• Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley

    The Holtkamp organ at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior in Green Valley was dedicated on January 10, 2016. The instrument, designated by the builder as Job 2112, has 28 stops on three manuals and pedal, with 2,012 pipes. As in many Holtkamp organs, much of the pipework is exposed in a visually striking arrangement, […]

  • Catalina United Methodist Church

    The Shirley and Ralph Morgan Memorial Organ was dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, as Opus 70 of Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. The organ has 57 ranks on four manuals and pedals. Link to information about the organ on Catalina’s website  

  • St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

    The organ at St. Alban’s was built in 2012 by Paul Fritts and Associates of Tacoma, Washington, as the firm’s Opus 35. With 22 stops on two manuals and pedal, its design represents an expansion of the Fritts organ in a chapel of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. It is the only tracker organ in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. 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 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 […]

  • 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 […]

Upcoming Events

5:30 am SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Meet and... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Meet and... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 28 @ 5:30 am – 6:00 pm
The Southern Arizona Chapter’s 80th Anniversary Celebration kicks off with a brief fellowship time before dinner in the Fellowship Hall of Northminster Presbyterian Church.
6:00 pm SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Catered ... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Catered ... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
SAAGO’s 80th Anniversary Celebration continues with a dinner catered by Andrew’s Catering Co. in the Fellowship Hall of Northminster Presbyterian Church. The cost is only $10 thanks to a subsidy from the Chapter. Please make[...]
7:30 pm SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Recital ... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Recital ... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Kevin Seal, recipient of the Roy Johnson AGO Scholarship, will present a recital as prelude to a Vesper service in the sanctuary of Northminster Presbyterian Church. John Brobeck will serve as service organist, and Pamela[...]
11:45 am SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Members’... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
SAAGO 80th Anniversary: Members’... @ Northminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 29 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Continuing the Chapter’s 80th Anniversary festivities, members will perform at an informal recital. Compositions by current and former members of the Chapter will figure prominently.

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douglasleightenheimerspring2014-5Welcome to the website of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  The Southern Arizona Chapter was founded in April of 1937 making this our 80th anniversary season.  As such, the theme of the 2016-2017 program year is “SAAGO Celebrates!”

Our beautiful desert landscape is home to many fine instruments housed in an array of buildings of architectural styles from Spanish Mission to modern.  Our website features many of these instruments as well as a wealth of information including a list of events, information about membership and the Roy Johnson Scholarship, and links to our current and archived copies of the chapter newsletter The Cypher.

Whether you are visiting, planning to visit, or are a part-time or full-time resident here in the Sonoran Desert, I encourage you to venture through our website to see what the SAAGO has to offer, and to avail yourself of the many programs and events offered by our chapter.  Our chapter is 70 members strong and has a long and rich heritage.  If you are seeking membership in AGO, we warmly invite you to become a member of our wonderful SAAGO family.


Doug Leightenheimer, Dean