The American Guild of Organists
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Welcome to the Brooklyn AGO’s website. Whether you are a professional organist, an organ enthusiast or just visiting, I hope you will find useful information here. Members looking for updates on our activities will find them on the 2017-18 Calendar and Events sections. Visitors wishing to attend our events, including our Scholarship Competition and Bach to Brooklyn organ tour, can monitor this space for news as these events take shape. Houses of worship looking for personnel help can hire an organist using the references on our Substitutes page. Please check this website regularly as we update it often, and please feel free to reach out to me at dean@brooklynago.org with any questions or comments. We always appreciate visitors at our public events, and I look forward to welcoming you in person soon.
— Dr. John A. Wolfe, Dean

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.

The vision of the American Guild of Organists is to engage, support, and uplift every organist.

The Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists was granted a chapter charter in 1960 and serves New York City’s most populous and diverse borough.

 

The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 in New York City. Its second-ever public event was held in Brooklyn in 1897.

Dudley Buck, the first Honorary President of the American Guild of Organists, had a deep and longstanding relationship with Brooklyn, serving as Organist of the Church of the Holy Trinity from 1877 to 1902. His tenure as Honorary President was from 1896 to 1899.

From the start, Brooklyn has been energetically and profoundly engaged in the life of the Guild.  Along with the Queens Chapter and the New York City Chapter (serving Staten Island, the Bronx, and Manhattan), the Brooklyn Chapter celebrates the King of Instruments and its players in a community that is both iconic and forward-looking. The Guild provides opportunities for continuing education, musical enrichment, support for certification, outreach, and fellowship among members and non-members.

We’re proud that we reflect the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of this great Borough, and we are committed to advocacy for the pipe organ in this remarkable place.

If you are a church organist or musician, or if you are simply delighted with the pipe organ and its music, please avail yourself of our programs and consider joining us by visiting our membership page.

 

Please join us for our first event of the
2018-2019 Program Year!

 
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The Brooklyn AGO is pleased to announce the fourth annual George R. Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition

The chapter has established its annual George R. Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition in honor of our late member, friend and colleague, George R. Mathison.  The purpose of the competition is to encourage excellence in the performance of organ music and to inspire, educate and nurture future generations of organists.

The 2019 competition will take place on March 2nd, 2019 at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, where our competitors will play the church's 69-rank 2001 Austin pipe organ.  The chapter is now accepting applications, with a cutoff date of February 2nd, 2019.  The prize pool totals $2,000, with a first place prize of $1,000, a second place prize of $650, and a third place prize of $350.  For more info on the competition, including eligibility and repertoire requirements and the application form,please visit the Scholarship Competition Page.

2018 Election Results

The ballots have all been tallied in the Brooklyn AGO's 2018 election of board members and officers.  The results are as follows:

Dean (one year term): Dr. John A. Wolfe

Sub-Dean (one year term): Thomas Hobson Williams

Registrar (one year term): Gary Di Franco

Secretary (one year term): Maria Rayzvasser

Treasurer (one year term): Eric Birk

Class of 2020 (two year term): Rasaan Bourke

Class of 2021 (three year terms): Robert Frisby, Samuel Kuffuor, Phillip Lamb

If you have any questions about the election process or results, please feel free to contact Chapter Dean John A. Wolfe via email.

Thank you very much this year's Nominating Committee, consisting of Jared Lamenzo, Nick Martellacci and Bruce Oelschlager, and to Gary Di Franco for his additional assistance.  Thank you also to all those who voted in this year's election and expressed confidence in this slate.  We'll be working hard to bring you another great program year!