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, April 7th, 2014 @ 12:47pm
We are pleased to announce two beneficiaries for any donations in excess of the cost of the chapter dinner May 12th.
The American Boychoir School Which welcomes many boys to a life of music and learning with need-based scholarships
and The Joachim Parrella Memorial Organ Fund Which supports special maintenance of the organ at St Ignatius Loyola,
where the late Mr. Parrella was much involved, in his memory
will each receive a donation in honor of our two dinner guests, James Litton & Nancianne Parrella, in equal part.
Several members have already subscribed to the dinner at the highest level, and we are grateful for their leadership. Donors' names will be printed in the dinner program.
We are looking forward to this event very much; even if you are unable to attend, you may always make a donation of any size through www.nycago.org via PayPal. Otherwise, you may follow the link below to purchase your ticket and make a donation if you wish.
E-mail sent by Keith S. Tóth, Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 @ 10:46am
I am saddened to announce to you the death of our longtime New York City colleague Bob Barrows on March 17, 2014. Amongst other positions, from 1984 to 1999, Bob was the organist and choirmaster at St. Michael's Church (Episcopal) on the Upper West Side. Attached is Bob's obituary.
Our heartfelt condolences to Bob's wife, Susan Hellauer, his children, family, friends and colleagues.
"That they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."
E-mail sent by David Enlow, Friday, March 21st, 2014 @ 4:17pm
The 31st of this month, we are the guests of our Dean, Keith Tóth, at Brick Church for a session on improvisation with the Modes of Limited Transposition with William Porter. Whether you improvise in concert, in church, or "just noodle", take some time for professional development and hear some new ideas, if you're available. Following the class portion, our own John Cantrell will join Prof. Porter in a brief improvisation recital.
One volunteer student (demonstrator) is unable to make the new date; if you are interested please reply to let me know. As always, complete information is available at www.nycago.org.