The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music.
To achieve this, we:
- Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music;
- Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors;
- Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support;
- Nurture future generations of organists;
- Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
- Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
Our Houston Chapter
The Houston chapter of The American Guild of Organists, established in 1944, upholds the highest professional and artistic standards for its members. Through community outreach in Artist Series concerts, programs, and collaboration with neighboring
chapters and institutions, we seek to inspire and nurture a love and understanding of our art.
We offer encouragement through educational programs and workshops, and a professional forum for both church/synagogue musicians and concert artists. We recognize our duty to preserve and enhance the art of organ and choral music, and to pass this art to future generations of musicians.
Adopted by the Executive Committee May 13, 1997
Our National Organization
The American Guild of Organists is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 in New York City, the AGO now serves more than 20, 000 members in 343 local chapters throughout the United States and Europe.
Membership is open to all and includes working professionals-organists, choir directors, teachers, organ builders, technicians, and suppliers to the field.
Founded as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music.
Membership is through local chapters, which hold regular meetings featuring performances, lectures, seminars and discussions on a wide variety of topics.
AGO educational programs include a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification and an extensive catalog of publications and audio cassette learning resources.
The Guild sponsors competitions in organ performance and improvisation and in organ and choral composition. National and regional conventions-held in alternate years-present the finest performers and teachers.