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.
A "lovely" program
Chapter members convened on Zoom Feb. 15 to hear colleagues play works on the theme of love and to discuss our chapter’s progress in revitalizing. Diane Heath played a piece by Jay Parrotta: https://www.columba.org/blog/celtic-chorale-no-1/
Tom Cowan prepared a piece by Charles Callahan:
Interview with Irv Lawless
Our January program was a fascinating interview with Irv Lawless, retiring president and tonal director of Lawless & Associates Pipe Organ Company. He had some amazing stories to share about his 45 years with Lewis & Hitchcock, Aeolian-Skinner, Möller and his own company.
The program is available on Youtube at
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:
Join the DC AGO Board!
Our chapter will elect 2021-22 officers in May. Current board members have been working since the summer to revive our organization, but much more remains to be done and your ideas are needed.
Please consider running for a position—dean, subdean (program coordinator), membership liaison, treasurer, secretary, Coupler editor/website administrator or education and certification coordinator.
Indicate your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you miss our December program on easy music for Advent and Christmas? Then go to our chapter's Facebook page-- https://www.facebook.com/pg/WashingtonDCAGO/videos. You do not have to be a Facebook member to view the video.
Program on French women composers
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
Jan. 6-8, 2022
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. Judges will be professor Thomas Murray, Dr. John Walker and National Cathedral Canon Michael McCarthy.
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.