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.
Chapter leaders 2021-22
Congratulations to our board members for 2021-2022. Voting was conducted May 1-5. The new officers will be installed Sept. 21 at 7:30 pm in a tri-chapter ceremony hosted by the Northern Virginia chapter. A big thank you to the nominating committee: Clarice Snyder, convener; Michael Clarke, Eileen Guenther and Rebecca Yoder.
Dean: David Houston
Subdean: Paul Byssainthe Jr.
Treasurer: Rob Church
Secretary: Diane Heath
Membership liaison: John Nothaft
Coupler editor/Web page administrator: Pat Henry
At-large members: Adam Graham, Francine Maté, Samantha Scheff and Rebecca Marie Yoder
Archivist (by appointment): Irv Lawless
Consulting historian (by appointment): Margaret Shannon
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.
Upcoming organ events
Check out the Calendar tab for scheduled performances in the coming months. Submit your events to Pat Henry, web manager.
Open positions in the DC area appear under the Membership tab above.
Substitute listings appear under the Substitutes tab.