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For information, click on the educational opportunities listed here:


The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification.


The AGO currently offers five levels of professional certification:

Service Playing Certification (SPC)

Colleague Certification (CAGO)

Choir Master Certification (ChM)

Associateship Certification (AAGO)

Fellowship Certification (FAGO)


Chart of Requirements:


Professional Certification Requirements (2021):


COVID-19 Exam Protocols:


Workshops are periodically offered outlining the benefits and requirements of the program. If interested, contact the chapter leadership at: HartfordAGO@Gmail.Com. Visit the AGO National site for information concerning specific requirements, locations, dates and fees, or to order educational materials.



Connecticut College

John P. Anthony; Professor of Music and College Organist

270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320

Tel: 860-439-2718  Fax: 860-439-5382

Local Programs
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Wesleyan University

Alcee Chriss; Artist in Residence and University Organist

High Street, Middletown, CT 06459

Tel: 860-685-2282

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Trinity College

Christopher Houlihan; Artist in Residence and Chair of Chapel Music

300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Tel: 860-297-2014

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University of Connecticut

Angela Salcedo; Instructor of Organ

875 Coventry Road,  Storrs, CT 06269

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Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Martin Jean; Professor of Organ

409 Prospect Street, New Haven CT 06511

Tel: 203-432-9753

Fax: 203-432-9680


The Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is proud to
own an Orgelkids kit instrument. 


Orgelkids, an educational pipe organ program, is a traveling, reusable kit that empowers young children to assemble a working 2-rank, 2-octave pipe organ. The Greater Hartford Chapter Orgelkids kit has been part of educational programs in schools, churches, concerts and summer camp programs both in Connecticut and in our neighboring states. This
hands-on experience is free for groups in the Greater Hartford area. 


If you are interested in learning more about hosting an Orgelkids event, please contact
Susan Carroll, 


To learn more about Orgelkids, visit:

Pipe Organ Encounters


POE (Pipe Organ Encounters) are week-long educational summer programs with the purpose of teaching youth about the organ. These programs are available based on community interest and the chapter's ability to host. The POE is offered at various levels:

POE (ages 13-18)

POE-Advanced (ages 13-18)

POE-Tech (ages 16-23)


During a POE, students are given individual instruction, access to local instruments, and performance opportunities.

POE Handbook:

Local Study

Funding for private organ study is available through the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists via the Jolidon Fund


For more information: Click Here

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