Dear All,

The leadership board of the New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) has had to make the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel the Pedals, Pipes and Pizza event to be held this Saturday morning, March 14th. We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution, following current guidance against gatherings where folks would be in close contact with each other. We have seen area colleges asking their students to leave campus and “telecommute” to class, and we have seen numerous concerts, films, conferences, and other public events canceled. Your health and safety is of paramount importance and, for that reason, Saturday’s PPP is canceled.

We certainly plan on rescheduling this event once Covid-19 has runs its course, and we will be in touch with all of you when we have a new date.

Caesar Storlazzi, Sub-Dean
AGO New Haven

A Hands-On Introduction to the “King of Instruments”—
Totally Free!

Kids explore the King of Instruments in New Haven, CT

Saturday, March 14, 2020; 9AM– 1PM

FREE—Pizza lunch provided! (Signup required)


The New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites young pianists, ages 8-18, to a fun day of exploring the “King of Instruments,” the pipe organ. The event will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 9am-1pm in New Haven, CT. We will start at Bethesda Lutheran Church (450 Whitney Avenue), walk to Marquand Chapel at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (409 Prospect St), where we will get to meet up close with the beautiful Taylor and Boody organ, returning to Bethesda Lutheran for a pizza lunch together. There is no cost to attend! Students need to sign up by calling 203-671-9393 or emailing by March 13.

For centuries, the organ was the largest and most complicated machinery invented by humans. The instrument still fascinates students and music lovers of all ages with its thousands of pipes and rich pallet of musical colors. Students will get to listen to demonstrations of three majestic pipe organs. They will also receive individual time, with a coach, to explore one of the instruments. Students can bring pieces they have studied on the piano and can try those out on the organ. Expert teachers and organ technicians from the organist guild will volunteer their time to demonstrate how organs work and how they are played. The day will end with a free pizza lunch. Piano teachers in the greater New Haven area are encouraged to let their students know about this opportunity to learn about another family of keyboard instruments!

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this, we:

• Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music;
• Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors;
• Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support;
• Nurture future generations of organists;
• Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
• Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

You can read more about the organization at For more information about the New Haven chapter of the American Guild of Organists, please visit For questions about this event, see contact info below.  


Vivienne McKay, Dean, New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


Phone: 203-671-9393