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WELCOME to the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists website!  The stpetersnewbritaincaseAGO is a national organization that seeks to promote the pipe organ and its music, so if you love the sound of the organ then the AGO is for you. The Greater Hartford Chapter is quite active and made up of a very welcoming group of musicians. We present workshops and concerts, offer educational opportunities for young musicians and host social events so that we can share ideas with our colleagues. Check our “Chapter Events” calendar for upcoming programs in the Hartford area. The “Regional Calendar” features events presented by our members and by members of nearby chapters of the AGO. While you’re here, check out our forum where any topic related to the organ can be discussed, or browse the “Organs of Hartford.” We hope you’ll be sufficiently impressed to join our chapter, in which case you may find all the information you need under the “Join us” menu!

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There’s still time to attend the

2015 Convention in New Haven -

Register here or click the Convention Tab to the right for more information

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48fc88683ad8994eae14902120087082 With the renewal season just around the corner -

we would like to call your attention to some important changes in the renewal procedure. The Greater Hartford Chapter is joining the 240+ chapters who participate in the ONCARD program. For those who like to know these things, ONCARD stands for Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues. In the past, dues were paid to the chapter and the chapter then sent a portion of those dues to national AGO headquarters. With ONCARD, the national office will be invoicing and collecting dues from all members and returning the chapter portion of the dues to us.

To renew, you will not send a check to John Coghill as in previous years. You will receive an email invoice from National AGO headquarters. The email will contain a link to ONCARD, where you may login and securely renew online with a credit card, or if you prefer you may renew by send- ing a check to the National AGO. Members without an email address in the system will be mailed a paper invoice. If you pay by check, remember to print out and include your invoice with your check when you mail it in. Dues for 2015-2016 have been raised by $3 in all categories of mem- bership, except for “chapter friend.” You will see this increase reflected in your dues when you receive your invoice. Invoicing will begin this month (April).

To ensure that your renewal notice reaches you successfully, please access ONCARD at www.agohq.org/oncard-login to review and update your personal information. Because national AGO headquarters has not been directly involved with members’ renewals in the past, there is a chance that upon your first login to ONCARD you will find old and/or incomplete email and even home address information on file for you. For this, we hope you are patient and forgiving as you make needed corrections.

If AGO dues are paid by your church, print out the invoice and take it
to the person in charge of payment. Ask him/her to include the printed copy of the invoice when the check is mailed, so that your account will be properly credited.

You may have heard of the recent decision by the AGO National Council to implement ‘rolling dues,’ which means that whenever a person joins the AGO during the year, their membership will run a full 12 months from their join date. This is not something you need to be concerned about in renewing. Even if you renew early, your membership will run a full year from your membership anniversary date, which for most of us is July 1, 2015. So there is no reason to delay.

If your membership has totally lapsed (if you did not renew last year) you should wait until the invoicing process is underway – we suggest waiting until May 1. You will not be sent an invoice but will need to visit the National AGO website, www.agohq.org to renew. Or give them a call at 212-870-2310.  New members may also join the Greater Hartford Chapter of the AGO at the National site at anytime  - Welcome!

We hope this will be a smooth and painless transition. But if you should have trouble with any part of this process, please contact one of the ONCARD Chapter Administrators, listed below, for assistance.

Mark Child 860-688-7032

Kari Miller Magg 860-379-5612

John Coghill 860-285-8208