Welcome to the web site of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Our city and its surrounding areas boast a lively pipe organ culture, to which our Chapter members contribute significantly.
We invite all who love the pipe organ and its music to explore this website for opportunities to attend AGO-sponsored events as well as concerts 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 everyone.
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. To join, go to agohq.org. Click on the Membership tab, then Join the Guild, and Join as a chapter member. 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.
Free lessons through POI
The Potomac Organ Institute (POI) is a program sponsored by the DC, Northern Virginia and Potomac AGO chapters to provide a year of free lessons to accomplished piano students who wish to learn the organ. If you know of a promising piano student with potential for beginning organ study, please go to http://www.potomacorganinst.org.
Upcoming organ events
For the full season of our chapter's monthly Music at the Monastery program, click on the More tab above.
Recitals are free unless otherwise noted.
Friday, Oct. 6, 12:15 pm: Organist Jason Farris (The Plains, VA) performs organ music from France, with works by 17th century composer Nicolas de Grigny and 20th century composer Charles-Marie Widor. National City Christian Church.
Sunday, Oct. 8, 3:15 pm: The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle welcomes Benton Schmidt for an organ recital. Attend in the Cathedral or via the livestream on its YouTube channel. He will perform works of Latry, Messiaen, Bach and Vierne on the Cathedral’s magnificent French Romantic Lively-Fulcher Great Organ. 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Click here for details.
Sunday, Oct. 8, 4 pm: Jason Farris (Grace Episcopal, The Plains, VA) presents a recital at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.
Friday, Oct. 13, 12:15 pm: Los Angeles organist Nicholas Galinaitis presents works of J. S. Bach, Percy Fletcher, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Max Reger and Louis Vierne. National City Christian Church.
Sunday, Oct. 15, 5 pm: Dr. Alison Luedecke plays a recital on the Casavant organ at St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. Click here for tickets.
Friday, Oct. 20, 12:15 pm: French organist Laurent Jochum performs music by Michel Corrette, Léon Boëllmann, and Thierry Escaich. National City Christian Church
Sunday, Oct. 22, 4 pm: Ken Cowan performs a recital at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring.
Sunday, Oct. 22, 7 pm: DC chapter members are invited to a dinner and member recital hosted by the Northern Virginia and Winchester Chapters at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, VA. 6 pm dinner with Bavarian menu, $25. RSVP by Oct. 16 to email@example.com. 7 pm recital on Aeolian-Skinner organ. https://www.novaago.org
Friday, Oct. 27, 12:15 pm: David Houston (College Park, MD) performs a program titled “b & g in a minor key,” featuring music of J.S. Bach and César Franck. National City Christian Church.
For November and later events, click on the calendar tab above.