Events 2019-2020

Mark your calendars now and join us for the beginning of our 2019-2020 season of recitals, education opportunities, and social get-togethers. To see a schedule of Executive Committee meetings, please visit the Chapter Officers page.

Friday, September 13,  7:00pm
Concert by Paul Thornock

First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Thornock headshot (1)Paul Thornock is Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget Sound where he studied organ with Edward Hansen and conducting with Paul Schultz. He earned the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature degree from the University of Notre Dame as a student of Craig Cramer. While at Notre Dame, he was graduate assistant organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart under Gail Walton. Thornock earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Roberta Gary.

Dr. Thornock has performed for regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the 2008 national convention of the Organ Historical Society, the American Institute of OrganBuilders, and has been heard as both an organist and conductor on the nationally syndicated radio programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice and was a first place winner in the Strader Organ Playing Competition.


Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 (Wedge)  J. S. Bach 1685-1750

Partita sopra: Sei gegrußet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768   J. S. Bach 1685-1750

Symphonie pour Orgue, Op. 5  Augustin Barié 1883-1915

Psalm Prelude, Op. 32, No. 1  Herbert Howells   1892-1983

Fantasie: Hallelujah! Gott zu loben, Op. 52, No. 3  Max Reger 1873-1916

The concert is free of admission and open to the public. Co-Sponsored First Presbyterian Church and AGO ABQ chapter.  Free will donations are welcome.

Saturday, September 14, 9:00am
AGO Masterclass/lecture by Paul Thornock

First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

“Augustin Barié  and his influence on the French Romantic Organ Symphony.”
For more info on either of these events, please contact Dr. James Yeager.

Saturday, November 16, 10:00am
AGO forum/lecture by Fred Frahm

Composing for the Organ

St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque 87112.

Have you ever wished you could kick out creative, inspiring hymn introductions and preludes? Could your preludes and postludes use some new possibilities? New Mexico ff-with-rockwallcomposer and organist Frederick Frahm will present a forum on composing for the organ. The forum will have two parts. First, Fred will discuss composing specifically for the organ and how to think outside the box about registration. In the second section, he will discuss constructing an original composition. He will focus on creating compositions based on material from hymn tunes. In fact, the entire class will work together to compose and play an original composition. Everyone is welcome.  Questions? Contact Jeremy Wirths, Sub-Dean, at 505-358-6729 or

Friday, December 20, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Christmas Social Event

Chapter family: please join the AGOABQ at the home of Edmund Connolly and Maxine Thevenot for a festive Advent soirée.  Catered light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments served. A small sample of your seasonal baking to share, would be welcomed.

Please RSVP by email by Friday, December 13, 2019 to to receive the address and security gate code.

In the New Year:

Saturday, January 18 and Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 3:00pm
 Hauptwerk System Demonstration at the home of John Homko

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00pmHarpsichord Extravaganza (St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque)

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10:00am:  Masterclass with Nathan Laube (First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe)

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 10:00am:  Masterclass with Ken Cowan (Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque) followed by Chapter Luncheon (location tbd)

June 2020:  Pedals, Pipes and Pizza (Las Vegas, NM)

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