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.

February 5, 2009

Register now for the Pedagogy Conference, March 11-14

  • Have you ever grappled with the challenges of preparing a student to serve in the church music world while studying in an academic environment?
  • Have you ever tried to prepare a sixth grade student to serve as a church organist?
  • Have you ever helped an older student make the transition from piano to organ?
  • Have you ever had a young student ask you about the future of church music?

If so, this year's AGO National Conference on Organ Pedagogy cosponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, March 11–14, 2009, is for you!

This year's theme, "Teaching Church Music in
North America: An Old Vocation in a New Millennium" will delve into these challenges. We will hear details of representative church music programs in colleges and universities from around the country, and leaders in the field will offer masterclasses every day featuring the nuts and bolts of teaching church music (including hymn playing, anthem accompaniment, and improvisation). We will also delve into the future of church music and how that will reflect our pedagogical emphasis in years to come. Keynote speaker Martin Marty will be joined by Quentin Faulkner, Don Saliers, Bishop Robert Rimbo and Marva Dawn. The conference will feature the organs and facilities of Yale University.

Click here to register.

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