The AGO provides a wealth of benefits and opportunities under the guidance of the National Officers; Councillors for Education, Professional Development, Competitions and Conventions, and Finance and Development; Regional Councillors; and working committees — all volunteer leaders of the Guild.

Educational Activities

  • National and Regional Conventions
  • Annual Pedagogy Conferences
  • Chapter events: performances, workshops, meetings, and seminars
  • Competitions in organ performance, organ improvisation, and organ and choral composition
  • Pipe Organ Encounters for teens and adults
  • PipeWorks for elementary school children

A comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification provides respected credentials for members and standards of excellence recognized by churches, synagogues, schools, and other employers.

  • Service Playing (SPC)
  • Associate (AAGO)
  • Colleague (CAGO)
  • Fellow (FAGO)
  • Choir Master (ChM)

Professional Development

  • Salary and compensation guidelines
  • Model provisions for employment contracts
  • Chapter placement services; National job postings
  • Assistance with denominational relations
  • Support for musical education of clergy
  • Management and planning for church musicians


  • Eligibility for a free listing in AGO Members Today 2011 which is made available exclusively to members of the AGO.
  • THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine, published monthly by the AGO, is the most widely read journal devoted to organ and choral music in the world.
  • Articles cover contemporary and historic instruments; musicological studies; reviews of new music, books, and recordings; practical aspects of sacred music; listings of professional resources and events, and news of the field; plus display and classified advertising. Other publications of the Guild include books, recordings, and resources on topics as diverse as performance practice, organ construction, and compensation.
  • Chapter newsletters
  • Educational brochures, audio and video cassettes, books, monographs, and pamphlets.

AGO Group Insurance

As a member of the American Guild of Organists you are entitled for any of the AGO-sponsored Group Insurance Plans. Take advantage of the AGO’s group buying power while protecting your financial future and that of your family. For more information on the AGO-sponsored Group Insurance Plans, please go to:

Other Benefits

  • Discounts on AGO convention registration fees and educational resources
  • Eligibility for an American Guild of Organists Platinum Plus® MasterCard® credit card from Bank of America
  • Liability insurance for chapter events