Study Grant recital and Officer Installation @ Concordia University Center
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We are blessed with some stellar students in our study grant program.  Come and hear them play.  Also come to support your board for the next season as they are installed.


OC AGO members lunch and board meeting
Aug 25 all-day
From Sea to Shining Sea – Jeanine Jordon @ St. John's Lutheran Church of Orange
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm
Hearts • Hands • Voices: Concordia Church Music Conference and Hymn Festival with Michael Burkhardt @ Concordia University Irvine
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
In conjunction with the annual Fall Festival of Hymns, Concordia University is pleased to offer a one-day church music conference in partnership with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the Orange County Chapter of the AGO. Nationally recognized organist and composer Michael Burkhardt will serve as the plenary speaker and festival leader.
Attendees may also select from a variety of workshops led by distinguished local colleagues and CUI faculty members:
  • ECS Choral Reading Session (Michael Busch and the Concordia Choir)
  • Improving Choral Tone through Movement (Marin Jacobson)
  • Transformational Leadership: Creating Disciples within your Music Ministry (Adan Fernandez)
  • Integrating Worship Elements: Keeping Our Heritage Alive in a Contemporary World (Hanan Yaqub and Frances Johnston)
  • Handbell Techniques: What Do Those Notations Mean and How Do You Ring Them? (Nancy Jessup and Alex Guebert)
  • Panel Discussion: Building and Sustaining Volunteer and Family Music Ministries (William Heide, Carol McDaniel, Linda Brown, Chris Rogers; Tom Mueller, moderator)
Thanks to the generous support of the Orange County AGO chapter, we are pleased to offer a discounted registration rate of $30 ($20 for students) to OCAGO members—a savings of 33% compared to the regular $45 registration fee. Your registration includes lunch, an afternoon reception, and a complimentary ticket to the closing hymn festival.
To register using the discounted rate, please use an online registration link that will be shared directly with OCAGO members by mid-September. You may complete your registration online, or you may print a registration form that can be mailed with an enclosed check.
A second Hearts • Hands • Voices workshop will be presented at First Lutheran Church in Torrance, California on Saturday, October 20. This event will feature three sessions led by Paul Vasile of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and will focus on leadership skills and strategies that strengthen and inspire the singing voice of our congregations. A discounted registration option of $70 ($30 students) is available at to attendees who wish to attend both the Irvine and Torrance events.  
Workshop with Todd Wilson @ Crystal Cathedral
Nov 12 @ 4:00 pm

Workshop with Todd Wilson at Christ Cathedral begins at 4:00 PM
Dinner at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (4050 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868) at 5:30 PM
Recital by Todd Wilson at Christ Cathedral begins at 7:30 PM

40th Messiah Sing-A-Long @ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

The event begins at 7 pm, is over circa 8:30 pm, and, is followed by a reception involving home-made cookies >:). All are welcome, no admission fee.

We have about 200 vocal scores to loan to those who wish to help sing the 9 choruses that are included in the program (mostly, Part 1, because of the season, but, of course, we have to do #44 and #53).

Although we do assemble an orchestra (consisting of high schoolers to pros), we feature our wonderful 57 rank Henry Pilcher and Sons (restored, 1st by Ron Kraft and later Ryan Ballantyne) Pipe Organ.

Charlie Raasch in Concert @ St. John's Lutheran Church of Orange
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
Study Grant student tryouts @ Concordia University Irvine
Mar 9 all-day
Members Recital! @ North Orange Christian Church
Mar 31 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Organists are TBD.

Study Grant Recital and Installation service @ Concordia University Irvine
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At 7:00PM on Saturday, May 25, the Orange County chapter of the American Guild of Organists will host the annual Study Grant Recital and Installation service at Concordia University. The concert will feature performances by four local students who received financial support from the study grant program this spring: Patricia Wang (student of Esther Jones), Katrina Liao (student of Janet Thorson), Emma Yim (student of Jennifer Puhl), and Eric Zhang (student of Jung-A Lee).

At this service, we will also install the incoming leadership team for the 2019-20 program year and recognize our 2018-19 leaders for their service. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our local students and enjoy the company of our local colleagues!

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