About the OCAGO

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. ( www.agohq.org ) The Guild serves approximately 20,000 members in 348 chapters throughout the United States, of which this chapter is one, and in Europe, Korea and Argentina. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understand and apprecation of all aspects of organ and choral music.

The purposes of the American Guild of Organists are:

  • To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase their contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment.
  • To improve the proficiency of organists and choral conductors.
  • To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment.
  • To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities as contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Guild.

Guild-sponsored activities include a series of examinations for professional certification as well as programs and an extensive list of publications, audio cassettes and learning resources for all levels of interest. 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. The American Organist magazine, published monthly by the AGO, is the most widely read journal devoted to organ and choral music in the world.

Join the OCAGO

Membership Overview

Individuals interested in the organ and choral music fields are invited to join the American Guild of Organists. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of denominational affiliation or musical ability.

Membership in the AGO brings the following benefits

  • Annual subscription to¬†The American Organist
  • Access to national job postings
  • Eligibility for high-quality insurance plans for health, car, home, and professional liability at competitive rates
  • Discounts on AGO convention fees and educational resources
  • Discounts on Certification exam fees
  • Chapter events such as recitals, workshops, meetings, and seminars (chapter members only)
  • Voting privileges in officer elections

AGO membership is offered both through local chapters, and to individuals who wish to participate as independent members without chapter affiliation. Local chapters hold regular meetings featuring performances, lectures, seminars, and discussions on a wide variety of topics. Many chapters also offer monthly newsletters, scholarship programs, musician placement services, and substitute referrals to employing institutions. Independent members enjoy all of the same national benefits as chapter members, however, they do not receive the various benefits local chapters have to offer.