When you join the American Guild of Organists, you are joining a national organization of people who share a passion for the organ. Full voting membership includes both national and chapter benefits. There are more than 300 chapters located across the United States of America and abroad. Joining a local chapter allows you to enjoy camaraderie with other organists in your local area, giving you the opportunity to celebrate the King of Instruments together.
There are three categories of full voting membership: Young Organists (29 and under), Regular (30-64), and Special (65 and over or disabled). For each category, you can decide to receive The American Organist magazine in a printed format through the postal mail (TAO printed & online) or in a digital format through the national website (TAO online only). The dues amount for each type of membership is listed below.
Chapter activities and benefits often include:
- Local substitute lists so you can earn extra income by filling in for other chapter members
- Chapter newsletters with news of local events and personal updates
- Chapter Directories
- Local recitals and other events
The American Organist Magazine (monthly) Chapter newsletters and membership directories Bios, monographs, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs.
Salary and compensation guidelines
Model provisions for employment contracts
Chapter placement services; National job postings
Assistance with denominational relations
Support for musical education of clergy
Management and planning for church members
A comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification provides respected credentials for members and standards of excellence recognized by churchs, synagogues, schools, and other employers.
Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Choir Master (ChM)
Support for the work of organists and organbuilders, organ teachers and organ students, amateurs and professionals. Opportunities to meet with colleagues at local and national meetings. Outreach to clergy, seminarians, denominational and lay leaders.
National and Regional Conventions
Annual Pedagogy Conferences
Chapter events: recitals, workshops, meetings and seminars
Competitions in organ performance, organ improvisation, and organ and choral composition
Pipe Organ Encounters for teens and adults
PipeWorks for elementary school children
January Jubilees for musicians in part -time employment
Job postings (available to members only), contact information for chapter and national leaders, policy and program updates
Comprehensive list of academic institutions offering organ instruction
Educational resources and signature items availalbe on-line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
How to Join
1. Choose the membership type that’s right for you
Regular membership, TAO printed & online: $105/year
Regular membership, TAO online only: $97/year
Special membership (age 65+ or disabled), TAO printed & online: $80/year
Special membership (age 65+ or disabled), TAO online only: $72/year
Young Organist membership (under age 30), TAO printed & online: $50/year
Young Organist membership (under age 30), TAO online only: $42/year
Regular Dual* membership: $41/year
Special Dual* membership: $33/year
Young Organist Dual* membership: $18/year
Chapter Friend (non-voting, no TAO): $35/year.
TAO = The American Organist magazine
To be a Dual member of a second chapter you must be a Regular, Special, or Young Organist member of a primary chapter.
2. Enroll either online or by postal mail
Join online by clicking here to go to AGO’s headquarters site, create an ONCARD account, and join the chapter. Or, to enroll by postal mail, print out, complete and mail the application found here.
If you are a student who would like assistance with your membership fee, please print, fill out, scan and submit this application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you!