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

The holidays are here. You are reading the November “Trumpetings” and know that Christmas is tomorrow! But today we are preparing to help the people in our congregations find ways to give thanks for all the blessings they often take for granted. I think it is such a privilege to play the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” while those in your pews sing along or even read along and contemplate the good things in life they have been given? Their thoughts are probably on their thankfulness for health, and for their families and relationships that mean so much. Those same people in your pew may or may not stop by to say thanks to you for the services you are providing for them. They may not even be aware of the hours you spent preparing the music that you just played to assist them in expressing their thanks. Yes, we get paid, but when you multiply out the hours by the dollars, you don’t work for great wages. We know it’s a service of love. We know that’s why so many of the younger generation are not making careers in church music. On the other hand, you are rewarded knowing that those sitting in your pews showed up at your church partially because of the way you make worship work for them.


As musicians we are so lucky to be involved in the lives of the families that attend our churches. We are involved in playing music when the baby is baptized. We are involved in creating an event when the wedding is happening and a new home is being formed. We are there providing comfort when the loved one has passed.


The work you do, those endless pieces you prepare is our way of making the world a better place. This thanksgiving season know that you are making a difference. There are churches that would give blood to have an organist. All those piano lessons and organ lessons and practice time that you have acquired, make you very special. Celebrate your gifts! Know that you come from a line of church musicians that has gone on for centuries. You really are something to be thankful for! 






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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.

Soli Deo Gloria
Soli Deo Gloria

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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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