Southern Nevada Chapter:AGO

Building a thriving community of musicians and inspiring a passion for the organ in Las Vegas.


Nevada Arts Council Awards SNC:AGO with Record-Setting Grant


On June 27, the board of the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) unanimously approved funding for fifty-five Project Grants for Organizations, including a $4,000 grant to the SNC:AGO’s Paul S. Hesselink Recital Series (fiscal year 2020). The grant is the largest ever awarded to the chapter by the NAC.

In total, the NAC board approved more than $1.048 million of grants to enrich the cultural lives of Nevadans by supporting, strengthening and preserving excellence in the arts. Just over $200,000 was awarded in Project Grants for Organizations. In this category, there were 69 applicants, of which 60 were approved for review and 55 were awarded funding.

A NAC panel reviewed, discussed and scored the approved applications during a public meeting on May 22 & 23. Their scoring determined which applications were funded and at what amount. Panelists included:

Andrew Akufo, Executive Director, Healdsburg Center for the Arts – Healdsburg, CA
Kayla Boettcher, Executive Director, Sitka Summer Music Festival – Sitka, AK
Thomas Michel, Director of Development, Nevada Ballet Theatre – Las Vegas, NV
Lindsay Wilson, Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College – Reno, NV

Many of the panelists’ comments and suggestions about our series and grant application will be adopted by the chapter and incorporated into future submissions for funding.

For the past 12 years the SNC:AGO has received annual grants from the Nevada Arts Council,  a state agency, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Since 2007, our average award was $2,350 annually, totaling $28,204 in funding.

The SNC:AGO utilizes this funding to help pay our recitalist’s artist and travel fees. This year’s grant was written by chapter member Kevin Coney.


SNC:AGO announces recitalists for its fifteenth annual concert series


Information for all recital series concert dates:

  • VENUE: Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall, Beam Music Center on the UNLV Campus

  • Concerts begin at 7:30 pm (with the exception of the Holiday Recital at 3 pm)

  • All concerts are free to the public


Engaging, supporting and uplifting every organist in Southern Nevada.


Inspiring. Educating. Cultivating a love of music and organ.


Recital Series

The SNC:AGO hosts an annual series of free concerts which attract some of the world’s most talented performing artists, as well as up-and-coming musicians. Our 2019-2020, fifteenth season will be one of our best yet.

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Workshops & Outreach

The Southern Nevada Chapter hosts a number of events to allow organists and choral directors to improve their skills: church performance, working with choirs, concertizing… plus events for piano students and kids.

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Community Concerts & Events

Check out our calendar of local organ & other musical events presented by our members and local churches. We have so many talented musicians & vocalists in the Las Valley. You won’t to miss any of these amazing, musical events.

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Networking & Membership

As a member of the chapter, you will come into contact with other church & concert organists, conductors and musicians. It’s a great way to meet peers and to start amazing collaborations. You should join our ranks!

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Championing Instruments & Sound.

Members of the Southern Nevada Chapter: AGO have an enduring love of the king of instruments. The organization strives to advocate for not only the preservation of instruments currently in the region, but actively work to promote & encourage the building of new organs throughout the Las Vegas Valley.


Raymond Barnes Memorial Scholarship Fund

We continue to honor the memory of our long-time Dean through our scholarship fund which helps to support young musicians interested in studying the organ. The scholarships allow local students to attend Pipe Organ Encounters, week long summer camps for the organ, offered by the American Guild of Organists.


A message from our Dean.


Greetings from the Dean,

On behalf of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists I welcome you to our exciting new and improved website! I am confident you will enjoy the new content, links to other sites, chapter history, details regarding local instruments, expanded information, member benefits, and so much more.

We welcome all visitors and encourage you to browse the entire site. We look forward to receiving your insights, feedback, ideas and suggestions. Please provide us with your comments, so we can constantly improve and maintain the site. (Email us, CLICK HERE)

I strongly urge you to learn more, get involved and participate in our recitals, workshops and other activities. As our guests and patrons, feel free to contribute as a donor to our recital series, scholarship fund for organ students, and other worthy causes. Please also consider joining the AGO. Membership will bring added benefits and access to activities and information.

Welcome and enjoy!

Steven R. Wright, Dean
Southern Nevada Chapter
American Guild of Organists

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