The Service Playing Exam
The First Step!
January 21, 2018

The Service Playing Exam
The First Step!
January 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Christ United Methodist Church
3440 Shroyer Rd, Dayton, OH

One of the easiest ways is to pass the AGO Service Playing Exam. It’s really what you do every Saturday or Sunday morning:  Play a service for an examiner and prove you know what you’re doing.  Effie Sue Kemerley and Janet Burkett have done it.  Judy Bede is our chapter’s examination officer.  This is what the test is about.

1. Play a prelude.  This year it’s something from Bach’s Liturgical Year or one of the Fugues from the Bach Eight Little Preludes and Fugues. 

2. Play a hymn – which you will transpose up or down. Agreed this is the hardest thing on the exam. Fortunately there are tricks to help you do this easier.

3. Accompany two anthems.  (Yes, there is a list for you to choose from.)

4. Accompany a Psalm (piece of cake when you actually know what you’re doing.)

5. Two more hymns as though we were singing.

6. A piece from the list for the offertory

7. A piece from the list for the postlude.

Yes, you probably do all of this every Sunday.  Doing it in front of an examiner proves that you are a certified service player and play to a certain standard worth your compensation.  Want to know more?

On Sunday afternoon, January 21 at 3:00pm at Christ United Methodist Church on Shroyer road, several of your colleagues will demonstrate various parts of the exam and I’ll give several reasons why you should take the time to take it.  We will also share some tips for the transposition of the hymn and we have the hymnbook from the AGO to give to you.  Hope to see you there!

You can review the overall AGO Certification information at:

The Manual Of Procedure For The Service Playing Test can be found at:

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