Redwood Empire

Last updated: July 15, 2015 at 14:59 pm

Message from the Dean 

best July 14th greetings …

Doug DeForeest, Fay Manes, Paul Blanchard, Robert Young and I spent a constructive, supportive and pleasurable hour and a half together on July 10th in the library at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa.

The upcoming season’s events and sponsorship projections of our AGO chapter,
 the Redwood Empire, have been completed as follows.


Sunday, 20 September 2015, 2 to 4 pm
Michael Hendron, Reed Organ, concert/presentation,
dean’s residence, Sebastopol

Sunday, 18 October 2015, 3:30 pm,
Christine Westhoff & Timothy Allen, Soprano & Organ,
Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa

Sunday, 22 November 2015, 2 pm,
Brass Ensemble, Brian Wilson, & Organ, Jonathan Dimmock,
afterlude, Brombaugh Opus 9, lecture/demonstration
Schroeder Hall, SSU, Rohnert Park

Sunday, 7 February 2016, 3 pm,
REAGO Members & Friends Organ Concert,
First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa

Sunday 24 April 2016, 2 to 4 pm,
Lenore Alford, Organ & Choral Workshop, Nadia & Lili Boulanger,
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Kenwood


With enthusiasm and humor Robert Young graciously presented his reflections
on the recent Region West AGO convention in San Diego.

We hope to add to our “ranks” at the August 14th REAGO second Friday summer gathering.

Fay Manes will be asking Gerry Lindberg to talk about the refurbishing of First Presbyterian’s pipe organ. 

summer blessings … Beth
Beth Zucchino, dean, REAGO, Sonoma & Napa & Mendocino & Lake counties of northern California
707-824-5611 land line

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




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