Welcome to the web site of the Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! Our membership consists of organists, choral directors, singers, organ builders/technicians, and people who simply enjoy listening to the unique sounds of the organ. We are a warm and supportive group, and we welcome visitors from any creed or musical background, professional or amateur. Our chapter activity and membership extend past the Memphis city limits to surrounding suburbs and beyond, including participants from the Jackson, TN and Jonesboro, AR areas.
Our local guild Chapter serves many functions. We promote an awareness of the pipe organ, and of the richly varied, centuries-old heritage of music composed for it, throughout the Greater Memphis area. We seek to preserve and continue the rich tradition of organ music through our own study, practice, teaching, and playing of music, whether it be in services of worship, in formal or informal performances, via educational outreach to younger generations, or purely as a means of personal growth.
We have a network of revolving chapter officers who contribute a wide range of combined skills and experiences. Through our programming and through our chapter officers, the guild offers member resources, including opportunities for education, performance, and professional development both locally and in connection with our national organization. Furthermore, our monthly programs from September through May feature concerts, presentations, and other musical events open to the public. Our meetings are held in different locations each time, as our region holds a variety of fine instruments and beautiful venues. We sometimes feature a few additional events, such as summer recitals or an “organ crawl.”
Our 2018-2019 programs feature an array of events, including three guest artist organ performances/presentations, an organ music sale and demonstration by Nashville-based Lois Fyfe Music, a chapter concert featuring several local organists, a workshop on organ literature led by Dr. Wilma Jensen, and a grand hymn festival to close our season. Please click on the “Programs” tab to see specific details about our programs. Each program is preceded by a delicious dinner and business meeting for chapter members.
Enjoy exploring our website! We hope you will attend some of our events and let others know about our organization. For more information on the national organization, visit www.agohq.org/
André Duvall, Dean, Memphis Chapter, American Guild of Organists
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.
American Guild of OrganistsMemphis ChapterP.O. Box 770004Memphis, TN 38177-0004