About AGO
- Purposes of the American Guild of Organists -
  1. 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.

  2. To improve the proficiency of organists and conductors.

  3. To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ performance, choral and instrumental training, and theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass these examinations at specific levels of attainment.

  4. 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.

- Advantages of Guild Membership -
Louisville Chapter of AGO provides several advantages for religious institutions and individual musicians:
  1. Helps to upgrade the quality of all music through its programs, workshops, and master classes, most of which are open to non-members and members.

  2. Maintains a placement service for organists and choir directors, full or part-time, permanent or temporary. Please see employment opportunities for information on currently open positions.

  3. The Louisville Chapter of AGO provides invaluable contact with colleagues.

  4. The Louisville Chapter of AGO provides many educational opportunities through:
    • Classes, workshops, and programs at local monthly meetings, and at regional/national conventions.
    • Optional Guild examinations for certificates (Choirmaster, Colleague, Associate, Fellow).
    • Pamphlets and tapes available for modest fees from the national office.
    • National organ-playing competition every two years (preliminary local and regional competitions).
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