Redwood Empire

Last updated: March 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

Message from the Dean 

looking forward

Redwood Empire AGO Chapter flyer Dorothy Young Riess

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

Program for 2014-2015, Redwood Empire American Guild of Organists::
Sunday,  14 September, 2014, 2 to 4pm,Social Gathering at home of Beth Zucchino, 7710 Lynch Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Sunday, 9  November, 2014, 2 to 4 pm. Glory To God! a brief reading of the new Presbyterian Hymnal, presented by the Rasmussens: Bruce, Rosalie, & Heidi at the First Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring Street, St. Helena, CA 94574

Sunday, 8 February, 2015, 2 to 4 pm,  United Church of Cloverdale, 439 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale CA 95425, Lois Fyfe Music, choral and organ music presentation

Saturday, 21 March, 2015, time & location TBA, Hispanic, presentation and coaching, Cristina Garcia Banegas

Sunday,  14 or 28 June, 2015 date TBA, 2-4 pm Social Gathering at home of Maxine Van Norden, 22 Hop Ranch Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Other possible topics: TBA: mini pipe organ encounter for all ages,
LYRA vocal ensemble

Other programs of interest to organists and friends:

Saturday, 14 February 2015, 4 pm organ concert, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA  94508,  Hans Uwe Hielscher

Twilight Organ Series (TBA) second Fridays, October through May,  6:00 pm, Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA . One hour performance and commentary, no host optional dinner following at a nearby Santa Rosa restaurant.

Creative Arts Series October 2014 thru April 2015.  All programs Sundayat 3:30 pm Resurrection Parish  303 Stony Point Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401
26 October, 2014 Philip Manwell,  organist, Reno, NV
23 November, 2014, Trio Celeste, Orange County, CA , Violin, cello,  piano
25 January, 2015, JungHae Kim, harpsichordist, Brisbane, CA
22 February, 2015 Daniela Mineva, pianist, Arcata, CA
22 March, 2015, Christina Garcia Banegas, organist, Montevideo, Uruguay
19 April, 2015, American Canyon Singers, San Francisco North Bay, Cyril Deaconoff, artistic director



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