STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members. Members of the American Guild of Organists are bound by the Code of Ethics and guided by the Code of Standards.
Preamble: The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members. Voting members are entitled to enjoy the privileges and are expected to accept the responsibilities of membership in the Guild. Members shall be considered equally for Guild offices and participation in Guild activities. These are the rules that shall be considered binding upon all voting members in good standing.
RULE 1. Members shall promote good working relationships within the American Guild of Organists and shall respect the employment of colleagues. Members shall address differences between themselves and other members by following the procedures outlined in the Discipline.
RULE 2. Members shall not seek or appear to be seeking employment for themselves, a student or a colleague, in a position held by someone else. Members shall apply for employment only for a position which the employer, with the knowledge of the incumbent musician, has officially and publicly declared vacant by announcement of the vacancy.
RULE 3. In cases pending under the Procedures or in cases where the National Council has determined that a position has been made vacant by wrongful termination of a member of the American Guild of Organists, members shall not seek or accept regular or permanent employment for themselves, a student or colleague at that Institution until the National Council is satisfied that differences between the Guild and the Institution have been resolved. Interim services may be provided for a period of 90 days.
RULE 4. Before accepting an engagement for a wedding, funeral, or other service, members shall obtain the approval of the incumbent musician. In cases where this engagement has been requested by a third party, it is appropriate for the third party to offer the incumbent his/her customary fee.. It is the responsibility of members to inform the third party of this rule.
RULE 5. Members shall conduct professional activities with truthfulness, honesty and integrity, and shall maintain sensitivity in matters of a personal or confidential nature.
RULE 6. Members shall not discriminate against others on the basis of race, national origin, age, religious affiliation, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or medical condition (including, but not limited to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
-Updated Wed, Aug 30, 2000
Members of the American Guild of Organists are bound by the Code of Ethics and guided by the Code of Professional Standards. Members of the American Guild of Organists dedicate themselves to the highest standard of professionalism, integrity and competence. The following principles are guidelines for the conduct of members in fulfilling their obligations as professional musicians.
Approved by National Council 7/02/00
Respect for Colleagues:
-Updated Wed, Aug 30, 2000
The role of the musician in the life and worship of the congregation is very important and should never be disregarded. Even though most congregation members do not realize the amount of behind-the-scenes work the musician must accomplish, it is necessary to do that work in order to achieve the desired outcome. The following list of duties may apply only to the organist, only to the choral director, or to both.
A. Planning - Administration
Planning and administration are usually the least favorite tasks of a musician, but must be done to assure a high quality music program.
B. Keyboard Service Music
Many congregations feel that they have employed an accomplished keyboard musician, so why should the person need to practice? The musician should stress to the music committee the importance of having time to practice. There is no other way of accomplishing the desired results except by setting aside time to practice. Practicing includes the following work:
C. Choral Directing
Even choir members who do not read music can tell when the director is not prepared for rehearsal or worship. Nothing sets a positive tone for a rehearsal or worship better than for the director to be prepared and relaxed.
D. Professional development
It might not be as critical for a musician to be as accomplished at his or her skill as a brain surgeon, but for the worship of God it is important for the musician to reach the highest possible level of musicianship. Professional Development includes:
NATIONAL AND LOCAL WEBSITES
The National website has an enormous amount of information that is beneficial to all church musicians and organists in general. This information includes salaries, benefits, and fees, and a sample employment contract. There are also links to many local chapter websites.