The mission of the american guild of organists is to foster a thriving commmunity of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.
The vision of the American Guild of Organists is to engage, support, and uplift every organist.
The History of our chapter
Chartered June 6th, 1983, musicians gathered from a three-state area to create the Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (SI-AGO). These leaders shared a deep commitment to organ performance that is still strong today. With a region that covers Western Kentucky, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois, the Chapter has grown to include a wide variety of opportunities for members and for the public.
Marianne Webb was not only the first dean, she was also the founder and inspiration for our Chapter. She was a nationally recognized concert artist; Professor of Music at SIU Carbondale for over forty years, retiring as Professor Emerita and Distinguished University Organist. She built a thriving organ department and established, organized, and directed the nationally acclaimed SIU Organ Festivals, the first of their kind in the country. She is remembered not only for her musical artistry and excellence in teaching, but as a woman of quiet strength, courage, and abiding faith.