Redwood Empire

Last updated: November 18, 2014 at 1:13 am

Message from the Dean 
best pre-holidaze greetings to one and all …first an important official announcement as follows+++

REAGO & Friends board meeting, Sunday, 7 December 2014, 2 to 4 pm,
Resurrection Parish, 303 Stony Point Road at West 3rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Parking lot will be FULL ~ about 600 parish families leaving Mass ~ please be patient


then looking back …

25 church & chapter members immensely enjoyed Bruce & Roslie Rasmussens’ thoroughly researched and upbeat presentation on the new Presbyterian hymnbook  “Glory to God” on Sunday, 9 November 2014, from 2 to 4 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, St. Helena, a golden northern California vineyard drive experienced by all.     REAGO


then looking forward …

25 January 2015, JungHae Kim, harpsichordist, Brisbane, California
Music of d’angelbert, Le Roux, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Louis Couperin and Bach    CAS


Sunday, 8 February 2015, 2 to 4 pm, United Church, 439 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale CA 95425, Lois Fyfe Music, Nashville, TN, choral and organ music presentation,    REAGO


Saturday, 14 February 2015, 4:00 pm, Hans Uwe Hielscher, organ recital, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA, free will offering


22 February 2015, Daniela Mineva, pianist, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, program TBA, CAS


22 March 2015, Cristina Garcia Banegas, organist, Montevideo, Uruguay, miscellaneous Hispanic works,      CAS


19 April 2015, American Canyon Singers, San Francisco North Bay, Cyril Deaconoff, artistic director, Schubert: German Mass, D. 872; Faure: Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48    CAS


LYRA Russian vocal ensemble ~ TBA ~ May 2015 ~ St. John’s Petaluma ~ REAGO

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 2-4 pm, private field trip ~ chapter members only ~ REAGO


alwaze the very best to all of you and all of yours … Beth Zucchino, dean, REAGO



Please send me unlisted events with their basic details for inclusion in this missive to be posted on our national AGO headquarters website at your earliest convenience. THX


all CAS events on Sundays at 3:30 pm ~ suggested $15 donation ~ all are welcome regardless of means ~ at Resurrection (RC) Parish, 303 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 ~, 707-824-5611,


The purposes of the American Guild of Organists are:

  • To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase their contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment.
  • To improve the proficiency of organists and choral conductors.
  • To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment.
  • To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities as contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Guild.


Local Events

Program for 2014-2015, Redwood Empire American Guild of Organists::
Sunday,  14 September, 2014, 2 to 4pm,Social Gathering at home of Beth Zucchino, 7710 Lynch Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Sunday, 9  November, 2014, 2 to 4 pm. Glory To God! a brief reading of the new Presbyterian Hymnal, presented by the Rasmussens: Bruce, Rosalie, & Heidi at the First Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring Street, St. Helena, CA 94574

Sunday, 8 February, 2015, 2 to 4 pm,  United Church of Cloverdale, 439 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale CA 95425, 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 95403

Other possible topics: TBA: mini pipe organ encounter for all ages,
LYRA vocal ensemble

Other programs of interest to organists and friends:

Saturday, 14 February 2015, 4 pm organ concert, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA  94508,  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 95401
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