Welcome to the Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Our website has a lot of information contained within that I hope you will find useful. Programs for the upcoming 2016-17 year, information about scholarships for organ students, a list of organ substitutes and photo gallery are samples of what you can find here.
Thank you to Wayne Warren and Collierville United Methodist Church for hosting our March meeting. Our program of Organ Plus One – The Sequel was very diversified and showed the talent of our members and area musicians. Especially poignant was a piece written by Dennis Janzer in memory of Agnes Crisci and performed by her two daughters, Joan and Amy and accompanied by Phil Brown. Thank you to all who participated. Performers included Joel Chapman, tenor and Aaron Foster, Lyn Joyner, hammered dulcimer and Martha Israel, Catherine Grace Durbin, soprano and Wesley Emerson, Joan Crisci, violin, Amy Crisci Vails, cello and Phil Brown, Pat Monz, piano and Kelly Kramer.
Our next dinner and program will be held April 3, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue, Memphis and will feature University of Memphis Collegium Musicum, the early-music ensemble of the Scheidt School of Music. Conducted by Ken Kreitner the group has taken a number of forms over the years but at the moment it is a late-baroque orchestra of some two dozen players; strings, woodwinds, and continuo. Beginning at 7:30pm the evening’s program will consist of three compositions: a sonata for string ensemble by H.I.F Biber (1644-1704), an intrada for the whole orchestra by Christoph Graupner (1683-1760), and a concerto by Leonard Leo (1694-1744), featuring U of M new cello professor, Dr. Kimberly Patterson.
Carolyn Mason, Dean
AGO Memphis is a local chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields.
The Chapter was chartered February 1914 as the Tennessee Chapter and rechartered in 1954 as the Memphis Chapter, the Original Tennessee Chapter.
Programs are open to the public and free. We welcome you to join us anytime. Visit our programs page for a schedule.
Membership is open. To anyone. Music skill is not required, only interest. Visit our membership page to learn more.