Lehigh Valley Chapter

American Guild of Organists

About the Lehigh Valley Chapter

Mission Statement

The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

Join the Lehigh Valley Chapter

The Lehigh Valley Chapter welcomes all individuals who love the organ and its music. Persons of all skill levels are invited to join our chapter. Beginners are especially encouraged to become a part of the Guild as we have programs throughout the year and materials that will help you.

To join the Lehigh Valley Chapter AGO please visit www.agohq.org and select Membership.

Task Force for the New Organist

The Task Force on the New Organist was created by the National AGO to address current concerns such as (1) the significant decline of organ and piano majors in colleges and universities, (2) the increasing shortage of organists, particularly in part-time positions. Our local chapter Task Force was formed in 1988-1989.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter has created a new process for awarding scholarship funds for beginning organ students. If you or someone you know has an advanced piano student who would like the experience of 10 introductory organ lessons with a qualified LVAGO teacher, you will find the application below. A panel of judges will evaluate the application and letters of interest and recommendation and award the scholarship of 10 organ lessons and a one year membership in the Lehigh Valley Chapter as warranted.

To enter this year's Scholarship, download the LVAGO Scholarship Application - 2015. Complete the form and return as instructed by the form.

Placement Service

The Placement Service of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the AGO was established to assist both Guild members and congregations. The Service provides materials to aid in (1) defining the responsibilities of the position, (2) determining a salary commensurate with work, skills and educational level required, and (3) selecting an individual to meet a congregation's needs.

The Placement Information Sheet is provided for your use as you define the three areas above. The ad will be developed from this worksheet. We recommend churches study these materials and develop a job description before beginning the interview process.

Each submission secures two publications in the newsletter, and a two month span on our website. Churches can resubmit as desired or necessary. The job of the church musician is approximately 25% visible (services, rehearsals) and 75% invisible (practice time, study, meetings, rehearsal planning, etc). If the AGO can help your congregation and/or individuals determine how this balance plays out in your situation, please let us know.

Should you have any questions about the following materials, or to submit the Placement Information Sheet, please contact Mark Dennis, webmaster and editor. (vmdennispa@juno.com)

Sincerely,

Lehigh Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists

Download the Placement Service Information Sheet.