Pipe Talks

Leo Sowerby at St. James Cathedral, Chicago
Stephen Buzard

A musical tour of American organist and composer Leo Sowerby’s life and work at St. James Cathedral, Chicago. Stephen Buzard is Director of Music at St. James Cathedral, Chicago and a concert organist.

The Organ Music of Florence Price
Vince Carr

A survey of the history and organ music of Florence Beatrice Price, the first African-American woman to have music performed by a major symphony orchestra. Vince Carr is National Councillor for Education for the AGO.

Exploring the Hammond Organ
Alcée Chriss

An Introduction to the Hammond Organ with a brief history and musical demonstrations of harmony and style. Alcée Chriss is University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University.

John S. Dixon

Permission granted to AGO members to download this score and reproduce for personal use—including playing in services or recitals, streaming or broadcasting, without payment or license reporting.

Injury Prevention for Lifelong Music-Making
Katelyn Emerson

A guide to healthy practice and ergonomics for organists of all skill levels. Katelyn Emerson is a concert organist, lecturer, and pedagogue.

Celebrating Marcel Dupré (50 Years after Death) and Jeanne Demessieux (100 Years after Birth)
Jeremy Filsell, Stephen Tharp, and David Gammie in conversation

A conversation about composition, legacy, past recordings, and upcoming live performances of Dupré and Demessieux's complete works with Jeremy Filsell, Organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave, New York; Stephen Tharp, International Concert Organist and Artist in Residence at St. James’ Madison Avenue, New York; David Gammie, Musicologist and Organist at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Wimbledon, London.

For more information about the complete Dupré and complete Demessieux concert cycles at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in 2021, click below:

The Organ Works of Camille Saint-Saëns (100 Years after Death)
Janette Fishell

Music from the Enchanted Island: a closer look with repertoire for organists at every level at the 100th anniversary of Saint-Saëns’s death. Janette Fishell is Professor of Music and Chair of the Organ Department at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.

Pastoral Reflections on Leading Our Lay Musicians and Choirs, Rediscovering Our Voices, and the Path Ahead
David Gortner, Marty Burnett, and John Walker in conversation

A conversation with Marty Burnett, Associate Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music at Virginia Theological Seminary and President of the Association of Anglican Musicians; David Gortner, Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Psychologist and Seminary Professor; and John Walker, Professor of Organ Performance at the Peabody Institute and immediate Past President of the AGO.

Introducing New Projects in Liturgical Choral and Organ Music by Women: “A Great Host Sacred Music Database” and “Amplify Female Composers”
Sarah MacDonald, Susan Jane Matthews, Carolyn Craig, and Janet Yieh in conversation

Introducing new projects in liturgical choral and organ music by women: “A Great Host of Composers” a curated database of sacred music by women composers, and “Amplify Female Composers” a platform encouraging the performance and programming of sacred music by women composers and arrangers through seasonal projects. Sarah MacDonald is Fellow and Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge and Director of the Ely Cathedral Girl Choristers, England; Susan Jane Matthews is Director of Music, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame, CA, Carolyn Craig is Music Director, Episcopal Church at Yale; Yale ISM MMA Candidate in Organ '22; and Janet Yieh is Associate Organist at Trinity Church Wall Street, NY.

Meet the Editors: Oxford Hymn Settings Collection
Rebecca Groom te Velde and David Blackwell in conversation

Meet the Editors of the first six volumes of the Oxford Hymn Settings Collection, new organ chorale preludes and hymn settings themed by season suitable for all church organists. Rebecca Groom te Velde is organist of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and David Blackwell is the former Head of Music at Oxford University Press and a freelance editor and composer.

Meet the Editor: MorningStar African-American Organ Music Anthology
Mickey Thomas Terry

Meet the Editor of the nine volume MorningStar African-American Organ Music Anthology featuring mid to late 20th century music in a variety of styles and forms, appropriate in recital and for church services. Mickey Thomas Terry is a lecturer at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Director of Music at Epiphany Catholic Church in Georgetown.

Educational Resources for the New Organist

Find an interactive library of AGOHQ videos, mini-courses, and downloadable documents at the Guild's website.

PipeTalks from OrganFest 2020

The PipeTalks from AGO OrganFest 2020 can be viewed via the YouTube playlist linked below.

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