The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild serves approximately 20,000 members in 330 chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music.
Under the leadership of the National Council, a network of volunteer committees and officials at the regional, district, and local levels directs the activities of the Guild. The AGO National Headquarters is in New York City where a full time staff supports and coordinates publication, administration, and development activities of the organization. For purposes of administration and representation, the Guild is divided into nine geographical regions, and each chapter is assigned to one of them.
The purposes of the American Guild of Organists are:
To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase their contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment.
To improve the proficiency of organists and choral conductors.
To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment.
To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities as contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Guild.
E-mail sent by David Enlow, Monday, February 24th, 2014 @ 3:50pm
The stars have aligned, and Brick Church and William Porter have proved to be available on Monday, March 31st to have our improvisation event, which was snowed out last time by a very heavy storm. Please note the schedule is slightly altered; there is no dinner break.
E-mail sent by David Enlow, Thursday, February 20th, 2014 @ 4:11pm
Some of us have played the piano for years, and were pressed into service at the local church, or took an active interest in the organ, but don't know where to begin when trying to build skills and approach the instrument and its repertoire. Does this sound like you, or anyone you know?
NYC AGO is sponsoring Organ Day for Pianists on Saturday, March 1st. Workshops on approachable repertoire, changing technique from the piano to the organ, and registration are all provided free of charge, with a free organ lesson to follow the workshops. Coffee and a little something to eat are also provided. RSVP required for an organ lesson.
Please spread the word to any piano teaching/playing colleagues of yours, and let's encourage people of all ages who are interested in the organ!
E-mail sent by Keith S. Tóth, Thursday, February 20th, 2014 @ 4:03pm
February 20, 2014
Dear Members of the New York City Chapter,
At the Board’s meeting on Presidents’ Day, February 17, the chapter’s Nominating Committee (Bernadette Hoke, chair; Christopher Creaghan, Dr. John King) presented their slate of nominees for the upcoming election of chapter officers and board members. This slate was ratified by the Board for presentation to the membership. You will find the slate of nominees along with their photos and bios included in the attached PDF.
The chapter’s Operating Procedures allow for members in good standing of the chapter to also nominate candidates for inclusion on the slate. Nominations from the membership must be made by petition and signed by at least five (5) members of the chapter in good standing and submitted to the Secretary for inclusion on the ballot. All nominees must be in good standing with the chapter. Signed petitions can be sent via regular mail or scanned into a PDF and emailed to:
Mr. Sebastian M. Glück, Secretary 170 Park Row APT 20A New York, NY 10038-1156 email@example.com
Nominations by the membership must be received by the Secretaryno later than Friday, March 14, 2014.