Welcome to the website of the
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.
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.
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 menu 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.