Region IV of the American Guild of Organists covers the Southeastern United States and Bermuda, including the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. There are seven districts, 58 local chapters, and over 3,000 members. Our work supports the mission of the Guild: To promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

December 11, 2008

East Carolina University Religious Arts Festival

The thirteenth annual East Carolina Religious Arts Festival will take place from Thursday, January 29 to Saturday, January 31, 2009. All events will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 East Fourth Street, Greenville, NC.

John Rutter's Requiem will be the choral focus for this year's festival. Clinicians include Dr. Wilma Jensen, Frances Fitch, Colin Andrews, and Dr. Jeffrey Ward, along with the Reverend Robert Hudak and the Reverend Ann Bonner-Stewart.

For more information and the registration form, please click here, e-mail , or call 252-328-1261.

Positions Available Listing Change

In an effort to increase the value of the benefits package for AGO voting members, access to the Positions Available listings on the AGO National Web site will be limited exclusively to AGO voting members as of Monday, December 15th. It is appropriate that these listings should be made available only to voting members, since members' dues pay for the operation of the Guild's Web site and maintenance of its job postings board. In addition, this new limitation will ensure that only those organists who have agreed to abide by the AGO's Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Standards will have access to the jobs advertised on the AGO's Web site.


Starting Monday, December 15th, when you go to view the details of a Position Available online, you will be asked to fill in a User Name and Password. Your User Name and Password will be your unique AGO identification number. If your email address is on file at headquarters, you should have received a message with your ID number. This number is also located above your name on the address label that appears on your copy of TAO each month. When prompted to fill in the User Name and Password fields, please enter your ID number in both fields to gain access to the details of all job openings. This login procedure may be further refined and enhanced in the weeks ahead.

We look forward to providing this valuable benefit exclusively to AGO voting members. The Guild is widely recognized by religious institutions as the world's largest and most prestigious association for professional organists, and this new policy will help us to preserve and protect our well-deserved reputation for excellence.

If you have any questions about this change, please feel free to contact AGO Headquarters during business hours at 212-870-2310 or e-mail us here.

With all best wishes for a blessed Holiday season,

Sincerely yours,

James E. Thomashower
Executive Director

December 4, 2008

University of Alabama Church Music Conference

The University of Alabama School of Music 2009 Church Music Conference is celebrating "A Mendelssohn Year" with a unique and wonderful, world class series of events which will take place at the Moody School of Music on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31, 2009. Click here for the conference brochure.

On Friday evening, January 30 at 7:30 Gail Archer, organ faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Barnard College, and Columbia University will perform works by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger and others.

On Saturday, January 31 at 4:30 pm Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise will be performed by massed Tuscaloosa area church choirs under the direction of Dr. John Ratledge. Guest choirs from Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, First United Methodist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa including University Singers will also perform individually an anthem of its choice.

Saturday workshop topics include a lecture on Felix Mendelssohn and Company, organ masterclasses, handbells, Psalm singing, liturgical drama and dance, choral singing and a choral reading session. The Saturday sessions take place from 9-4:30 am.
Guest masterclass artists and clinicians include: Faythe Freese, Paul Houghtaling, Marvin Latimer, Jeff McLelland, Karen Nicolosi, John Orr, C. Noelle Partusch, John Ratledge, and Larry Smith. Cost is $85 if registered by noon on Friday, January 23, 2009. Registration at the door is $95.

Register online today!

December 1, 2008

Jacksonville Chapter to host Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

In 2009 the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will sponsor another Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza--a popular event designed to introduce young people to the organ.

This event will involve explanations and demonstrations of the pipe organ as an instrument. Students will have the opportunity to explore the organ console with the assistance of a teacher, and play a piece from their current repertoire. The primary purpose of the program is to expose them to the instrument and to expand their keyboard experiences.

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9am to approximately 2:30pm, beginning with the organ at Riverside Park United Methodist Church at 819 Park Street in Jacksonville’s west side. A non-refundable $7.00 fee will include all materials and pizza.

Click here for the registration form.

Registrations should be returned not later than January 1, 2009 to:

Joanna Corbett
1348 Red Maple Court
Orange Park, FL 32073

Registrations will be limited to the first forty (40) students. All registered students will receive a copy of the schedule, directions, and a medical release form prior to the event.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call Jane Daugherty at 737-3218 OR the Dean of the Jacksonville Chapter, Rodney Cleveland, at 733-8055.