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.
Chapter Program: Music by Women Composers available on Youtube
Featuring Joy-Leilani Garbutt, below
We’ve all heard of the Paris of Cavaillé-Coll, Franck, Widor and Vierne, but what about Boulay, Barraine, Puig-Roget, and Maixandeau?
While much has been written about the great men of this incredibly fruitful time in the history of organ music, little attention has been paid to the women who were composing, studying and performing alongside them.
This Nov. 16 chapter program is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPf8xM3RuOo.
DC Chapter members Joy-Leilani Garbutt and Eileen Guenther discussed Joy’s research in France as a part of her Fulbright scholarship
and doctoral dissertation on French composers and organists.
Potomac Organ Institute
The Potomac Organ Institute (POI) is an 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 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 student rectal. 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:
Did you miss the trichapter Pipes Spectacular program performed at the National Cathedral in October? You can view the program at
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.
Open positions in the DC area appear under the Membership tab above.
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.