Stanislaus Chapter

Last updated: January 13, 2014 at 22:37 pm

Message from the Dean 

Dear Visitor,

On behalf of the American Guild of Organists, Stanislaus Chapter, I want to welcome you to our web site. The American Guild of Organists is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the organ and encouraging excellence in the performance of both choral and organ music.

The Stanislaus Chapter has been an active leader in the arts community through our many and varied events. We hold regular recitals featuring professional musicians from the community as well as the next generation of organists who are studying and learning the instrument. We have been privileged to host these events in conjunction with the MJC Organ Department, which has been training organists for decades. We also sponsor special concerts featuring outstanding world class artists, such as Everhard Zwart (Netherlands), and most recently David Dahl (professor emertus Pacific Lutheran University). The organ crawl is another favorite event. On an organ crawl we visit and play selected instruments from the fine selection that California has to offer. Furthermore, we hold workshops such as the Pedals, Pizza, and Pipes, designed to reveal more about the wonderful world of the pipe organ.

If you would like to learn more about the guild, or would like more information about an upcoming event, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Steven C. Grubb
Dean, Stanislaus Chapter AGO


Local Events

Our Twelfth Night Celebration is this Friday, Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Wayne and Liz Kidwell, 580 Camellia St., Turlock.

Please bring an hors d’oeuvre and your favorite beverage. It would be helpful to know if you’re coming, so please e-mail either Barbara or Wayne.



The Stanislaus Chapter American Guild of Organists presents The Incomparable Christoph Bull in Concert, 7:30 Friday Evening, February 28th, 2014We are in the process of selling ads for the program.

For further information contact: (209) 815-2090


For information on how to join our chapter – contact:

Barbara Vukich, Secretary



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


The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:Service Playing Certificate
Colleague (CAGO)
Choir Master (ChM)
Associateship (AAGO)
Fellowship (FAGO)To obtain detailed requirements for each examination, contact National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or telephone.The Examination Hymn Booklet: 2011 Revised Edition With Service Playing Certificate Test Supplement is available in PDF format. Contact the certification office to obtain a copy.

2013 Examination Dates:

Service Playing Test:
October 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013

Colleague Examination:
November 16, 2012, May 10, 2013, November 15, 2013

Choir Master Examination:
June 5, 2013
(morning and afternoon)

Associateship Examination:
June 6 and 7, 2013
(paperwork section both mornings; organ playing one of the afternoons)

Fellowship Examination:
June 6 and 7, 2013
(paperwork section both mornings; organ playing one of the afternoons)

Application Deadlines:

Service Playing Test:
March 1 is the final application date.
(Applications for SPC tests scheduled between October and February should be received at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled test date.)

Colleague Examination:
September 15 for the November CAGO exam; March 1 for the May CAGO exam.

Fellowship, Associate, and Choir Master:
1 April

Articles for exam preparation that have appeared in recent issues of TAO include:

An Approach to the Colleague Improvisation Question/The Modulating Bridge, by Philip Gehring, FAGO, May 2005, pp. 72-73.
Colleague Exam 2012, (vocal solo and Rheinberger) by Kenneth Grinnell, FAGO, ChM, September 2011, pp. 70-73.
Colleague Exam 2012 (Bach’s BWV 537 and 647) by Jonathan B. Hall, FAGO, ChM, October 2011, pp. 36-37.
“It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Can’t Make ‘Em Sing”/Leading Hymn Singing from the Organ: A Practical Checklist, by Kenneth Grinnell, FAGO, ChM, April 2006, pp. 52-54.
Regular Countersubjects in Fugue, by Walter Hilse, FAGO, March 2008, pp. 52-54.
Ten Tips on Sight Reading, by Jonathan B. Hall, FAGO, March 2009, pp. 84-85.
The Fugal Answer, by Walter Hilse, FAGO, April 2006, pp. 102-103
Transposition: Not a Four-Letter Word, by Kenneth Grinnell, FAGO, May 2008, pp. 82-83.
Two Additional Service Playing Test Anthems, by Joyce Shupe Kull, FAGO, ChM, April 2006, p. 104.
Two Additional Service Playing Test Pieces, by Kathleen Thomerson, FAGO, ChM, October 2009, p. 42.
The last two articles are also in the Study Guide for the AGO Service Playing Test, booklet and CD available for $20 ($18 for members) from AGO National Headquarters, or order online at

2013 Examination Fees:

Service Playing Certificate Test

Both Sections $175, Single Section $150

Choir Master
both sections $275, single section $225

both sections $275, single section $225

both sections $275, single section $225

Surcharge for nonmembers of the AGO

To request an application for an examination, contact AGO National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or telephone.


Contact Us

Dean: Steven C. Grubb
Secretary: Barbara Vukich -
Treasurer/Registrar: Marianne Giddings -





AGO National website