The Las Cruces Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, serving southern New Mexico, provides those interested in pipe organs with a chance to improve their knowledge and skills and to exchange information. Activities include regular meetings during the academic year, an annual "Pedals, Pipes and Pizza" for young musicians, and a "Members' Recital".
Two AGO Las Cruces Chapter members, Steve Helmreich and Karen Billings, have been certified as Colleague of the American Guild of Organists (denoted by the acronym CAGO).
The National AGO PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM dates from 1896, when the Guild received its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. ... [The exam tests] competence in a number of skills that an organist uses regularly, such as hymn playing, accompanying, and sight-reading, Approximately 10% of the national AGO membership is certified. We congratulate these two organists for their hard work in achieving this certification.
The national AGO website has more info about certification requirements.
Friday, November 20 at 7:00 PM in the First Presbyterian sanctuary
For our November meeting, in lieu of a members' recital, we plan to get together around the organ in a more relaxed setting in which each of you who wishes can share a piece of music or two that you are currently working on or want to learn. You are invited to bring a newly-published item, a recently-encountered "old favorite" from a previous era, or perhaps something from the standard repertoire that you have always wanted to learn and never fully prepared. This will be an opportunity for organists to share with organists, in an environment that will allow us each to demonstrate a piece or two that has captured our interest even if it is not polished and ready for public performance. It can also be an opportunity to discuss informally some aspects of the piece or its performance ... in short, a venue for each of us (who wants to play) to share some knowledge or a bit of research, and maybe even receive a suggestion or two from each other in a relaxed setting without the need to prepare a performance-ready presentation.
Community Christmas Carol Sing-a-long
December 19, 2015 3:00pm
Peace Lutheran Church
1701 E. Missouri Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
All ages welcome. Cider and biscochitos afterward.
The officers for the 2014–2015 season are: