The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this, we
- encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music;
- inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors;
- provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support;
- nurture future generations of organists;
- promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
- engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
August Dean's Message
To everything there is a season. A time to rest, a time to work, a time to play, a time to plan, a time to ____. (fill in the blank). The
summer months bring each of us time to exhale and re-group from the program year. With choirs on recess, we have the opportunity to peruse the
stacks of sample choral music we’ve acquired at reading sessions and make decisions on major choral works for the upcoming year as well as begin the
practicing in earnest on those major works we hope to share in worship or recital. Which volume of Bach, Vierne, Reger, or Walcha are you dusting
I trust you are also looking forward, with some anticipation, to the possibilities for collegiality that our organization brings. With the program
year starting in September, our dean-elect has assembled a diversified planning team already at work. Those tapped to help with the POE-A in 2017
are in the early planning stages for this exciting program, and the new Board will gather to begin their work together in August.
Reflections are shared in the last newsletter from your colleagues who attended the Houston AGO June 19-23. It is always a thrill to sing in such a
joyful assembly and to be awed by the creative planning each national convention brings. For me, this convention was also a place of healing in the
midst of grief and loss at the death of my spouse earlier in the month. I was able to wander anonymously into a variety of worship and artistic
spaces and to be absorbed by elegant and glorious choral and organ music.
To those who have shared condolences, my deep thanks, and I look forward to greeting you in the upcoming months,
Norma Aamodt-Nelson, dean