National Convention of the American Guild of Organists to Feature Innovative Workshops

A Choral Reading session (photo by Joseph Routon)

The 2018 National AGO Convention in Kansas City is pleased to offer a broad list of workshops and presentations, including twelve choral reading and organ literature sessions. From distinguished scholarship to pragmatic resources, the Continuing Education Committee has gathered topics to engage, enable, and inspire the great diversity of the Guild’s membership. Unique offerings include daily morning exercise and health habits for musicians. The three-session Bach seminar by Quentin Faulkner, George Stauffer, and Christoph Wolff will include surprises on recently discovered manuscripts and general Bach study.

We could not ignore the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with the National WWI Museum and Memorial right here in Kansas City!  Several scholars will reflect on spiritual implications to organ composers, as well as a dynamic overview of cultural shifts that happened because of this world-changing event. The convention badge will grant attendees buy one, get one free access to both the museum and the memorial.

Kansas City area organ and choral scholars will present:

  • Deep Practice: The Key to Mastery by Michael Bauer (The University of Kansas)
  • Conductor Tips for Your Choir: Say It Like You Mean It by Charles Bruffy (Kansas City Chorale)
  • Unification of Vowels, Volume, and Vibrato in the Voluntary Choir by Paul Tucker (The University of Kansas)>
  • Tried and True: Conductor’s Favorites by Ben A. Spalding (Spire Chamber Ensemble)

For a complete list of workshops and to register, visit

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