TCAGO Chapter Events

2019-2020 Program Year

CANCELLED: Bach’s Birthday Bash

The safety and wellbeing of our audience and performers is important to us. As a preventative action against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the 2020 Bach Birthday Bash on March 21 has been cancelled.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saint Paul, Minnesota

The annual Bach’s Birthday Bash happens this year to fall on the actual birthday! Come and celebrate for the whole day, or whatever works for your schedule.

Bach's Birthday Bash is a multi-venue festival co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Bach Society of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota School of Music, the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and Classical Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media’s Pipedreams.

This year’s annual festival features five free hour-long performances at diverse locations on or near Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. The music is drawn from the work of Johann Sebastian Bach (and one of his early 20th century disciples). Performers are members and friends of the TCAGO and the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Download the full detail press release which includes performer bios, repertoire, and instrument specifications.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM – St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary
2260 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

2000 Noack (II/27 ranks, mechanical action)

NOTE: This first hour will be broadcast live on the network stations of Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM – St. Paul Conservatory/Center for Art and Innovation
1524 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

1976 Wicks (II/20 ranks, direct-electric action)


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM – St. Thomas More Church
Summit Avenue at Lexington Avenue, Saint Paul

1926 Casavant (III/56, electro-pneumatic action)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM – St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church 
60 Kent Street North, Saint Paul

1921 Skinner-2008 Schantz (IV/55 ranks, electro-pneumatic action)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM – The House of Hope Presbyterian Church
797 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

C. B. Fisk Opus 78 (IV/97 ranks, mechanical action)

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685. His body of work, such as has survived, includes hundreds of cantatas, several Passion settings, organ music for recital and service use, chamber music and keyboard solos. It constitutes one of the glories of western civilization.

For more information, contact Michael Barone: 651-290-1539, , or

CANCELLED: 2020 TCAGO Student Competition

The well-being of our performers, audiences, and judges is important to us. As a preemptive response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2019 student competition at Mt. Olive has been cancelled. A determination on rescheduling will be made at a later date.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
9:30 AM to Noon
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota

For details, please see the Student Competition page. Anyone is welcome to listen. The competitors' performances are open to the public.

CANCELLED: Cameron Carpenter

Concert cancellation: Cameron Carpenter at Northrop

The University of Minnesota announced today (Saturday, March 14) that they are closing all major venues to the public as a preventative action against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the Cameron Carpenter at Northrop concerts on March 27 and 28 have been cancelled. Ticketholders will receive official communication from the Minnesota Orchestra on Monday, March 16.

Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28, 2020
8:00 PM
Northrop Auditorium
84 Church Street SE
University of Minnesota

Guest soloist Cameron Carpenter appears with the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of the Symphony Concertante for Organ and Orchestra by Joseph Jongen, featuring the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ recently reinstated in Northrop’s main auditorium on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. Admission.

CANCELLED: Dean Billmeyer

Northrop has canceled all events until at least Apr 30 in an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Ticket holders have been contacted but those with additional questions can contact the Northrop Box Office at 612-624-2345.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
7:30 PM
Northrop Auditorium
84 Church Street SE
University of Minnesota

Faculty soloist Dean Billmeyer presents a program featuring the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. Admission.

CANCELLED: Oliver Vernet and Céedic Meckler

Friday, April 24, 2020
7:30 PM
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Road
Mahtomedi, Minnesota

Guest French organists Oliver Vernet and Céedic Meckler present a program of organ duets on the 108-rank 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Free/donation.

CANCELLED: TCAGO Members Recital

Sunday, June 7, 2020
3:00 PM
Benson Great Hall
Bethel University
Arden Hills, Minnesota

The annual Members Recital presented by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring the 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University. A festive reception and social gathering will be held off-campus with time to meet performers, mingle with other organists while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and other treats. Free/donation.


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Pipedreams Regional Calenda

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