Sequoia Chapter

Last updated: January 15, 2014 at 20:30 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to our webpage! Our community (Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Fortuna, Trinidad, and surrounding area) is on the beautiful North Coast of California, surrounded by redwood forest. Pipe organs in the area range from a one-manual Bosch tracker at Humboldt State University (Arcata) to a new Charles Kegg III/30 at Christ Episcopal Church (Eureka).

Our small chapter offers organ scholarships which pay for one half of the cost of 12 private lessons. Contact the Dean of the Chapter for application forms. Lessons are available for beginners to advanced levels, and some piano experience is preferred.

We welcome all communication from other organists, choir directors, and other musicians and always welcome new members. You may join the Chapter at either the national level or as a Chapter Friend. Contact our Secretary/Treasurer for membership information.

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Local Events

In 2008, the Sequoia Chapter gave a donation to Christ Episcopal Church (Eureka) to help establish a concert series featuring the new Kegg organ. Now called “Organ Concerts at Christ Church,” the series features two major organ concerts per year.

Performers for the 2014 concert series will be:

Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3:00 pm – Clive Driskill-Smith

“Hailed as a ‘star of a new generation’ (Evening Standard), critics have praised his ‘blazing technique’ and ‘unbelievable virtuosity’ (American Guild of Organists) and described his performances as ‘intensely moving’ and ‘truly breathtaking’ (Organo Pleno Melbourne).”

Sunday, September 21, 2140 at 3 pm – Paul Tegels & Dana Robinson

Paul Tegels has performed extensively in solo and ensemble concerts in the United States, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. Dana Robinson is organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign, Illinois. His performances are frequently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams.

Concerts are at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets), Eureka, CA. Suggested donation: $15 individual/$25 family. A ‘Meet the Artist’ reception follows each performance. For more information, call: 707-442-1797

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Newsletter

AGO-Sequoia Chapter activities for 2013/2014:Saturday, January 25th, 1:00-3:00 pm: The Sequoia Chapter will present an “Introduction to the Kegg Pipe Organ” at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets), Eureka, CA. This event is open to members of the community who wish to spend some informal time viewing the instrument, hearing performance demonstrations, and learning more about the Kegg organ. Community members are invited to play the instrument as well.
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Membership

If you are interested in joining us or simply in obtaining more information, please contact one of our officers, listed below.

Membership rates for joining at the national level are available at: http://www.agohq.org/membership/

If you would like to become a “Chapter Friend,” dues are $39.00 for the year.

Note: Beginning in January, all membership rates are available for half price (for the remainder of the year).

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Placement

There are no full-time organ positions in Humboldt County, but part-time organ and/or choir positions become available from time to time.

Currently, there is a position opening for an Organist with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (Arcata, CA). 1995 Zimmerman pipe organ with 2 manuals and 6 ranks. One weekly Sunday service, plus about 15 special services a year, and occasional weddings and funerals. Send resume and cover letter to:

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
1675 Chester Ave.
Arcata, CA 95521

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

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Certification

Information on AGO certification programs is available at http://www.agohq.org/education/index.html.

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Contact Us

Douglas Moorehead, Dean – douglasmoorehead@yahoo.com

Helen Hui, Secretary/Treasurer – helenhui426@att.net

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Links

AGO National website