AGO Welcome

Our First program was a captivating workshop with George Baker, D.M.A. entitled, “Organ Improvisation: "Where do I start and what do I do now?” Dr. Baker studied with some of the great French improvisers of the 20th century including Marie-Claire Alain, Pierre Cochereau, Jean Langlais and André Marchal. He demonstrated a wide variety of improvisation techniques ranging from modality and tonality to modulations and sequences. The presentation was as entertaining as it was informative and included Dr. Baker’s first rule of improvisation: “Don’t die on the bench!”  If only Vierne had known that rule!  On Sunday, Dr. Baker played a French inspired program for the Annual Westminster Memorial Recital that culminated with his own composition "Variations on the Hymn Tune Rouen".
The next meeting will be the Dayton Area organ Crawl on November 9th.  Watch for the final details on the site. 

The remainder of the 2014-2015 program has something for everyone including a 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.  

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
Soli Deo Gloria

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