Welcome to the West Texas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Homepage. Our chapter has members from throughout West Texas -- Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Fort Stockton, Kermit, and Sanderson. We even have members from Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico. We just might be the "largest" AGO Chapter in the United States.

The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ an choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

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42nd Annual Patron Recital

Andrew Dewar

Our next Patron Recital will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2006. Our artist will Andrew Dewar, winner of both the First Place and Audience Prizes at the 2005 St. Albans International Organ Competition in England. He has taken prizes in an international organ performance competition every year since 2001 when he won the Plymouth National Young Organists' Competition in England (Landau an der Isar 2002, Berlin 2003, Schramberg 2004).

Andrew is Organist at both the churches of St. Franziskus and St. Johannes in Stuttgart, where he is studying with Prof. Ludger Lohmann at the Musikhochschule. Previous to his work in Germany, he was Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral in England where, as a student at the Wells Cathedral School earlier he had studied with Rupert Gough and David Sanger, and improvisation with David Briggs and harpsichord with David Ponsford.

Andrew Dewar performs frequently throughout Europe and has recently released his first solo CD on the German label Edition Hera. His professional career began at age nine when he was appointed organist at his local parish church in Yeovil, England.


The Competition and its accompanying Festival were founded in 1963 by Peter Hurford OBE and it is considered the longest established event of its kind in the world. It brings artists, musicians and other performers from around the world for the festival, and attracts tourists from far-flung areas as well as a large audience from the United Kingdom. Musical events during the festival range from orchestral, chamber and choral concerts to jazz and cabaret.

At the heart of the festival is the organ competition which brings eminent judges from various parts of the globe, and attracts as competitors the most talented young organists of the day. Early rounds of the competition take place in St. Saviour's Church in St. Albans where competitors play a replica of the type of organ played by J.S. Bach. Many past winners of the competition, including Gillian Weir, Lynne Davis, and David Briggs (winner in improvisation), have gone on to have international performing and recording careers.

The competition and festival are presented by the International Organ Festival Society, of which Peter Hurford is president and former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is a patron. General Manager of the Society is Ken Chaproniere, and the Artistic Director is Andrew Lucas who is also Master of the Music at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban.

Membership in the American Guild of Organists

Membership is open to all and is available through local chapters such as the West Texas Chapter. Meetings are held featuring performances, lectures, seminars, and discussions on a wide variety of topics. For more information or to become a member of our Chapter, email our Treasurer: Edith Hardy, CAGO, SPC

or write to:

West Texas Chapter AGO
PO Box 7761
Midland TX 79708-7761

Additional West Texas Chapter Officers

Sub Dean Dr. James L. Queen, ChM

Secretary Nancy Henderson

For more information about Salaries for organists and choir directors visit the Salary Guidelines webpage at AGO National Headquarters.

Substitute Organists Available

Edith C. Hardy, CAGO - 432-697-6745

Jean Koonce - 432-756-3214

Dustin Tatro - 432-339-9486

Ronald F. Thomas - 432-550-0339

Jordan Williams, SPC - 432-682-3405

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Organ Stoplists

Midland - First Presbyterian, Moller 1991

Midland - First United Methodist, Schantz-Range 1999

Odessa - First Presbyterian, Casavant 1985

Odessa - First United Methodist, Ross King 1997

Odessa - St. John's Episcopal, Moller 1977

San Angelo - Emmanuel Episcopal, Reuter 1969

San Angelo - First Christian, Ross King 1983

San Angelo - First Presbyterian, Dan Garland 1991

San Angelo - First United Methodist, Moller 1949

Favorite Links

Midland-Odessa Symphony

San Angelo Symphony

San Angelo Music Teachers Association

Big Spring Symphony

Organ Builders

AGO National Headquarters Website

Houston AGO Chapter Website

Pipe Organs of New York City

The Organ Forum

The Choral Public Domain Library

Other Organ and Choral Pages

Southern Music Company, San Antonio, Texas - Which offers a 10% DISCOUNT to AGO members

University Music House, Columbus, Ohio

Organ Historical Society

PipeDreams Organ Radio Show

Raleigh Ringers Handbell Choir

38th Annual Patron Recital - November 2002

Chapter Treasurer - Edith Hardy, CAGO, Patron Chair - Rebecca Sawyer, Patron Recitalist - Dr. Robert Glasgow, Chapter Dean - Jack Martin, SPC, and Chapter Secretary - Nancy Henderson

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This page last updated July24, 2006.