National AGO Mission Statement
Adopted May, 2012

The mission of the American Guild of Organists 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;
nuture future generations of organists; promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
The American Guild of Organists
is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields.

Founded in 1896
in New York City, the AGO now serves 21,000 members in 352 chapters throughout the United States and Europe.

Membership is open to all and includes working professionals: organists, choir directors, teachers, organ builders, technicians, and suppliers to the field, as well as students, clergy, amateur musicians, and dedicated supporters.

Founded 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.

Membership is through local chapters, which hold regular meetings featuring performances, lectures, seminars, and discussions on a wide variety of topics.

AGO educational programs include a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification and an extensive catalog of publications and audio cassette learning resources.

The Guild sponsors competitions in organ performance and improvisation and in organ and choral composition.

National and regional conventions, held in alternate years, present the finest performers and teachers.