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, 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!