About Us

Who We Are

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.

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.

Chapter Officers 2022-2024

Dean: Charles Kennedy
Secretary: Jason Pedeaux
Treasurer: Mike Burt

Executive Committee

2020-2023: Sam Burke, Jim Cook
2021-2024: Christopher Henley, Barry Norris
2022-2025: Jamie McLemore, Steven Taranto

More about the Guild

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 outlined in detail in governing documents you can find on our National AGO Website. The Birmingham Chapter has its own Bylaws and Operating Procedures to guide our chapter operations.

An Invitation

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 or our members 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. Send us an email and let us know you are interested.