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, Dec. 8, 12:15 pm: Local vocal ensemble Musikanten, with conductor Kerry Krebil and organist Richard Mumford, perform music for Advent by DC composer Christopher J. Hoh. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 pm: Chuyoung Suter plays an all-Bach recital according to the liturgical year at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2100 New Hampshire Ave. NW. This is the kickoff recital for Suter's complete Bach recitals over the next five to six years. Preconcert talk begins at 2:15 pm. https://augustanadc.org/content.cfm?page_content=calendar_include.cfm&event_id=106&mm=12&dd=10&yy=2023
Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 pm: Brass of Peace and organist Lisa Tyler perform at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land as part of our chapter's member recital series.
Dec. 15, 12:15 pm: New York City composer and organist Buck McDaniel performs music for the Advent season by Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly, along with the world premiere of his own newly composed Toccata. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW.
Friday, Dec. 29, 8 pm,: Daniel J.T. Carroll in recital, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Clifton, VA. Peragallo organ. Click here.
Sunday, Dec. 31, 6 pm: New Year’s Eve Concert – Bach to Modern. Featuring Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Michael Bard, guitar; Carolyn Hoff, organ; Ann Colgrove, harpsichord; Grace McFarlane, piano. Works by Bach, Handel, Granados, de la Guerre, Parrotta, selections from The American Songbook, and more. The concert is about one hour and ten minutes, followed by a reception. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street NW. Suggested donation $20. Students free. www.columba.org
For 2024 events, click on the calendar tab above.