July 1-4, 2019
In 1954, H. Winthrop Martin wrote “A History of the American Guild of Organists in Boston, Massachusetts 1905-1954” in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Master of Scared Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. That work is in process of being transcribed and digitized, as the work itself is very fragile.
Years 1905 – 1933 are now available online by clicking here. More content will be added periodically.
Remembering that this is a dissertation, the writing can be pedantic, but the document is very useful and can answer questions you didn’t know you had:
- What musical selections were played at recitals and concerts in the early years?
- When was a church first mentioned?
- What issues faced the Founders?
- What “famous” organists visited Boston?
Enjoy browsing this valuable resource.
On Tuesday evening, November 20, 1906, The First Public Service of the New England Chapter was held at Emmanuel Church, Boston, with a choir of about fifty men and boys under the direction of Arthur S. Hyde, organist and choirmaster. It was reported that a congregation of 1,200 people filled the church and evidences of interest were manifest among those present.
From: “A History of the American Guild of Organists in Boston 1905-1954” by H. Winthrop Martin
To see the program for the concert, click here
SPAC is an endowment to fund special projects in the organ world. Not just chapter members, but anyone could apply for funding derived from the endowment income.
In order to keep the group’s non-profit status the projects funded can only be ones that the public would be invited or participate in some way. The money also would not be considered for the building or maintenance of organs in churches. The organ (and choral) projects that could be funded include: 1) public concerts, 2) radio broadcasts, 3) research projects 4) publications, 5) music commissions, 6) educational projects, 7) recordings, and 8) scholarships. In arriving at their recommendations SPAC often takes into account additional money raised by the applicant from other sources.
Project requests are due November 1, 2018. For more information on the application process, click here
Young Organist Initiative Scholarship Recipients Announced
Six scholarship recipients have been announced for the 2018-2019 study year. To read more, click here
Buy Your Music from the Boston AGO Organ Library !
The AGO Organ Library, housed in the School of Theology at Boston University, has lots of used organ music for sale at relatively inexpensive prices. At the moment our supply is large, and we are offering discounts on Bach Scores, especially if you are a student. The Library is physically open only on Sunday afternoons, but it’s much easier (for you and for us) if you shop online anyway, so visit our website and click on “Music Sales” in the menu along the right side of the picture. There are various categories to look in (individual composers; collections; method books; books about organ music.) Then send us an email with your order (don’t try to call on the phone); We’ll email you back with the total and the shipping cost. We’re not fast (our staff is very tiny, often only 1 person) but we are cheap, very knowledgeable about the repertoire, and only charge necessary shipping costs. Our email is email@example.com.