The American Guild of Organists
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 in the Events section. 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 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 a special upcoming event!


To download the Bach to Brooklyn 2019 reservation form, please click here.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 Chapter Elections!

The ballots have all been tallied in the Brooklyn AGO's 2019 election of board members and officers. We had close to 50% participation in the vote. 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 2022 (three year terms):
Lana Krakovskiy
Nick Martellacci
Alex Violette

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

Thank you very much this year's Nominating Committee, consisting of Nick Martellacci, Paul Richard Olson, and Raymond Trapp. 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!


The 2019 George R. Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the Brooklyn AGO's 2019 George R. Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competiton! This year's competition took place at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights on Saturday, March 2nd. 1st place: Eddie Zheng, The Juilliard School / 2nd place: Sam Scheff, Rutgers University / 3rd place: Hannah Lingen Cen, Manhattan School of Music. Pictured left to right: Competitor Samuel Kuffuor-Afriyie, competitor Hannah Lingen Cen, Chapter Dean John A. Wolfe, competitor Sam Scheff, judge Frank Crosio, judge Gregory D'Agostino, judge Kalle Toivio. Many thanks to our competitors and judges for making this year's event a success!