Organist Olivier Latry, titular organist of Notre Dame de Paris, in performance at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh for an
Organ Artists Series concert.
The Organ Artists Series (OAS) Committee hosts world-renowned performers at concerts in Pittsburgh several times each year. Over a hundred organists have visited Pittsburgh in the past 35+ years under the sponsorship of this series. Visit that link for information about these special concerts.
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.
A Sneak Peek Ahead At 2015-2016 By Donna Groom - Sub-Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I'm happy to report that next year should be another exciting program year for the Pittsburgh Chapter! While the program still is being finalized and approved, the tentative schedule of meetings and programs for the upcoming year (September-May) is planned to include:
September 28 - Installation Service at East Liberty Presbyterian Church
October 26 - Theimo Janssen who is organist at the famous Arp-Schnitger organ in Norden/Eastern Frisia will talk about this and other northern organs at Saint Paul Cathedral in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh
November 15- Organ Crawl and Quick fix (organ problems) with the new chapel organ at Duquesne University with Peter Luley
December – possible holiday party between Christmas and New Year
January 25 - Susan Rice for Choral conducting and vocal production at Saint Bernard in Mount Lebanon
February 22 - Reading session from Musik Innovations at Calvary Episcopal Church in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh
March – no meeting because of conflict with Easter
April 25 – Heiller Program on the Orgelbuchlein at Saint Paul Cathedral in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh with Bruce Stevens
May 23 – Still being confirmed - combined chapters (Pittsburgh/Indiana/Greensburg) at Saint Vincent in Latrobe to see the new Buzzard Organ and hear it in recital
The AGO Executive Committee will meet in early June to review and approve the final program. The September newsletter mailing is planned go out via post to all members and include the popular "refrigerator magnet" with the final schedule.
I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at the convention as well as meetings and Organ Artists Series concerts next year!
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 above/left) 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!