Organists guild free memberships for young musicians to start July 1

June 13, 2021

The American Guild of Organists has announced a new initiative.

The Year of the Young Organist will celebrate and recognize up-and-coming musicians under the age of 30 by giving them a free, one-year full membership to local chapters of the guild, running from Thursday, July 1 to Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Members of the local chapter in central and southern Delaware are gladly welcoming this opportunity to engage young organists by offering a free, one-year subscription.

"We think this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young people to our organization,” said Jon Rania, dean of the American Guild of Organists Southern Delaware Chapter. "Our chapter boundaries cover a large territory, basically half of Delaware from Dover to Fenwick Island (north to south) and from the Maryland state line to the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean (east to west). We have members from all over including but not limited to Dover, Milford, Lewes, Rehoboth, Laurel, Seaford and Georgetown, and are one of three smaller chapters on Delmarva,” Rania said. “We welcome this opportunity to offer a free subscription to anyone interested and in the demographic put forth by the guild.”

The chapter is also open to members over the age of 30 for anyone who is an organist or an organ aficionado. Planning is under way to resume in-person offerings in its 2021-22 programming year, which will begin in September. Programs include workshops, concerts, organ tours, and other events and social gatherings.

The national offices offer conventions regionally and nationally, which will also resume in 2022. Members often receive special rates and discounts. They also receive monthly paper and online versions of The American Organist magazine and a monthly newsletter published by the local chapter.

The chapter also offers assistance with job placement, connecting churches with substitute musicians, and more.

For more information on becoming a member, contact Jon Rania at 302-734-5731 or email

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