We want you to have a great experience at the 2017 AGO West Region Convention in Salt Lake City. Some questions we often receive are listed below. Don’t see your question? Contact us and we’ll get back to you.

General Convention Information

The convention begins Sunday June 11 at 7 pm and ends Thursday June 15 at 3 pm. These times are when convention buses depart from and arrive back to the Sheraton hotel to the first and final convention events.

If you’re coming in town early, several great options are available. These include the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO) which is held Saturday June 10 from 1-5:30 pm the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

Additionally, Clay Christiansen will perform a concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle Saturday June 10 at 7:30 pm. No additional registration is required to attend any of these events.

Events Sunday June 11 before the convention:
Music and the Spoken Word (the Tabernacle Choir broadcast) 9:30-10 am in the Conference Center. You must be seated by 9:15 am.
Worship services: various worship services are available at downtown churches beginning at 10:30 and 11 am.
Sharee Thompson Tabernacle Organ Recital: 2pm in the Tabernacle

Our convention bus pass is very affordable at $99. We strongly recommend all attendees purchase it, even those who are attending from Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. The transportation package will take you everywhere you need to go within your convention schedule without worrying about parking, directions, traffic, etc.

For those driving in to the convention, the Sheraton offers free parking for convention attendees at the hotel, even if you’re not staying there! Park for free at the Sheraton and board the bus.

Some of the venues are within walking distance of the hotel, or are accessible with a short walk by utilizing the free light rail system (Trax) within the city center. However, not all venues are within walking distance, and your schedule may be tight if you decide to walk. Visit our transportation page for more information.

Most convention events are accessible to wheelchairs and others with limited mobility. During the registration process, there is an option to tell us about any mobility concerns you may have. A transportation coordinator from the convention will work with you on specifics for each venue. If you purchase convention transportation, at least one of the buses will be fully ADA compliant. This bus may drop you off at different points which allow wheelchair access at the venues. We want you to have an enjoyable experience, so we’ll work with you to accommodate your needs.

The Bigelow Organ Tour excursion is NOT ideal for participants with limited mobility, as attendees will have to climb stairs to reach the organ loft in 2 locations.

Hotel & Dining Information

The Salt Lake Sheraton hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. We have a convention rate of $129/nt. Visit our hotel page for more hotel information.

We have plenty of space currently available during the convention period (nights of 6/10-6/14). The hotel rate is available before and after the convention, pending available rooms at the Sheraton.

Due to another large convention before the AGO convention, dates before and after the convention may have limited availability at the Sheraton hotel. We have a small block of rooms at a neighboring hotel which are available first to RCYO competitors. You may also look at other hotels using a travel booking service, such as Priceline, Hotels.com, etc. to find available hotels.

Note: staying at the convention hotel will allow you more convenient access to convention events at the hotel, transportation, etc., and helps the convention meet its obligations to the hotel.

If you’d like assistance with hotel availability before or after the convention, or have any questions, please contact us.

The Sheraton offers an on-site restaurant which is open daily for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant will also offer a buffet dinner each day that corresponds to the convention schedule for dinner. Room service is also available.

There is a Starbucks location is at the hotel.

Several restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel. The convention will publish a dining guide closer to the time of the convention. You can also check out great local options by using Yelp or other similar services.

The convention banquet is included with all standard registrations (regular, special, spouse, student, the highlights pass, and under 30). If a spouse would like to attend only the banquet, you may purchase an extra banquet pass; however, you do not need to register separately to attend the banquet yourself. The registration system will ask for your meal choice as part of registration.

Registration

The easiest way to register is via our secure online system. Click here to select your options and begin your registration. The best deals on registration are available by March 31!

Yes! The easiest thing to do is register online, and after you’ve completed all the options and selections for your registration, click “Invoice”. You’ll be presented with a PDF invoice that you can print out and mail in with your payment. If your church is paying for your registration, then this is an easy way to give them the payment information, while securing your selections in our system early.

Yes. Registering online is convenient, and even gives you the option to pay by mail, but if you can’t register online, or prefer not to do so, a PDF registration form is available here. Simply complete all the sections for each individual, include your payment, and mail in to the address on the form.

A small number of users have had trouble registering online. Try closing out of all your browser windows, and returning to the registration page to try again. Be sure you’ve checked and completed the “I am not a robot” verification at the bottom of the registration form. If it still doesn’t work, or doesn’t accept your credit card, you can register online and select “Pay by invoice.” We’ll contact you for your payment later. Alternately, you may register by mail with our PDF registration form.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us.

Each item you add to your cart (ie convention ticket, transportation package, excursions, etc.) has its own section on the registration form. Because you may purchase these in multiples, or register multiple people at the same time, the system asks for information on each one. Some items have additional unique options, as well. Below the first item, there is an option to copy your information to all items, or only to specific items to expedite the checkout process.

We welcome spouses to attend the convention! There are 2 options for spouses to attend the convention events:

Full spouse registration: $50 less than full registration for spouses, which includes access to all convention events including the banquet, workshops, evening receptions, and more. Spouses do not receive a convention program book. Optional excursions and transportation passes may be purchased separately.

Highlights pass: A more discounted registration which allows access to certain convention events: the major concerts each day, worship services, the banquet, and evening receptions. If your spouse wants to attend only certain convention events and spend some time exploring, this may be the best option. Excursions and transportation may be purchased separately for this pass as well.

Note either of these spouse options must be accompanied by a full convention registration to be valid.

Daily registrations are available if you can only attend certain days. Beware though; it may be less expensive to register for the full convention if you can attend at least 3 dates. If you can attend only part of every day, there is a highlights option available for current Salt Lake or Utah Valley chapter members.

We know several of our local members are unable to attend all convention events due to work obligations. If you’re a current member of either the Salt Lake Chapter or the Utah Valley Chapter, you qualify for a special highlights rate available April 1 which allows you access to some convention events, including the major evening concerts, the convention banquet, evening receptions, and more. If you can only come in the evenings, this is an option for you.

Please note this option is available only for Salt Lake and Utah Valley members who have ACTIVE memberships at the time of the convention. If you’d like to take advantage of this rate, and aren’t an AGO member yet, sign up for one of these chapters! The Salt Lake Chapter includes the areas north of point of the mountain to the Idaho border; however, you may register for either/both chapters regardless of where you are located.