P.O. Box 59181, Birmingham, AL 35259-9181
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild serves approximately 20,000 members in 348 chapters throughout the United States, and in Europe, Korea and Argentina. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. Under the leadership of the National Council, a network of volunteer committees and officials at the regional, district, and local levels directs the activities of the Guild. The AGO National Headquarters is in New York City where a full time staff supports and coordinates publication, administration, and development activities of the organization. You can learn more about the Guild on the AGO Headquarters web site. For purposes of administration and representation, the Guild is divided into nine geographical regions, and each chapter is assigned to one of them. Our Chapter is part of Region IV, consisting of member chapters in the Southeast. You can learn more on the AGO Region IV Blog. The Birmingham Chapter was originally chartered as the Alabama Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on March 20, 1929. By request from National Headquarters, its name was changed to the Birmingham Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on September 26, 1955.