AGO HQ Membership System being replaced. Please read:

“The AGO is upgrading to a state-of-the-art new membership database called Impexium to better our members and chapters. The transition to the new system is scheduled between May 20 and June 10. During this time, AGO members and Chapter leaders will not have access to online membership information and online renewals through ONCARD

Memberships with an expiration date of July 1 or earlier (see TAO magazine label) can be renewed online in ONCARD prior to May 20 or in the new system beginning June 10. Between those dates, membership renewals can only be accepted if paid by check.

We encourage you to renew as early as possible, preferably prior to May 20. During the transition, processing of check payments may take a little longer than usual, We appreciate your patience.”

Questions? Contact Molly Davey or Leah Semiken 

Young Organist Initiative May Recital at Dover Church
The Boston Chapter held its first annual Spring YOI Scholarship Winner and Graduate Recognition Recital Saturday, May 18 at The Dover Church in Dover, MA. Annual YOI scholarship recipients are given two opportunities to perform, one in May and the second in early summer, and they may play in one or both.

Three 2018-2019 YOI Scholarship students, John Dunn, Adelaide Mangum, Alexander Marin, joined 2016-2017 YOI Scholar Savannah Curro performing works by J.S. Bach, Joann Fischer, Robert Jones, Gottfried Walther and Louis Vierne. The Graduate Recognition aspect of the May recital was added this year as a way to recognize current and former scholarship recipients and wish them well on their next endeavor. Savannah Curro is currently the church music intern at Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA and following her graduation from Arlington High School will be attending Mercer University in Macon, GA this fall where she will be pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance.

Our next recital will be July 2 at 12:15 at King’s Chapel in Boston where 2018-2019 YOI Scholarship Students Christopher Allen, Michael Tekaekara, Alexander Marin, Adelaide Mangum and Johanna Murphy will perform.

Auditions for our 2019-2020 Scholarship will be held Saturday, September 28 at The Dover Church, 17 Springdale Avenue in Dover, MA at 10:00 AM. For more information please visit or BAGO YOI Chair Christine Hogan

Photo (L to R) Alexander Marin, Adelaide Mangum, Savannah Curro and John Dunn


Music available for download


The Boston Chapter commissioned one of our young members, Patrick R. Walker, to share his music with us. His composition, “An Wasserflüssen Babylon” was played during the Opening Service “Boston Evensong” of our 2018-2019 season. Mr. Walker has generously offered this composition for download. To download, please click here


Young Organist Initiative Scholarship Recipients Announced

2019-2020 YOI Program Information and Audition Applications have been added to this website. For more information, please click here

Six scholarship recipients have been announced for the 2018-2019 study year.  To read more, click here

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


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 March 15, 2019.  For more information on the application process, 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