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The American Guild of Organists
Birmingham Chapter

Who We Are

We were originally chartered as the Alabama Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on March 20, 1929. By request from National Headquarters, our name was changed to the Birmingham Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on September 26, 1955.

Our Background and Organization

AGO Crest The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild serves approximately 14,700 members in over 300 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The activities and direction of the Guild are guided by a Mission Statement, stated Purposes, and other Governing Documents National AGO Documents.

Under the leadership of the National Council, a network of volunteer committees and officials at the regional, district, and local levels directs the activities of the Guild. You can learn more about this on the AGO Headquarters web site.

For purposes of administration and representation, the Guild is divided into nine geographical regions and each chapter is assigned to one of them. Our Chapter is part of the Southeast Region, consisting of member chapters in seven southeastern states.

The Birmingham Chapter has its own Birmingham Chapter Bylaws and Birmingham Chapter Operating Procedures to guide our chapter operations.

An Invitation to Meet and Join Us

We'd love to know you and share what the Guild means to us. We advertise our next meeting on the home page of this web site, and we invite you to contact our Dean to find out how to join us for the meeting. We would love for you to meet and talk with our members. Both the Chapter and our members also advertise a variety of concerts, recitals, special services and workshops on the website, so be sure to check out the Calendar. We don't want you to miss anything we do.

In fact, if you're an organist, a music director, a chorister, a handbell player, or just share our interest in these areas, we invite you to become an active member of Birmingham AGO. Click here for details: BirminghamAGO Online: Join Us.