Welcome to the Atlanta Chapter
of the American Guild of Organists
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is a national professional association serving organ and choral fields. It provides educational, certification and professional assistance to its members, while promoting the use of the pipe organ in sacred and concert settings.
Founded in 1914, the Atlanta Chapter was the first AGO chapter in the state of Georgia and is one of the largest chapters in the USA. Our diverse membership includes organists, choral conductors, singers, music educators, organ builders, curators, clergy, and enthusiasts and supporters of the organ.
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The Choral Guild of Atlanta celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Formed in 1939, the Atlanta Choral Society prospered for two years but was disbanded after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1948, with the guidance of the Georgia Chapter of the AGO, Emilie Spivey, dean, and the Atlanta Music Club, the former choral group was restructured as the Choral Guild of Atlanta, with Haskell Boyter as the permanent director. This concert will also acknowledge Haskell and Mabel Boyter for their tireless efforts in the Atlanta music scene, including their joint service for many of Atlanta’s major churches. In addition, a special tribute will be made to Don Robinson, Atlanta Chapter member and former director of the Choral Guild of Atlanta.
Music to be performed includes Hymn to St. Cecilia by Herbert Howells, I Was Glad by C.H.H. Parry, The Old 100th Psalm Tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the Mass in G by Franz Schubert. Also on the program is the world premiere performance of Jubilate Deo by John Erickson, commissioned by the Choral Guild for the celebration of the Choral Guild of Atlanta’s 75th anniversary.
Georgia/Atlanta Chapter History
One hundred years has long been considered a significant measure of age. The Georgia Chapter of the American Guild of Organist, organized on October 6, 1914, and chartered in 1955 as the Atlanta Chapter, reaches this prestigious distinction on October 6, 2014.
Atlanta Auditorium Armory and its 4/60 Austin Organ (1910, Op. 262)
Events leading to the establishment of the AGO in Atlanta were set in motion early in the 20th century when a municipal auditorium housing a large pipe organ was conceived for the city. Stories of the auditorium organ and of municipal organ music in Atlanta revealed a colorful musical environment common to many ambitious turn-of-the-century cities. It was from this environment that Atlanta musicians decided to join together for mutual professional development.
Click here to continue reading the history of our chapter, written by Dan Pruitt, Chapter Historian.