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LESSONS FOR THE NEW ORGANIST Makes Debut at AGO

  In July, 2016, the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Committee on Continuing Professional Education (CCPE) commissioned concert organist Frederick Hohman to author and present a series of 30 video music lessons, with the goal of helping pianists of intermediate achievement to make a successful transition to the pipe organ when leading music in worship. The series is […]

Young Organists Excel in RCYO Chapter Competition

The Salt Lake chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) hosted a chapter-level competition in the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO) on March 9, 2017. Sarah Maxfield, 16, won the competition, and Dallin Baldwin, an organ performance major at BYU, was awarded runner-up. The competition was held at First United Methodist Church in […]

Organ Opportunities in 2017

There are several organ-related activities for all ages coming up this year.  Click on the links to see if there is something you or someone you know might be interested in attending.   Pipe Organ Encounters, for Youth 13-18 1. South Dakota, June 11-16. Early registration until April 1. Brochure      Website 2. San […]

Voices from Abroad

We hear from Sarah Maxfield, 16, who was able to attend the Haarlem International Organ Festival this summer (2016). Sarah is also one of the winners of last spring’s UVAGO Youth Scholarship program.  Hi! My name is Sarah Maxfield; I turned 16 in June. I’ve played the organ for four years. This summer, as part of […]

Voices from Pipe Organ Encounter 2016

On this page, we hear the experiences of some of the youth who attended Pipe Organ Encounter 2016 in Salt Lake City. We are inspired by their youthful enthusiasm and passionate musicianship.   Julianna Carlson Provo, Utah Age 15 I never really had a thing for the organ until one day when my piano teacher, […]

Highlights of the 2016 Utah Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)

Pipe organ encounters are the most successful outreach programs sponsored by the American Guild of Organists (AGO). POEs offer teenagers a rewarding opportunity to learn more about the pipe organ and its construction, instruction with experienced teachers and performers, visits to hear and play outstanding instruments, and the chance to meet and interact with peers […]

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“The New Organist” on the National AGO Website

The New Organist webpage of the American Guild of Organists assists pianists to learn to play the organ! The Committee on The New Organist is dedicated to providing answers to common questions through their webpage. Help yourself to these resources (most of them free) for anyone learning about the organ: The New Organist

Welcome Extended to New Chapter Members for 2016!

Everyone who attended Super Saturday 2016 had the opportunity to join the AGO with a six-month free voluntary organist membership. We are pleased to announce that thirty-five people took advantage of this offer! Please take the opportunity to meet them at our opening social in September and make everyone feel welcome. Note: Specific contact information […]

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Nick Banks of Pedals & Pipework

Nick Banks is, as he puts it, “a young, single-adult college student” with a passion for playing organs, especially pipe organs.  He routinely searches for and locates pipe organs in churches, concert halls, event centers, and other venues in the vicinity of his home in Utah County and reports his findings on a blog.  Most […]

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David Chamberlin Featured on Pipedreams: Salt Lake Celebration

David Chamberlin was featured recently with other well-known area organists on a Pipedreams program that aired on the radio the week of August 10, 2015. The program consisted of excerpts from inaugural concerts played on Utah-built Bigelow pipe organs at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Salt Lake City. Chamberlin, the […]