The Dayton Chapter is a diverse group of people who love the pipe organ and its music. We are teachers, students, part-time composers, singers, office workers, music directors, professors, engineers, full-time and part-time organists, keyboard and electronic organ aficionados.

We hold programs throughout the year ranging from workshops and concerts to youth programs and fun events like Slilent Movie Nights.  Most of our events are free and open to the public. Please come join us this coming year!.

Dean's Note - Jerry Taylor

Jerry Taylor

Our first meeting on September 17 St. Paul Lutheran Church was both great fun, getting together to eat and talk about what we’ve done this past summer, and sad in touring a building that is so rich in Dayton history but yet it’s closing in December.

For those who missed our first meeting, Terry Donat, our new Sub-Dean hosted the meeting which began with a carry-in dinner. We are so lucky to have Donna Larson and Priscilla Acuff who coordinated serving the food, wonderful table decorations (that Donna is a master at), and having entreés for both the carnivores and the vegetarians. The meal was wonderful, the tables spectacular, and then there was this angel food cake with the colorful icing! Coupled with great conversation, the meal was worth the meeting in itself.

Following the meal, Terry Donat had arranged for Pastor Bob Miller to give a history of St. Paul Lutheran Church complete with photographs from the archives. Pastor Miller has had a long association with the church and was full of very interesting information about its place in Dayton history. Bob Miller’s presentation was worth going to the meeting in itself.

Then we moved to the Sanctuary where Terry Donat, organist at St. Paul’s, began a demonstration of the organ (largely Austin pipework) playing music from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Liturgical Year).

I would like to encourage everyone in our chapter to consider taking the AGO service playing exam. We are going to spend a great deal of time over the next two years looking at getting our chapter members to pass the exam. It’s really not that impossible.

Well, thanks to all who helped make our first meeting a roaring success. The next time we meet, Richard Elliot, head organist of the American Guild of Organists will present a workshop at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10 am. The Guild paid the fees so that the workshop would be free and available to our membership. Please see if your schedule will allow you to attend.

On Sunday, October 15 at 4 pm, Richard Elliot will present a full organ recital that is also free to you.





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The Mission of the AGO is:

To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase organ and choral music contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of organ and choral music. 

To improve the proficiency of organist and choral conductors. To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment. 

To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities that contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the guild.

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Happy New Year Everyone!


I hope everyone had a great Christmas music season. From the Messiah at Wittenberg to the Carillon Brass at the Loft to Noonday Carols at Westminster, Lynn and I enjoyed some really great Christmas music.


Now it’s time to start thinking about the year to come. So what’s your resolution?  Perhaps there’s that one piece you’ve always wanted to learn, an area organ you always wanted to play or maybe you just want to stay on top of the year’s music schedule.  No matter what your resolutions are, hopefully there’s room for one more: To Get Engaged with the Chapter.  We’ve had some great programs so far, and there’s much more to come. I hope you’ll plan to attend the programs, or even better, volunteer to help with your favorite one, or suggest a new one for next year. Working the programs with other members can be very enjoyable, and it is definitely a great help to the chapter.


Priscilla Acuff and Jerry Taylor are working on the next program now. “Meet the Church Organ for Pianist and Organ Enthusiasts” is meant to introduce pianists, or just folks interested in the organ, to the pipe organ.  It will be held Saturday, February 8th, at 10:00 AM at South Park United Methodist Church. If you know a pianist who would like to learn to play the organ or a parishioner who is just curious, encourage them to come. If you’d like to help just call or email Jerry Taylor, and he’ll get you involved.


Hope to See You Soon!

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