From June 19 to 23, Houston will host the biennial national convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the world’s premier convention dedicated to the pipe organ. 

St. Paul’s will serve as a major venue for the convention, hosting the final round of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), a recital by the competition winner, and Dallas Symphony organist Mary Preston in concert. The Preston concert will include a commissioned work from Zachary Wadsworth for organ and voices with the Houston Chamber Choir.

The NYACOP Winner's Recital will be free and open to the public from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Sunday, June 19.

 St. Paul’s Choir, directed by Dr. Paolo Bordignon, will offer Evensong services for the convention on Thursday, June 23, at both 1:30 and 3:40 p.m. These services also will be open to the public and will be repeated on Sunday, June 26, at 4 p.m.

These Evensong services will include Stanford’s Evening Service in A and Te Deum in B-flat, presented in their rarely heard versions with full orchestra. The Preces and Responses were composed for St. Paul’s Choir by David Ashley White. The service also will feature the world premiere of a commissioned solo organ work from Rebecca Groom te Velde of Oklahoma State University. 

Eighteen venues around the city will host 23 concerts, including 17 newly-commissioned works, as well as worship services, workshops, and other events. Performers and participants will come from around the world to hear Houston’s world-class pipe organs. For complete AGO schedule and ticket information, see www.stpaulshouston.org/organs.