The American Guild of Organists was founded in 1896 as an educational and service organization and is headquartered in New York City. Under the leadership of the National Council, a network of volunteer officials at the regional, district and local levels directs the activities of the guild. The guild is divided into nine geographical regions; the Greater Hartford Chapter belongs to Region I (New England) and is one of the largest and most active chapters in the region.


The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music.


In order to achieve this mission, its members: 

•Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music

•Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors

•Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support

•Nurture future generations of organists

•Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles

•Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music