Redwood Empire Chapter


Chapter Officers

  • Dean – Email
  • Treasurer/Chapter Administrator – Email


REAGO Spring 2020 Programs and Events


Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 10 AM – 3 PM  –  Widor Symphony Lecture & Open Console with David Hatt
St. Mary’s Cathedral · 1111 Gough St · San Francisco, CA 94109

Dave Hatt is going to share his expertise about Widor and open up the console at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco for us to play, so bring a few of your favorite pieces for a grand space. Afterwards, we may do a “no-host” lunch nearby before heading back up. Contact Paul Blanchard who will try to organize a place for us to meet and consolidate cars. (You can park in the cathedral parking lot, but make sure to park on the eastern side, adjacent to Gough St — do NOT park in the area underneath the plaza. You can park in the employee area as that is only M-F).

Sunday, March 22, 2020 @ 3 PM  –  Member’s Recital
Church of the Incarnation · 550 Mendocino Ave · Santa Rosa, California 95401

Our regular yearly Member’s Recital, but at a new location and time. Calling all players, the more the merrier!! Let me know if you want to play and what piece(s) you will be doing. Can be any composer/era of music. Also, doesn’t have to be organ music alone, feel free to bring an instrumentalist friend if you have one you typically play with.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 10 AM – 3 PM  –  Hymn Workshop & Festival
First Presbyterian Church · 1550 Pacific Ave · Santa Rosa, CA 95404

2019-2020 past Programs and Events


Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 1 PM  –  Potluck Social
Paul & Jim’s House · 1188 Felta Rd · Healdsburg, California 95448

Saturday, November 9, 2019  –  Napa Organ Crawl – complete schedule forthcoming via email
1st Presbyterian (John Partridge)  –   St. Mary’s Episcopal (Travis Rogers)  –  Mont la Salle (Ted von Pohle)

Sunday, January 5, 2020 @ 4 PM  –  Meditation Service (Taizé Style) & “How To” Workshop
Led by Janice Hawthorne Timm –– United Church of Cloverdale · 439 N Cloverdale Blvd · Cloverdale, CA 95425


Contact Paul Blanchard, dean, to:  carpool to any event, if you would like to play on the members’ recital above, or be added to the email list regarding meetings, events, etc.

PS – We’d love to have you as a member!!  Please RENEW or JOIN AGAIN if you membership has lapsed.

PPS – You can become a Chapter Friend for $25 which you can do through the AGO website membership system and look for “Redwood Empire – Chapter Friend”.  Having more people involved makes it easier for us to put on interesting programs.

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.





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!

(We’d love to have you as a member!! Please RENEW or JOIN AGAIN if you membership has lapsed. If you don’t want the magazine or expense of joining National AGO, please at least become a Chapter Friend for $25 which you can do through the AGO website membership system and look for “Redwood Empire – Chapter Friend”. Having more people involved makes it easier for us to put on interesting programs.)



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

Paul Blanchard, Dean  – Email
Janice Hawthorne Timm, Administrator & Treasurer –Email