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Our 2014-2015 program is Ready

, and what a lineup! We will kickoff the year on September 27th with a carry in dinner at the Rieger’s “LaBarn” followed by music on the wonderful Reiger organ. The “La Barn” houses a privately owned 42 rank organ built by Fred Rieger and faithfully maintained by his son Rick Rieger.

The organ is half theater and half classical and was constructed from 16 separate rescue organs. The theme for the evening will be show tunes and marches, so please consider playing as part of the program or during the open console time. 

Feel free to sing along. Let Sub-Dean, Matt Dierking know if you would like to play. Contact Matt for a Stop/Toy list. We will try to arrange for some practice time before the dinner. Again, thanks to the Rieger’s for hosting us. We suggest that (if possible) last names A-G bring main courses; H-N desserts; N-Z salads.

The next program will be a Workshop by George Baker D.M.A.b Dr. Baker is a Lecturer on Organ Improvisation, at Rice University, and will present:

The remainder of the 2014-2015 program has something for everyone including an organ crawl, chorale reading, electronic organ demo/test drive, Pedals Pipes and Pizza, a small choir workshop with Basil Fett, Academy student recitals and finally a carillon recital and tour joint with the Cincinnati chapter. Plan to make as many as you can. A complete list is at the end of this issue and on our website

This year and last, we have shared an event with the Cincinnati AGO Chapter. We have been encouraging members from both chapters to attend each other programs, so you can download the Cincinnati AGO Program here or find it in the August Trumpetings.



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We are not a stuffy group of high-brow organists, who all have organ performance degrees. No, no, far from it. We are teachers, students, part-time composers and arrangers, office workers, singers, music directors and pastors, professors, engineers, full-time and part-time organists, keyboard and electronic organ aficionados who enjoy supporting one another (and even borrowing from one another) as we play excellent church music that makes a joyful noise to the Lord! (And we eat together from time to time.) Come and join us this coming year.

The Mission of the AGO is:

To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase organ and choral music contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of organ and choral music.

To improve the proficiency of organist 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 that contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the guild.

Soli Deo Gloria
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