• 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

Jan
26
Fri
7:00 pm Katelyn Emerson, organist @ Catalina United Methodist Church
Katelyn Emerson, organist @ Catalina United Methodist Church
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm
Program to include works by Rheinberger, Bach, Buxtehude, Widor, Escaich, Sowerby, Litaize, and Tournemire. Funding support provided by SAAGO.
Jan
27
Sat
10:00 am Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza @ St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza @ St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:45 pm
This popular program is a wonderful opportunity for Middle and High School music students, their teachers, and parents to see, hear, and play a pipe organ. Activities include: • An organist playing a demonstration piece.[...]
Feb
4
Sun
10:00 am Effective Organ Registration @ St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
Effective Organ Registration @ St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am
Effective Organ Registration @ St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church | Tucson | Arizona | United States
Jeffrey Campbell presents a workshop on how to adapt anthem accompaniments and organ voluntaries to make the most of your instrument’s resources, large or small! We will look at several standard anthems and easier organ[...]
Feb
7
Wed
7:00 pm Charles Boyd Tompkins, organist @ University of Arizona Holsclaw Hall
Charles Boyd Tompkins, organist @ University of Arizona Holsclaw Hall
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm
In a concert co-sponsored by SAAGO, Charles Boyd Tompkins performs on the Schoenstein organ in Holsclaw Hall as part of the Roy A. Johnson Concert Series. Organist Charles Boyd Tompkins has performed throughout the United[...]

Welcome

Welcome!

douglasleightenheimerspring2014-5Greetings from the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! SAAGO is 60 members strong and has a long and rich heritage. Founded in 1937, the chapter continues to be a driving force in the arts in southern Arizona and is now in its 81st season of offering quality concerts, programs, and educational events for both its membership and the greater Tucson community.

Our beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape is home to many fine instruments housed in an array of architectural building styles from Spanish Mission to modern. This website features many of these instruments as well as a wealth of information that includes 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 southern Arizona, I encourage you to venture through our website and to avail yourself of the many concerts, programs, and events offered by our chapter. If you are seeking membership in the AGO, we warmly invite you to become a member of our wonderful SAAGO family.

Doug Leightenheimer, Dean