9:00 AM09:00

Choral Rehearsal Techniques Workshop with Benjamin Rivera and Paul French

The Chicago International Organ Academy will livestream the event for people to attend remotely. On the day of the event, click on the following link. Then enter this password: Q6J3f5UY

You may also attend by audio only. To do so, call 510.338.9438. When prompted, enter the following information:
Meeting number: 622 898 167

Meeting password: Q6J3f5UY

There is no need to register for watching the live-stream or audio only. However, you are encouraged to write to the Chicago International Organ Academy at to let them know you plan to attend. This will allow them to follow up with you in case of any technical difficulty.

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Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza!
11:00 AM11:00

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza!

  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a day of Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza! Hear great music, find out how the organ works, play a piece you know while creating a whole new sound at the organ. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy a great pizza lunch and meet new friends with a shared interest in music!

The Pedals, Pipes & Pizza program will be held at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL on Saturday, June 15 from 11AM until 1PM.

Click here to complete the registration form and submit the $10/person registration fee. Parents and guardians who plan to attend the event with their children are also asked to register. Questions can be addressed to

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Ken Cowan in Recital
7:30 PM19:30

Ken Cowan in Recital

KEN COWAN - one of North America's most acclaimed virtuosos - brings his splendid and exciting playing to St. Chrysostom's Church in a concert co-sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organist. This event is free to the public, and contributions for the church and AGO chapter will be accepted at the door.


  • Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 - J.S. Bach (1685-1750) arr. Reger

  • Canon in A-flat major, Op. 56, No. 4 - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  • Humoresque, Op. 77 (Hommage à Marcel Dupré) - Rachel Laurin (b. 1961)

  • Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

  • Prelude and Fugue in C major, Op. 36, No. 3 - Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

  • Valse Mignonne, Op. 142, No. 2 - Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

  • Suite, Op. 5 Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)


  •  1415 N. Dearborn - across the street

  •  88 W. Schiller - corner of Clark & Dearborn

  •  public parking at the south end of Lincoln Park

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Organ Experience VII: Hyde Park
9:00 AM09:00

Organ Experience VII: Hyde Park

This year’s Chicago Organ Experience takes us to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. We will begin the day on the University of Chicago campus with the Reneker organ, a 2m/23r baroque-style tracker organ in Joseph Bond Chapel. Then, we will walk one block east to Rockefeller Chapel, home of the magnificent 4m/132r E.M. Skinner, Op. 634, which has been hailed as one of the finest examples of 20th century romantic organ building in America. Our next stop is one block north at First Unitarian Church, which features a 3m/33r Skinner, Op. 810, as well as the church’s old organ, now located in the chapel, which is playable from the Skinner console. We will then have lunch at the fellowship hall of Augustana Lutheran Church. Following lunch, we will hear the 2m/20-stop Wahl tracker organ. Our final stop the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where we will visit the Ruth and Paul Manz organ, a 2-manual, 31-rank tracker organ by M.L. Bigelow & Co.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00 Bond Chapel, 1050 E 59th St

10:00 Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave

11:00 First Unitarian Church, 5650 S Woodlawn Ave

12:00 Lunch at Augustana Lutheran, 5500 S Woodlawn Ave

1:15 Augustana Lutheran, 5500 S Woodlawn Ave

2:30 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E 55th St

Please note that we will not be hiring a bus this year as all of the locations are within one mile of each other. The distance between each venue ranges from 0.1 to 0.3 mile, with a total of about 17 minutes of outdoor walking over the course of the day.

Click here to view the specifications of the organs on the tour.

Click here to see a map of the locations on the tour.

Lunch Orders

The deadline to order boxed lunches has passed, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch and join us.


If you have any questions, please contact Michael Soto at

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8:30 AM08:30

CANCELED: Choral Workshop

Due to the Winter Storm Warning for January 18-19, this event has been canceled. Organizers are looking into the possibility of rescheduling the event, so look here for updates.


• 8:30 am Refreshments and Greetings -- St. Michael Hall

• 9:00 am BENJAMIN RIVERA: Choral Warm-Ups/Choral Tone Basics/Amateur Voices

• 9:30 am PAUL FRENCH: Choral Warm-Ups/Improving Choral Sound/Quick Fixes

• 10:00 am BENJAMIN RIVERA: Three Seasonal Choral Anthems that Work

(Advent/Christmas/Epiphany)/Planning and Executing an Effective Rehearsal

(score preparation – pitch, rhythm, diction – time management – anticipating/fixing problems)

• 10:45 am Break for coffee, conversation & questions

• 11:00 am PAUL FRENCH: Three Seasonal Choral Anthems that Work (Lent/Easter/Pentecost)

(score preparation – pitch, rhythm, diction – time management – anticipating/fixing problems)

• 11:45 am Break for coffee, conversation & questions

• 12:00 pm Mini Choral Festival – Church Nave FRENCH and RIVERA

Conducting four of the seasonal anthems – Concluding by 1:00 p.m.

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Leo Sowerby: Lecture and Recital
5:30 PM17:30

Leo Sowerby: Lecture and Recital

Stephen Buzard, Director of Music at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, will present a lecture on the music of Leo Sowerby at 5:30 pm. Attendees will have time for dinner in the River North/Magnificent Mile area before the recital, which will be at 7:30.

This event is co-sponsored by AGO Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church. 

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Members Recital & Banquet
6:00 PM18:00

Members Recital & Banquet

This season's recital will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Chicago organist and chapter member Leo Sowerby. Members in good standing are eligible to participate. Accepted literature includes any of Sowerby’s solo organ works, or you may choose to accompany a soloist. Re-connect with your colleagues and fellow members during our annual Banquet, hosted by the faith community of Grace Episcopal Church, Dr. Dennis Northway, Organist & Director of Music.

Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm, and the recital will be at 7:30.

Click here to register for the dinner: Members Banquet 2018


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Organ Experience VI: Edgewater
9:00 AM09:00

Organ Experience VI: Edgewater

Our Chapter’s most popular event of the year resumes with tours of instruments in the Edgewater community. Venues include Saint Ita Roman Catholic Church (4/68 Wicks; Howell), Immanuel Lutheran (3/43 Schantz), North Shore Baptist Church (3/23 Austin), Epworth UMC (3/23 Möller), and the Episcopal Church of the Atonement (3/41 Casavant). Members and their guests may register online to reserve their seat aboard our private motor coach, and to order a box lunch with beverages and dessert ($20 payable via cash, check or credit/debit card).

Click here for full information, including the day's schedule and instrument specifications.

Click here to register. Registration deadline is March 11. 

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Crista Miller, Organ
3:00 PM15:00

Crista Miller, Organ

Crista Miller of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, TX will present a recital at Madonna della Strada Chapel on Loyola campus. The program will explore the intersection of music and mysticism with works of 20th century composers, including Naji Hakim, Charles Tournemire, Jean Langlais, and Olivier Messiaen. Program information can be found here.

Free Admission. 

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