• 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

Dec
10
Sat
all-day SAAGO Holiday Social Postponed! @ Christ Church United Methodist
SAAGO Holiday Social Postponed! @ Christ Church United Methodist
Dec 10 all-day
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SAAGO Holiday Social will not take place on December 10 as announced earlier. The new date will be announced when available.
Dec
18
Sun
4:15 pm Choral Evensong with Organ Prelude @ St. Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Church
Choral Evensong with Organ Prelude @ St. Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Church
Dec 18 @ 4:15 pm
On the third Sunday of every month St. Philip’s choirs offer a Choral Evensong with a pre-service organ prelude at 4:15 p.m. The pre-service prelude will be performed on the magnificent Holtkamp pipe organ. These[...]
Jan
14
Sat
10:00 am Pedals, Pipes & Pizza @ Trinity Presbyterian Church
Pedals, Pipes & Pizza @ Trinity Presbyterian Church
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This annual Chapter event introduces the pipe organ to new students, beginning with a demonstration of how the pipe organ works and sounds. Students will receive a 25-minute hands-on lesson and will be able to play[...]
Jan
15
Sun
4:15 pm Choral Evensong with Organ Prelude @ St. Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Church
Choral Evensong with Organ Prelude @ St. Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Church
Jan 15 @ 4:15 pm
On the third Sunday of every month St. Philip’s choirs offer a Choral Evensong with a pre-service organ prelude at 4:15 p.m. The pre-service prelude will be performed on the magnificent Holtkamp pipe organ. These[...]
Jan
20
Fri
7:00 pm Johan Hammarström, organ @ Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona
Johan Hammarström, organ @ Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm
In this Roy Johnson Memorial Organ Series Concert, Dr. Johan Hammarström, organist at the Stockholm Cathedral, will perform a varied and exciting program including works by Scandinavian composers. Ticket information will be added when available.
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Welcome!

Greetings from the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! SAAGO is 70 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 85th 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 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 southern Arizona, I encourage you to venture through our website and to avail yourself of the many programs and events offered by our chapter. If you are seeking membership in AGO, I warmly invite you to become a member of our wonderful SAAGO family.

Janet Tolman, Dean