About the NOVA Chapter
The Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (organized in 1955 by Mary Camm Adams) is a chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a chartered educational organization, with membership open to professionals, amateurs, and supporters.
Its mission is to enrich lives through organ and choral music.
To achieve this, we
• Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music;
• Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors;
• Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support;
• Nurture future generations of organists;
• Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
• Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
NOVA AGO Executive Board
Kimberly Hess, Dean
Glen Frank, Sub-dean
Claire Caruso, Secretary
Rick Mumford, Treasurer
Felipe Dominguez, Member at Large
Jason Farris, Registrar
Gregory Hooker, Auditor
The Rev. Dr. David Gortner, Chaplain
Past Deans of Northern Virginia Chapter
*1955-1957 Mary Camm Adams
*1957-1959 R. Eugene Livesay
*1959-1961 Margaret L. F. Garthoff
1961-1963 Dean B. Thomas
*1963-1965 Dana C. Brown, ChM
1965-1967 Nancy Phillips, FAGO
1967-1979 Francis S. Harrell
1969-1971 Robert R. Zboray
1971-1972 Frederick C. North, II
1972-1974 Phyllis K. Lind
1974-1976 Angeline I. Zipp
1976-1978 Kurt Karlsson
1978-1980 Jane A. Bourdow
*1980-1982 Helen P . Healy
1982-1984 Marti Rideout
1984-1986 Barbara M. Hanson
1986-1988 Ralph E. Maxwell
1988-1990 Marjory H. Melnick
1990-1992 Shirley J. Minter
1992-1994 Paul Skevington
1994-1997 Rebecca Verner
1997-1998 Terry Sisk
1998-2000 Rick Gibala
2000-2002 Rebecca Jackson
2002-2004 Andrew Price
2004-2006 Helen Rickels
2006-2007 Thomas Lee Bailey
*2007-2010 Lawrence Young
2010-2013 Scott Matthias
2013- Benjamin Keseley
Purpose and History
The purposes of the American Guild of Organists are:
History of the American Guild of Organists
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild serves approximately 20,000 members in more than 300 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.
Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music.
Under the leadership of the National Council, a network of volunteer committees and officials at the regional, district, and local levels directs the activities of the Guild. The AGO National Headquarters is in New York City where a full time staff supports and coordinates publication, administration, and development activities of the organization. For purposes of administration and representation, the Guild is divided into nine geographical regions, and each chapter is assigned to one of them.
The American Guild of Organists and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) share a mutually beneficial association, a collaboration that has existed since 1975. For several decades this relationship has been strengthened by financial contributions from APOBA and its members in support of the AGO and its Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) program. The AGO has responded with generous provisions for bringing news from APOBA and its members to the organ public.