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.
Bach Festival at Grace
Grace Church, Georgetown is hosting its first Virtual Bach Festival on its website, www.gracedc.org, July 17-30. Concerts will remain available for future viewing on the website.
Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 pm - Dr. Francine Maté, Grace Church organist/choirmaster and director of the Bach Festival, performs works by J.S. Bach, Nicolaus Bruhns and Dietrich Buxtehude on the Grace Church A. David Moore organ. The program concludes with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565.
Sunday, July 18 at 1:30 pm - Organist Dr. Michał Szoskak plays works by J.S. Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude on various organs in Europe including Saint-Eustache, Paris, France, and Legnica, Poland.
Friday, July 23 at 7:30 pm - Organist Salvatore Pronestì presents a program of his improvisations titled “An Italian Concert Organist/Organ Builder from Leipzig to Atlantic City: Improvisations from Both Sides of the Pond.”
Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 pm - Shaughn Dowd and Martha Molinaro, flutes; Erika Sato, violin; Grace Molinaro, cello; and Larry Molinaro, harpsichord, perform a program of trio sonatas by Quantz and J.S. Bach as well as Bach's sublime Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034 for flute and continuo.
Sunday, July 25 at 1:30 pm - Organist Michael Koenig performs an all-J.S. Bach recital on the American organ built by Richards, Fowkes, & Co. at St. George’s Hannover Square, London, England.
Friday, July 30 at 7:30 pm - Soo Young Chrisfield, soprano; Regino Madrid, violin; Fatma Daglar, oboe d’amore; Charlie Powers, cello; and Larry Molinaro, harpischord, perform movements from the Bach cantata BWV 210. Plus organ music performed by Larry Molinaro on the Grace Church A. David Moore Organ.
2021 Pipe Spectacular
Guest artist Jeremy Filsell will present the 2021 Pipe Spectacular program on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, 6701 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase.
The program is being presented by the DC, Potomac and Northern Virginia chapters of the AGO.
A live concert is planned, but it will also be live-streamed. A reception will follow.
Filsell is the organist and director of music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City. He is a past director of music at Church of the Epiphany and St. Alban's in DC and former artist-in-residence at the National Cathedral.ton National Cathedral, a
Music at the Monastery
Music at the Monastery is seeking performers for the 2021-2022 season. The deadline is Aug. 15.
Founded in 2014, the program is the members’ recital series for the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Organ recitals take place the second Sunday of the month, September-May, at 4 pm on the French-inspired Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at the beautiful Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America church in Northeast DC.
Now is the time to brush off your Franck or Bach and enjoy the experience of playing in an incredibly live acoustic.
For more information or to sign up, email Russell Weismann (firstname.lastname@example.org), artistic director of Music at the Monastery and a past dean of the DC AGO.
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 more scheduled performances in the coming months. Submit your events to Pat Henry, web manager.