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Organ Artists Series
Concert Photo

Organist Olivier Latry,
titular organist of Notre Dame de Paris,
in performance at
Calvary Episcopal Church
in Pittsburgh for an
Organ Artists Series concert.

Olivier Latry in 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.

Monthly updates of local concerts and events are listed in the Noteworthy Events section of the regular Chapter Newsletter. Planned season schedules are listed at Concert and Recital series.

Check the Pictures of Recent Events for some great pictures of recent concerts and meetings!

If you're a friend of music, consider becoming a Chapter member today! Check the Registration Page for more information about the Guild, or visit our AGO National Headquarters home page.

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of the
American Guild of Organists
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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.

Organ Bench Libation

Summer Break

The Regular monthly AGO Chapter meetings don't happen in the summer months (June, July and August) to give everyone a respite from their busy schedule. Be on the lookout for:

  • The Organ Artists Series mailings for the upcoming season, usually in the mid-late August time frame - you'll have an opportunity to pre-order season tickets as well as financially support this great series. The web site ( will be updated in mid-summer with the new season info if you can't wait for a peek!
  • OnCard - The new on-line AGO renewal system should have now sent notices to all current members. If you've not got your renewal contact the registrar. If you'd like to join, contact the registrar or any chapter officer or committee member for help. By joining you'll get regular invitations to monthly dinners which include useful seminars, recitals, the Chapter newsletter as well as the national publication The American Organist.
  • September newsletter and magnet- The September newsletter, issued by early September, will have a complete listing of the upcoming season of Chapter meetings, locations and topics for the meeting. You'll also get the popular 'refrigerator magnet' that has the upcoming seasonal schedule of meetings including the Organ Artists Series Concert. This meeting information will also be published on the web in advance. Not a member? Think about attending as a guest, they're always welcome. Just be sure to make a dinner reservation in advance and you can sit down with colleagues, enjoy a good meal and professional exchange of ideas.

Nunc Dimittis - Dr. Robert Sutherland Lord, AAGO (1930-2014)

Dr.  Robert  Sutherland Lord

Dr. Robert Sutherland Lord, teacher, scholar and organist, passed away Thursday July 24th, 2014, at the age of 84.

French organ music of the 19th and 20th centuries were the center of Dr. Lord’s interests. He was a recognized authority on the music of Charles Tournemire, a student of Caesar Franck and teacher of Jean Langlais. Dr. Lord studied improvisation with Langlais in Paris and enjoyed a close friendship for over 30 years.

These important Parisian masters were titular organists at the Basilica of Sainte Clotilde in Paris – the site of several of Dr. Lord’s organ concerts. He also played four concerts at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and received critical acclaim in the press for his interpretation of French music after his concert at the Cathedral of Chartres. The music of Tournemire was requested for his concert at King’s College, Cambridge University.

Dr. Lord was Professor Emeritus of Music and University Organist at the University of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Chapel. His course on the history of Western music attracted nearly 800 students each year. Upon his retirement in 1999, Dr. Lord’s students honored him as an outstanding teacher. Over 45 years, he performed more than 160 organ concerts and played for more than 4,000 weddings at the Chapel. (Pictured, right, is Dr. Lord seated center at the organ console in concert with orchestra at Heinz Chapel in 2003.) In March, 2006, he performed a musical "transplant" of themes from a Mozart opera to the organ at Heinz Chapel in honor of famed University of Pittsburgh transplant surgeon, Thomas Starzl's 80th birthday. A few months later he performed at the famous Piccolo Spoleto music festival in Charleston, S.C., where he recieved a standing ovation. Over the past several years continued to remain professionally active, participating in conferences and seminars on the work of Charles Tournemire as well as continuing research on Tournemire's work where he drew on his musical knowledge as well as lifetime of experiences and associations in the musical community.Dr.  Robert  Sutherland Lord

Dr. Lord was also organist and choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in the North Hills for 22 years and served as the first Chairman of the Board of the Northland Public Library. During the 1970s, he annotated a weekly program of organ music for WQED-FM called “Lord on Bach,” a series that was rebroadcast over other PBS stations. Dr. Lord was invited to give a recital at the Cathedral of Blackburn in Lancashire, England, where his great-grandfather Daniel W. Lord, who emigrated to the United States in 1864, was a church organist

He received an AB in music from Dartmouth College and was the first music major to be named a senior fellow. Later, Dartmouth honored him with a Reynolds Fellowship for International Study. He earned his MA and PhD degrees in music history under the supervision of Leo Schrade at Yale University. Other organ teachers included Maurice F. Longhurst (Dartmouth College), Clarence Watters (Trinity College), Heinz Wunderlich, and André Marchal.

Dr. Lord is survived by his wife Martha W. Lord; four children: Ben Lord, Wendy Vlahakis, Beth Esmont, and Holly Lord; seven grandchildren: Elynor Wilson, Sarah Brennan, Joseph Esmont, Mark Esmont, Emilie Esmont, Martha Vlahakis, and Michale Vlahakis; and great granddaughter Margaret Wilson. Dr. Lord is also survived by many dedicated and faithful students who will miss him dearly.


Contributions may be made to:

Christ Episcopal Church
5910 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2548


Animal Friends
562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-1109
Animal Friends Web Site

Simons Funeral Home
7720 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2003

There is no visitation.


Thursday 14-Aug-2015 at 11AM at:

Christ Episcopal Church
5910 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2548

Condolences may be sent to the family at:

126 Carriage Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2054


The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. -- Johann Sebastian Bach

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 (feel free to get a second helping!) every month (only $15). 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; you can make one at (the Dinner Reservations link above/left) or contact 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!