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AGO Code of Professional Standards

Approved by the AGO National Council January 27, 2017


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.



I. Members develop and maintain skills in performance, improvisation, service playing, conducting, arranging, and composing commensurate with their duties.

II. Members stay abreast of current developments in liturgy, hymnody, performance practice, and musicology through continuing education.

III. Members become knowledgeable in the liturgy and worship traditions of the institutions they serve.

IV. Members acquire business, administrative and interpersonal skills to perform their duties.


Employment Matters:

I. Members agree to employment only after reaching a clear understanding of the position, the employer’s expectations, and the lines of accountability.

II. Members request written contracts that protect employees and employers.

III. Members maintain courteous and respectful relationships with other staff members and members of their congregations, making an effort to resolve potential conflicts as soon as they become evident. 7 CHAPTER MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK – October 2017 as approved by National Council January 23, 2018

IV. Members address differences with employing institutions through appropriate channels, including, but not limited to, their contract and the institution’s personnel policies manual.


Respect for Colleagues:

i. Members supervise other musicians in a professional and courteous manner.

ii. Members respect the intellectual property rights of composers, authors, and publishers by complying with the Copyright Law and licensing requirements regarding reproduction, recording, distribution, broadcasting and performing rights.

iii. Members address differences with other members of the American Guild of Organists by following the procedures outlined in the Discipline.

iv. Members do not discriminate against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, socio-economic status, disability, or medical condition.

v. Members do not use AGO affiliation or membership information publicly (except for biographical purposes) to endorse, for commercial advantage, the financial and business goals or the products and services of others or to further any political goals.

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