FUMCFW Hosts AGO Recital

By September 12, 2020

The Fort Worth chapter of the American Guild of Organists will open its 2020-2021 Season with an AGO Certification Organ Recital hosted by FUMCFW on Monday, September 14, at 7:00 pm.

The four organists who will present organ repertoire are the Spring, 2020 AGO Certification candidates who took exams at various levels of certification; including Dana Chavarria, SPC (Service Playing Certification), Ken Surley and Rebecca Sawyer, who passed Section 1 of the CAGO (Colleague) exam and will take Section 2 in November, and Janet Pummill, CAGO, our former FUMCFW Organist, who attained the highest score in the nation on this exam.

We will also recognize Janet at this event for her outstanding achievement, and a post-recital Zoom reception hosted by Dr. Beverly Howard, Dean of the FWAGO, will allow listeners to congratulate performers, ask questions, etc. The reception will begin around 7:50 pm in the same Zoom location as the recital.

Why is this recital part of our Fall music programming? Why are we as a church so excited about hosting it? In addition to being able to showcase our spectacular 190-rank Anne S and Henry B Paul Sanctuary Pipe Organ built by Dan Garland in a world that genuinely appreciates its capabilities, our own Peggy Graff, FUMCFW Organist and Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts, is also now serving as the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (FWAGO) Sub-Dean and American Guild of Organists (AGO) Certification Exam Coordinator.

Because of this honor and distinction, our church is now the exam center for all AGO certification exams, including SPC, CAGO, AAGO, ChM, and FAGO levels.  “In this capacity, I offer workshops at the church on every aspect of every exam (organ repertoire and skills at the organ),” Peggy relates, “and I coordinate rehearsal time for each candidate on the FUMCFW pipe organ prior to their exam.” In addition to her dedicated coaching and practice facilitating to help equip each candidate for their exam, Peggy also coordinates the recording or the adjudication of all exams, depending on the exam protocol, and she stays in touch on a regular basis with the AGO national headquarters in New York City to ensure that these exams are done to the exact specification of these national protocols.

To observe this breathtaking recital by some of today’s most talented local organists, including our dear friend and former organist Janet Pummill, be sure to mark your calendar now to join us at fumcfw.org/live Monday night at 7:00!

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