• Christ-Church-Featured

    Christ Church United Methodist

    The organ for Christ Church was designed and built by the Schlicker Organ Company, Buffalo, New York, with University of Arizona Professor of Organ Roy Johnson serving as consultant. It consists of 41 ranks and 2,211 individual pipes. These voices are playable on a console of 3 manuals and pedal. Slider chests are employed to […]

  • St-Michaels-and-All-Angels-Featured

    Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels

    An excellent example of the “American Classic” design, the St. Michael’s organ was built by Aeolian-Skinner as Opus 1352 for Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio. It was moved to Tucson, restored, and enlarged by Pipe Organ Artisans of Arizona, Inc. The organ has 64 ranks. To celebrate the installation of the Antiphonal […]

  • St.Philips.Featured

    St. Philip’s in The Hills Episcopal Church

    Built as part of the 50th anniversary expansion of the church in 1986, the large three-manual pipe organ was created by the Holtkamp Organ Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The instrument is considered one of the finest of its type in Southern Arizona. It is dedicated to Andrew Buchhauser, Organist at St. Philip’s from 1947 to […]

  • Northminster-Featured

    Northminster Presbyterian Church

    The Roy A. Johnson Memorial Organ, built in 1999 by Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., Warrensburg, Missouri, is a three-manual instrument of 46 ranks based on an eclectic design. The concept does not copy any historical style of organ building. The tonal design is a synthesis, resulting in a concept that is distinctly American. The organ […]

  • Holslaw-University-of-Arizona

    Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona

    The Isabelle B. Harris Organ was built in 1994 by Schoenstein & Co., Organ Builders, San Francisco, California. The late Dr. Roy A. Johnson, professor of organ (1966–1995) worked closely with Jack Bethards, president, Schoenstein Co., in designing the organ’s specifications. Professor Johnson’s vision was to create a teaching and recital instrument, using an economy […]

  • Grace-St-Paul-Featured

    Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

    The original 35-rank organ for Grace Episcopal Church was built by David McDowell in 1959. In 1991, when the parish of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church merged with the parish of Grace Episcopal Church, the two churches’ organs were also merged, again by David McDowell. The organ rebuild also added new pipes and a new moveable […]

  • St-Marks-Featured

    St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church

    Built in 1992 by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, the organ has 33 ranks. There is a mixture on each of the three manual divisions, and a full set of reeds (Krumhorn on the Positiv; Oboe, Bombard, and Trumpet on the Swell; and Trompette on the Great). The combination action is configured with […]

Upcoming Events

Sep
18
Sun
4:00 pm SAAGO Celebrates! @ St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church
SAAGO Celebrates! @ St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm
The first Chapter meeting of the 2016–2017 season takes place on Sunday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot. In addition to a brief service of installation of officers, the[...]
Oct
23
Sun
3:00 pm Stephen Keyl, Americana for Organ @ St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
Stephen Keyl, Americana for Organ @ St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
Oct 23 @ 3:00 pm
Stephen Keyl, Americana for Organ @ St. Alban’s Episcopal Church | Tucson | Arizona | United States
St. Alban’s Director of Music Stephen Keyl performs music by Copland, Ives, W. C. Handy, and the 19th-century American virtuosos John Knowles Paine and Dudley Buck. In a nod to Tucson’s Hispanic heritage, the program[...]
Oct
30
Sun
7:00 pm Chris Fresolone, organ @ Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona
Chris Fresolone, organ @ Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm
Mr. Fresolone appears as part of the Roy A. Johnson Memorial Organ Series. He will work with Tucson Symphony percussionist Dave Walton and the Tucson Girls Chorus, in addition to performing solo works.
Dec
11
Sun
6:00 pm Celebrate the Holidays @ Home of Doug Leightenheimer
Celebrate the Holidays @ Home of Doug Leightenheimer
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm
Come party at the Dean’s house! Take a break from the stressful holiday season to relax and unwind at Doug Leightenheimer’s home. Festive snacks and drinks will be provided by your Subdean for you to enjoy[...]
Jan
28
Sat
7:00 pm Pamela Decker, organ, with Kimbe... @ Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona
Pamela Decker, organ, with Kimbe... @ Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
The program features South American dance music by Astor Piazzolla and others.
Feb
25
Sat
10:00 am Workshop: Registering Choral Acc... @ St. Philip’s In the Hills Episcopal Church
Workshop: Registering Choral Acc... @ St. Philip’s In the Hills Episcopal Church
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am
Workshop: Registering Choral Accompaniments at the Organ @ St. Philip’s In the Hills Episcopal Church | Tucson | Arizona | United States
Join Dr. Jeffrey Campbell as he guides us on an exploration of registration techniques for choral accompaniment. This is also a great time to catch up on what’s happening in our chapter as we transition[...]
Mar
4
Sat
8:00 am Hitting the Organ Trail: Adventu... @ Catalina United Methodist Church
Hitting the Organ Trail: Adventu... @ Catalina United Methodist Church
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Indulge your wild side on an adventure through the towns south of Tucson as we tour four pipe organs—organs mysterious and unknown to many of us in the Old Pueblo. Bring your favorite pieces to try[...]

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Welcome

Welcome!

Welcome to the Southern Arizona American Guild of Organists website! Our rich history and active membership have created a lively community for musicians and lovers of music. The Southern Arizona region houses a great variety of organs amidst amazing architecture and landscape. We hope that you will find the resources here useful. Please avail yourself of some of the outstanding programs offered by the SAAGO chapter and by our members. These programs and other events of interest are listed on our concert calendar. You are warmly invited to become a member of our AGO community. We welcome visitors from other cities and states to join us to experience what we have to offer in the Sonoran Desert.

Dennis Grannan, Dean