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, Saturday, June 21st, 2014 @ 11:38am
Dear Chapter Members and Friends,
Many of us are now travelling or preparing to travel to Boston for our National Convention. The program looks splendid, and several of our own members are represented as performers and presenters in the convention program. Bravi to you all!
Owing to several commitments, I am unable to attend the convention this year, with regret, and so I have asked immediate Past Dean Keith Tóth to represent the Chapter in Boston. This includes attending the Family Organ Day, which has been funded by the Chapter's Centennial Millennium Fund. This event, designed to bring the organ to the attention of the general public and specifically families, fits the mission of the Fund perfectly.
By the way, the Board has also asked Keith to continue in his role as Chair of the fund's trustees, and we look forward to more grant-making and promotion of the organ nationwide under his leadership.
I wish those of you attending the convention in Boston safe and enjoyable travels, and add my best wishes for the rest of the summer.
E-mail sent by David Enlow, Friday, May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:01am
Our chapter dinner is May 12th, and a great, friendly group of us will be there. It is not too late to reserve, but we are close. If you wish to be listed in the program as a donor, please make your reservation in the next 24 hours. Our honorees have selected two causes dear to their hearts, and we have had a very nice response from the membership.
On a personal note, this event is my last as Sub-Dean, and the last under the aegis of Keith Tóth. I hope you will take the opportunity, if you are able, to say how much you appreciate Keith's leadership and all the chapter has accomplished in the last four years.
E-mail sent by David Enlow, Friday, April 25th, 2014 @ 11:22am
Now that Holy Week is safely behind many of us, it is time to book our places for the Chapter Dinner with Nancianne Parrella and James Litton. The chapter dinner is a fund-raiser, with two causes very dear to our honorees. I am pleased to say several members have made generous donations in addition to the cost of dinner.
Please reserve your place by going to the Groupspaces site and booking online, or you may send a check made out to NYC AGO to me at 119 East 74th Street, New York, NY, 10021.
Please make your reservations in the next week; after May 2nd we cannot guarantee a place will be available.