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. 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.
Mark your calendars for June 20, the day of the Juneteenth federal holiday, when our chapter will host a full day of workshops and a recital at First Baptist Church, 1328 16th St. NW.
Concert organist Mickey Thomas Terry will play a recital on the church's 2013 Austin organ, which has five manuals and 229 stops.
The workshops will cover:
--Conducting from the console led by Dr. Jeffrey Smith, music director at St. Paul's, K Street.
--Music licensing and copyright led by Carol Feather Martin, director of music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington.
--Best practices for using music from other traditions with a panel led by the Rev. Dr. Michael McMahon, executive director of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Other panelists will be former AGO national dean Eileen Guenther; Stanley Thurston, artist-in-residence at the National Cathedral and director of music ministries at Foundry United Methodist Church; and Marvin Mills, organist at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington, MD.
Concert/lunch with dean
Chapter dean David Houston invites members to join him on the last Friday of each month for the Music at Midday concert at National City Christian Church (at 12:15 pm), and lunch together (Dutch treat) afterward at the Washington Plaza Hotel with the concert musician.
During this time, you will “have the ear” of the dean and enjoy fellowship with colleagues.
Spring POI recital June 3
The Spring Potomac Organ Institute Student Recital will take place on Friday, June 3 at 7 pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington, VA. This year’s class of six outstanding students will perform on the new Pasi organ. Please come and support them!
POI is a program sponsored by the DC, Northern Virginia and Potomac AGO chapters to provide a year of free lessons to promising piano students who wish to learn the organ.
Special thanks go to the teachers who have mentored these students over the past several months: David Kelley, David Lang, Ben Keseley, Carol Feather Martin, Jeff Pannebaker, and Peter Crisafulli.
Auditions for the 2022-2023 academic year are scheduled for Saturday, June 11 as well as a follow-up date later this summer. Although we already have several candidates signed up, we have room for a few more. If you know of a promising piano student with potential for beginning organ study, please contact Peter Crisafulli at email@example.com and/or Carolyn Booth at