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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 […]

Youth Scholarship Audition has been cancelled!

The deadline for the Youth Scholarship Audition has been cancelled. Please let youth pianists or organists know that the deadline for the Youth Scholarship Audition is February 10, 2017. It will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017. Rules and application forms were sent with this newsletter. For more information, please contact Lori Serr. ljzserr at […]

2017 UVAGO Youth Scholarship Auditions and Performance – CANCELLED

The Utah Valley AGO chapter is pleased to announce a Youth Scholarship audition for organists and pianists who are 18 years old and younger. Organists will be auditioning for free organ lessons and an invitation to play in a Winners Recital sponsored by the UVAGO. Pianists will be auditioning for introductory organ lessons with a […]

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 […]


“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

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A Farewell Message from Sheri Peterson

Dear Friends, Thank you for all of your friendship and support during the past two terms that I have served as dean of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. It has been a privilege for me to serve with and for you. I believe in the cause of the AGO. I […]

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 […]


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 […]