The American Guild of Organists offers a variety of educational resources as well as professional development opportunities.
The guildwas chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:
Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Choir Master (ChM)
For more information about certification see information at the bottom of this page or visit https://www.agohq.org/certification/
The national website also contains links to educational resources, information about regional Pipe Organ Encounters (POE's), and information for new and aspiring organists. Visit http://www.agohq.org and click on the "Education" tab.
The Berkshire Chapter hosts an annual Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event which introduces the organ to beginning piano students ages 8-14. The event allows students to essentially have an initial encounter with a pipe organ. Demonstrations are provided and all participants get an opportunity to sit at the console and make music.
We also provide scholarships for aspiring organists and we work to pair students up with teachers within the county. Go to our "Scholarships" page for more information.
Our annual Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza program for children at the First Baptist Church in North Adams on February 20th was a huge success. Thank you to all who participated!
Link to the Recording of
A 21st Century Facelift for the Certification Exams
Dear AGO Members,
Additional information about how to access the Hymn Booklet will be available on September 1st. Please go to the Certification web page that is located under Education tab on the AGO website for full details.
Thank you for attending our webinar and for your interest in taking one of the certification exams.
The American Guild of Organists Committee for Certification.