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 of the organs and their locations are given to him by word of mouth from friends and family. His posts reflect his total joy and excitement in finding, playing, and photographing the instruments.

Nick created the blog in August 2014 to document his excursions, so that all who wish to find a pipe organ in close proximity may do so. The blog can be found at Pedals and Pipework. Nick has reviewed over 30 pipe organs, including a few digital organs, from Logan to Springville, with organs in Spanish Fork still on his wish list. He provides the location of each instrument with photos and a stop list.  A visit to his site is highly recommended; you may be pleasantly surprised by what is found there.  And, by the way, make his day; leave a comment, or use the contact form to tell him about other pipe organs in the area.

Dear Friends,

It’s here! It’s nearly here!  The Wesleyan Heritage Pipe Organ at First United Methodist Church of SLC.

We are thrilled to announce that on Sunday, January 10, 2016, FUMC will dedicate our historic organ and sanctuary. As such, we are extending an invitation to members of your church choir to join the FUMC Chancel Choir to volunteer and participate with us.

Plans for the dedication include a wonderful celebration. The Rev. Elaine Stanovsky, Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church will dedicate the organ and sanctuary. The Community of Faith Combined Choirs will be singing “Sing Unto God” by Handel and “Praise Ye the Lord” by Franck.

We are hopeful that a few members of your choir will come and join the FUMC Chancel Choir to celebrate this wonderful event with us. We are not expecting your whole choir to perform with us, but those of your choir who wish to participate and commit to the rehearsals are all welcome. Rehearsals will be at FUMC at 6:30pm on October 11th, 18th, 25th, and January 3rd.

We have copies of the music available if your library does not have a copy. If any members of your choir are interested in singing for our dedication, please have them contact me via email listed below by September 20th.

We look forward to hearing from you and are hopeful that some members of your choir will join with us for this historic event. Please RSVP by Sept 20th.

Sincerely,
Scott R. Mills
Coordinator of Music Ministry/Principal Organist
*protected email*
801-230-4139

February 10, 2015

To All Guild Leaders:

The AGO National Council has established new dues rates for all dues categories. The new rates will appear on the April 1 renewal notices that AGO Headquarters will send to current chapter members renewing for the 2015-2016 membership year. These rates are $100 for Regular members; $75 for Special members; $40 for Student members; and $75 for Partners. The new rates reflect a $3 increase in each membership category, with $2 being retained by each chapter and $1 allocated to National Headquarters.

The new dues rates will take effect on April 1 for those who join the Guild for the first time either as Chapter members or as Independent members, or who reinstate as either Chapter members or Independent members after their memberships have lapsed.  Please note that new members and those who wish to reinstate their lapsed memberships can join now through March 30 at the current dues rates before they increase on April 1.

Separately, the National Council has authorized the National Headquarters to initiate a “rolling membership year” for those who are joining a chapter for the first time or reinstating after their membership has lapsed. This means that a member’s expiration date will be one year from the date on which the member joined; i.e., on the anniversary of the join date. Under this plan, all current chapter members will retain their July 1-June 30 membership year as long as they renew by September 1.  For new and reinstating members, however, the membership year will commence on the first of the month in which the member joins the Guild. Independent members, like TAO subscribers, have always followed a rolling membership year and will continue to do so.

Effective retroactively to November 1, 2014, AGO National Headquarters implemented the anniversary date membership for all new members and those who reinstated their memberships since that date. These individuals will not have to wait until July 1, 2015 to begin to receive a full year of membership benefits. Instead, since November 1, their membership year began in the month in which they joined or reinstated.

Analyzing the responses to the recent membership survey, the AGO’s Marketing Committee has noted that, “Across all age groups, the most valuable aspect of AGO membership was to meet and network with professional colleagues.”  Other key benefits include “staying informed about news in the organ world,” which is readily available through national and chapter publications including TAO, newsletters, websites, chapter meetings, plus regional as well as national conferences.

Our newest membership benefits include full online access to each issue of TAO, the ability to join online throughout the year and update one’s membership profile at any time, and, exclusively for first-time members, access to a no-cost life insurance policy for two years with a $40,000 benefit. All Guild members have the ability to review job listings on the AGO’s job board, the world’s most complete listing of positions available; eligibility for high-quality insurance plans for health, car, home, and professional liability at competitive rates; discounts on AGO convention fees and educational resources; discounts on certification examination fees; access to Chapter events such as recitals, workshops, meetings, and seminars (in some cases for chapter members only); and voting privileges in officer elections.  One important benefit cannot be overstated, and a prominent, long-time Guild member said it well: “I am an organist; the AGO is my professional organization.”

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Leah Semiken
Manager of Membership and Chapter Relations
*protected email*


James E. Thomashower
Executive Director
*protected email*

The Utah Valley Chapter is made up of organists and organ enthusiasts just like you! We extend a cordial invitation to join with us  in promoting the organ, encouraging excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and participating in a forum for the mutual support, inspiration, and education of our members.

The AGO is dedicated to ensuring another generation of musicians and enthusiasts of organ and choral music. The Guild has programs, both on the local and national levels, that span every age group and level of proficiency.

AGO offers various certification levels to help facilitate and encourage learning and skill development. 

 

Our chapter is committed to helping all organists—beginners to advanced—by offering workshops, lectures, recitals, and other activities to help improve their organ skills. Anyone who is interested in the organ, even if you’re not an organist, is invited to come learn with us.