Long Beach Chapter


Message from the Dean 


Summer is past and our new season of AGO events is well underway.  Our Fall Potluck and Program was a great success.  The weather cooperated by giving us cooler temperatures.

Thank you to Peter Bates and Cory Andrews for again opening their home for our event.  The program was provided by chapter members.  Margaret Armstrong, David York, Leroy Pabst, Vern Mouw, Althea Waites and Peter Bates.

Margaret and David presented a rousing piano four-hands piece on “This Little Light of Mine.”  Leroy played “Theme and Variations on Materna.”  Vern shared two of the Brahms  “Chorale Preludes,” and the program ended with Peter and Althea playing “Sierra Suite” by Richard Purvis.  It was an evening of many musical delights.  How fortunate we are to have such talented members.

Begin planing now to attend our “Costume Party” on Tuesday, October 7 at Grace First Presbyterian Church.  More details in this newsletter.

See you on the 7th.

David Feit-Pretzer, Dean


Local Events

Complete Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County events may be viewed at this link: www.laago.org/calendar
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Tuesday, October 7. 2014 – 7:30 p.m.


Grace First Presbyterian Church  3955 N Studebaker Rd., Long Beach 90808

Hosts:  Jason McNally & Dolly Ickler

*Dinner – 6:30 p.m. (Ministry Center)

Reservations for the Oct. 7th dinner need to be made by contacting Elaine Elliott at bobelaine@bobelaine.com or phone 562-596-8566 no later than Oct. 3.  Cost: $15.00


We look forward to seeing you in costume for the occasion.  What or who do you plan to be?  If you don’t have a costume, you are welcome to come “as you are.”  We want everyone to attend our meetings.

The program is “Fun and Funky”:  Around the World and Through the Decades.  We have a variety of fun activities in the works:  some singing, some playing, and even a dance or two (?)  You are also invited (encouraged) to bring something to share.  If you need copies made,  please let Dolly know by Oct. 1.  Call 562-434-7647 or email DJIckler@verizon.net

October Menu

Dinner will feature “Step up to the Bar” — Salad bar, baked potato bar with a variety of meat and veggie toppings, and a choice of desserts.  Reservations by Oct. 3.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the dinner.



Reporter for The American Organist

Each month when I read our national magazine, I look to see if LBAGO  has an article.  Most times we do, and that is because of the faithful work of Rebecca Ogle, our TAO Reporter.  Because she often cares for her grandchildrn on Tueesdays, this is making it diffucult for her to attend our meetings regularly, so she is asking that someone else in our group take over her work as TAO reporter.  This involves taking pictures of the performers at our functions and sending them in to national headquarters with a brief description of the event.  If you would be willing to do this, please contact our Dean – David Feit-Pretzer at 714-899-1902.

Looking Forward

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.                                                            REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING – Dan Forrest FEATURING HARP, STRINGS, PERCUSSION, Choirs of the Lutheran Church of the Master (LA) and Covenant Presbyterian Church & Soloists David York, organist, Peter Bates, conductor

Covenant Presbyterian Church                 607 E. Third St., Long Beach 90802                                            Host:  Peter Bates, Minister of Music & Organist                                             Freewill Offering – Reception following


LBAGO was informed on Setp. 2nd that All Saints Church is seeking a part time Music Director.  If you are interested, the contact is Ruth Norman at 562-438-3650 or Email to www.allsaintslongbeah.org   The church is located at 346 Terminio Ave., Long Beach, CA 90814.










••• Those who love music and have a special interest in organ are welcome to join our group. Please contact our treasurer/registrar to become a member. •••
* * * * * Ms. Dolly Ickler, treasurer / registrar at DJIckler@verizon.net or by calling her at 562-434-7647.



Vacancies will be posted for two months unless other arrangements are made with the Dean or website coordinator.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website. Also, our Chapter Placement and Substitute Director maintains both placement and substitute lists at the local level.

Members interested in being on the LB-AGO SUBSTITUTE ORGANIST LIST should contact Ms. Dolly Ickler, Substitute Liaison at DJIckler@verizon.net or by calling her at 562-434-7647.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



Guild certification can be earned through passing certain tests to prove competency. More information about that can be attained through the National Website.


Contact Us

OFFICERS 2014 – 2015

Dean: David Feit-Pretzer
Sub-dean: Evelyn Oglesbee
Secretary: Phyllis Goodwin
Registrar/Treasurer: Dolly Ickler
Auditors: Beverly Hansen & Gerald Dahlin

Class of 2015: Keith Shackelton, Vernon Mouw
Class of 2016: Jason McNally, Margaret Armstrong                                      Class of 2017:  Marc Dickey, Althea Waites

Historian: Beverly Hansen
Hospitality: Phyllis Goodwin
Mary Pabst
Dinner Reservations: Elaine Elliott
Newsletter: Mary Pabst
Website Coordinator: Vacant
Nominating: Staff
Phone Tree: Beverly Hansen
Placement/Substitutes: Dolly Ickler
Professional Concerns: Lee Lassetter
T.A.O. Reporter: Rebecca Ogle
Scholarship: Jẚna Shields
Membership Coordinator: Vacant



• AGO National – http://www.agohq.org/
• Looking for a Seasoned Organ or two?
Dodington – http://www.dodington.com/forsale.html
• Organlive.com is an Internet audio station dedicated to the music of the classical organ.
• Church Keyboard Center <nelson@churchkeyboard.com>
Sheet Music http://www.musicnotes.com/
Lutheran Hymnal http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/organ/organhymn.htm
Oregon Catholic Press http://www.ocp.org/
GIA Publications http:// www.giamusic.com/
General Hymns http://www.hymnsite.com/
Service music http://www.hymnprint.net