Why Kansas City?

What You Will Experience

At the 2018 AGO Convention in Kansas City, you will see and hear incredible performances by world-class organists and choirs; hear new music by some of the world’s best modern composers; be able to check out dozens of workshops and seminars; and enjoy creative worship services in some of the most beautiful and historic organ venues in the country. The organists of Kansas City look forward to sharing the grandeur of the city’s organs and performance venues with the rest of the world from July 2 – 6, 2018.

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Performers
  • Ben Sheen
  • Jim Higdon
  • Chelsea Chen
  • Kimberly Marshall
  • Christopher Houlihan
  • Marie Rubis Bauer
  • Damin Spritzer
  • Nicole Keller
  • Dave Wickerham
  • Thierry Eschaich
  • Doug Cleveland
  • Todd Wilson
  • Hector Olivera
  • Vincent Dubois
  • Jennifer Pascual
  • Diane Meredith Belcher
  • Katelyn Emerson
  • Tom Trenney
Composers
  • Pamela Decker - Distinguished Composer
  • Chen Yi
  • Benjamin Cornelius-Bates
  • Emma Lou Diemer
  • Thierry Eschaich
  • Frank Ferko
  • Sir James MacMillan
  • Anthony Maglione
  • Cecilia McDowall
  • Rosephanye Powell
  • Tarik O'Regan
  • Forrest Pierce
  • Jean-Baptiste Robin
Venues
Kansas City, Missouri
Country Club Christian Church
Schantz 1971
Central United Methodist Church
Casavant Frères 1967
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Ruffatti 2003 / Roland MX-200
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
Gabriel Kney 1981
Grand Avenue United Methodist Temple
E. M. Skinner 1912
Independence Boulevard Christian Church
Casavant Frères 1968
Helzberg Hall - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Casavant Frères 2012
Music Hall
Robert Morton 1927
Unity Temple on the Plaza
E.M. Skinner and Son 1950
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Pilcher 1888 Reuter 1927 Gottschall 1990s
Visitation Catholic Church
Lively-Fulcher 2004
Westport Presbyterian Church
Martin Pasi 2015
Independence, Missouri
Community of Christ Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner 1959
Community of Christ Temple Casavant Frères 1993
Overland Park, Kansas
Atonement Lutheran Church Martin Ott 2001
Lawrence, Kansas
Bales Recital Hall University of Kansas Hellmuth Wolff 1996
St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center Andover 1987
Mission, Kansas
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Reuter 1969
Prairie Village, Kansas
Village Presbyterian Church
Richards, Fowkes 2016
Liberty, Missouri
Gano Chapel
William Jewell College
Quimby 2002

Kansas City Is The Place To Be

Kansas City is currently experiencing a wonderful cultural rebirth, and this convention will take place in the middle of it all. Energetic and attractive neighborhoods throughout the city are highlighted by world class performing arts venues, beautiful bars and restaurants, and a wide array of cultural hot spots such as museums, coffee shops, breweries, art galleries, and parks. Forbes named Kansas City one of “America’s Best Downtowns”; Huffington Post named it “Coolest City in America” in 2014; Time awarded KC “America’s Best City for BBQ”; and it was the first US city with access to Google’s ultra–high–speed internet service, Google Fiber.

Nelson atkins museum
Continuing Education

Workshops and Continuing Education Opportunities at the 2018 Convention will present over 70 Sessions including:

  • 12 presentations from our National Headquarters
  • Multiple Reading Sessions of Choral and Organ Music
  • Topics of Recent Research and Rediscovered Repertoire
  • Practical Topics and Resources for the Church Musician
  • Several Sessions on Technique with Choirs
  • Presentations related to World War I
  • Topics on Keyboard Technique, Practice, How the Mind Thinks, and Improvisation
  • Sessions for Engaging Young Interest in Music and Integrating Children in Worship
  • Discussion of Organ Competitions
  • Study of Developing Jazz in Worship
  • Highlighted Organ and Choral Repertoire from Latvia, Finland, Germany, Scotland, and England
  • Sessions on Health, Posture, and Daily Exercise
Worship Services
Opening Celebration
"Commemorating the end of World War I"
Dr. Jan Kraybill, organ
Spire Chamber Ensemble
Festival Brass and Percussion
James MacMillan Commission: Everyone Sang
New Hymn Text by
Susan Palo Cherwien
Dr. Matt Naylor, President and CEO of the National World War I Museum and Memorial
Bach Vespers
Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra
Hymn Festival
Mel Bringle, narrator/speaker
New Hymn Text by Mel Bringle
Tom Trenney, organ
Festival Choir
Festival Brass and Percussion
Anton Armstrong, conductor
Arts Service
Störling Dance Theater
Te Deum Chamber Choir
Dr. Don E. Saliers, speaker

More Than Jazz And BBQ

We are well-known for our jazz and our barbecue, but we have grown into much more than that. Our wide boulevards and numerous fountains are emblematic of the city’s European-inspired design, while the flourishing arts scene has produced a new generation of local craftspeople, gifted artisans, and creative manufacturers. Kansas City has much more to offer than you may know. Experience it firsthand and find your new favorite city.

Jc nichols fountain
Things To Do In Kansas City Near The Convention Hotel
  • National World War I Museum and Memorial
  • Union Station
  • Science City
  • Crown Center
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Hallmark Visitors Center
  • SEA LIFE Kansas City
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Other Attractions
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Arabia Steamboat Museum
  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Country Club Plaza
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • Kauffman Stadium
  • Sprint Center
  • Power and Light District
  • City Market
  • Arrowhead Stadium
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