Long Beach Chapter

Last updated: February 28, 2014 at 18:14 pm

Message from the Dean 


On Tuesday evening, February 4th we were treated to a very eclectic program presented at Grace First by chapter member Jason McNally.

Our first treat was the Romance in F Major by Beethoven played with beauty and technical excellence by violinist Juliet Kim.

Our next treat was two pieces by the Bells of Grace.  One piece was accompanied on the organ by Jason.  They played beautifully and were directed by Stan Dewitt, Music Director of Grace First.

Thirdly, 13 year old Katherine Baguio sang “An die Musik” (auf Deutsch) by Franz Schubert.  How delightful to hear a youngster who has accomplished so much.

Our next treat was Dewey Erney’s rendition of Ken Medema’s “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks.”

Stan Dewitt sang his compostion, “Tears of Joy.”  A very moving praise song.

The evening of treats closed with a group called The Branches.  First they sang “Lullaby of the Virgin” (just the girls) and then were joined by the guys to sing “Esto Les Digo,” an acapella piece with lush harmonies.  Very well done.

Our thanks to Jason and the Music Ministry of Grace First for an evening of fine music.

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming events.  Dinner and Educational Event on Tuesday, March 4 at Bayshore hosted by Robert York and then a concert by Ty Woodward at St. Greghory’s on Sunday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m.

David Feit-Pretzer, Dean


Local Events

Complete Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County events may be viewed at this link: www.laago.org/calendar
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.


A masterclass led by Robert York, organist

Bayshore Community Congregational Church                                                                       5100 The Toledo, Long Beach 90803                                                                                     Host:  Robert York                                                                                                                  *Dinner – 6:30 p.m., $15, reservations required




Sunday, March 16, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.                                                               (Note:  This program which had originally been scheduled in January had to be postponed.)

MUSIC AT FOUR ORGAN RECITAL                                                                            Ty Woodward, organist

St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church                                                                                       6201 E. Willow, Long Beach 90814                                                                             Host:  David Feit-Pretzer:  Music Director/Organist                                             Freewill Offering – Reception following

Note:  Not had enough organ yet today?  Then you may wish to also attend Robert York’s presentation of Messian’s “Apparition of the Eternal Church” along with an accompanying film and viewing of a seven panel painting by artist Jacek Hagel.  This program is at 6:00 p.m. at Bayshore Community Church  (See address above)


This will be a masterclass type setting.  Be sure to bring your organ shoes if you would like to participate.  Robert will share some basic concepts and ideas learned from Sophie-Veronizue Choplin in Paris as well as techniques he has learned over the years.


Reservations for the march 4 dinner need to be made by contacting Elaine Elliott bobelaine@bobelaine.com or phone 562-596-8566 no later than  February 24th, cost $15.

Program at Covenant Presbyterian

The US Navy Men’s Glee Club will be in concert on Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.  The concert is free.

We are also invited to a benefit dinner for the Rising TIDE after school program beginning at 5:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  Spaghetti dinner for $15.   607 E. Third St., Long Beach 90802


If you are a voting member of Long Beach AGO, be sure to cast your ballot at the March 4th program.







••• Those who love music and have a special interest in organ are welcome to join our group. Please contact our treasurer/registrar to become a member. •••
* * * * * Ms. Dolly Ickler, treasurer / registrar at DJIckler@verizon.net or by calling her at 562-434-7647.



Vacancies will be posted for two months unless other arrangements are made with the Dean or website coordinator.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website. Also, our Chapter Placement and Substitute Director maintains both placement and substitute lists at the local level.

Members interested in being on the LB-AGO SUBSTITUTE ORGANIST LIST should contact Ms. Dolly Ickler, Substitute Liaison at DJIckler@verizon.net or by calling her at 562-434-7647.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



Guild certification can be earned through passing certain tests to prove competency. More information about that can be attained through the National Website.


Contact Us

OFFICERS 2013-2014

Dean: David Feit-Pretzer
Sub-dean: Evelyn Oglesbee
Secretary: Phyllis Goodwin
Registrar/Treasurer: Dolly Ickler
Auditors: Beverly Hansen & Gerald Dahlin

Class of 2014: Hyunju Hwang
Richard Metzler
Class of 2015: Keith Shackelton
Vernon Mouw
Class of 2016: Jason McNally
Margaret Armstrong

Historian: Beverly Hansen
Hospitality: Phyllis Goodwin
Mary Pabst
Dinner Reservations: Elaine Elliott
Newsletter: Mary Pabst
Website Coordinator: Vacant
Nominating: Staff
Phone Tree: Beverly Hansen
Placement/Substitutes: Dolly Ickler
Professional Concerns: Lee Lassetter
T.A.O. Reporter: Rebecca Ogle
Scholarship: Jẚna Shields
Membership Coordinator: Vacant



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