Redwood Empire

Last updated: August 18, 2014 at 16:03 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Redwood Empire Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists (AGO) in California!

Need an organist? Your local AGO chapter is the right resource for finding an organist, either substitute or permanent. Call or e-mail our Dean or Webmaster (below) and we will publicize your open position for an organist and provide your information to all of our members. (Fees for organ playing service are negotiable with each organist.)

The Redwood Empire Chapter of the AGO invites organists, choral directors, music students, and organ enthusiasts who live or work north of the Golden Gate to join our chapter. The Redwood Empire Chapter includes the California counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake. If you are already an AGO member, we invite you to dual membership.

Our chapter will sponsor and present periodic organ and choral recitals throughout the year. See the following entry below.

Dean: Beth Zucchino


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.





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