President’s Award presented to Roger W. Sherman

Submitted by The Gothic Catalog.

Established in 1988, the AGO President’s Award is given biennially to recognize outstanding contributions to the art of the organ in the United States. The AGO is a national professional association serving the fields of organ and choral music and comprises approximately 275 chapters and 12,000 members throughout the United States and abroad. Previous winners include Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, Michael Barone (host of Pipedreams radio show), Fred Swann (concert organist and director of music at Riverside Church and Crystal Cathedral) and Edward A.Hansen.

Quote from AGO President Michael Bedford:

Originally from Seattle, Roger attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Arthur Poister, Fenner Douglass and William Porter. After graduating, he enjoyed a successful tenure as a performing artist and teacher in Wisconsin before returning to the Pacific Northwest.

Roger has been active in the musical and artistic life of the city of Seattle for many years. He is Associate Organist Emeritus of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Orcas Choral Society, and was Executive Director of the Westfield Center, an early music organization devoted to historic keyboard instruments. He is the owner of the Gothic Catalog which offers thousands of organ and choir recordings of distinction. For over 25 years, Roger was host and producer of the popular Organ Loft, which aired on radio in Seattle and Eugene, OR. It is the second longest running show on KING-FM.

Roger travels the world to record some of the great organs, organists and choirs of our time and brings these musical adventures into the homes of music lovers. Local musicians and instrument makers are prominent everywhere in the world where their work takes them. The Organ Loft featured many early performances of new musical works as well as early recordings of new pipe organs.

For many contributions to the enrichment of organ and choral music in Seattle and around the world, it is my very great honor to present the 2022 AGO President’s Award to Roger W. Sherman in appreciation for his distinguished career. as a musician and educator, his lifelong commitment to the king of instruments, and his wide dissemination of organ music through acclaimed recordings and popular radio broadcasts.

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