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2015 Regional Convention
Pittsburgh, PA

June 21-25, 2015


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Organ Artists Series
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Organ Artists Series
Concert Photo

Organist Olivier Latry,
titular organist of Notre Dame de Paris,
in performance at
Calvary Episcopal Church
in Pittsburgh for an
Organ Artists Series concert.

Olivier Latry in concert

The Organ Artists Series (OAS) Committee hosts world-renowned performers at concerts in Pittsburgh several times each year. Over a hundred organists have visited Pittsburgh in the past 35+ years under the sponsorship of this series. Visit that link for information about these special concerts.

Monthly updates of local concerts and events are listed in the Noteworthy Events section of the regular Chapter Newsletter. Planned season schedules are listed at Concert and Recital series.

Check the Pictures of Recent Events for some great pictures of recent concerts and meetings!

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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.

Shape Notes and American Hymnody
By Donna Groom - Sub-Dean (

Spring is right around the corner. Once more we can say that we’ve braved the cold, snow, roads, our Lenten music programs, assorted flu related ailments, and everything else that makes us hearty people. It’s all worth it somehow even though I tell myself that I’m not doing this again next year. The cold, that is! I always allow myself the luxury of dreaming. It’s free, and so very good for you! Dreaming up these programs is another matter. This one actually came from one of our members. Won’t you join us on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202-1805.  Our guest is Penny Anderson and her program is “Shape Notes and Early American Hymnody.” In 18th-century New England a generation of self-taught composers created a new choral style.  This music lives at the intersection of the oral and written traditions, giving life to the vigorous voices of the working people who made it.  Too rambunctious and “incorrect” for the would-be sophisticated churches in the urbanizing northern states, the New England music gave birth to the shape-note tradition preserved in Appalachia and the deep South. This tradition has been revived all over North America and has spread overseas, with regular social singing groups springing up even in Asia.

Penny Anderson coordinates the Pittsburgh monthly shape-note sing and is one of the organizers of the annual Pittsburgh Area All-day Singing. She is a published composer of shape-note music, taught a course on the New England roots of shape-note music for the Osher Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, and will teach at the Augusta Heritage Center in August 2015. She writes songs and choral music and generally sings up a storm.

Our caterer, Clint Bleil has a sumptuous menu planned. Organic baby spinach with Feta, tomato, olives, red onions, and a warm balsamic dressing, quinoa and rice stuffed beef rouladen with Marsala gravy, rolled and stuffed eggplant with Ricotta and sauce, petite green beans with roasted red peppers and garlic, rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, Italian rolls with whipped lemon butter, and sliced tiramisu.

I’d like to extend a warm thank you to Barb McKelway and Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon for their kind hospitality and worship space. Barb says there will be some “nibbling’s” at 6:00, so come early for socializing.

From downtown Pittsburgh, follow Rte. 65 North (Ohio River Boulevard) through the business area, (McDonalds, Wendy's, etc.). After crossing a bridge on 65N, Brighton Road veers to the right immediately before a traffic light.  Continue through the intersection to Hilands (a stop sign).  Turn right and then left onto Church Ave. The church is on the next corner on the left. There is a parking lot at the back of the church on the left as well as street parking.

Never come to a Chapter meeting before? Worried that it's stuffy and you won't know anyone? Don't know why you should come?

Be just and fear not! The Pittsburgh AGO Chapter is a friendly group that starts off the meeting with chit-chat around 6PM and has a wonderful buffet dinner every month (only $18). Dieting? Skip the dinner and come for the program; it's free and a benefit to you as a member.

Reservations are required if you're coming to the dinner in advance (10 days); you can make one at (the Dinner Reservations link above/left) or contact if you need more information or to make your reservation.

Do something different in the New Year and come to the meeting - you'll be glad you did!