Welcome to the City of Roses!
Membership is open to all who are organists or organ affecianados. Certification is not needed to become a member, although current members are encouraged to take those tests at any of the five levels available.
Our membership form is available below for members and potential members to print out and mail in. This is the 2012-13 form. Unfortunately, we are unable to retrieve these forms online, nor are we able to accept any payments online. Forms and payment should now be sent to Heidi Kohne.
There are reduced rates for students, seniors, and those who wish to only join the chapter, not national. Those who decide to forego joining the national aspect of the Guild do not receive The American Organist magazine, but will receive our local Prestant. A dual membership is also available, whereby a member may belong to more than one chapter.
There is also a local brochure. It is designed for potential members to join the Portland chapter who may have never considered joining the AGO before. A condensed registration form is included in the brochure. If you are interested in copies, please email Heidi Kohne here and she will send you some.
Our national headquarters is overhauling the process of membership joining, renewals, and the collection of dues. Instead of having each chapter be responsible for all of these items, National will be handling most of the legwork and transferring funds owed to each chapter directly to the chapter. This will be new to most everyone. Chapters will be able to maintain control over information and will still print telephone directories like they currently do. Articles have been appearing in The American Organist magazine about this project, including the article which may help chapter members.
Each chapter will have a point person and up to three (3) technical mentors. For Portland, these will be James Isaak, Fred Beal, and Heidi Kohne. If you ever have any trouble or questions about this process, these are the people who can help you out. They will be receiving training from National, plenty of time before the annual renewals begin. This process is being delayed to make sure everything is running smoothly. We'll keep you updated with the latest news.