Welcome to the web site of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
The USA's capital city and its surrounding areas boast a lively pipe organ culture, to which our Chapter members and our many churches and cathedrals contribute significantly.
We invite all people who love the pipe organ and its music to explore this website for opportunities to attend AGO-sponsored events as well as concerts held in our churches and concert halls. All are welcome, no matter if you're an official AGO member or not. Our mission is to share the glories of the "King of Instruments" with all who visit this great city!
Perhaps you found this site because you are interested in becoming a member of the Chapter. We would be delighted if you would join our ranks. The Membership Form link offers a simple way to proceed. We also welcome you to become a dual member with us and your home chapter.
Thank you for visiting us. We hope that you will join us for one or more of our seasonal events.
Tri-Chapter Pipes Spectacular
Online Sunday, Oct. 25, 5 pm
Washington National Cathedral
Thomas M. Sheehan organ
Archbishop’s Fanfare – Francis Jackson
Praeludium in G major – Nicolaus Bruhns
The Trees Unfold – Judith Weir
Trio Sonata – Hugo Distler
“O God of Love” from The Ghosts of Versailles – John Corigliano, arr. Richard Wayne Dirksen
Sonata eroica – Joseph Jongen
The Northern Virginia chapter is hosting this event in conjunction with the DC and Potomac chapters. Watch this space for information on how to listen.
Online Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 pm
Enjoy fellow chapter members performing a virtual concert of frightful music perfect for the Halloween season. Musicians will include Elaine Guenther, Carol Feather Martin, Rob Church and Sondra Proctor. Watch at https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonDCAGO/videos/
Potomac Organ Institute
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, scheduling for the upcoming academic year is tentative. We hope to hold auditions in the early fall, the exact dates and location to be determined. The postponed Student Recital for the 2019-2020 scholarship students is tentatively planned for November.
The Potomac Organ Institute (POI) is an introductory scholarship program for piano students interested in learning to play the organ. POI is sponsored jointly by the Potomac, Northern Virginia, and District of Columbia Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).
Scholarship winners receive one year of tuition-free organ instruction with a talented teacher associated with the AGO, participate in a master class, and perform in a spring student rectal. In addition, each student is granted a one-year membership in a local AGO chapter, which includes a complimentary subscription to The American Organist magazine.
Who is eligible:
National Competition in Service Playing
June 10-12, 2021
Sponsored by the DC Chapter of AGO, Schoenstein & Co. Organ Builders, and St. Paul’s K Street
$5,000 1st Prize provided by Schoenstein & Co.
$2,500 2nd Prize provided by Schoenstein & Co.
See details under the Calendar tab above.
Updated job/substitute listings
Open positions in the DC area appear under the Membership tab above.
Updated substitute listings appear under the Substitutes tab.
Upcoming organ events
Check out the Calendar tab for scheduled performances in the coming months. Submit your events to Pat Henry, web manager.