Past Events

Past Events

Schantz Organ

Grace Lutheran Church

Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Richard Snyder will present a brief history and description of the Grace 1986 Schantz organ including the recent additions of an oboe stop, zimbelstern, and an updated console. Photographs from the two pipe chambers, the exposed pipes, and the components of the oboe rank prior to installation will be included. An opportunity for members to try out the instrument will be included.

Annual Garden Party

Host: Dr. Stephen Smith

506 4th St, Polk City, IA 50226

Sunday, August 25 at 4 p.m.

Come join us for our Annual Garden Party! It is a great opportunity to meet new members and catch-up with current ones! It is also a chance to show-off your cooking skills with the potluck dinner. Please list for your food item in the form here or the form that you received by email. (They are the same, no need to enter it twice.) Stephen also has a three manual Allen Digital Organ if you would like to play! Some other notes from Stephen: Polk City police are VERY tight on speeding! Watch out for people running the 3-Way Stop on the right side of his house as you face it.

Form for reference, please click on the link in the description above to add your name and item.

Potluck Food List

Dr. Thomas Fielding Organ Recital

St. Matthew’s By-The-Bridge Episcopal Church

Railroad & Oak St, Iowa Falls, IA 50126

Sunday, August 25 at 4 p.m.

Organist and composer Thomas Fielding, DMus. (b. 1975) is director of music and liturgy for St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, MI and is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs’ School of Music where his principal teacher was Christopher Young. Previous studies were with Martin Jean and Robert A. Hobby. Fielding has taken first prize in the national Arthur Poister (Syracuse, NY) and San Marino (CA) performance competitions, has won several national composition prizes, has been the recipient of several full-tuition scholarship awards at IU and, as an undergraduate, won several music prizes offered by his alma mater Valparaiso University. His scholarly work has been featured in The American Organist magazine. He was for four years the Dean of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

C-HOP Festival

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

300 Union Dr, Ames, IA 50014

September 6-7

Friday, September 6

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Private Lessons with ISU faculty: carillon, piano, harpsichord and organ

Fee: $40 for 45-minutes lesson. Seats are limited.

For information, contact Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang at

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Organ Master Class

Michael Elsbernd

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall (Music Hall Room 140)

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Lecture: Eastern European Organ and Harpsichord Music by Women Composers

Miriam Zach

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall (Music Hall Room 140)

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM - Pre-Concert featuring ISU Piano and Instrumental Students

Music Hall Lobby

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Opening Concert

Featuring ISU Keyboard faculty and students

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall (Music Hall Room 140)

*Tickets at door: $15, Students Free

8:30 PM - Reception

Music Hall Lobby

Saturday, September 7

9:30 AM - 10:50 AM - Piano Master Class

Logan Skelton

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall (Music Hall Room 140)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM - Lecture: From Svon to Carillon - Three centuries of Bell Culture in Russia

Koen Cosaert

Music Hall Room 130

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lecture - Recital: The Brotherhood of Peoples - Folk Styles in the Piano Music of Bela Bartok

Logan Skelton

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall (Music Hall Room 140)

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM - Carillon Recital: Program

Koen Cosaert, guest carillonneur

Campanile, Central Campus

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM - Campanile Tours

Central Campus

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - The 31st Annual Organists of Iowa

Michael Elsbernd, guest organist

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall (Music Hall Room 140)

* sponsored by the Sukup Family of Sheffield, Iowa

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Social Time

Music Hall Lobby

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Piano Solo Recital

Logan Skelton, guest pianist

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall (Music Hall Room 140)

*Tickets at door: $30, Students Free

Fanfare Concert

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

300 Union Dr, Ames, IA 50014

Sunday, September 8 at 4 p.m.

The ISU Department of Music and Theater Faculty are providing a free concert to start the academic year. Dr. Miriam Zach will be providing a solo organ piece.

2019 Commissioning Service

St. John's by the Campus Episcopal Church

2338 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014

Tuesday, September 10

Dinner at 6 p.m. and Service at 7 p.m.

Come join us for our 2019 Commissioning Service featuring Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, Director of Music at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha! Her bio is here. This year we are encouraging members to invite their pastors to join them at the dinner and service. Please be sure to fill out the RSVP form (here) by September 3rd for the dinner. A suggested $15 donation per guest will be collected at the dinner. (Checks made payable to Central Iowa AGO with Commissioning Dinner in the memo line)

Charles Barland Presents Recital

St. John’s Organ Recital Series

600 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Sunday, September 15, 7:00 pm

Charles Barland is Professor of Music and Head of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Charles Barland earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin, the Master of Arts degree at The University of Iowa, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas. He has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England.

The September 14 concert begins at 7:00 pm and is free and open to all. Dr. Barland will perform works that represent over 300 years of organ composition, beginning with J. S. Bach (Six Schübler Chorales, Prelude and Fugue in C Major) and moving forward to include contemporary composers Lynn Trapp and Robby Hobby. Additional works include Two Jazz-style Hymn Settings arranged by Joel Utterback, Sarabande (from “Baroques” Suite for Organ) by Seth Bingham, and more.

Dobson Organ Builder Visit

1709, 200 N Illinois St, Lake City, IA 51449

Friday, October 18 Meet at Dobson at 1 p.m.

Afternoon visit to Dobson Organ Builders! Please complete the registration form to participate.There is a limit of 20 for the tour. The Dobson Organ Building Shop is not handicapped accessible; it has many stairs. There is ample parking near the shop.

Choral Evensong

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

815 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Sunday, September 29 at 4 p.m.

The choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, St. Timothy's, St. Luke's, and St. John's by the Campus will provide a Choral Evensong.

Written in Britain and Ireland Concert

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

300 Union Dr, Ames, IA 50014

Saturday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Stephen Smith and Dr. Miriam Zach, organists, and Nolan Brown, baritone.


Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

300 Union Dr, Ames, IA 50014

Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

ISU Organ Studio and Low Brass Studio present a spooktacular concert!

All Roads Lead to J.S. Bach

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

300 Union Dr, Ames, IA 50014

Sunday, November 17 at 5 p.m.

ISU Organ Studio presents an organ concert of music the leads to J.S. Bach.

Kent Tritle Organ Recital

First United Methodist Church

1001 Pleasant St,

Des Moines, IA 50309

Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m.

In celebration of the church's 175th Anniversary, Kent Tritle will provide an organ recital on the Reuter Organ.