The St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

All individuals interested in the organ and choral music fields are invited to join the American Guild of Organists. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of denominational affiliation or musical ability.

Members of the guild enjoy many benefits, not least of which is access to communication with colleagues on local and national levels, networking with organists, choral directors, builders, technicians, and organ enthusiasts in the area. Members receive weekly email updates about area events, The Opus, our monthly newsletter, a subscription to The American Organist, Educational chapter programs, national and regional conventions, and professional development services among many others.

Click Here to Register to Sing at the September 29, 2019 Hymn Festival

You can become a member of the Guild today by signing up on the AGO website.

Members and non-members are welcome at any of our chapter events. Our upcoming events are listed here:

Paul Manz Hymn Festival, Dr. Scott Hyslop, organ

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Host: David Erwin
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
9450 Clayton Rd
St. Louis, Missouri 63124
2:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal
4:00 pm – Hymn Festival

A Festival Choir is being formed. The choir is limited to 50 singers and will rehearse at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. If you would like to sing, please fill out the registration form by clicking here.

This event is co-sponsored by MorningStar Music.

Scott M. Hyslop’s educational background includes the DMA in Organ/Church Music at The University of Michigan, where he was a student of Marilyn Mason, a Master’s Degree in Church Music from Concordia University – River Forest, IL, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. In addition to his formal studies, he studied with Paul Manz through the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Paul Manz Institute of Church Music in Chicago. He has also had additional study in organ performance with Maurice Clerc at the Cathedral of St. Bénigne in Dijon, France. As a vocalist Hyslop has studied with Wendy Bloom, Nada Radakovich, and David Daniels. He is a resident member of the choral ensemble Sounding Light and Exultate Deo. His biography on Paul Manz “The Journey Was Chosen: The Life and Work of Paul Manz” was published in June of 2007 by MorningStar Music Publishers, and his book, “The Precious Gift: The Hymns, Carols and Translations of Henry L. Lettermann, (2013), received the Award of Commendation from the Concordia Historical Institute in November of 2014. In January of 2017 his Middle School Choir at St. Lorenz Lutheran School sang the treble choir portion for the North American premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins Cantata Memoria: For the Children of Aberfan at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has served congregations in Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, and Stuart, FL. Dr. Scott Hyslop presently serves as the Director of Parish Music at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, MI. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Music Programs, which is the home for Lutheran Summer Music, as well as a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the advisory board for the Center for Church Music based at Concordia University in Chicago. He and his family reside in Birch Run, MI.

Why Manz Matters: An examination of the life, influences, and legacy of Paul Manz

Monday, September 30, 2019
Dr. Scott Hyslop, presenter
Host: David Erwin
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
9450 Clayton Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63124
5:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Program

The dinner requires RSVP in advance as soon as possible. These dinners, which are always excellent, are $15.00. Reservations may be made by phoning or texting Kathleen Bolduan at 314-853-5011 or emailing:

Resources for Substitute Organist and People Hosting Them

Monday, October 21, 2019
Sarah Bereza, Host and Presenter
First Congregation Church
6501 Wydown Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63105
5:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Program

Peter Binder, winner of our local RCYO Competition in Recital

Monday, November 18, 2019
Hosts: Bill Stein and Travis Evans
First Presbyterian Church
100 East Adams Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63122
5:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Program

Post-Christmas Get-together

Friday January 3, 2020
Dr. Steven Ball Residence

February Flourish

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Host: Bill Wade
sponsored by American Guild of Organists, Handbell Association of Greater St. Louis and National Pastoral Musicians

Location: First Presbyterian and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Churches
401 Darst and 33 N. Clay
Ferguson, Missouri
Cost: $ 30 includes program, lunch and snacks

Conducting from The Console, Lynn Trapp Organist

Monday, March 9, 2020
Host: Jim Threlkeld
Hope United Church of Christ
6273 Eichelberger Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63109
5:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Program

Annual Meeting

May 18, 2020
Host: TBD
Location: TBD
6:30 pm Dinner and meeting