Redwood Empire

Last updated: May 10, 2017 at 20:01 pm

Chapter Officers for 2017-2018

Thank you to the 79% of our active membership who voted in the online election of officers. There were zero (0) “no” votes, so the following were unanimously elected:

  • Dean – Paul Blanchard
  • Sub-Dean – Cathryn Wilkinson
  • Treasurer/Chapter Administrator – Janice Hawthorne Timm

There were several names nominated to serve as “At-Large” members. We will be contacting them over the summer to determine if and how they would be able to serve in this capacity.


2016-2017 Recaps

Most events were the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 3pm.

A separate email invitation with all details was sent for each event. There is a 7th event at Shoenstein, and that date is still TBD.

February 12, 2017 3-6:30 PM Improvisation Workshop with John Karl Hirten
Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, followed by a “No-Host” Dinner at a restaurant (TBA) within walking distance of the church

EVENT RECAP by Paul Planchard:  We had a great improvisation workshop with John Karl Hirten at Church of the Incarnation and a fun dinner afterwards at Yeti in Santa Rosa.  John presented some concepts for approaching improvisation and many of us hopped on the bench and tried them out with his guidance.  A fun time was had by all and I think everyone was improvising more than they thought they could right out of the gate.  A big thanks to Karen Haslag for organizing the event and finding the wonderful restaurant, Yeti; to Robert Young and the staff of Incarnation for hosting us; and last but certainly not least to John Karl Hirten for a wonderful workshop!

March 19, 2017 3-6:30 PM Hauptwerk/MIDI Workshop with David Parsons
David’s House in Sebastopol
followed by potluck supper

EVENT RECAP by Paul Planchard: On March 19, 2017, we had a great Organ Crawl/Hauptwerk Workshop at David Parson’s house in Sebastopol. David has an amazing organ in his house which combines over 30 ranks of real pipes with a Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ with amazing speakers that is all controlled from a beautiful, vintage console. David explained how he setup his hybrid organ and talked about how you can use Hauptwerk for your home practice or to augment your organ at church through the MIDI input. Many of us then hopped on the bench and tried it out for ourselves! A big thanks to David for sharing his amazing instrument and knowledge with us!!!

May 7, 2017 3-6:30 PM Recital by Members and Friends
First Presbyterian Church, 1550 Pacific Ave. Santa Rosa
followed by potluck supper in the church social hall

Thank you to the program committee for such a wonderful line-up. We are beginning plans for 2017-2018. All members are welcome to attend the program meetings.

Contact Paul Blanchard to be added to the email list regarding meetings, events, etc.


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.




Read the July 2016 REAGO Newsletter


Past Events this season

September 11, 2016 3-5:00 PM Opening Social
Paul Blanchard’s House, 1188 Felta Rd. Healdsburg
With amazing food by Kira Poluektov (please RSVP to the invitation you will receive)

October 9, 2016 3-6:30 PM Mont La Salle Organ Crawl
Christian Brothers Center, 4401 Redwood Rd. Napa
followed by a “No-Host” Dinner at a restaurant (TBA) in Napa

November 13, 2016 3-6:30 PM Repertoire Sharing by Members and Friends
United Church, 439 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale
followed by potluck supper in the church social hall


Membership is coordinated through the national web site [click here to open that page].   Contact Janice Timm, if you have any questions regarding Membership (that aren’t answered for you on the AGO web site). ALL are invited to join- especially choir directors, organists, and those who like to hear the organ!



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 Zucchino, Dean –
Janice Timm, Administrator & Treasurer –
Paul Blanchard, Sub-Dean  –


AGO National website
Read the July 2016 REAGO Newsletter