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Suffolk Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO)

We are a not-for-profit organization of professional musicians, educators, choir directors,  organ builders, and amateur organists and enthusiasts from all walks of life.  The Suffolk Chapter carries out the mission of the American Guild of Organists locally by sponsoring workshops, masterclasses, scholarship awards, recitals and other activities to promote the continuing education of organists and choir directors, as well as to create a fellowship of all people who love the organ and organ music. The chapter serves the western portion of Suffolk County on Long Island, New York, and is one of 28 chapters in the New York-Northern New Jersey area (Region II).

We meet on a regular basis throughout the year and hold annual events such as the Children's Choir Directors' Workshop and Children's Choir Festival, the Organ Expo, and the Scholarship Recital and Awards for students of the organ, in addition to other workshops and lecture/recitals led by members and guests.   In some cases we partner with neighboring chapters in the Long Island/New York City area to organize activities.  Meetings are educational and informal. 





Sunday, June 1, 2014 3 pm  Scholarship Awards Recital
at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 20 Cheshire Place, East Northport.  Details TBA.

Recent Programs:

  Sunday, March 2, 2014  3 PM  ORGAN EXPO!


Long Island AGO Mini-Convention

A day of workshops, catered lunch, and master class and recital featuring the internationally acclaimed Renee Anne Louprette playing the original 1930 E.M. Skinner organ at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Masterclasses in Organ Performance and Improvisation with David Baskeyfield at St. Peter's by-the-Sea Church.  Co-sponsored by Suffolk AGO and St. Peter's.  

The morning focused on organ performance.  For each player Mr. Baskeyfield gave technical and anecdotal information on the composers, the period of the music, and performance practice, including registration and interpretation of the music.

In the afternoon, improvisation was the focus.  Performers were at all levels from aficionados to accomplished players. 

Thanks to everyone at St. Peter's for cosponsoring this event, and to chapter member Mark Engelhardt for coordinating the day's activities.  Special thanks to performers Joyce Chen, Dalong Ding, a student of Dr. Katherine Meloan, Joseph Roenbeck, Matthew Koraus, Jason Lombardo, a longtime member of St. Peter's congregation and aficionado of the organ, and Robert Price.  Everyone present benefited from your time at the console.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013 

Membership Renewal

Keeping your membership current means that you continue to receive an uninterrupted subscription to the national magazine, The American Organist, and our local chapter newsletter, Suffolk Soundings.    The new membership year started July 1st, 2013, and renewal forms were mailed to current members in June.

If you're getting ready to join us for the first time, the membership application for 2013-2014 is available online.  You can click here for a copy.  And Welcome!

You can learn more about the benefits of membership by
clicking here
or by selecting "Join the AGO" in the Menu at the top of this page.

AGO Placement List

Churches, temples, and other organizations who are searching for directors of music, organists, and choir directors advertise their open positions in our newsletter, Suffolk Soundings.  If you have an open position to advertise, learn more about listing your position with the Suffolk Chapter of the AGO by clicking here or by selecting  Placement in the menu at the top of this page.

2014  Suffolk AGO Scholarships 

Learn about Suffolk AGO Scholarships by
clicking here or by selecting Scholarships from the men
u at the top of this page. 

Learn more about this year's activities and upcoming meetings by clicking here or by selecting Chapter Programs from the menu at the top of the page.


For Sale

We occasionally list items that may be of interest to our members.  Learn more about sale items by clicking here or by selecting Placement from the menu at the top of the page.                          
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Image:  Bourdon pipe schematic, French Horns.  From the Encyclopedia of Organ Stops by Edward L. Stauff.  Permission granted under terms of copyright.  For more information go to www.organstops.org.