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July 1-4, 2019

Concert to Benefit the Hook & Hastings organ at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Sunday Oct 28th 3:00 PM
127 Lake St, Brighton, MA 02135

Enjoy the music of Bach, Sowerby, Franck, Handel, and Whitlock performed on the recently restored Hook & Hastings Organ at Saint John’s Seminary. Mark Dwyer, organist and choirmaster at The Church of the Advent will be giving a performance on Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. to benefit the Hook & Hastings organ at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

The 29th Annual Cathedral Organ Benefit Recital will take place in the chapel of Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton while the Cathedral undergoes a substantial interior restoration project.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Suggested donation at the door: $20
Boston AGO members, Seniors, and Students: $10

Parking & Public Transit:
Parking is available at Saint John’s Seminary.
The Seminary is accessible by the MBTA Green Line “B Train” outbound to Boston College (end of the line).

Jonathan Ryan in Concert
Friday November 9th, 7:30 PM
St. Joseph’s Church
1382 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492

Pre-concert Dinner for AGO Members 6:00 PM
Linse Room, Lower Level of the Church

Experience Jonathan Ryan in Concert! He is a multi-prize winning classical musician. Lauded for his strong communicative skills in a variety of styles, exceptional use of the instrument’s capabilities, and bold programming, he has emerged as one of North America’s premier young concert artists. With a repertoire spanning the 16th- to 21st-centuries, he has performed at celebrated venues, festivals, and conventions throughout the North America and Europe.

For more information on this concert, and to make reservations for the pre-concert dinner, click here



Call for Nominations for Projects Requesting SPAC Funding (Special Project Advisory Council)

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

Happy music hunting,
Carl Klein, DMA
AGO Organ Library Administrator