Welcome to the
Saint Louis Chapter
American Guild of Organists!
Our Purpose is to . . . .
- promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles
- encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music
- provide a forum for mutual support, inspirational education, and certification of Guild members.
The AGO has 20,000 members in 348 chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Korea and Argentina.
Calendar of AGO Saint Louis Chapter Events
» come, and discover us at any of these events «
Friday, November 7, 2014 (evening; hors d’oeuvres) — Fund Raiser for this summer’s Regional Convention hosted in Saint Louis will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple in the Central West End. Andy Peters will accompany the 1924 silent film comedy “Hot Water” starring Harold Lloyd. Andy will be putting the mighty and seldom experienced Kimball through its paces. This will prove to be a really exciting event! The Chapter will co-sponsor hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction beginning at 6:30. Tickets are $20 per person; those 16 years of age and younger will be admitted free of charge. Please spread the word about this special opportunity to experience the Rite’s beautiful auditorium, stunning Kimball pipe organ, a terrific movie, exceptional musical talent, and great company!
Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him.
Monday, February 9, 2015 (evening; dinner) — Todd Wilson will teach a Master Class at Christ Church Cathedral Monday evening, 9 February at 7:30. He will explore French and English repertoire with members and friends of the Chapter. His program at the Cathedral Basilica Sunday afternoon 8 February at 2:30 will be a wonderful opportunity to witness his prowess at handling a large instrument in a rich acoustical atmosphere with ease and artistry. Dinner for the Monday evening event will be at 6:30.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 (morning; breakfast) — Dr. A. Dennis Sparger, the 2014 recipient of our Chapter’s Avis Blewett Award, is well known to all of us as a local leader in the interpretation of the choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Saturday, 14 March at 10:00 at, we will enjoy Dr. Sparger’s presentation focusing on the Passions of Bach at Centenary Methodist Church. Breakfast will be at 9:00.
Monday, April 20, 2015 (evening; dinner) — Another of our local musical luminaries, Dr. Stephen Mager, will present a program entitled “Taking the Mystery out of Composition” at Bethel Lutheran Church in Clayton on Monday evening, 20 April at 7:30. For all who dream of composing, arranging and perhaps publishing music, this will be an informative evening! Dinner will be at 6:30.
Monday, May 4, 2015 (evening; dinner) — Chapter co-sponsor’s a recital by the duo-organist team of Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault on the splendid Casavant at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Dinner will be served at 6.30.
Monday, May 18, 2015 (evening; dinner) — Our Chapter’s Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held at the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard. Monday evening, 18 May at 6:30. A Members’ Recital will follow dinner on the church’s new Schantz pipe organ. All are welcome to share their talents.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 (evening; no dinner) — as a Prelude to the Regional Convention, Sunday evening 21 June, the Chapter co-sponsor’s a recital by Christopher Houlihan at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard. This will, undoubtedly, be a spectacular conclusion to our Program Year as well as a stunning pre-convention event! The recital will be at 7:00 p.m.
About our Chapter
» The chapter now known as the Saint Louis Chapter #633 of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) was originally chartered as the Missouri Chapter on October 23, 1911. In February of 1955, we officially became the Saint Louis Chapter. Saint Louis was privileged to host the 1948 AGO National Convention. The 1948 Convention was the first post-war convention and was organized largely by Dr. Howard Kelsey, former Washington University professor in the Department of Music in Arts and Sciences.
» Dr. Kelsey served as the University organist at Washington University for more than 30 years. During that time he established one of the naation’s first programs in historical performance practice as well as a nationally acclaimed program in organ. He supervised two-dozen PH.D. students, over a dozen Fulbright scholars, and scores of master’s degree students. He helped many of his students secure positions at major churches and universities across the United States and abroad.
» Mid-Winter conclaves were held in Saint Louis in 1956 and 1975. In 1985, Saint Louis was the site for an AGO Regional Convention. Saint Louis has also hosted two Pipe Organ Encounters (2006 and 2010.) The Saint Louis chapter has been selected as the site for the 2015 North Central Region Convention. Andrew Peters, pastoral musician at Second Presbyterian Church in Saint Louis has been selected as the convention coordinator.
» Our Chapter welcomes in membership anyone interested in organ and choral music. All are welcome without regard to his/her proficiency, experience, employment status or age. As we move into our second century, we welcome your participation, solicit your ideas and suggestions, and invite you to visit a meeting and program and join us in our love of organ and choral music. Our goal is to encourage individual expression, abolish the barriers of elitism and expand our chapter’s relevance to all of its members. I encourage you to be vocal about your observations and help us be responsive to and inclusive of all our members.
» As the Dean, I welcome you and look forward to seeing you at a meeting or program very soon. «
Soli Deo Gloria,
Dawn E. Riske
Dean, Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
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