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.
Juneteenth day of workshops, recital
Our chapter is planning a day of workshops and a recital by Marvin Mills on Monday, June 19 at the Franciscan Monastery in northeast DC. Watch this space for details.
Recitals free unless otherwise noted.
For Music at Midday, go to the Calendar tab.
Sunday, May 28, 2 pm: Guest organist Carson Cooman presents a Memorial Day organ recital at Washington National Cathedral.
Friday, June 2, 12:15 pm: Mark Pacoe, newly appointed associate director of music and organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, will perform works of four British and American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries: Alec Wyton, Jason Roberts, Ian Farrington and Paul Creston. National City Christian Church, Thomas Circle NW.
Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm: 2023 Pipe Organ Institute spring student recital at All Saints Church, 3 Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase, MD.
Sunday, June 4, 5 pm: Evensong for Trinity Sunday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, College Park, featuring the Short Service for evening by Orlando Gibbons, "Ain'-a That Good News" by William Dawson and responses by Philip Radcliffe. This is the choir's final evensong before traveling in July to sing in residency at Salisbury Cathedral.
Sunday, June 4, 6 pm: The Northern Virginia chapter invites DC chapter members to a 6 pm RSVP dinner/annual meeting and 7:30 recital by Daniel Carroll at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria. Carroll plans to start at Curtis Institute this fall. Go to novaago.org.
Tuesday, June 13, 12:10 pm: Juneteenth Celebration! Saxophonist Irvin Peterson and organist David Houston perform music of Leo Sowerby, Paule Maurice, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey and others. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW.
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 contact Peter Crisafulli at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Carolyn Booth at email@example.com.