Redwood Empire

Last updated: September 11, 2014 at 16:46 pm

Message from the Dean 
It is a go for our first event of the new season at my family’s mini farm in Sebastopol.

Kira’s Katering
Member Kira Poluektov, assisted by her sister-in-law and a niece.
Mostly finger food with an Asian emphasis

14 September 2014 ~ 2 to 4 pm ~ Social Gathering –  7710 Lynch Rd, Sebastopol

Please feel free to bring guests.

RSVP to Larry Brunke, secretary, via e-mail or telephone,
707-935-3610 land ~ ~  707-695-6838   cell

There is much to share about what has been going on behind the scenes with our chapter.

For now I will simply give you the best recent news thus far.

Peter Duranceau has been invited by Juilliard violin professor Sally Thomas
to study privately with her in the coming year, as well as to prepare and apply
for entering the renowned school next autumn.  First I heard a version of this
from one of our members. Then all was clarified by Peter’s mother, Julie,
who called me from the Adirondacks in upstate New York,
on her way to Meadowmount School of Music to pick up Peter and head back to NYC.

Soon thereafter Peter confirmed the same with me in a private facebook message.

One more bit of news.
Peter auditioned and has been accepted into the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) in the position of Principal Second Violin for the year 2014/15. He will participate in the orchestra’s first international tour to Argentina next summer!

Do trust that two years of programs are evolving and will be promoted.
However, I will save that for another missive and/or when we get together.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday, September 14th, between 2 and 4 pm

alive, thriving, sustainable


Dean: Beth Zucchino aka Bethel Sherwood


Web-Master: Doug DeForeest
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.


Local Events

Program for 2014-2015, Redwood Empire American Guild of Organists::
Sunday,  14 September, 2014, 2-4pm,Social Gathering at home of Beth Zucchino, 7710 Lynch Road, Sebastopol, CA

Saturday 25 October, 2014, time & location TBA, Cesar Franck, presentation & coaching, Philip Manwell

Saturday, 7 February, 2015, time & location TBA, Lois Fyfe Music, choral and organ music presentation

Saturday, 21 March, 2015, time & location TBA, Hispanic, presentation and coaching, Cristina Garcia Banegas

Sunday,  14 or 28 June, 2015 date TBA, 2-4 pm Social Gathering at home of Maxine Van Norden, 22 Hop Ranch Road, Santa Rosa, CA

Other possible topics: TBA: mini pipe organ encounter for all ages,
new Presbyterian Hymnal; Glory To God, LYRA vocal ensemble

Other programs of interest to organists and friends:

Saturday, 14 February 2015, 4 pm organ concert, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA, Hans Uwe Hielscher

Twilight Organ Series (TBA) second Fridays, October through May,  6:00 pm, Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA . One hour performance and commentary, no host optional dinner following at a nearby Santa Rosa restaurant.

Creative Arts Series October 2014 thru April 2015.  All programs Sundayat 3:30 pm Resurrection Parish  303 Stony Point Road Santa Rosa, CA
26 October, 2014 Philip Manwell,  organist, Reno, NV
23 November, 2014, Trio Celeste, Orange County, CA , Violin, cello,  piano
25 January, 2015, JungHae Kim, harpsichordist, Brisbane, CA
22 February, 2015 Daniela Mineva, pianist, Arcata, CA
22 March, 2015, Christina Garcia Banegas, organist, Montevideo, Uruguay
19 April, 2015, American Canyon Singers, San Francisco North Bay, Cyril Deaconoff, artistic director



Our chapter Dean’s Letter is published via the internet at frequent intervals. Request for e-mail copy:  In process



Contact Janice Timm, to join Choir directors, organists, and those who like to hear the organ are invited.



Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.


Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Colleague (CAGO)
Choir Master (ChM)
Associateship (AAGO)



Contact Us

Beth Zuchino, Dean –
Janice Timm, Treasurer, Membership
Lawrence Brunke, Secretary –
Lois  Phillips, member at large

Support Volunteers:
Dorothy Clazie, directory
Kira Poluektov, outreach
Greg De Santis, photographer
Vera Patten, hospitality
Evelyn Schlager, caller


AGO National website