Ttreasuring the past;
creating a future!
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EVANSVILLE CHAPTER
The Evansville AGO Chapter was established in 1961 (photo below). Since then the chapter has grown from the original 17 charter members, all residents of Evansville, Indiana, to around 60 members from throughout the Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois tri-state area.
The chapter has created the Mamie Dufford Scholarship Fund (named after our first dean); we hold an annual scholarship audition for young organists; and we offer scholarships to beginning organists throughout the year. We regularly host one of the Regional Competitions for Young Organists (RCYO). For more than fifty years we have offered workshops, recitals, newsletters, and monthly meetings to promote the organ and choral music in our region. Today we have a growing presence on the internet through our website and social media. We are proud sponsors of weekly Pipedreams broadcasts on WNIN public radio in Evansville. We have commissioned the composition of music featuring the organ. Our chapter often works with the Student Chapter at the University of Evansville on programs and projects.
In 1997 our chapter sponsored the AGO Region V Convention. Participants came from throughout Region V (Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio) and beyond to take part in the highly successful and inspiring convention. In the summer of 2009 we hosted the national Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced along with the Student Chapter at the University of Evansville.