The mission of the Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ. We seek to engage, support, and uplift every organist in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The American Organist Magazine (TAO), published monthly by the AGO, is the most widely read journal devoted to organ and choral music in the world. It is the official journal of the American Guild of Organists, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America.
An AGO chapter was established in Scranton and was one of the first chartered chapters in the state. In 1933, with increasing membership from the Wyoming Valley, the Wilkes-Barre chapter was formed.
During the 1980’s the profession experienced a serious decline in numbers, and memberships in local chapters throughout the country decreased. However, with efforts from members of the Wilkes-Barre chapter, memberships throughout the Wyoming Valley continued to grow. Organists from the Scranton area joined with their colleagues in Wilkes-Barre, and in 1991 the Wilkes-Barre chapter was renamed the Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter in response to the growth.