until next OAS Concert
David Higgs, Chair of Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music • live in concert at East Libety Presbyterian Church • Sunday, 16-Oct at 3:00pm • includes reception and and light refreshments after the concert
Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.
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May Meeting – Trip to Saint Vincent
By Nathan Carterette - Sub-Dean (email@example.com)
Cynthia Pock – Education (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello friends! Our last meeting of the AGO season (September-May) is a very exciting one. Three Guild Chapters, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and Indiana, will converge at the Saint Vincent Basilica in Latrobe to experience the new Buzard organ.
We have reserved a 56-passenger Lenzner Coach tour bus to carry members to and from Latrobe; so, park your car, and join AGO Chapter friends for a fun, comfortable bus ride to and from Latrobe! The bus departs from the Calvary Episcopal Church (315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206) parking lot. Members taking the bus will have access to ample parking in the lot. Driving to Latrobe takes about one and a quarter hours, outside of rush hour should you not want to take the bus.
| Monday May 23rd Bus Schedule
Time: Bus departs at 4:00 PM
Cost: $20/person. Payable as you board the bus
Board: Calvary Episcopal Church
315 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Dinner will be at the usual time, 6:00PM. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments on the second floor of Placid Hall followed by a catered dinner at 6:30PM.
A 7:45PM recital in the Basilica will be by Father Cyprian Constantine, Basilica organist.
Remember that additional events are offered earlier if you have time. At 2PM there will be an open console for anyone to try out the organ. At 3PM there will be a DVD on the short history of the organ and interactive session with John Buzard, the organ builder, as well as Father Cyprian. At 4PM there will be an organ crawl with a special monitor for those who do not wish to climb the 47 steps.
At 5PM Choral Vespers will be sung both by the Monastery Community and Schola Camerata.
Thanks again to the leadership of the three participating chapters as well as our own Reverend Cyril Hurnyak who has continued to work through the logistics of this to make this great experience available for our Chapter members. Looking forward to seeing you at the May meeting on the 25th.
Pittsburgh Goes National!
In the summer of 2015 organists from the northeast region of the US met in Pittsburgh, PA, to attend the AGO Regional Convention which the Pittsbugh Chapter hosted here.
Interested in hearing world-renowned organists?
Organ Artists Series (OAS) held in Pittsburgh.
Never come to a Chapter meeting before? Worried that it's stuffy and you won't know anyone? Don't know why you should come?
Be just and fear not! The Pittsburgh AGO Chapter is a friendly group that starts off the meeting with chit-chat around 6PM and has a wonderful buffet dinner every month (only $18). Dieting? Skip the dinner and come for the program; it's free and a benefit to you as a member.
Reservations are required if you're coming to the dinner in advance (10 days); you can make one at www.pitago.org (the Dinner Reservations link under EVENTS above) or contact email@example.com if you need more information or to make your reservation.
Do something different in the New Year and come to the meeting - you'll be glad you did!