Convention Kicks off on July 2nd in Kansas City

The 2018 AGO National Convention gets under way on July 2nd in Kansas City, Missouri. This feature article in the KC Independent highlights many of the events that convention-goers will attend. … [Read more...]

Twin Cities AGO Chapter POE Recitals Available for Viewing

The Twin Cities AGO chapter presented two recitals as part of its Pipe Organ Encounter at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Monday, June 25, 2018 — 7:30 P.M. (CT) — Boe Memorial Chapel Featuring "One Week" by Buster Keaton Catherine Rodland, Organ James Bobb, Organ John Ferguson, Organ Tuesday, June 26, 2018 — 7:30 P.M. (CT) — Studio A Christopher Jacobson, Organ … [Read more...]

Volume 2 of AGO Monograph Series Released

The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce the release of Volume 2 in the AGO Monograph series: The Organ on Campus, by Haig Mardirosian. Rather than a how-to guide, this might be called a why-to guide — an exploration of the motives, instincts, fortunes, and foibles of a community learning and teaching the sometimes-mysterious art of playing this complex and impressive instrument. Such an idiosyncratic narrative aims to assess the influence of the instrument on American college campuses, and in turn, on society and culture. Volume 2 can be downloaded in PDF format from this page on the AGO website. Volume 1, J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ on Public Radio, can also be downloaded from the same page. … [Read more...]

2018 AGO National Election Official Results

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the 2018-2020 National Council and Board of Regional Councillors: National Council, 2018-2020 President:  Michael Bedford, DMA, AAGO, ChM Vice President/Councillor for Competitions and New Music: Eileen Hunt, DMA, AAGO Secretary/Councillor for Communications: Mary Stutz, BS Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development: Barbara Adler, DMA, SPC Councillor for Conventions: Michael Velting, DMA Councillor for Education:  Don Cook, DMA, AAGO Councillor for Membership:  David Lamb, DMus, CAGO Regional Councillors, 2018-2020 Councillor for the Northeast Region  Leslie Smith,  BM, MM, CAGO Councillor for the Mid-Atlantic Region Wayne L. Wold, … [Read more...]

Vote Today for the AGO Leaders of Tomorrow

The governance of the AGO is vested in our National Council, a small cohort of volunteer Guild members elected by their peers. The Council consists of eight voting members including four officers (president, vice president/councillor for competitions and new music, secretary/councillor for communications, and treasurer/councillor for finance and development), three councillors with portfolio (education, membership, and conventions), and the chair of the Board of Regional Councillors (ex officio). With the exception of the chair of the BRC, all of the national councillors are elected by a vote of the general membership. The executive director of the AGO also serves on the National Council, ex officio, with voice but no vote. Leadership of … [Read more...]